November 19th, 2011


Riding the Metro: Fandom edition

The last few weeks on the Metro were not as interesting as the first couple. It's turned colder so everyone is wearing the requisite black/brown/navy jackets. But I did want to mention a few things I saw including:

- A guy with a Megatokyo Ninj4 sweatshirt. Man, I haven't read that comic in years. What a blast from the past.
- Another guy wearing a giant dog tail and ears. So cute!
- Lady sat down beside me on the Metro. She had a three ring binder labeled "PWPs 2008-2011" and a folder labelled "WIPs 2011." I wanted to say something to her, but I was afraid that a) I'd find out she had no idea what I was babbling about and that PWP and WIP had some serious insurance/banking related meaning I didn't know about, or b) she'd be involved in some crazy fandom *cough*Twilight*cough* and I'd be stuck for the next 20 minutes listening to her debate the pros/cons of Team Edward versus Team Jacob.

First world annoyance

Dear survey designers,

If you're going to only list the states abbreviations (CA, NC, IN, etc.) by all that's holy, put them in alphabetical order by the abbreviations and not by their full names. You have no idea how much it irritates me to see appearing ME before MD or VT before VA. Besides which, it makes you look like you don't know the order of the alphabet and makes it twice as hard for people to find what they are looking for.

No love,

EDIT: I am agog that half the style guides I'm seeing recommend alphabetizing abbreviations by the abbreviation itself and half by the word spelled out. How does that even make any sort of sense? My favorite is one where they tell you alphabetize based on the word itself unless it's a widely accepted abbreviation. Who gets to make that call?

My brain hurts.