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Ripping Off Joyce Carol Oates

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

I started reading “The Journal of Joyce Carol Oates: 1973-1982” and in the introduction of the book, I noted the following:

…the editors deletions…are indicated by ellipses dots in brackets. Ellipses not in brackets are Oates’s own; she uses ellipses dots frequently…as a stylistic device in her writing.

My blog posts are littered with ellipses…I’m sure that I didn’t write with them as an English major in college (for I would have been marked down)…when I started writing posts about 5 years ago, they just happened naturally. I’ve read most everything Oates has written since I first picked up “The Assassins” about 15 years ago…I’m guessing that I’ve unconsciously adapted one of the hallmarks of her style…something I wouldn’t have known had it not been pointed out to me.

Miami ThreeHeat

Friday, July 9th, 2010

After LeBron James made his decision to join the Miami Heat, the team marketing department becomes tasked with how to best market the team and their three All-Stars. They will need to come up with a catchy slogan that can be used as a centerpiece of their marketing campaign. May I suggest the phrases “ThreeHeat and or “Miami ThreeHeat”?

Clearly, these slogans are an excellent word play on the name of the team and the number of All-Star players that they’ve just signed. However, a closer examination of the phrase also shows that it has a very powerful and relevant historical antecedent.

Five Easy SEO Pieces

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

I’m not sure why I thought the following anecdote but since it percolated in my head, I thought I’d share it with you.

During college, a bunch of friends and I went to see the masterful Jack Nicholson film “Five Easy Pieces” that was screening on campus. We were all film buffs and reasonably intellectual, so as we watched the film, we analyzed the incredible work of art that we were witnessing. One of the obvious questions not apparently answered by the film was how it got its title.

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