Newspapers have 'em, and so do book publishers.
You got here by hyperlink, probably, and you landed
in the middle of this project, too.
is an entry in Our Style Sheet, because we
(another entry) use our in different ways. Here, our
includes you, because we invite you to critique Our
Style Sheet. Emailed comments will be posted along
with the Style Sheet entries in question
Our Style Sheet addresses not only grammar and usage
but also design/layout. Anything is possible.
are interesting; so is P22,
a Buffalo font design house. They and we are in the same Zip
Code. Cool, eh?
• fa • lon • ya] rhymes with ya (that variant spelling of you
that appears in the high school yearbook phrase love
ya!!! NB: ya does not appear in the other high school yearbook phrase here's
hoping that all yr ups and downs happen in bed!!!). Buffalonya
is my own coined word to refer to both Buffalo and its region,
from Erie, PA, to Rochester, NY, and from Lake Ontario to
the Southern Tier -- the western section of Western New York.
The intended connotation is that our region is a fun and whimsical
blip on the global screen.
will be preferred as a reference to two or more persons.
We will avoid such alternatives as y'all, youse, y'uns, mostly because I don't know how to spell them.
refers to my wife and I, general partners in Herkimer
Of all the on-line dictionaries out there, this
has to be the only fun one. It's called the
Exploding Dictionary. Clicking
on the Explode button will open a new window.
I refers to me,
not her (my wife).
refers to the webmaster (see I above).
Website will be one word, not two.
goes for webpage: Solid.
type is 14 pt. Georgia, a webized variant
of Time New Roman. Caption
type is 12 pt. Verdana, a webized version
of Ariel. Copyright
line at the bottom of each page is 8 pt. bold Times New
Roman, centered. Navigation
aids at the bottom of each page are 10 pt.
bold, blue Ariel. Mailto:
firstname.lastname@example.org is 10 pt. Times New Roman bold.
table width is 749 pixels.
Boatbuilding, not boat
building. My spell checker disagrees.
My reason: words that start as phrases go solid over time.
Examples: webpage, website. Wording mine; idea borrowed
from some usage book that I read.
in honor of the way I spell my first name -- Jon.
johnboats are mentioned many times on
the Internet (though not at all in Webster's
because some of my best friends are women.
is a copy editing notation that means that's
the way it came to me; leave it that way; I checked with
the writer. cf sic.
I don't know what cq
stands for, if anything. No one does.
as a second reference to a singular noun such as one
referring to a company or other group of persons will
be acceptable. I know better, but it ( I mean they)
works for me.
Point No. 1: You can use any image on our website
for wallpaper, if it is for your own personal use, or to share
with friends. All you need do is right click on an image and
save it to your hard drive. Then enjoy. See links below to four
places where you will find images of Miss
Sparkie for wallpapering. Same goes for our
text: You may copy text from our website for your personal use
(such as printing out a long narrative to read later in bed;
I do this myself because I don't like reading from the screen).
You cannot reproduce our text in any form, either in print or
on a website, without prior consent, which Miss
Sparkie is likely to grant, but you gotta ask
wallpaper (and other use of our copyrighted material). This raises an interesting point or three.
Skipper, Miss Sparkie -- also know as She
Who Must Be Obeyed. This cute old girl is
going on 13 years old.
Point No. 2: If you stand to benefit financially
in any way from the use of our images or text, which are all
copyrighted, you must ask our permission, by emailing the webmaster.
I'm a fairly congenial guy, but I can become a Grumpy
Old Guy, too, especially if someone is misusing
what is mine. That said, I am eager to share. First get my permission,
by sending me email to email@example.com.What I will ask, if I grant you permission, is that you
include a link to my website and email me when it is in place,
if you use my images or words on your website, for profit or
Point No. 3: Church folk are programmed at visceral
levels to expect three points any time the pastor clears his
throat and she begins to speak. Happy to oblige.
Free wallpaper of Miss Sparkie for personal use
can be found here.
I prefer an image that doesn't fill the screen, to make loading
and booting quicker. If you want to fill the screen, play
around with a graphics program. Crop then enlarge our image
until it achieves the needed dimensions for your monitor.
penult.) means next
to last. Honest. Frequently misused,
usually by local talent and/or sports announcers, as a synonym
It's a wonder that we didn't end up with Penultimate
the Garden has to be the most-requested hymn
at nursing home worship services everywhere. [Click
on the link and scroll down to In the Garden for a midi
that begin log entries will appear in a style that all can
understand, eg., 04 April 02.
is how you spell the famous baseball coach's name; Sparkie is how we spell the name of our cat named after
the famous baseball coach. Why the difference in spelling? Stupidity,
madam, pure stupitidy. That was Dr.
Samuel Johnson's reply to a woman
who took him to task for an erroneous definition in his
dictionary. Which reminds me of Sir Winston Churchill's
reply to a woman who accosted him at an evening event by
You are drunk. His reply: And
you, madam, are ugly. And tomorrow I will be sober, and
you will still be ugly. I've always liked
the vicious ones. Something from Mark Twain would round
out this entry nicely, but none comes to mind. The up-side
here is that I don't check my remembered quotes with Bartlett's
Familiar Quotations; the down-side is that
I may have a word wrong here or there. I'm over that, though;
hope you are, too.
. I'm a traditionalist concerning punctuation.
Elipses at the end of a complete sentence still needs a
period. And no spaces except the one between the three and
the one period.
Reverend: My wife is the
Reverend; I'm the
Pastor. It all started when I was at national training
for church-based community organizing. I noticed that all the
training organizers addressed all the ministers as Pastor
or Reverend, so I started doing the same with my wife when I wanted to
tease her. Excuse
me, Reverend, always gets her attention when
I want to get a word in edgewise.
Reverend and I on the Erie Canal in 2002
-- self-portrait with glasses and smiles.
September 02): Social game that Eric Berne,
my hero, identified in his book Games
People Play. Basically a
deputy kicked my butt on the water,
and I'm kicking his on my website, thereby illustrating
Berne's basic principle that social games are a way
people avoid intimacy.
September 02: I've decided to date most of my entries,
because as the website approaches the ripe old age of 1 year
old (1 February 02) there are things that
I have written that I no longer plan to follow through on
or have otherwise changed my mind about. Since this website
is a snapshot of my life with boats, dating entries is making
a lot of sense to me.
January 02: Logs,
blogs, weblogs ... online journals -- at Herkimer
& Perkins, we do all of 'em. Boatbuilders
on the internet usually label their dated entries, stacked
from the earliest entry on the top to the latest entry on
the bottom, logs.
Other residents in other corners of the Internet have been blogging for a few years. Weblogs?
Same as blogs, but not as lettered -- weblogs
... if you follow my drift. The noun weblog
has become the assertion we
blog. And finally the elder phrase of the
group -- online
journal. My monthly Letters
to My Friends are written in the spirit
of an online journal. My brother-in-law's website www.royal-inspirations.com
is an example of an online journal, too. Bloggers
have uniformly clean and innovative website designs, and
these pages take font-based design to new heights of excellence.
And in no particular order, here is a link to one of my favorite
boatbuilding log websites, http://classics.nu/boat.
I like the boat he built, a canalboat called the Escargot,
and I like the personal way he approaches his log. Check out
his entire site if you can, but don't miss the entry titled Another
Boat? ... New Diary Entry 1.
January 03: Note the difference in spelling from
New York's village of Allegany
on the Allegheny
River, which joins the Monongahela River at
the Point in downtown Pittsburgh, PA, to create the Three
Rivers -- the third being the Ohio.
January 03: <VBG>
stands for Very
Big Grin in Chat-Speak... . (I made up Chat-Speak.)
January 03: In Buffalo, we throw the term Lake
Effect around like so many snowballs. Time
to track its meaning and derivation, if possible. Here is
definition (that is actually worth reading).
It may be harder to find the roots of the term, but let's
try. Still looking 15 minutes later with little success, but
here is another
text book-type link of interest. Back
in a while. Back. I feel, gentle reader, like a dog who has
suddenly grown a tail and can't quit whipping around to try
and bite it. I'll put the derivation of Lake
Effect on my list of things to find.
January 03: SOB.
My mama taught me that that referred to the male offspring
of a female dog. That's my story; I'm sticking to it.
March 03: O-signs
are good; Q-signs
are not so good. I learned this while hanging around hospitals
during seminary. If you enter the room of a hospital patient
who seems to be sleeping, an O-sign
indicates life and sleep; a Q-sign
indicates the Big Sleep. On second thought, this may not be
a good name for a boat ... .
I got a friendly email a while back from a man who
corrected me on the lock number here.
I had said it was Lock 3; he correctly said it was No.
2 Lock and Dam. His emal said, "I
grew up in Aspinwall and that is actually the number two lock
& dam at Aspinwall. The next dam you encounter on the
system is The Emsworth Lock & Dam approximately 10 miles
downstream on the Ohio. I live a mile away from Emsworth and
we can hear the calliope from The Delta Queen and her sisters
on summer evenings as they pass through the locks."
It's a pleasure to get such an assist. Once when I was writing
book reviews for the newspaper that I worked for, I said in
passing that Cornwall was in the north of England (which it
ain't). I got the nastiest note I've ever gotten, hands down,
railing about how I could be so absolutely stupid as to say
such a thing, and it got worse from there. Seems the writer
was born there ... .
September 03: When I say home
store, I am usually referring to the Home
Depot, king of the hardware mountain in Buffalo, NY, my home.
I hope that soon I will be referring to Lowe's, instead, a
competitor that is coming to town soon. I
prefer to say home
it would be a bargeload of free advertising to say Home
time I turn around here. I actually like the Home Depot in
Niagara Falls ... .
Friends who live in the Finger Lakes region, not too far away
tell me that you say the place name as NUN-day,
February 04: The font in the Colophon
logo is P22 Escher Hand, a font designed in Buffalo, New York,