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Clarke's Laws etc.

Reader Dan Nowacki sends us "Clarkes' three laws":

1. When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something
is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that
something is impossible, he is very probably wrong.

2. The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to
venture a little way past them into the impossible.

3. Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

Speaking of magic, I don't really know how the blogging tool works, as reader and fellow blogger Eric Siegmund points out:

I realize that you're working on getting the hang of this blogging thing,
and I don't know what software the WaPo has provided to you, although a
quick glance at your source code seems to indicate you're using
TypePad/Movable Type. Anyway, one skill you need to master in order to take
your blogging to the "next level" (whatever that is) is the inclusion of
actual clickable hyperlinks, instead of just including the URL in static
text format. This was a pretty obvious shortcoming in your "Some reader
rants" post.

However, what's a little strange is that you seem to be able to link to
other WaPo articles, so perhaps you've made the decision to not link to
non-WaPo content. That's puzzling, and definitely is a no-no in polite
blogging circles.

I will happily link to sites outside The Post (and I hope the link to your blog works). I'm just inept at this, plus I do like the idea of this blog linking to other Post material that I like. I'll get more training next week on the technical side of things. The sad truth is that I'm still learning my MS-DOS commands.

Doris McInnes responds to the item on adjectives and adverbs, offering a quote from Stephen King:

"The road to hell is paved with adverbs."

Some scolding from Courtney Wirwahn:

Turning on a light is not "like air". I am probably no more than 10 years older than your children, which means that turning on a light in the 1980's was pretty much taken for granted too. But my parents, my father especially, drilled into my head from the time I could reach the cord that ran to the light switch in my room-2 or 3 probably- to turn the light off when you're not in the room. How difficult is that? Joel, I'm sure you're a good dad, but aren't you to blame for your children thinking that lighting up the house like the "vegas strip" is ok? I'm sure they're wasteful and disrespectful of other people's resources (you're paying this bill on their behalf, right? in other ways too. Charge them a dollar for every light switch found on in the house that is their doing.

By Joel Achenbach  |  February 17, 2005; 12:31 PM ET
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