I was looking at this article in the Atlantic, mainly for the web design. This appears to be the way we’re going now with responsive design for traditional print publishers. The NYT just did it too, so it must be good. Lots of white space, compact navigation at the top, and pull quotes and sidebar […]Read more "What are we to believe?"
I’ve been blogging away here on the Mellowcat for a while now. The blog format has some features unto itself, one of which is that time-sensitive items will adhere to its surface, like chronological barnacles. For example, some time ago I had some really important things to write down about “Cash for Clunkers”. Remember that? […]Read more "The Time Machine"
I remember where I was when the word came about you. It was a day much like today. The sky was bright, and wide, and blue. From “Goodbye”, by Patty Griffin. © Universal Music Publishing GroupRead more "Here, after"
Let’s dedicate ourselves to what the Greeks wrote so many years ago: to tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world. Let us dedicate ourselves to that, and say a prayer for our country and for our people. – RFK, Indianapolis, IN, April 4, 1968Read more "It Bears Repeating"
The light’s starting to change, isn’t it? The Saturday afternoon hiking tradition led us to Purisima Creek, and a ramble along the Grabtown Gulch Trail. When did they stop coming up with these cool place names? You just need to add “Gulch” to a name, and it would improve it dramatically. Modern day names are […]Read more "Early fall, late afternoon"
If you’re not following Matt Yglesias on Twitter, you really ought to consider doing so. Look at what you’re missing out on:Read more "follow"
Here’s a recent exchange between a reader and the great Mr. Mick LaSalle, in the Sunday Datebook’s “Ask Mick LaSalle” feature. Dear Mick LaSalle: Which Civil War movie would you recommend? Martin Vesely, San Jose Dear Martin Vesely: The treatment of the Civil War in our popular culture has been fairly peculiar. For reasons that are understandable, […]Read more "could not have said it better"
Mr. Matt Yglesias noted: NOTE TO SELF: If it’s obvious, it’s obvious — no need to belabor its alleged obviousness. I guess he caught himself prefacing some obvious statement with “Obviously,…”. In this same category I would place “world famous”. If something actually has fame worldwide, does that need special highlighting? More often than not, […]Read more "good point"
I referred to my car’s “glove compartment”. Glove compartment is really hanging in there. I tried to think of something better, but ended up just wanting to put some gloves in there to satisfy the automotive nomenclature. The Resident Expert asked for guidance on a grammar question. What’s the rule for ending words with -ent […]Read more "obsolescent"
You might want to grab the list of words and phrases I’ve been complaining about, because I’ve got another one for you. You’re talking to a guy and he prefaces a comment with, “to be honest…”. What are we to make of this? All that preceded was false? That’s what I’m going with. I figure […]Read more "the best policy"