Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Commas Save Lives!

There is nothing much to punctuating a sentence really, beyond a little comma sense. Yeah, yeah, I know what you're thinking--what's a misplaced, or forgotten comma or two? Like I said, commas can save lives!

You don't believe it? Take a look.

Jessica claimed Frankenstein planned the murder.
Without comma, the angry villagers charge up the hill, torches blazing. But add a pair of commas, and Jessica becomes the suspect.

Cora, claimed Frankenstein, planned the murder.
Here's another example (remember your are at the Zombie Nite Cafe):

Let's eat Grandpa!
Let's eat, Grandpa!

In the first sentence, the Zombies are planning to eat Grandpa; the second, inviting him to dine with them.

Don't take commas for granted. Commas can save lives, or at the very least, avoid a misunderstanding.

Monday, September 03, 2012

Men are from Google, Women from Pinterest

Social Media by Gender

Back in Feb. Huffington Post and TIME
declared that Pinterest was "Tumblr for Ladiez". Stats prove this is true. 72% of Pinterest users are female.

"Information is Beautiful" tracked social network sites used by gender. Some results are unsurprising. For instance, men account for nearly 3/4 of users of Reddit a site known for it's less-than-female friendly content.

Some interesting findings include: 62% of Twitters users are female. Facebook has less of a gender gap where women are 58%. Men and women are using Google + equally. Despite a declining user base, men and women use MySpace equally. Men make up the majority on music based sites.

Only three social sites have gender parity: Scribd, orkiet,and foursquare.