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Tuesday February 06 2007

I like comment number one on this:

Hello. Charlie Brooker here.

I wrote this piffle. Then it was subbed. And whoever subbed it decided to add a bit describing Doom as “the first shoot-em-up game”.

Words fail me.

They also changed every abbreviation - so “they’re” becomes “they are” and “it’s” becomes “it is”, and so on - presumably in an attempt to inject a bit more plodding, impersonal joylessness to the whole thing.

Bet they did it on a Mac, too.

That last bit being a reference to the content of the original piece.  Charlie Brooker hates Macs and Mac users.

Samizdata has the same editorial policy about changing “they’re” to “they are” and “it’s” to “it is”, and I agree with Brooker that that’s stupid, and for the reasons he says.  Sorry.  That is stupid.  But, this won’t – will not – stop me putting things up at Samizdata.  Unless they now ban me for insubordination.

Brooker’s comment on his own piece reminds me of this posting that I did at Samizdata several years ago, in which I fisked something I’d written for a newspaper and which they’d rewritten, slightly.  I notice that in those days the “it’s” changed to “it is” policy was not yet in force.

This afternoon I visited the brand spanking new offices of the Globalisation Institute, to take photographs of its inmates.  They use Macs. But the explanation for this, said Alex Singleton, was that Madsen Pirie of the Adam Smith Institute wouldn’t approve if they used PCs.

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We feared that in the dim cloudiness of London just before it got dark, the pictures would not come out properly, but I rather like that.  I like how the haziness sucks Parliament into the background, so that it is still there, but not in a way that obtrudes on the Mac users in the foreground.  In good light, Big Ben would be growing straight out of the top of Tom Clougherty’s head.  As perhaps you think it is.  That pipe to the left of Alex as we look at him does rather obtrude though.  Oh well.

I thought the original reason for this was because many html pre-processing systems (PHP, ASP etc) had problems when encountering the inverted comma. On my own system I have a script that checks all text for the offending item and places the duly required “/” (or is is “\”?) symbol in front of it, thus telling the script how to treat the inverted comma.

As a die-hard Mac user may I say to all Windows Vista fans ... HAHAHA!

:)

Posted by Julian Taylor on 06 February 2007

There are Windows Vista fans?

Posted by Michael Jennings on 06 February 2007

Brian,

In what is a blatant act of blog-spamming, I refer you to my recent post on Macs and Mac users:

http://lmwnow.blogspot.com/2007/01/computers-as-peep-show-characters.html

Posted by Charles Pooter on 06 February 2007

I didn’t think there WERE any “Mac users”.....Surely, being exalted and semi-divine beings, who live at once in reality and on the celestial plane of globally-effortless-endeavour, they have a MUCH GRANDER word for what they “use?” USE?

Mac users in my experience commune with their machines on some level that we mere “PC users” can’t even begin to comprehend, let alone imagine.

A virtual bottle of British-State-Wine-Substitute goes to the first 30,000 correct opinions about what Mac “users” really ought to be called, and what the transitive verb that they, er, are epitomised by, er, ought to be.

Posted by David Davis on 06 February 2007

While on people who love their macs, anyone who hasn’t watched this should do so.

Posted by Michael Jennings on 07 February 2007

Michael, that is magnificent!

I was amazed to read someone on Guido Fawkes’ blog claim that the reason why The Times Online site was repeatedly crashing was only due to the fact that they were showing the new Mac adverts on it.

Posted by Julian Taylor on 07 February 2007
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