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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #4350 on: September 05, 2013, 09:31:57 PM »
Nope. The CEO thanked me for what I said! Because he only heard the tiny bits that sort-of supported his grand schemes. Schemes that  newBoD said, in front of all of us, were probably a bad idea. So I failed in my attempt to commit PD. Where I hope I succeeded is in getting to someone who understands the problems and has some influence.

I had a  similar experience years ago - everyone told me I ws insane for telling the VP what was really going on in our failing department.  Nope - 7 years later he knew I would always tell him  the truth and I'd been promoted several times. It's all in the delivery.

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #4351 on: September 05, 2013, 11:11:52 PM »
Nope. The CEO thanked me for what I said! Because he only heard the tiny bits that sort-of supported his grand schemes. Schemes that  newBoD said, in front of all of us, were probably a bad idea. So I failed in my attempt to commit PD. Where I hope I succeeded is in getting to someone who understands the problems and has some influence.

I had a  similar experience years ago - everyone told me I ws insane for telling the VP what was really going on in our failing department.  Nope - 7 years later he knew I would always tell him  the truth and I'd been promoted several times. It's all in the delivery.
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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #4352 on: September 05, 2013, 11:34:41 PM »
Nope. The CEO thanked me for what I said! Because he only heard the tiny bits that sort-of supported his grand schemes. Schemes that  newBoD said, in front of all of us, were probably a bad idea. So I failed in my attempt to commit PD. Where I hope I succeeded is in getting to someone who understands the problems and has some influence.

I had a  similar experience years ago - everyone told me I ws insane for telling the VP what was really going on in our failing department.  Nope - 7 years later he knew I would always tell him  the truth and I'd been promoted several times. It's all in the delivery.

It's actually why my boss considers me indispensable. She says "everybody else always says yes to me, you're the only one who says no!".    I care more about the company working well and being successful, meeting our clients needs and having happy staff, than I do about my own neck.  So I don't hesitate to tell her when her ideas are bad or when she's screwing things up.  She is awesome and indispensable in many ways, but some of her management experience is limited, so there are areas she would screw up - and does on occasion - if I don't intervene.     Fortunately she's brave enough to take it.... and of course, it is in the delivery and timing.   
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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #4353 on: September 06, 2013, 08:48:11 AM »
Methinks a copy editor may be looking for a new job soon . . .

Formatting issue renders George R.R. Martin book hilarious

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #4354 on: September 06, 2013, 08:53:46 AM »
Methinks a copy editor may be looking for a new job soon . . .

Formatting issue renders George R.R. Martin book hilarious
I REALLY wonder what the Find--> Replace term was that caused all that nonsense. LOL

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #4355 on: September 06, 2013, 09:07:51 AM »
Oh, dear.  I laughed so hard I fell onto George RR Martin - Feast of Crows.
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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #4356 on: September 06, 2013, 09:59:10 AM »
Oh, dear.  I laughed so hard I fell onto George RR Martin - Feast of Crows.

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #4357 on: September 06, 2013, 12:25:28 PM »
My friend is a former copy editor.  I made sure to send that to her. 

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #4358 on: September 06, 2013, 01:15:16 PM »
I just snorted George R.R. Martin out of my nose.

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #4359 on: September 06, 2013, 01:18:46 PM »
LOL oh man that cracked me up!

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #4360 on: September 06, 2013, 01:47:53 PM »
Methinks a copy editor may be looking for a new job soon . . .

Formatting issue renders George R.R. Martin book hilarious

That's a composition or maybe proofreading problem, not copy editing. (I know, the terms "copyeditor" and "proofreader" overlap these days, but that looks like the sort of thing that happens late in the process, not at the copy edit and get author approval for changes stage.)
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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #4361 on: September 06, 2013, 01:50:27 PM »
Methinks a copy editor may be looking for a new job soon . . .

Formatting issue renders George R.R. Martin book hilarious

That's a composition or maybe proofreading problem, not copy editing. (I know, the terms "copyeditor" and "proofreader" overlap these days, but that looks like the sort of thing that happens late in the process, not at the copy edit and get author approval for changes stage.)

My guess is a programming problem, actually - I suspect the author tag on each page wasn't stuck in there properly.  So then if/when the ebook format was changed - to another format entirely or just a few tweaks - someone either copy-pasted everything together or the author tags ended up as part of the text.  There definitely should have been someone checking formatting at a final stage, though, who ought to have caught it.

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #4362 on: September 07, 2013, 03:08:46 PM »
Methinks a copy editor may be looking for a new job soon . . .

Formatting issue renders George R.R. Martin book hilarious

That's a composition or maybe proofreading problem, not copy editing. (I know, the terms "copyeditor" and "proofreader" overlap these days, but that looks like the sort of thing that happens late in the process, not at the copy edit and get author approval for changes stage.)
I was wondering if it was a misplaced header.  I've run across that once or twice with 'free' ebooks, where something was OCRed instead of being written in an e-format to begin with.  In one case it was page numbers.
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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #4363 on: September 08, 2013, 07:25:53 PM »
TechCrunch tech conference kicks off with two guys presenting an app called "Titstare."  Where you can upload pictures of breasts and rate other people's uploads.  And somehow the organizers of this conference had no idea anyone would find this (made-up, I hope) app presentation offensive.  A second presenter also simulated masturbation during his talk.

The official apology was "The two presentations were taken out of context.  Also, the presentations were intended as satire.  We apologize if anyone was offended."

(They did eventually release a much better apology, but seriously?  Didn't they think the presentations might be worth, oh, at least a casual glance before giving them the green light?)

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Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Reply #4364 on: September 08, 2013, 10:43:39 PM »
TechCrunch tech conference kicks off with two guys presenting an app called "Titstare."  Where you can upload pictures of breasts and rate other people's uploads.  And somehow the organizers of this conference had no idea anyone would find this (made-up, I hope) app presentation offensive.  A second presenter also simulated masturbation during his talk.

The official apology was "The two presentations were taken out of context.  Also, the presentations were intended as satire.  We apologize if anyone was offended."

(They did eventually release a much better apology, but seriously?  Didn't they think the presentations might be worth, oh, at least a casual glance before giving them the green light?)

What? I just... I have no words.