Re: Rumours abounding about a new Gnome Media release
- From: Pat Costello <Patrick Costello Sun COM>
- To: gnome-hackers gnome org, desktop-devel-list gnome org, hobbit aloss ukuu org uk
- Subject: Re: Rumours abounding about a new Gnome Media release
- Date: Tue, 11 Jun 2002 09:51:26 +0100 (BST)
A wise old scribe once told me: "Never, ever, use parentheses, no matter how
tempting (unless absolutely necessary).
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> On Tue, Jun 11, 2002 at 02:27:47AM +0100 or thereabouts, iain wrote:
> >  Yes, I copied this off of my slipmats.
> >  There was a "release" called 1.999999999.0 last week, and to tell
> > you the truth, the only thing thats changed is the version number in the
> > configure.in file.
> >  Or any other server that does that sort of stuff. Don't let the name
> > fool you.
> >  AKA The "Your favourite band sucks" principle.
> >  The mixer formally known as GMix.
> ...to the current record for footnotes on gnome mailing lists.
> I did enjoy the release announcement, but on the matter of footnotes:
> A monstrous variation on the parenthesis is the content footnote.
> What, after all, is a content footnote but material that one is
> either too lazy to integrate into the text or too reverent to
> discard? Reading a piece of prose that constantly dissolves into
> extended footnotes is profoundly disheartening. Hence my rule of
> thumb for footnotes is exactly the same as that for parentheses.
> One should regard them as symbols of failure. I hardly need add
> that in this vale of tears failure is sometimes unavoidable.
> Linkname: Paul Robinson, The Philosophy of Punctuation
> URL: http://www.press.uchicago.edu/Misc/Chicago/721833.html
> (The whole thing is a great read, even if he's wrong about the
> semicolon :))
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