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Showing posts from June, 2011

And Adam Young talks about introversion

Or rather, he re-posts a blog post about introversion:I recently stumbled across a blog written by Carl King about the phenomenon known as the introverted human being and it struck a major chord with me. After each bullet, I felt like standing up and shouting “YESSSSSSSSS!” at the top of my lungs because these points (made by author Marti Laney, Psy.D) are total home runs. As an extreme introvert, this is like sweet manna from heaven.And then follows the blog post, by Carl King of here are a few common misconceptions about Introverts (I put this list together myself, some of them are things I actually believed): …Myth #2 – Introverts are shy.
Shyness has nothing to do with being an Introvert. Introverts are not necessarily afraid of people. What they need is a reason to interact. They don’t interact for the sake of interacting. If you want to talk to an Introvert, just start talking. Don’t worry about being polite. …Myth #6 – Introverts always want to be alone.

Compendium of Links #10

My sister has been bugging me lately to update my blog, and she has a point. But I guess life after college is catching up with me. And after another month-long hiatus from link-browsing, I have few to offer—but they are pretty good ones.

The Case—Please Hear Me Out—Against the Em Dash from
According to the Associated Press StylebookSlate's bible for all things punctuation- and grammar-related—there are two main prose uses—the abrupt change and the series within a phrase—for the em dash. The guide does not explicitly say that writers can use the dash in lieu of properly crafting sentences, or instead of a comma or a parenthetical or a colon—and yet in practical usage, we do. A lot—or so I have observed lately. America's finest prose—in blogs, magazines, newspapers, or novels—is littered with so many dashes among the dots it's as if the language is signaling distress in Morse code.The article immediately gets points for talking about the AP Stylebook and for being…

Renaissance: Fireman’s edition

It’s been precisely four weeks, almost, hasn’t it?Well, I might as well make the announcement—now that I’ve begun work as a journalist in a little town, a lot of the thoughts of which this blog is a fount will most likely revolve around my experiences each day.Such as that time I rode in a fire truck at a firefighter’s training.A couple days ago, I spent half the morning out at the wastewater treatment plant watching ten guys rip into a few cars as fast as they could while not endangering themselves. It was pretty cool, aside from the stench of the waste water…There’s this little tool that firefighters use to break open car windows. You know, those reinforced windows that are designed to be difficult to break and even harder to shatter? It took one guy several hard whacks with a sledgehammer to get through one window. Anyways, this little tool—a little longer than a pen, and about the thickness of a man’s thumb, perhaps—will take out a car window with a couple jabs. Maybe one jab. And…