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8584330

What should I write about? I've heard the advice, write what you know. What do I know?

"How to make sure the person next to you on a plane, train or bus doesn't talk to you" Answer, read a math book.

I suppose I could write about population dynamics or some other topic in math modeling.

What else do I know?

"How to pet a cat and type at the same time"

"Suburban camping: How to avoid the high cost of hotels"

"How not to start a business making chocolate truffles" I could just chronicle what I'm doing as a cautionary tale.


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The Librarian ...ook!

smiley - space

Writing-FleaMarket !! Ookook-OokOokook !! smiley - ok


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The Librarian ...ook!

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smiley - rolleyeshttp://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/brunel/Writing-FleaMarket


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Post 4

Aximili

Hey Librarian,I think you meant <./>Writing-fleamarket</.>

Use these <./> </.>


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Post 5

Aximili

Didn't work...

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Without the gas, obviously.


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Post 6

8584330

Yeah, I saw a few that had interesting titles. Sometimes the essay didn't actually match up to the title, but I suppose the next step is to ensure that someone has not already addressed that topic. If for a made-up example, I were to adopt an entry on bar towels (there isn't one so don't bother looking) and got it in the edited guide, does the original entry disappear?

Or for that matter, now that there are two Chocolate Mole entries, one in the Edited Guide, the other not, does the unedited Guide version get deleted? I supposed to do something about it?


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Post 7

fluffykerfuffle

smiley - space

smiley - ok thanks for the L code... i had forgotten it!

>>does the unedited Guide version get deleted? I supposed to do something about it? <<

near as i can figure out... being new here an all an all.... seems if you delete it you lose your conversations on it... What i would will do if and when i ever get something edited (let alone written smiley - wow) is....

i will erase the body of the unedited entry... keep the title.... put a link to the edited entry... and perhaps use the erased area for update info?? smiley - biggrin nooooo maybe make the title read <./> Chocolate Mole: addendum</.>?


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Post 8

8584330

Good point. Maybe I should ask my Ace.

In addition to the topics above, I also saw some intriguing topics in the Flea Market:

One on math and music. Probably a bit too ambition a topic for an entry since whole books have been written on the subject. I own one of them, and have read others.

One for a recipe that just needs a bit of correcting here and there.

One for how to sleep in your car.

One about Pythagorean approach to numbers, but this topic may have been covered by other Researchers since.

One on randomness, I could approach it from the math side.

One on essay writing.

Several on topics in computer science that I could approach from the math side.



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Post 9

fluffykerfuffle

smiley - space
and maybe ask the people over in RF (???)

........who do miniscule fixes... i saw one just yesterday for the gnonom... (someone named evilelf or somesuch goes around and finds typos etc and submits them somewhere) you see things like 'RF2310102 - Ways to Eat Icecream' in the most recent convos list.......

to put a link to your unedited addendum entry... once it is set up as such smiley - smiley

this actually could be protocol for everyone's unedited version smiley - eureka


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Post 10

fluffykerfuffle

smiley - space

smiley - wow if the one on math an music isnt done... doing the correlation thing about how they coincide (bacH) would be nice... succinct and clear.

i really like the how to sleep in your car one... i have a few pointers myself smiley - biggrin you got the link to that one?

fixing the recipes should be right up your alley


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Post 11

8584330



>>> if the one on math an music isnt done... doing the correlation thing about how they coincide (bacH) would be nice... succinct and clear.

Yeah, I'll have to check that one.

>>> i really like the how to sleep in your car one... i have a few pointers myself you got the link to that one?

Do you want to work on this one together? I've spent well over a year's worth of nights in my vehicle, so I'm pretty good at it. There seems to be two copies of the entry:

A1151173 How to Sleep in Your Car, created 20-Aug-03, edited by Johann Desmera
A1004068 How to Sleep in Your Car currently in Flea Market, created 20-Mar-03, edited by Paulo

It looks like Paulo wrote it, in landed in the Flea Market, Johann Desmera picked it up but hasn't done much that I can see with it.

fixing the recipes should be right up your alley

Yes, I like rescuing recipes. They're part history, part chemistry. smiley - smiley


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Post 12

fluffykerfuffle

smiley - space
i read the sleeping in cars thing and there is one problem...smiley - yikes it can be very dangerous!!

so if we can figure out a way to make that VERY clear... and still keep all the info... . ...i would love to add in anecdotes or remarks about the funnier sides of it... i actually thot it would be a funny piece and was a bit disappointed when i read it.... pretty dry.

let us take a day to read it over.... think about it.... and then regroup... yes? smiley - smiley

you have slept in your car way more than i have. The only thing i have to offer with my paltry few occasions is that every single one of them was hilarious... well, to me anyway. smiley - wow

recipes: part history part chemistry ....interesting... and also part accident... alot of great recipes are the result of accidents or substitutions eh!? the serendipity of cooking.


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Post 13

8584330

>>> ... sleeping in cars ... can be very dangerous!!

Well, yes, but identifying and minimizing risks could be a paragraph or two.

>>>so if we can figure out a way to make that VERY clear... and still keep all the info... . ...i would love to add in anecdotes or remarks about the funnier sides of it... i actually thot it would be a funny piece and was a bit disappointed when i read it.... pretty dry.

I agree, on both counts. Actually that was what I mean in the earlier posting by "Suburban Camping."

>>> let us take a day to read it over.... think about it.... and then regroup... yes?

Okay.

>>>you have slept in your car way more than i have. The only thing i have to offer with my paltry few occasions is that every single one of them was hilarious... well, to me anyway.

>>> recipes: part history part chemistry ....interesting... and also part accident... alot of great recipes are the result of accidents or substitutions eh!? the serendipity of cooking.

Yes indeed. Silly anecdote time: Years ago, I wanted to make steak and kidney pie for this event at which some tradition English cooking was appropriate. However, I couldn't bear the thought of kidneys. This is really odd, because I'm from an ethnic group that eats all sorts of things, tongue, stomach, tail, you name it. But I hate even the idea of eating kidneys. So I took myself firmly in hand, told myself it was for the other people that I was making this dish, steeled myself to the idea, marched into the grocery store, bought all the items, took them home, made the pies, put them in the oven, sat down to transcribe the recipe into my recipe book, and suddenly realized:

Hey I didn't put kidneys in, I put liver in! smiley - biggrinsmiley - laughsmiley - biggrin


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Post 14

fluffykerfuffle

smiley - space
aha... suburban camping... like outside a friend's house or in a ...good neighborhood?

smiley - wow very funny about your inadvertent subconscious substitution!! i myself avoid all cleansing organs of prey for nourishment .... unless they are from a very clean healthy animal. smiley - smiley

yeah... i had to hold The Librarian's hand all thru the recent editing of the Private Collections Room... he's such a whiner! But he does good work and he is prolific ...the work of three people it seems, sometimes smiley - biggrin


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Post 15

Aximili

Best of luck to the pair of you on this entry. Since I don't have anything to contribute to this, I'll keep me nose out. smiley - winkeye


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Post 16

8584330

How is your entry coming along? Anything we can do to help? smiley - smiley Or refrain from doing to hinder? smiley - laugh


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Post 17

Aximili

Terribly smiley - winkeye You and your westerns.

If this gets into the EG, I'm thinking of making a similar entry about situations that happen in films. Small, smart henchman and big, stupid one etc.

I've done a bit of housekeeping on 'Dialogue' and I'm constantly changing the quotes. Any suggestions welcome.smiley - smiley

How are your entries coming?


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Post 18

fluffykerfuffle

smiley - space
smiley - huh usually, when i run into a 'plateau' in content, i will work on the visual aspects to help me SEE the whole thing better. Here i am bogged down in the sameness of it all, visually. Soooo.... here's my brain jamming of visual ideas... put down as i think about em... smiley - biggrin

Axi... the only thing that bothers me is how it hits my eye. Like, it needs some oh i dunno... the groups need separation from each other? And compacting? Its all spread out. My first thought is each subheading (aha maybe use the subhead code for the title of each group?) okay thats my second thought. First thought is font color each block.... even fake the subheading with larger font boldened and same color as the text below it?

...not sure about 'same color of text below it'... it's possible the 'subheadings' all need to be the same color for cohesiveness of the whole... i just don't like being restricted by that red of the actual subheader code... but the title has to be red doesnt it? ...so maybe the subheaders are best red? i dunno i dunno smiley - wah

Happy? what do you think? * maaaaaaan, i wish this thread was in the writers lounge threads... its perfect for it ... ah well... the whole writers lounge library thingamajig is still, as axi says, 'fledgling' smiley - biggrin

okay... and another thought along the same lines... every other line in the quotes below each subheading is single spaced (no blank line between each line) alternating two colors...
for instance... turquoise and green... or two variations of the same color... one darker... so you see the difference... thus differentiating between the quotes.... This is all just brain storming... i have no commitment to any of these ideas.

what you might do, Axi, is do each block differently using different ideas and then we all can look at the resulting 'test page' and discuss it. smiley - biggrin oooor you can just look at it yourself and find you really like one the best and implement without talkin to us!

graphics are just ideas that get implemented and then the best idea is chosen. It's not magic smiley - biggrin


* smiley speaking out of side of mouth... eyes looking to opposite side?


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Post 19

fluffykerfuffle

smiley - space
and i like that idea for the situation entry... it could be linked to the dialogue one... or you could have a mother entry headed 'Film Cliches' and link to the dialogue and situation entries and whatever else gets thought up... one that comes to mind is plots smiley - biggrin listing all the movies that have the same plot underneath each generic plot description.

And, if you look back thru the older entries... it seems a lot of the earliest ones... that are very good btw.... are not all that long!


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Post 20

fluffykerfuffle

smiley - space
>>maaaaaaan, i wish this thread was in the writers lounge threads... its perfect for it ... ah well... the whole writers lounge library thingamajig is still, as axi says, 'fledgling' <<

oh smiley - wow haha ha! it IS in the Writers Lounge!! smiley - ok



smiley - yikes did i mention i am blonde?


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