worthcogitation:

LOOK ALERT: Fentanyl is a synthetic opiate, a class one narcotic analgesic used instead of morphine. It’s not synthetic ‘heroin’! What a crock. A good reason to subscribe to a reputable online drugs guide/handbook and check such assumptions before winging it. One option for reporters working from their iPads is the free Micromedex Drug Reference for Internet Subscribers app. Not that hard.

Fix It Friday

heretoedit:

Here’s a new entry for Fix It Friday!

BEFORE

Why is a good rest so important for your children? Be careful to the bad habits and find out how to fight tiredness!

The Sleep: Why Is So Important For Kids and Teenagers?
Having a healthy and regular sleep is essential for everyone; But at school-age some insomnia problems may arise and they could follow your kids as they grow up.

Having a Bad Sleep Could Have Serious Effects On School Performance
A recent study by National Institute of Health has shown that many school-age children do not sleep enough, with serious consequences on their daily activities performances, including studying. Do not forget that kids need a lot of energy also for sports and other extracurricular activities!

Beware of Bad Sleep Habits!
An adolescent has difficulty falling asleep early in the evening because of hormonal changes, but sometimes also because of bad habits, like these:

Having dinner too late, digestion does not help the rest.
Using smartphone and tablet when in bed.
Watching TV shows or movies that start too late.
Choose Always a Bed That Perfectly Matches With Your Kids
Make sure that the mattress is suitable for physical characteristics of your child: a too firm or too soft mattress could compromise an healthy rest!

AFTER

Why is a good night’s rest so important for your children? Avoid bad habits and find out how to fight tiredness!

Why is Sleep So Important for Kids and Teenagers?
Having healthy and regular sleep is essential for everyone, but some insomnia problems arise at a young age and may follow your kids as they grow up.

Poor Sleep Could Have Serious Effects on School Performance
A recent study by the National Institute of Health showed that many school-aged children do not sleep enough, which seriously affects daily tasks like studying. Do not forget that kids also need plenty of energy for sports and other extracurricular activities!

Beware of Bad Sleeping Habits!
Adolescents have difficulty falling asleep early in the evening because of hormonal changes, but also because of bad habits like:

- Having dinner too late (digestion affects resting).
- Using a smartphone or tablet while in bed.
- Watching TV or movies late at night.

Always Choose the Perfect Bed for Your Kids
Make sure that a mattress is suitable for the physical characteristics of your child. A too firm or too soft mattress can compromise healthy rest!


This post was fine, except for some capitalization and sentence structure issues.

Well, I hope this was helpful! If you want to submit something for Fix It Friday, please send it by 5pm on Thursday.

Have a nice weekend ^^.

Simple Fact Checking

imorethaneye:

I was watching Criminal Minds on Netflix. Season 4, episode 22, to be exact. It takes place in Buffalo (and guest stars Alex O’Loughlin).

I was a little annoyed when they showed a map on the screen with a location written on it. 

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Now, Genesee and Sherman is a real intersection. That is not my problem here. My problem is that in the show they say the location is just outside of Buffalo, which is simply not true. The intersection is in Buffalo.

Another problem? They list the intersection as being in Kenmore, NY. Now this is completely false. How do I know? I was born, raised, and currently live in Kenmore. Kenmore is the first Suburb north of Buffalo, and is only about a square mile total. You would have to scroll up on the map they show quite a bit. It’s about a 15 minute drive to get from Kenmore to the intersection the show provided.

So, in short, while Kenmore can be described as being “just outside of Buffalo,” the street address simply cannot.

Seriously, two seconds on Google maps would have corrected this situation. Come on, Criminal Minds, this is simple fact checking.

Kenmore is nothing more than a square mile speed trap, so getting your hometown mentioned on network television should be a pretty cool thing, right? Well, it kind of gets ruined when it is totally misrepresented in a completely avoidable way.

Editing as a full-contact sport

dominatrixeditrix:

Over the last several months, I’ve been editing, copyediting, designing, and doing layout for (and whinging about) an academic volume full of lovely, jargon-rich, delicious SCIENCE! with 22 contributors located in several different countries. 

So.

One author in particular has been all like,

"Dom, ur editing, U R doing it all rong! U don’t understand what I was trying to say arrgh your changing mah words and removing mah commas and its’ so bad asdfghjkl;! I hate you bc u want my bby my perfect wonderful paper to change! I HATE YOU.”

 I read the emails and the proof comments and I feel like this:

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So. Um. Let me tell you a thing.

OK, a few things.

About editing.

With gifs. Because I can. Under the cut.

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When to Double-Check

writethisnotthat:

Some sentences pack warning signs that something’s off and ought to be double-checked. Take this one, for example:

McCartney has called the $25 million mansion on Cartney Street his home for over 25 years.

Is it possible McCartney lives on Cartney Street? In a $25 million home for 25-plus years? Sure, to both questions. But the repetition in those details might mean the writer slipped up.

A few other red flags:

Coincidence

  • A person has two first names, for example — like Jay John or Larry David.
  • A story with more than one male source follows a quote with “he said” when it’s not clear which source spoke.
  • City names can belong to more than one state. For example, an article says LeBron James plays in Cleveland, OH, and lives in Miami, FL — there’s a Miami in Ohio too, though.

Internal Inconsistency

  • An article about the benefits of vegetables includes a section about light desserts.
  • The bank robbery supposedly happened in Sandy Springs, but all the eye-witnesses say they live in Midtown.
  • A feature on summer hip hop concerts only name-drops rock ‘n’ roll stars.

Any detail that makes you think twice, even for a second, might be worth double-checking.

Thanks to ACES for the tip!