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Sep
22
comment Is CreateSpace 100% free for self-publishing?
No problem (and thanks for the comment upvote). Misunderstandings happen all the time.
Sep
22
comment Is CreateSpace 100% free for self-publishing?
@dmm: I honestly have no idea what to make of your comment. I have nowhere indicated them taking a cut were something evil or something, I just pointed out that it is not 100% free then. I have no problem with a service not being 100% free (or even not being free at all). I however do think that it is misinformation (probably unintentional, but still) to call something 100% free that isn't 100% free, and I feel free to point that out.
Sep
20
comment Is CreateSpace 100% free for self-publishing?
@dmm: If they take a cut, it's not free, is it?
Sep
20
comment How can i learn the name of a colour to use in a description?
xcolorsel cannot find anything but grey in the hair color. And so, frankly, can my eye.
Sep
20
comment Story without any character development whatsoever?
Maybe a story about an Alzheimer's decease patient?
Sep
7
comment Person who invented “formula” for good poetry
But is that an actual quote, or was it invented specifically for Dead Poet's Society?
Aug
31
comment How to describe a scene involving a shift in the environment due to forbidden magic?
Actually, given that he just saw his wife being killed, the most natural thing he could attribute it to is that very fact. So the world seems wrong, but he thinks it seems wrong because his wife is dead. The wind suddenly feels too cold, but he thinks that's because he misses the warmth of his wife. The bright blue of the sky suddenly looks unnatural, but he rationalizes that it's because a friendly sky colour just doesn't match his current feelings.
Aug
17
answered Tension built upon whether the main character will commit suicide or not. Problem: I'm using first person narrative
Aug
17
comment How should I document a database schema?
Whenever I see such automatically generated documentation (Javadoc, Doxygen), I expect inadequate documentation because more often than not, that is true. Too many people mistake the reference generated by such tools for adequate documentation. It isn't. It usually does not tell you anything about the relations of the functions, and if it does, it's likely buried in the description of a certain function that you'll only look up if you already know that this function is relevant.
Aug
16
answered Does the following opening grip you?
Aug
16
answered Beginners can break rules too?
Aug
16
answered My Hero is captured, now what?
Jul
19
comment Good Examples of and Practices in Code Documentation
Do I understand correctly that your documentation is directed at people modifying the code (and thus needing an understanding of its inner workings), rather than at people using the code (and thus only needing an understanding of the interfaces)?
Jun
19
answered Is there a complete guideline for which tense to use?
Jun
19
comment Fiction Novels & Active vs. Passive Voice
Shouldn't it be generally quite easy to change between passive and active voice during later editing? After all, those changes are generally quite local; e.g. changing "He was hit by a stone" to "a stone hit him" (or vice versa) would not affect any surrounding text, as far as I can see.
Jun
16
comment How to deal with common Earth references in a non-Earth setting?
For the platonic solids, I agree (but that's just because in a region of the universe where the platonic solids would be noticeably wrong, like very close to a very small black hole, there could not be any life anyway).
Jun
16
comment How to deal with common Earth references in a non-Earth setting?
"Well, technically I think that "as a physicist" you would agree with me that color is a basic phenomenon of physics." No. Physically, there's an electromagnetic spectrum. No more and no less. While we (including physicists) often refer to wavelengths by the colour impression they cause, this is just a convenient shorthand. Note that for most colours there does not exist a single frequency that generates that colour. And for those colours, there always exist many spectra which cause the same colour to be perceived. And the set of those spectra depends on the physiology of your eyes.
Jun
14
answered Alien checking, by making questions
Jun
14
comment How to deal with common Earth references in a non-Earth setting?
"Color is a basic phenomenon of physics." As a physicist, let me tell you you're wrong here. EM radiation is a basic phenomenon of physics. However already the range of visible frequencies is not universal (bees cannot see red, but can see UV; some snakes can see IR). And even inside the visible spectrum, the matching between spectra and colours depends on the receptors in our eyes; even humans don't see them all the same, think of colour blindness. Birds see more colours than humans. Other animals don't see colours at all. It could well be that the aliens don't have any concept of colour.
Jun
14
comment How do you describe a methodology of writing?
I wasn't aware that you can submit novellas as research papers. (Well, of course you can submit it, but I cannot imagine any scientific journal will accept it.)