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comment online database of clever phrases
@tave Read Shakespeare's plays: They're full of clichés. It's amazing how that man took all those clichés and managed to string them together to make a coherent story.
Apr
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answered online database of clever phrases
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comment Ethics of incorporating a supplier's technical documentation into one's own documentation?
Yes. If S's documentation comes with a licensing agreement that allows such re-use, than of course it's fine. If you contact them and they give you permission, it's fine. Otherwise, this is not just unethical but totally illegal and S could drag M to court. Citing a source is protection against charges of plagiarism, but NOT against copyright violation. The law views copyright violation as a form of stealing. You can't defend yourself from a theft charge by saying, "But I wrote the name of the person I stole the car from on the bumper!"
Apr
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comment How to convey newlines in tweeted poetry, if at all?
Hmm, I've seen it done with and without spaces. I have no idea which is more common. It probably is more readable with spaces.
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comment How to convey newlines in tweeted poetry, if at all?
It's only "subjective" if there is no established convention and people start discussing what they think the convention ought to be. I don't think it's appropriate to close a question when the close criteria only apply if the answer is "no".
Apr
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comment Does copyright law let me publish my detailed notes of someone else's speech?
... listing names in alphabetical order is so obvious that it cannot be copyrighted.
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comment Does copyright law let me publish my detailed notes of someone else's speech?
The "threshold of originality" criteria does NOT mean that you cannot retell someone else's story in your own words. What it means is that you cannot copyright words that are so close to a bare statement of facts that anyone relating those facts would almost have to use the same words. There was a big case on this a few years back where the court ruled that a telephone company cannot copyright a phone book. A person's name and telephone number are bare facts and you cannot copyright facts. The court then said that while a particular arrangement of facts can be copyrighted, the idea of ...
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answered Does copyright law let me publish my detailed notes of someone else's speech?
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answered I want to name a character something but j feel like people would say I'm copying Veronica Roth, my favorite author. What should I do?
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comment What's the best text editor for a technical reference manual?
I don't know anything about BBEdit. But Notepad++ is not a good choice for writing a book or article. I use it every day to edit programs and HTML pages, but it has no features to lay out pages, insert images, use alternate styles for different blocks of text, etc. Notepad++ is a programmer's editor, not a word processing product.
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answered What's the best text editor for a technical reference manual?
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answered How to convey newlines in tweeted poetry, if at all?
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comment Do I risk losing reader if I put too many religious/anti-religious views?
@ghoppe (a) "Forced to participate in gay marriage": Surely you have heard of bakers and photographers being sued and in some cases run out of business because they did not want to participate in a gay marriage. (b) I didn't mean that choice of lightbulbs etc was a religious issue, just that liberals have created all sorts of laws regulating all sorts of behavior. (c) RE "access to a safe abortion" Yes, slave owners were outraged when Northerners denied them access to cheap slaves by putting restrictions on the slave trade.
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answered Can I legally use experimental items in my book?
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answered How do I choose a name for my character?
Apr
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comment How can a specific (current) event be made timeless?
... that the reader's own opinions about politics, power, justice, friendship and so on can decidedly color how they interpret the characters. Points for Shakespeare.
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comment How can a specific (current) event be made timeless?
Fascinating. I've always seen Caesar as the villain and Brutus as the hero. Caesar is a demagogue trying to destroy a free society and turn it into a dictatorship with himself at the head, and Brutus is his friend who loves the man but hates what he is doing to the nation. "If there be any in this assembly, any dear friend of Caesar's, to him I say, that Brutus' love to Caesar was no less than his. If then that friend demand why Brutus rose against Caesar, this is my answer: --Not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more." Apparently Shakespeare made both men real enough ...
Apr
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comment Should I use ellipses in narration?
One small quibble: I think a "dramatic pause" ellipsis is perfectly valid in non-fiction, at least in non-fiction where presentation of opinion is appropriate. For example, I wouldn't be surprised to see a political editorial that concluded, "In this dispute, Senator Jones has clearly shown honesty and integrity. Senator Brown ... has not." In a sense this follows the rule about "narrative": such an editorial would be understood to be the narrative of the writer, and not a purely objective report of events.