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scientist/engineer (condensed matter physics, photonics, biology)

not professional programmer, but experienced in Fortran, Matlab, VisualBasic

science fiction author


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reviewed Leave Open What is the average cost of software for DITA authoring?
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reviewed Leave Open Books on writing successful non-fiction
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comment May I use real weapon names in my book without copyright problems?
@user3467349: If you have the time, your answer would be improved by clarifying your main point, and by giving a one-sentence summary of the relevant landmark court decisions. (Even so, I upvoted to cancel out one of the downvotes, as this is not a "minus reputation" answer, IMO.)
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comment May I use real weapon names in my book without copyright problems?
@NeilFein: That is exactly his/her point: the author is NOT "providing products or services under said trademark," therefore author can safely refer to products by their trademarked name, without explicit permission.
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comment Difference b/w Abstract and Introduction writing for a research paper
The end of the introduction also briefly describes each section of the paper. "In section 2 we describe and justify the methodology used. In section 3 we present the results we obtained. In section 4 we discuss the possible interpretations of the results. Lastly, in section 5 we conclude by wildly extrapolating our dog results to humans, and then we summarize for those too lazy to read the rest of the paper."
Dec
16
comment Switching POV: Should it ever be done at all?
When I posted -- three years after the original question, as you point out -- there was only one example given of a work that successfully changes POV. So I gave an example of a famous work that changes POV a lot. I was simply adding more info to what was already here. If someone thinks an answer is incomplete, he/she should leave a comment to that effect, not downvote. I felt like the victim of a drive-by downvote, and I was a new user at the time. Anyway, this is getting into too much discussion, so if you want to reply, I promise to let you have the last word. :-)
Dec
15
comment Switching POV: Should it ever be done at all?
@ZayneSHalsall Wow. SMH. OK, I will connect the dots: The OP was concerned that switching POVs would kill character development. "Frankenstein" has amazing character development, and switches POVs. It is an example that disproves OP's fearful thesis.
Dec
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reviewed No Action Needed How to develop a more regal language
Dec
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answered How to develop a more regal language
Dec
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reviewed No Action Needed Does Japan have a Press Code?
Dec
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reviewed Reviewed Directly quoting a source who also has a cited source
Dec
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reviewed Reviewed Should I write an abstract for a formal essay?
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reviewed No Action Needed Does the word erection have a neutral tone with its non-sexual definition?
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reviewed Leave Closed Should I write my novel?
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answered Dealing with Extreme Distances - Space Travel
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revised Dealing with Extreme Distances - Space Travel
I changed "should" to "shouldn't" after "engine room," so example agrees with rest of post.
Nov
19
comment Is pantsless writing practical for NaNoWriMo?
+1 for "spewing logorrhea." Personally, I'm a combination plotter/pantser.
Nov
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revised Is pantsless writing practical for NaNoWriMo?
added 413 characters in body
Nov
19
revised How to structure paragraphs of dialogue properly?
fixed grammar/typos
Nov
19
comment Spaces within abbreviations, acronyms, and initials
The way I was trained (old school), p.s. is supposed to be lowercase, always, and have periods and no spaces. It is a Latin abbreviation, e.g., i.e., op.cit., a.m., et.al., etc. ;-)