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Jun
19
comment Demo data in screenshots! What are the best practice?
... But I wouldn't use the name of a character from a pornographic movie or use the name of a religious figure in a way that could be seen as belittling him or her.
Jun
19
comment Demo data in screenshots! What are the best practice?
As long as there's nothing inherently offensive about the reference, those who recognize it may be amused and those who don't recognize it will just see it as a random name or whatever. Like, I was just working on some internal software for my company and I had to create a fake employee record. As no one had ever seen this employee, I named him "Griffin", the name of the invisible man in the H. G. Wells story. If anyone recognizes the allusion, they may get a moment of amusement. If they don't, it will just sound like a random fake name.
Jun
19
comment Demo data in screenshots! What are the best practice?
... I can't imagine even noticing that the names in examples are of Italian and Spanish origin and not Scandinavian like me. Maybe people who are members of minority groups are more sensitive about things like this. (Well, I'm sure Scandinavian-Americans are a minority group, but I've never particularly thought of myself as a member of such a group.) The one thing I could see is that I might think a product, especially a personal care product or a medical product, might be intended for women and thus not for me.
Jun
19
comment Demo data in screenshots! What are the best practice?
I don't want to get into a debate on social issues, but: I wonder how much of an issue this really is. Like, a certain car insurance company has been running a lot of TV commercials lately with a spokesman who happens to be black. It never once occurred to me that that means that this is car insurance for black people and thus not for me. I never thought about it until I read this post and started trying to think of advertisements that had people of different ethnic backgrounds than myself. ...
Jun
19
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Jun
18
answered Demo data in screenshots! What are the best practice?
Jun
18
comment Demo data in screenshots! What are the best practice?
example.com is good to use because it is the "official" example website -- the name is reserved just to be used for examples in documentation etc. It's like putting 555 on a phone number.
Jun
18
comment Is it better to omit phrases like: after a moment, after a while, for a moment, etc?
@JohnM.Landsberg I don't particularly disagree. My only "rebuttal" would be to say that there are times when you simply want to say that there was a pause. You may be able to think of some action to fill the moment, or some prosaic description of why everyone was silent or waiting, but there are times when that could sound overdone and contrived. Sometimes simplicity is better. Certainly not always, but sometimes.
Jun
6
comment Ebook publishing
How does it not work that way? And this is a forum for writers, what better place to discuss it? You have an upfront cost which you may or may not recoup by sales. Each sale gives some unit profit. The only extra complexity I see is the question of whether a sale in a certain channel would not have been made if the book was not available, or if the customer would have sought out another channel where it was available.
Jun
5
answered how to use `and so on` or `blabla` in the middle of a sentence?
Jun
5
answered Is it better to omit phrases like: after a moment, after a while, for a moment, etc?
Jun
5
comment Ebook publishing
@ShantnuTiwari Huh, I thought they had said that that was now free. Whatever. Still, at $25, if you make $5 per copy, you just need to sell six books through those channels to make it pay. Even if you're only making $1 per copy, you'd have to sell 26. Unless you know that the only market for your book is the members of your club or your own family or whatever, I'd think that is a pretty good gamble.
Jun
4
comment Ebook publishing
I think CreateSpace no longer charges for distribution. I believe that was the meaning of an email I got from them a while back. In any case, even when they charged the $40 or so, I think it was well worth it. Lulu used to charge $100, I don't know what their current price is. I don't sell a lot of books, but if you have it priced to make, say, $5 a copy, then if you sell 9 through other outlets via CreateSpace or 21 via Lulu, you're ahead. I've sold a fair number that went through Barnes & Noble web site, maybe others.
Jun
4
answered How to indicate that it is a single short story
Jun
4
comment Dream analysis research
@celtschk Yeah, that possibility occurred to me. I think if I was writing the script and that was the point I would have put a 555 in it just to be cute. Or have a website for the movie or TV show and give your own IP.
Jun
3
answered Dream analysis research
May
31
comment Time measures in fantasy worlds
I take it that when you say that maps weren't invented until the 14th century, you are referring to some level of accuracy in maps. The ancient Babylonians had maps by at least 2000 BC. atamanhotel.com/catalhoyuk/oldest-map.html
May
31
comment Time measures in fantasy worlds
Not clear to me why someone who held to a geocentric universe would be more likely to use seasons to measure time than someone with a heliocentric universe. Either way, seasons are pretty important to farmers, and until fairly recent times, 90+% of people were farmers.
May
31
answered Time measures in fantasy worlds
May
30
comment How do I organize a paragraph that lists several steps after an introduction?
I don't see a problem with "like" here. He wants to make clear that this is not the only possible solution, but simply a pattern or general idea for a solution. In such a case to say "the solution is ..." would be inaccurate.