A quartet of links to things that caught my eye or tickled my fancy over the past few days:
- A Slate blogger gets her seasonal peeve on about the proper way to pluralize surnames on holiday cards.
- Over at The Toast, another contributor provides readers with an interesting and erudite discussion of the peculiar syntax of the f-word. (In some contexts, it functions like any other verb. In other contexts, it really really doesn’t.)
- Meanwhile, these people over here at the New York Public Library are looking for crowdsourcing help in transcribing historic menus. The site already has a lot of menus up for browsing, like this one from October 20, 1921, for dinner on the S. S. George Washington.
- And finally, here’s a glorious seasonal mashup to delight all of us renegade medievalists, and maybe some other folks, too: Grendel, after the manner of the Grinch.
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Less amusingly, the person who wrote the article for The Toast probably got screwed out of her copyright.: http://whatever.scalzi.com/2014/12/17/dear-the-toast-and-the-butter-please-fix-your-rights-grab/
According to Scalzi’s updates, in the aftermath of his post (and others) they’re changing the contract to bring it more in line with professional standards. Which is a good thing, and yay for Scalzi for using his internet visibility in a good cause.
(The original author is still left with having signed a bad contract . . . but there aren’t that many working writers out there who haven’t signed one of those at some point.)
Thank you for those links, especially the last one.