Recap: The Jesus and Mo Fiasco

Posted by Dan | Posted in Censorship, Rants, Religion | Posted on 10-02-2014

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Long before Adam Ant copyrighted his face, there lived this dude called Muhammad…

In case you haven’t been following the latest Jesus and Mo circus, here’s the run-down:

In October last year, two students at the London School of Economics — Chris Moos and Abhishek Phadnis — were harassed by security at their Freshers’ Fair because of their t-shirts. Their shirts had Jesus and Mo cartoons which security considered too offensive. The cartoons are below:

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Commonly Confused English Words And Stuff

Posted by Dan | Posted in Pedantry | Posted on 08-11-2013

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This is a followup post to How To Proof Proper, Innit. If you find this guide helpful then be sure to check that out too.

Spelling matters. Weirdly, despite living in an age where everyone has smartphones with built-in spell checkers and the ability to access Google on a whim, nobody can spell or punctuate anymore. With luck, this colourful guide will keep you from committing some of the worst offences. The guide is ordered from Easy to Sod It, so more advanced readers may wish to scroll past the first few.

 

YOUR vs. YOU’RE

While they are pronounced the same, in writing these are two completely different words.

“Your” refers to a possession (your hat, your name, etc.).

The apostrophe in “you’re” tells us that it’s a combination of the words “you are” . Generally you’ll use this if you’re describing someone (you’re beautiful, you’re a murderer, etc.).

RULE TO REMEMBER: “If you’re talking at a person, use you’re. If you’re talking about an item, use your.”

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How To Proof Proper, Innit

Posted by Dan | Posted in Pedantry | Posted on 07-11-2013

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Freshly-ground-black-peopleProofreading matters. For anyone who doubts that let me bring your attention to the PR nightmare that followed Penguin’s publication of The Pasta Bible. –>

But proofreading isn’t as simple as just clicking on spell check. Here are some rules to help you when proofreading stuff:

The Golden Rule — The role of punctuation is to make writing easier to understand

This is the overarching rule which trumps all others. Don’t add punctuation just for the hell of it; as soon as punctuation hinders — rather than assists — a reader’s understanding, it needs to go. Occasionally you are allowed to break traditional rules in the name of this über rule (examples below).

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Twetiquette: How To Do Twitter

Posted by Dan | Posted in Social Media | Posted on 24-10-2013

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Disclaimer: OK, I know not everyone uses Twitter in the same way or for the same reasons. This guide assumes you are a standard Twitter user – that is to say, someone who would like to interact with new people, gain followers, and gets that warm gooey feeling when someone retweets you.

 

1) Don’t Use A Private Account

Twitter is a giant online conversation. Through the power of retweets and hashtags you can enter a discussion on a global scale and make friends and enemies from the farthest reaches of the earth. But in order to partake in this global conversation people need to be able to hear you. Having a private Twitter account is like turning up at Speaker’s Corner wearing a gag, and only agreeing to take it off periodically to whisper things to a select few people. Use a pseudonym if it makes you feel more comfortable, but don’t go private.

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An Open Letter To Christians (From A Baffled Nonbeliever)

Posted by Dan | Posted in Rants, Religion | Posted on 29-03-2013

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For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

— John 3:16 (KJV)

I would say this verse is pretty much the crux of Christianity: that our souls might have salvation in the afterlife because God made the difficult decision to send His only son to earth to die for our sins. We should be eternally thankful for His sacrifice.

I have tried for years to understand and believe in Christ’s sacrifice. It’s a core belief of millions across the world, and if it’s true then the fate of my eternal soul rests on understanding it (I’m not big on blind faith), but to this day I still can’t get my head around it. As it’s Easter I’m posting this as an open letter to Christians everywhere, asking you to help me understand the core belief of your religion. To understand God.

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