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What Ten Years of Whatever Looks Like

As seen through the magic of blog titles. The first is from 1998; the final one from 2007. To see the latest, just look up.

Will the title art change again? Oh, I think we all know the answer to that, don’t we.

By John Scalzi

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11 replies on “What Ten Years of Whatever Looks Like”

Is there a ratio of title card changes to book deadlines? Kind of like the ratio of PhotoSHopping to book deadlines?

The one thing I noticed with all those whatevers stacked up is that you’ve been putting the word “HATE” at the top of your column for ten years now.

So, tell us how you really feel about humanity, John, if you’ve been hiding this all this time.

Naaaah, just kidding. It’s just a side effect of the stacked-up typography: The word “whatever” is kind of weird-looking — is it pronounced “whate-ver”, perhaps? (if you follow the normal English language rules, “baseball” would be pronounced “bah-‘seh-ball”).

Actually, a compound word is pronounced according to the way the component words are pronounced alone, regardless of the appearance.

But that’s beside the point. I actually popped on to say that I think “Taunting the tauntable” is the best slogan to date.

I truly enjoyed your AOL journal, with pictures of the cat, the dog, your daughter, and so forth. I still miss that one.

This one, though, is probably much more the “real you”. I’m sure AOL didn’t want you expressing certain opinions of your own.

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