Required Reading: Your Spam Folder

Are you guys aware of the spam emails that are going around in the guise of breaking-news updates from MSNBC? I was just skimming my Gmail spam folder for misidentified messages when I saw these:

BREAKING NEWS: World Leaders Gather To Roast Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
BREAKING NEWS: [audio] Church Group Offers Homosexual New Life In Closet
BREAKING NEWS: Bush Sells Louisiana Back to the French
BREAKING NEWS: McDonald's Happy Meals In San Francisco To Include Gay Marriage License

Funny spam? I feel so conflicted.

EDIT: Someone already has a Tumblr blog going to collect the phoney MSNBC headlines.

Why You Should Hire a Copyeditor

As an editor, my primary function is to find and correct things that are wrong (examples: a misspelling, a factual error, a word that you "didn't think was that racist," a grammatical construction that makes you sound like a cannibal). I have to be observant, and I also have to continually educate myself to ensure I'm able to spot any potential problems. It's often easy to overlook mistakes when you're dealing with a 4,000-word feature or, say, your thirtieth document of the day. When your word count is less than ten, however, you don't have an excuse:


Copyeditors are a dying breed these days, although that doesn't mean they're any less necessary.

First thing via Jeremy Parish; last two links via Bill Walsh. Box art directly from Amazon.

Three Songs That Should Be in Grand Theft Auto IV

Yesterday I gave you my favorites from the game, so today we've got three songs I would've liked to see make the cut. To qualify for consideration, songs had to be appropriate for extended car chases, ultra-violent urban crime sprees, or both simultaneously. In the spirit of the game, they also had to include at least one instance of in-your-face profanity (and track three, bless its little heart, features way more than one). Enjoy!

The Three Best Songs in Grand Theft Auto IV

Mix-tape apps seem to be the hot new thing, and while I've already talked about (and really like) Muxtape, I'm also having a lot of fun with Mixwit. My main complaint about Muxtape is that it doesn't offer any kind of widget for off-site use, but Mixwit's got that covered. It lacks some flexibility - you can't upload your own tracks, and I've had problems with a couple "disappearing" songs - but it's easy to use and draws from a pretty large selection of online music. (Update: It also kind of sucks that you can't edit song/artist info. Accuracy, people! Take pride in your copyright infringement!)

I'm still playing Grand Theft Auto IV, and as usual, I'm spending a lot of time just driving around and listening to the in-game radio (there nineteen stations in all - sixteen music and three talk-radio). Jazz station JNR is particularly strong, with tracks from John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Chet Baker, Sonny Rollins, and a few more. As a former jazz DJ, that makes me happy, although they could have used a few more songs - some Mingus or Lee Morgan or Jimmy Smith, or maybe Miles' A Tribute to Jack Johnson in its entirety.

Anyway, these are the tracks that I really get excited about, to the point that if they're playing, I'll usually sit in my fake car, double-parked outside a fake building, until they're over. It's like being sixteen again, only with a sniper rifle!