Archive for December, 2008

Easy email deleting on iPhone

Monday, December 29th, 2008

I sometimes have fat fingers on my iPhone and end up opening messages instead of deleting them (hey, it looks like a delete swipe to me).
An easy trick, as of one of the 2.x updates, is to hit the “Edit” button in the upper right corner while viewing messages.  Then, tap the messages you want […]

Metaphor in fantasy and science fiction

Sunday, December 28th, 2008

Metaphor doesn’t work in the opening of fantasy and science fiction.
Take a traditional work of fiction that opens:
Tom was a rock.
From this sentence, we know two things: Tom is a solid, reliable character, and the writer isn’t very imaginative.
Now that a fantasy novel that opens:
Tom was a rock.
In this case, perhaps Tom is an earth […]