colinian

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    Writing, cross country skiing, hiking, swimming, computers, listening to music, reading, being a salary man, my spouse Doug.

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  1. Can you help me find this story?

    There are quite a few posters here who much prefer the white-on-black Carbon-4 theme appearance of the forum. When I'm using the Carbon-4 theme it seems that there are other problems besides the symbols: When posting, it seems slower to respond. There are more cases of the forum software locking up. There are cases where a new post "disappears" and causes the poster to re-enter it, only to discover, later, that the original was posted meaning there are now two posts. Of course, there are problems with the Default theme, too. There is one that irritates me: If you cut something from one place in a post to another, then a black bar appears near the bottom of the post that reads: Pasted as rich text Paste as plain text instead with, at the right end of the bar, an X in a circle which, when you point at it, shows a notation that reads Keep formatting – but pointing at or clicking the X doesn't do anything. The X seems to work when using the Carbon-4 theme. Colin
  2. Can you help me find this story?

    Okay, I'll expand a bit. In the bar at the top of a post you're writing there are a lot of symbols that make no sense in relation to what will happen when you click them. Position the cursor and/or highlight the text where you want to have your link; then click the symbol that looks like X3 and when it's clicked will take you to a dialog box that lets you paste or enter the link and when you click the "Insert into post" button it will position it in your post. You can select text in your post, or enter whatever text you want like "click here to be amazed" in the dialog box, or you can leave it blank and the link will also be used as the text. No trying to grab something that pops up for a second or two. The dialog box remains open until you click the "Insert into post" button. If after opening the dialog box you decide you don't want to proceed, either click the X in the top right corner of the dialog box, or press the ESC key. I have no idea why, in this version of the IPS fourm software, that these symbols don't mean what they imply. It's left as an exercise for the students of this course to explore, on their own, these bizarre symbols and the action that results from clicking on each of them. Colin
  3. Clouds of Glory by Mihangel

    Here are the lyrics to Calon Lân in both Welsh and English. Colin
  4. The em dash

    I don't use the M-dash as often as some others who write stories here. When I do, I almost always use the "loose" version — as shown here instead of the tight version—because of the way it looks. The loose M-dash is discussed in comments in the article, as well as loose … and …attached and tight….ellipses, the meaning of which now includes use as a short pause, especially in dialogue, and not that something is missing. Isn't the English language fun? And always remember, it's a living language as this article demonstrates. Colin
  5. Can you help me find this story?

    Peter, there are ways to get around that. You have to display the link in your browser's address bar and copy it from there. I just did it as a test and that worked for me. Also, clicking on "Dinner for One" in your post takes you to the story on AD. Colin
  6. Doing Something ~ Chapter 15 of a Novel by Cole Parker. A sixteen year old boy faces major life changes, ones he hates, and there isn’t anything he can do about them but make the best of it. High School Hero ~ Chapter 5 of a Novel by Cole Parker. High school is part wonderful, part wrenching for most everyone. Along the way, for the lucky ones, personal growth occurs. Featured stories are from our archive and we think you'll enjoy reading them again — or for the first time. A Story for Mikie ~ A Short Story by Viv. A little effort makes some things melt away like snow. Click here to read the hundreds of serial novels, short stories, flash fiction, and poems on the Codey's World site.
  7. Doing Something ~ Chapter 14 of a Novel by Cole Parker. A sixteen year old boy faces major life changes, ones he hates, and there isn’t anything he can do about them but make the best of it. High School Hero ~ Chapter 4 of a New Novel by Cole Parker. High school is part wonderful, part wrenching for most everyone. Along the way, for the lucky ones, personal growth occurs. Featured stories are from our archive and we think you'll enjoy reading them again — or for the first time. Life of Troy ~ A Short Story by Brian Stoll. This was the first chapter of a novel by Brian Stoll that he wasn't able to complete, and that we repurposed as a coming of age short story. Click here to read the hundreds of serial novels, short stories, flash fiction, and poems on the Codey's World site.
  8. Shadow Honor

    Sounds interesting. I'll look for it. Colin
  9. Doing Something ~ Chapter 13 of a Novel by Cole Parker. A sixteen year old boy faces major life changes, ones he hates, and there isn’t anything he can do about them but make the best of it. High School Hero ~ Chapter 3 of a New Novel by Cole Parker. High school is part wonderful, part wrenching for most everyone. Along the way, for the lucky ones, personal growth occurs. Featured stories are from our archive and we think you'll enjoy reading them again — or for the first time. Time Stood Still ~ A Flash Fiction Story by Trab. A short, sharp tale on the state of bee-ing. Click here to read the hundreds of serial novels, short stories, flash fiction, and poems on the Codey's World site.
  10. Ursula K. Le Guin died at the age of 88 on Monday January 22, 2018 at her home in Portland, Oregon. She was a famous science fiction and fantasy author, famed for her novel The Left Hand of Darkness. There's a detailed article here. Colin
  11. New AD Posting Schedule in 2018

    You can slip over to AwesomeDude's little brother's site Codey's World on Wednesday mornings (that's the CW posting day) and see what's new there. Colin Admin for Codey's World
  12. Outside In by Bi Janus

    Peter, I agree with your comment about James Baldwin and your conclusion that it's what Outside In is about. The essential dialogue is that between Richard and his mother and between Richard and Joseph Freeman. Bi Janus has put us in Richard's head and we're reading what he's thinking and seeing how it's shaping his life. This is a powerful story that I'll reread and remember. Bravo, Bi Janus! Colin
  13. A simple rule we learned in school

    There's a very interesting and fun to read article on the Washington Post — a link is here so you can read it. It has some statistics that fly in the face of what we learned in elementary school. Colin
  14. The Knight's Cowboy's Tale of 33 Names

    And a worthwhile and amusing story it is! Thanks, Paul. And thanks to Corey (wherever he is) for coming up with the list. Colin
  15. The Knight's Cowboy's Tale of 33 Names

    Breaking other people's code is/can be fun. I run a web application development department and we are always, purposely, intent on breaking our applications with the objective to fix them. If we don't find the bugs, then our customers will. That's usually not a comfortable situation! I remember back when I took a coding class in high school the instructor said, "There's no program that has at least four lines of code that's entirely bug-free." That's especially true when you have at least 4,000 lines of code. Colin