Monday, July 7, 2008

Housekeeping Memo

For some reason, Queries 50 and 51 disappeared from the blog right after I read and commented on them.

I hope this is not a case of post hoc ergo propter hoc,*** but rather a technical glitch.

When one of the chums sends a revision, the post goes "on hiatus" while I crit the revision. Then it comes back.

I do this primarily to annoy you of course, but mostly it's so I remember what I haven't finished working on.

*** yea, I had to look it up too.


Joe Iriarte said...


I know what it means, and yet I have no idea how to apply it to this context.

liss n kids said...

The writer thought that his/her comment caused the queries to disappear? Or thought it didn't cause it, but seemed like it did? But hoped that wasn't the case? Weird.

talpianna said...

Some of us minored in Latin, you know.

Post hoc ergo propter hoc (After this, therefore because of this) is a well-known logical fallacy. It means mistaking sequence for causation. For example, you wash your car, and it rains.

Liss n kids grasped my point.

Megoblocks said...

Galia est provincia!

First sentence ever learned. Probably the only one that stays too.

Mags said...

Credo quia absurdum est.

Not your question, Talpianna, just in general.

Daisy said...

Nil carborundum illegitimati.

Not in response to this post, just in general.

Joe Iriarte said...

Te audire no possum. Musa sapientum fixa est in aure.

Mags said...

Quidquid latine dictum sit, altum sonatur.


Ubi o ubi sub ubi me est?

Joe Iriarte said...

Semper ubi sububi in caput tuum.

Mags said...

Won't THAT cause a commotion in church????

Okay, but I'm telling 'em where I got the idea...

bish said...

mnitw mnlovetw mnmagstw. mnloutw.

Joe Iriarte said...

01000110 01110010 01100101 01100001 01101011 00101110

Janet Reid said...

Don't make me stop this car and come back there to sort out this nonsense.

bish said...

a guy earlier told me that e equals mc squared.

and thats not all...

he also said that a squared plus b squared = c squared.

Janet Reid said...

e equals m(csquared) not mcsquared.
Punctuation is not only a good idea, it's the law. One of them thar thermodynamical ones most likely. Relatively speaking.

Gawd, this MUST end.

bish said...

you are so picky

the end

Joe Iriarte said...

mrm . . . mc² would be correctly interpreted as m(c²), not as (mc)². I think bish gets a punctuation dispensation on that one.

I love that you've had a nerd eruption all over your blog, by the way! :D

talpianna said...

Quantum materiae materietur marmota monax si marmota monax materiam possit materiari?

More here:

Mags said...

Volo, non valeo, Janet. Nerd is nerd. Res ipsa ioquitur.

Carpe carpum!

mnawtw, mnthankstw mnloutw!

Southern Writer said...

Sapiens dominabitur astris

So. Anyway. Query author, if you give #53 about 50,000 words, maybe he or she will teach you to write a great query, then you'll both be in business.

talpianna said...

The Query Shark wrote: When one of the chums* sends a revision, the post goes "on hiatus" while I crit the revision. Then it comes back.

To paraphrase slightly:

Well, did they ever return? No, they never returned,
And their fate is still unknown.
They may float forever 'neath the seas of Sharkdom--
The queries that never returned.

*chum2 noun, verb, chummed, chum·ming.
–noun 1. cut or ground bait dumped into the water to attract fish to the area where one is fishing.
2. fish refuse or scraps discarded by a cannery.
–verb (used without object) 3. to fish by attracting fish by dumping cut or ground bait into the water.
–verb (used with object) 4. to dump chum into (a body of water) so as to attract fish.
5. to lure (fish) with chum: They chummed the fish with hamburger.
[Origin: 1855–60, Americanism; of uncert. orig.]