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Jun. 28th, 2009

01:14 pm - Stuff in the paper this morning

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Good cartoon from David Horsey (which I can't easily find on his website; it may be a rerun):

Two guys sitting at a cafe counter. One says, "We gotta get government off our backs!" The other says, "Amen, brother! I'm fed up with universities and public schools and national parks and pure drinking water and health services and cops and firemen and highways and food safety standards and the Army, Navy and Air Force and all the rest! Give me my hard-earned tax dollars to spend as I see fit!"

The waitress is looking on, and she says to a woman dining at the counter, "You gotta give him points for actually knowing what government does."


Then there's something odd in Ellen Goodman's column. She's talking about the protests in Iran being the first major historical event to be covered using Twitter. And she quotes a tweet from a user named Mousavil388*: "One Person(equal sign)One Broadcaster."

That's odd. Can't you just type an equal sign, Ellen Goodman? I wonder if she types her columns on an old typewriter. We have an old Smith-Corona with no equal sign key. If I wanted to type =, I'd fake it by typing -(backspace)_. (Actually, it occurs to me now I could have made a better-looking equal sign by typing a hyphen, backspacing, pressing the shift key in slightly and typing another hyphen.)


*Or possibly Mousavi1388, with a one instead of an L. It's hard to tell.

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From:vermillionfox
Date:June 28th, 2009 06:56 pm (UTC)
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For people in my job field especially we appreciate the water department. Oh if you only knew what all they filter out that I've put down the drains. Seriously, that it comes out clear, drinkable, and non-carcinogenic is beyond amazing.
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From:tilton
Date:June 28th, 2009 08:11 pm (UTC)
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It's definitely Mousavi1388. That's his way of saying "Mousavi '09", since this year is year 1388 in the Iranian calendar.
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From:octan
Date:June 28th, 2009 08:14 pm (UTC)
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That (equals sign) thing sounds like an ineffectual electronic dictation program and a failure to proofread (which, of course, nobody does anymore).
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From:thecanuckguy
Date:June 28th, 2009 09:33 pm (UTC)
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Man, but I miss typewriters. Especially the manual ones, I have an electric one which a keyboard that highly resembles a computer keyboard and a digital display that shows you what you will type before you type it that I got in the mid 80s that I haven't used in probably nigh on 15 years now (but it's on the desk just a few feet behind me) - I suspect they don't even make the special ribbons for it any more.

If I ever find an old typewriter somewhere, and I can afford it, I'm buying it. (Knowing me, it'd still sit unused somewhere ... )
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From:varro
Date:June 28th, 2009 11:01 pm (UTC)
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I still have one of those display typewriters in my dad's garage - I used it my first year of college (1988-89).
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From:thecanuckguy
Date:June 28th, 2009 09:35 pm (UTC)
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Perhaps = is a special key in the software they use at the newspaper - since that character would rarely come up in a standard newspaper article, it's been given a function, like maybe a = would automatically put the byline in, or increase the font size, or cause the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse to appear and do old vaudeville routines, dunno it's just a guess.
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From:pharwarner
Date:June 29th, 2009 02:40 pm (UTC)
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I'll make us all feel very old by seeing what method for producing an equal sign works best on the Imperial typewriter tomorrow at the Museum. I should also check and see if the Blickensderfer's dhiatensor keyboard has an equal sign on it.
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From:gedrean
Date:June 29th, 2009 04:01 pm (UTC)
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That comic hits it right on the head, just how stupid some people are.
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From:cyrebjr
Date:June 29th, 2009 09:10 pm (UTC)
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My guess is that Mousavi '88 couldn't find = on a cell phone, and Goodman didn't know to use "sic." Or thought it would look awkward.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:June 29th, 2009 10:39 pm (UTC)
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Nope, he used '='.
http://twitter.com/mousavi1388/status/2184418876
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