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Journal Journal: Nothing is original. 1

I recently used the phrase "not altogether dissimilar" in an e-mail. I didn't think it was strictly unique, but I thought it was fairly original to my style. Then I was reading some five-year-old stuff I'd written, and I saw myself use the phrase again. I had no idea I had acquired it so long ago.

So I did a Google search for it, and found 7,500 results. I was vaguely disappointed.

[Pedantic tangent: When "dissimilar" begins an adjectival phrase, folks seem to be evenly split as to whether the preposition should be "to" or "from". I prefer "from," but I'd love to know if either is strictly correct or incorrect.]

Someday I'm going to write something meaningful and understandable where every four- or five-word string is unique on Google. Then I'll probably consider my meaningless and pathetic life and shoot myself in the face. <.<

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Journal Journal: On keyboard shortcuts

If the Institute for Creation Research said "Our studies have shown that the earth is most likely 6,000 years old", you would either dismiss it summarily, or at least say "Show me how you conducted your study."

If an Apple alum says "Our studies showed that using the mouse is faster than using keyboard shortcuts", you should at least say "Show me how you conducted your study."

If the Apple study did not test experienced, fluent keyboard users versus experienced, fluent mouse users, the study is meaningless.

Some programming languages manage to absorb change, but withstand progress. -- Epigrams in Programming, ACM SIGPLAN Sept. 1982