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Ladybadtiming PRO 7:11pm, 15 September 2007
Here is our ninth "15th day of the month's theme"

you have until the last day of the month to post your picture(s) of the theme.

Here is August's theme :
YOUR MOST USEFUL TOOL

be industrious, be tidy, be dainty, be brutal, be mad
be yourself !
we all wanna see !!!!!!!!!!!
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Ladybadtiming PRO 11 years ago
we all are gonna have the same more or less
right ?
so I might as well begin
do prove me wrong !

most useful tool
ebilflindas 11 years ago
Life would be much more challenging without my grabbers.

Hey Tim lol

HEY
TIM
LOL
drab chicken [deleted] 11 years ago
lmao ebil. hahaha!!! you're GREAT

p.s. my most useful tool is for My Eyes Only. hahaha
*glory sits this one out
sunshinecity 11 years ago
hey Ebil, that's totally cool!
CollardGreens PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by CollardGreens (member) 11 years ago
The Right Tool - Exposed

Maybe not too useful but totally versitile !
(agree with Emil !)
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Go on Glory, let's have a peek!

My contribution must be my michanaki, which gets me around rapidly, avoiding traffic congestion and parking problems, and allows me to nip up to the supermarket or greengrocer when we run out of ouzo, Metaxa barndy, or fresh oranges for sqeezing:

My Michanaki
sunshinecity 11 years ago
omg Rob, you totally stole my idea! LOL
I'm hoping to get my new scooter in oct... the one I have now is just falling to pieces!
Rebecca... PRO 11 years ago
The tools of my trade

The pen is mightier than the sword.

I have a brain like a sieve, so I'm totally useless without my favorite biro & pad, and I've had this calculator for about 6 years now, totally essential for my work and I hate using other people's. Yes I am a bit obsessive compulsive about my calculator. Or in general actually.
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Sorry Sunshine, let's see yours also. Isn't that beautiful Italian design?
Dragonhide 11 years ago
My Tool? You're getting personal there, Lady Bad timing!

That's too cool, Ebil!! :)

*ponders what to post*
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Ladybadtiming PRO 11 years ago
yep, jallen !
I want to see your tool
we all want to see your tool
please, show us your tool !

:-)


[LadyBadTiming / snapshooting my life away, day after day, after day, after day]
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Jallen and Glory, both being coy LOL. Neither of them noticeably coy on other streams haha.
sunshinecity 11 years ago
lmFAO oh i'm so dumb sometimes ahahah I misread what you wrote and didn't get the joke at first...
so naive of me ahhaah
friuduric 11 years ago
Hello! I thought I'd join in this month:

My memory

My most useful tool? No, it isn’t my flat head. It’s my memory. I’m a copyeditor. Every project is different, and I often work on multiple projects at once. That means I have to be able to keep track of the style points each client uses (for example do they prefer: apples, pears, and oranges; or apples, pears and oranges? [yes, life or death is in the balance with minutia like this—or so an indignant client will insist]); I have to remember the grammar sensitivity of each client (who expects me to go on “which” hunts and who thinks that’s a thing of the past); and I have to ensure that words are used consistently (here it’s the Governance Committee, there it’s the Governance committee, everywhere it’s mixed up committees).

Before you shout, “Wowee! I have got to get me a piece of the glamour which is An Editor’s Life!” let me warn you that there is a Dark Side to having a very good memory. You remember *everything*. That barbed comment your cousin made eight years ago? You remember it. The bitter words you had with your friend when you made a risky life choice? They’ll come back to you, even if they’ve been forgotten by the other person. In general, I think one is happier if one has a mistier memory.

But I kick ass at Trivial Pursuit. Oh yes I do.

--Imperatrix
Adventures on Sabbatical
ebilflindas 11 years ago
So, Imperatrix, if I already remember every bit of unsavory sling and arrow I've endured (or unleashed), should I go ahead and pursue the glamourous life of the Copyeditor?
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Yessah - I knew that memory loss problem would come back to bless me ! I can't remember squat ! Lucky to remember what shoe goes on what foot. I work almost exclusively off of muscle memory and a compass !!
friuduric 11 years ago
Emil: If you want -- *whispers* but copyediting's really not glam at all.

You reminded me of another problem with memory, though: I remember every.stupid.thing.I've.ever.said. Urrrrrrgh.

Ted: You lucky devil!

--Imperatrix
Adventures on Sabbatical
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Surely there is only one correct form: apples, pears and oranges?

You're missing one essential book there - Fowler's Oxford Modern English Usage.
friuduric Posted 11 years ago. Edited by friuduric (member) 11 years ago
Rob: Aha! A chance to indulge my pedantic side. The thing about the serial comma (when you use a comma before the "and") is that it is less prone to confusion. What would you make of this Acknowledgment: "I would like to thank John, my father and God for helping to make this book a reality." Is the author talking about three people, or one? If the author had said "I would like to thank John, my father, and God" then we don't have to worry about the author having some bizarre buddy / hero worship thing going on with regards to his dad. (Just imagine how thrilling conversations on the major international copyediting listserv can be!)

Another funny thing: Although the serial comma is used more in U.S. English, another name for it is the "Oxford comma" (as in, that English institute of higher learning).

--Imperatrix
Adventures on Sabbatical
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Very good point there... I always get mixed up about which to use, sometimes one makes more sense than the other. Mmm.. Copyediting sounds like tedious work!
friuduric 11 years ago
Copyediting sounds like tedious work! -- Ouch!

We prefer to say ... "copyediting is a detail-intensive art."

;-)
--Imperatrix
Adventures on Sabbatical
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
I am not convinced about the serial comma, Imperatrix, there is no ambiguity if you understand the rule, but let's agree to differ.

I will however, pushing LBT's tolerance to the limit (sorry, delete if you want my Lady), post below something relevant to this discussion, by that great Englishman, John Cleese.
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 11 years ago
From John Cleese on behalf of Her Majesty

To the citizens of the United States of America:


In light of your failure to elect a competent President of the USA and thus to govern yourselves, we hereby give notice of the revocation of your independence, effective immediately.

Her Sovereign Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, will resume monarchical duties over all states, commonwealths and other territories (excepting Kansas, which she does not fancy). Your new prime minister, Gordon Brown, will appoint a governor for America without the need for further elections. Congress and the Senate will be disbanded.

A questionnaire may be circulated next year to determine whether any of you have noticed.

To aid in the transition to a British Crown Dependency, the following rules are introduced with immediate effect:

1. You should look up "revocation" in the Oxford English Dictionary. Then look up "aluminium," and check the pronunciation guide. You will be amazed at just how wrongly you have been pronouncing it. The letter 'U' will be reinstated in words such as 'colour', 'favour' and 'neighbour.'

Likewise, you will learn to spell 'doughnut' without skipping half the letters, and the suffix "ize" will be replaced by the suffix "ise." You will learn that the suffix 'burgh' is pronounced 'burra'; you may elect to respell Pittsburgh as 'Pittsberg' if you find you simply can't cope with correct pronunciation.

Generally, you will be expected to raise your vocabulary to acceptable levels. (look up "vocabulary"). Using the same twenty-seven words interspersed with filler noises such as "like" and "you know" is an unacceptable and inefficient form of communication.

2. There is no such thing as "US English." We will let Microsoft know on your behalf. The Microsoft spell-checker will be adjusted to take account of the reinstated letter 'u' and the elimination of "-ize."

3. You will relearn your original national anthem, "God Save The Queen", but only after fully carrying out Task #1 (see above).

4. July 4th will no longer be celebrated as a holiday. November 2nd will be a new national holiday, but to be celebrated only in England. It will be called "Come-Uppance Day."

5. You will learn to resolve personal issues without using guns, lawyers or therapists. The fact that you need so many lawyers and therapists shows that you're not adult enough to be independent. Guns should only be handled by adults. If you're not adult enough to sort things out without suing someone or speaking to a therapist then you're not grown up enough to handle a gun.

Therefore, you will no longer be allowed to own or carry anything more dangerous than a vegetable peeler. A permit will be required if you wish to carry a vegetable peeler in public.

6. All American cars are hereby banned. They are crap and this is for your own good. When we show you German cars, you will understand what we mean.

All intersections will be replaced with roundabouts, and you will start driving on the left with immediate effect. At the same time, you will go metric with immediate effect and without the benefit of conversion tables.

Both roundabouts and metrication will help you understand the British sense of humour.

7. The Former USA will adopt UK prices on petrol (which you have been calling "gasoline") - roughly $6/US gallon. Get used to it.

8. You will learn to make real chips. Those things you call French fries are not real chips, and those things you insist on calling potato chips are properly called "crisps." Real chips are thick cut, fried in animal fat, and dressed not with mayonnaise or ketchup but with vinegar.

9. Waiters and waitresses will be trained to be more aggressive with customers.

10. The cold tasteless stuff you insist on calling beer is not actually beer at all. Henceforth, only proper British Bitter will be referred to as "beer," and European brews of known and accepted provenance will be referred to as "Lager." American brands will be referred to as "Near-Frozen Gnat's Urine," so that all can be sold without risk of further confusion.

11. Hollywood will be required occasionally to cast English actors as good guys. Hollywood will also be required to cast English actors to play English characters. Watching Andie MacDowell attempt English dialogue in "Four Weddings and a Funeral" was an experience akin to having one's ears removed with a cheese grater.

12. You will cease playing American "football." There is only one kind of proper football; you call it "soccer." Those of you brave enough will, in time, be allowed to play rugby (which has some similarities to American "football", but does not involve stopping for a rest every twenty seconds or wearing full kevlar body armour like a bunch of nancies).

Further, you will stop playing baseball. It is not reasonable to host an event called the "World Series" for a game which is not played outside of America. Since only 2.1% of you are aware that there is a world beyond your borders, your error is understandable.

13. You must tell us who killed JFK. It's been driving us mad.

14. An internal revenue agent (i.e. tax collector) from Her Majesty's Government will be with you shortly to ensure the acquisition of all monies due (backdated to 1776).

Thank you for your co-operation.
ebilflindas 11 years ago
Oh yes, Rob, we received that notice a long time ago--lot of good it's done, eh?
sunshinecity Posted 11 years ago. Edited by sunshinecity (member) 11 years ago
ZZZZzzz... wake me up when it's over...
*whispers to tim and ebil* "Let's skip this class....
*tips toes out*
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Ladybadtiming PRO 11 years ago
a lot of talking, not so many tools !
I am waiting ...
:-)
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Ladybadtiming PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Ladybadtiming (admin) 11 years ago
we all are !

the end of the month is not very far
keep those tools coming !

:-)
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 11 years ago
OK LBT, I'll bite (as the one responsible for most of that talk). An essential tool that helps me run my business - a good old-fashioned Lotus 1-2-3 spreadsheet (I prefer not to use Microsoft products) containing all essential elements for me to keep my finger on the pulse. I spend an hour or two every day playing with it...

Essential Tool

We also have an account/bookkeeper, who deals with all the tax and industrial relations issues, and my numbers might not necessarily agree with hers, but what I keep track of is the real bottom-line.
bunæn PRO 11 years ago
35 mm scan
There it is, under my badge. It's my Hipster PDA.

For those of you who want to build one your self:
Building your first Hipster PDA

1. get a bunch of 3"x5" file cards
2. clip them together with a binder clip
3. there is no step 3
ragged division [deleted] 11 years ago
Self Indulgence
Self indulgence and camera, tools of this month.
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Ladybadtiming PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Ladybadtiming (admin) 11 years ago
YEP, 9 of course !
well done !

FIVE more days, people !!!
:-)
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Ladybadtiming PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Ladybadtiming (admin) 11 years ago
FOUR more !
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Ladybadtiming PRO 11 years ago
LAST day you all !!!!
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