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Law of Diminishing Returns - Qualified Perceptions
firstfrost
firstfrost
Law of Diminishing Returns
So, as some of you have already heard or noticed or whatever, mjperson and I have had this slow-moving project of making actual books for the Oath logs and add-ons. We stuffed them into appropriate formatting, and read through them and corrected all the typos and rogue commas and this and that, and then sent them off to lulu.com to turn into books. And they sent us books.

Which were ridiculously full of typos and rogue commas and creepy "the"s (that's a technical term, for the three letters "the" being non-italicized in the middle of an italic word or paragraph. These are caused by a too-clever-for-our-own-good attempt to turn "the Hippocrates" into "the Hippocrates" without changing all other instances of (the person, not the ship) Hippocrates. You can see how that might have gone horribly awry....).

So we spent forever checking them with a red pen, and putting all our corrections back into the documents, and sent them to be turned into books again, which arrived today.

Which are... well, not *ridiculously* full of typos and mistakes, but... let's just say there were probably a thousand weird mistakes in the first proof, and we might have caught 90% of them. But there's at least one topquote with creepy "the"s in it. Hopefully, if we can fix 90% of *these*, then there should be enough that I can't just look for mistakes and find them.

(edited because wow, look at me not able to do powers of ten!)
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nuclearpolymer From: nuclearpolymer Date: April 23rd, 2008 06:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I found about 400 spelling errors in my PhD thesis after I had turned it in, posted the corrected version for the MIT online repository, and then never looked at it again...at some point, you have to either just not look or actually fix everything. I'm lazy.
countertorque From: countertorque Date: April 24th, 2008 04:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think the easiest way to find this stuff is have someone read it who has never seen it before. Once you've read it, they become invisible.
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 25th, 2008 03:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have freaked people out in the past with my ability to spot misspellings at 600 words per minute, so my proofreading services are at your disposal if you'd like.
kirisutogomen From: kirisutogomen Date: April 25th, 2008 03:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

Dammit

Stupid cookie-cleaning thing.
firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: April 25th, 2008 03:51 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Dammit

Ooh, I'll bring them to Poker Night. :)
merastra From: merastra Date: April 25th, 2008 08:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh oops! I totally forgot about helping out with that. Sorry about that. :-/

I guess I should've realized I'm overscheduled.
firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: April 25th, 2008 08:27 pm (UTC) (Link)

but you did!

You refrobulated the covers for us!
merastra From: merastra Date: April 28th, 2008 04:40 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: but you did!

I did? Oh good! I mean, yes of course, I did! It's nice when your alter ego does things for you. ;-)
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