Reading = Longevity

Who knew? Read more, live longer was the outcome of some research summarised in The Guardian on 9 August 2016

What knot to, grammer

An editorial by George L. Trigg in Physics Review Letters with humorous examples of how not to write

Arabic type

Lebanese typographer Nadine Chahine on why Arabic needed some new fonts – fascinating and linear

OMG to WTF spectrum

In a Nutshell

A YouTube Channel from the studio of Kurzgesagt, full of delightful animations that explain (almost) everything from the birth of the universe to human death

Spot the typo:
  • through the enactment of 236 laws and more than 8,600 local statues
  • a muse house with a beday in the bathroom
  • Now bake for 3540 minutes
  • the chaos of battle: the canons, gas attacks and shrapnel
  • Use an eclectic whisk to combine the ingredients.
  • This hansom corner plot offers a versatile duel aspect
  • rescue kit should include a bum dressing
  • HR manager responsible for the conflict of employment
  • best to give him a wide birth
  • be at the fairy terminal some time around 6
  •  the lunatic fridge
  • an insulting layer in a building’s fabric
  • to trash out the logistics for the training
  • nor do we do it on propose
  • those who lived pubic lives
  • the gathering of manna in the dessert

With thanks to eagle-eyed members of the SfEP Forum.

Why Copy Editors Matter

Blog by Sara Donaldson prompted by the New York Times letting half their copy editors go in June 2017 (plus fun graphic and link to purchasing it on all sorts of office goodies).

Perfectly formed

The long tale of the British short story. In a trawl through thousands of short stories Philip Hensher found a generous tradition that not only suits established writers but gives a platform to voices on the edge of society.

At a Glance

A talk from type designer Nadine Chahine on the role of type in glance-based reading environments and how this will impact the future of device screens

Spot the typo answers:
  • through the enactment of 236 laws and more than 8,600 local statutes
  • a mews house with a bidet in the bathroom
  • Now bake for 35–40 minutes
  • the chaos of battle: the cannons, gas attacks and shrapnel
  • Use an electric whisk to combine the ingredients.
  • This handsome corner plot offers a versatile dual aspect
  • rescue kit should include a burn dressing
  • HR manager responsible for the conduct of employment
  • best to give him a wide berth
  • be at the ferry terminal some time around 6
  • the lunatic fringe
  • an insulating layer in a building’s fabric
  • to thrash out the logistics for the training
  • nor do we do it on purpose
  • those who lived public lives
  • the gathering of manna in the desert

Textile letters

The magic of letters produced in fabric by Kathleen Loomis; a gallery worth clicking through

Painty letters

“Atypical” is a series of posters exploring form and rhythm of letters or pseudo-letters presented as half-realistic, half-illustrative figurative paint sculptures

The Proofreader's Parlour

Louise Harnby’s blog for editors and proofreaders with information, advice, opinion, resources and general all round usefulness to the business of editorial freelancing

Do you know your txt slang?
  • Some of these are in common use – some ought to be:

    AFAIK as far as I know

    CIH come in handy

    FLA four-letter acronym

    GIYF Google is your friend

    HTH   hope this helps

    RLF   run like f***

    RTFM   read the f***ing manual

    tl;dr / TLDR / tldr   too long;didn’t read (known as teal deer on a knitting forum)

    TLA   three-letter acronym

    TMI   too much information

    TP   toodle pip

    TTYL   talk to you later

    YMMV   take your pick: you make vomit; your mileage / method / market may vary

    with thanks to SfEP Members‘ Forum

    Want to look up more? www.acronymfinder.com

'I have been ...

I have been in many places, but I’ve never been in Cahoots. Apparently, you can’t go alone. You have to be in Cahoots with someone.

I’ve also never been in Cognito. I hear no one recognizes you there.

I have, however, been in Sane. They don’t have an airport; you have to be driven there. I have made several trips there, thanks to my friends, family and work.

I would like to go to Conclusions, but you have to jump, and I’m not too much on physical activity anymore.

I have also been in Doubt. That is a sad place to go, and I try not to visit there too often.

I’ve been in Flexible, but only when it was very important to stand firm.

Sometimes I’m in Capable, and I go there more often as I’m getting older.

One of my favorite places to be is in Suspense! It really gets the adrenalin flowing and pumps up the old heart! At my age I need all the stimuli I can get!

I may have been in Continent, and I don’t remember what country I was in.

It’s an age thing.

with thanks to Anon