Minutiae

A great link from my friend Ben:

U.S. President George W. Bush writes a note to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice during a Security Council meeting at the 2005 World Summit and 60th General Assembly of the United Nations in New York September 14, 2005. World leaders are exploring ways to revitalize the United Nations at a summit on Wednesday but their blueprint falls short of Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s vision of freedom from want, persecution and war. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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See if you can read what he’s writing! If you’re having trouble, here’s a closeup.

Priceless! The best part is the “Is this possible?” line. As Ben put it, “CAN YOU MAKE THIS HAPPEN FOR ME?”

Haha. Also, last night, nytimes.com had a typo on its main page:


(“Stationary” with an “a” means, of course, “not moving”; they wanted “stationery” with an “e”.) Since I am apparently a grammar/spelling freak, I emailed them about the mistake. I received only an automated response. But then this morning the blurb was gone! Ah, the ways in which I try to make my life interesting.

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4 Responses to Minutiae

  1. snafuuu says:

    Haha! But hey, everyone has to pee, right?

    I too am a grammar/spelling freak (to the point where I still cannot allow myself to split an infinitive, no matter how “normal” it would sound). I find spelling mistakes on CNN’s page all the time, but I’ve never actually emailed them about it. They usually fix them within a few minutes anyway. You freak.

    • aj says:

      Yeah, everyone definitely has to pee. What was funny, I thought, was how purposefully (and thoughtfully) he appears to be writing the message, and of course “Is this possible?”

      There’s also the temptation to believe that that’s the only note he wrote during the whole meeting… haha.

    • aj says:

      Btw, I used to be super insane too — would never want to willingly split an infinitive (hah) or end with a preposition. But a few years ago I decided to loosen up because it sounded so ridiculous. I’m still pretty insane about the obvious ones (its/it’s, etc.) and also about agreement. I even speak like this: “Does everyone have his paper handy?” Hah.

      Amusing anecdote: in that evite to our party, it says
      “Q: Who else can I bring?”
      It should really be “Whom else”, which is what I wrote originally, but my brother lobbied that it sounded insane, so I had to change it. Still irks me every time I look at the Evite, though :).

      • snafuuu says:

        I think I got over ending sentences with a preposition, because sometimes, it’s just *really* ridiculous otherwise. But somehow I still can’t split the infinitive; I’m not sure why. It’s/its and your/you’re definitely annoy me, but those are simpler to correct. I still can’t tell the difference between that/which and bring/take, though. And yes! Agreement! Is! Important!

        Maybe you should join . =p