just ran into Osric Chau

our registration for weekend passes at Chicagocon apparently don’t start for another hour at this point, so instead of waiting in line for hours we were like screw it, it’s not going anywhere, let’s walk somewhere and get some pizza. enjoyed a spectacular meal, finished up our s’mores pizza and our cocktails, happen to glance over to the other side of this little place and see Osric and his friend (nameless since idk if she’d want me throwing her name around tumblr?) sitting there, and I kinda believe in fate and my sister (who was there too) kinda really really loves Osric, so I stepped over and introduced myself and then she and our other two friends joined too. he’s super cool, as everyone knows already, and he seemed genuinely excited right away when I came over, and then we all just kinda talked for like twenty minutes about board games and kittens and cosplay and goodwill wedding dresses, and he made the effort to learn and remember all our names, and this is just super awesome and exciting. definitely going to his panel tomorrow (he asked like two or three times that we show up for sure), will definitely give him a nod and a shoutout or something. this trip is awesome and I feel so blessed and privileged right now.

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This is Not a game, This is a GAME CHANGER!


"We never wanted to harm organics. …We wish to understand, not incite.”

|EDI| :: |Zaeed| 


Incredible photos from the operating room taken by Max Aguilera-Hellweg in his book The Sacred Heart, An Atlas Of The Body Seen Through Invasive Surgery, 1997, Bulfinch Press, Little Brown & Company, New York  


How that simple dot at the end of the sentence became something you use to tell people you’re mad. Right. Now. 

Here’s an example from an article in the New Republic

On text and instant message, punctuation marks have largely been replaced by the line break. I am much more likely to type two separate messages without punctuation:

sorry about last night
next time we can order little caesars  

Than I am to send a single punctuated message: 

I’m sorry about last night. Next time we can order Little Caesars.

And, because it seems begrudging, I would never type:

sorry about last night.
next time we can order little caesars.

I talked about this in a post last year (Do you end a text with a period?), concluding that I use periods to varying degrees in text messages, sometimes for snark and especially when a textversation is longer (multiple sentences) or more formal. The comments/notes on that post, about other people’s text punctuation are also interesting. I wonder if anything has changed since then: feel free to check your own texts and report back! 

I also liked the discussion of exclamation marks as a sincerity marker:

Nearly everyone has struggled to figure out whether or not a received message is sarcastic. So people began using exclamation points almost as sincerity markers: “I really mean the sentence I just concluded!” (This is especially true of exclamation points used in sequence: “Are you being sarcastic?” “No!!!!!”)

Especially in medium-formal emails, I often use exclamation marks to indicate cheerfulness or lightheartedness (compare “Looking forward to meeting you!” with “Looking forward to meeting you.”). Since emoticons aren’t quite acceptable in a more formal context, I end up using exclamation marks as a substitute when I want to make sure that I’m coming off as friendly. 

A related phenomenon, I think, is the use of capitals and/or punctuation to indicate sarcasm. For example, notice the contrast between these two imagined texts: 

don’t be late
we’ve got some very important people coming

don’t be late
we’ve got some Very Important People coming

In the second one, capitalizing Very Important People when it doesn’t need to be capitalized makes the sender seem sarcastic or at least as if they’re speaking with a raised eyebrow. 

However, sometimes periods are also used for emphasis, and in combination with capitalization perhaps they cancel each other out and become sincere again. For example, I recently found myself saying the following, which is clearly sincere. 

Best. Response. Ever.

On the other hand, I’ve noticed that text messages have gotten more likely to include apostrophes and capitals for things like proper names because our phones automatically fill them in, and it would be way too much effort to take them out. (This being said, I’ve trained my phone to use lowercase “internet” and non-hyphenated “email” because using the default versions made me feel like an old fogey.)