September 3rd, 2007


Somehow I knew this was pre-9/11

In an article about job-hunting:

GET CREATIVE. If after two or three weeks you still haven't gotten a call back, it might be time to take a different approach. Getting creative can serve as a last-ditch way to break through the clutter. If the interviewer told you the company is looking for a "firecracker" to fill that account executive position, send a quick note hand-delivered in a red tube with a fuse attached.

--POV Magazine, August, 1998

(no subject)

Following up on the previous entry: In reading through my piles of old magazines, I instinctively check to see if it was before or after 9/11. No other event looms this large. I'd never go, "Let's see, was that before my nephews were born?" or "Was that before I worked at that game show?" But there's a certain innocence in pre-9/11 times (or paranoia in post-9/11), or maybe it's just an artifact of hindsight.

This morning was nice and breezy and the terrace was still half in shade, so I went out for some reading before it got too sunny. I was finishing an article in that same POV magazine on 1998-era dotcom frenzy when the sun line moved onto the chair and it was time to go in. Back tonight, maybe.

I should have liked "Bite," by C.J. Tosh (really Rebecca Ascher-Walsh of EW and Erik Torkells), a novel about New York media. But the characters seemed too cool for the room and I wasn't very interested in them or the new magazine they were launching. Within minutes of my putting it up for trade on, someone requested it, so I hope she enjoys it more than I did.

Different wheelhouses

Some things you know, and some you don't. Different generations, different exposure, whatever.

On the Cruciverb-L mailing list, a constructor asked if FALSE FLAG was familiar enough to use in a Tuesday puzzle. I've never heard of the term.

A list member responded, "The term is widely known (and should be well understood by everyone, especially those whose governments engage in them.) It is certainly far less obscure than many other terms that are frequently seen in crossword puzzles." He then proceeded to give 9 paragraphs of examples.

I sent a private note to this guy: "Saying something 'should be well understood by everyone' makes anyone who hasn't heard the term feel dumb. I've never heard of 'false flag.' Luckily I have my crossword trophies to remind me I'm not dumb."

OK, maybe it was an overreaction but I don't like being told I should know something. I've since found that 2 other "Wordplay" cast members are not familiar with this term either.

And what is FALSE FLAG, you may ask? It's not a dictionary phrase. Look it up.