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Friday, March 21, 2014 - 5:01pm
Dawn McIlvain Stahl
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Classic Speak & Spell

With 12 brave participants, 40 observers, over 130 words, and almost three dozen thrilling rounds of spelling under pressure, the American Copy Editors Society spelling bee was a fun kickoff to the ACES conference in Vegas Wednesday night.

The final contestants, Lisa McLendon and Amy Goldstein, went back and forth for almost 20 rounds before former Scripps National Spelling Bee participant Goldstein correctly spelled mountebank and insouciance for the win.

The event raised money for the ACES Education Fund. And, as contestants asked for...

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Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 11:50am
Andrea Altenburg
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International Day of Happiness

Happiness: The state of being happy

International Day of happiness might sound cheesy at first. A day set aside to be happy? It’s true. This day was established on June 28, 2012 by the United Nations General Assembly. The pursuit of happiness is a fundamental human goal.

Today is a terrific day to reflect on what makes you happy. Here are a few apps to help with your happiness.

Happy Habits: Choose Happiness (Free)

This app includes an assessment test that focus on 14 factors that affect happiness. The results will give tips on how to increase your opportunity for happiness.

Happiness Quotes (Free)

Quotes to scroll through to keep...

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apps, Happiness, Tech
Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 9:00am
Adrienne Montgomerie
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Simperial—Distance Measures in Canada

Metric is the official system of measure in Canada, but with the largest segment of our population (baby boomers) having grown up with imperial measure, and our most influential neighbours to the south using imperial, what you find practised in Canada is a mysterious combination of metric (SI units) and imperial: simperial.

In everyday use, we mix our systems of measure. Ounces of alcohol are poured into millilitres of pop, mileage is measured in litres per hundred kilometres (kilometerage never caught on), and you can pound ten square metres of siding onto your house with three-quarter-inch nails.* Simperial was probably coined by Wayne Grady, who used it in his humorous 1999 essay on the phenomenon for Saturday Night magazine: “The Metric System (...

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 11:58am
Adrienne Montgomerie
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5 Ways Copyeditors Can Learn HTML and XML

As digital products take over the publishing field, copyeditors and other publishing pros will find that adding some basic HTML and XML skills to their toolkit puts them in demand. In the April edition of the Copyediting Newsletter, my “Technically Speaking” column focuses on familiarizing yourself with this in-demand coding language.

Here are five ways you can start learning HTML or XML.

1. Take a course in person or online.

A course aimed at copy editors and e-book production will target the skills you need more than one aimed at website designers. Local colleges and public libraries are a good place to start your search. Watch for training here, because the coordinator is working on it.

Online...

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 8:55am
Mark Allen
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Test Your Mettle at the Copyeditors' Spelling Bee

Copyeditors don’t know everything, even if they often appear to. Many copyeditors I have known have the ability to recite the spelling of most any word you can throw at them; others need to see a printed page to spot the error and a dictionary to confirm the spelling. Either method gets the job done.

A group of brave change trackers will put their spelling abilities on display this evening at the ACES Education Fund Spelling Bee at the American Copy Editors Society conference in Las Vegas. The contest costs $10 to watch and $25 to spell. (Come to think of it, perhaps the fee structure should be the other way around.)

One way copyeditors catch spelling goofs, other than the red squiggly underlines supplied by Microsoft, is by knowing the...

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 5:20am
Erin Brenner
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Weekly News Roundup: Freelancing

Image courtesy of Thinkstock.

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - 11:50am
Andrea Altenburg
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Tech Tip: Use WordPress.com to follow your favorite blogs

My website and online portfolio has been on WordPress.com for roughly four years now. I love the ease of the platform and the ability to personalize it to my own needs. I have only up until now used wordpress.com as a reader for all of my favorite blogs. The built-in reader allows me to include not only other wordpress.com blogs, but also blogs from other sites.

Like similar reader sites on the market, the WordPress reader will display posts in the order of publish date and time. The most current will show at the top. Each post includes a snippet of the introduction with thumbnail pictures. This will give you an idea if you would like to read the article further.

The idea of getting my news all in one place is fantastic. This saves...

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - 8:42am
Erin Brenner
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Tip of the Week: Honoring Amy Einsohn

Last week, we heard that Amy Einsohn, author of the beloved Copyeditor’s Handbook, passed away after a long illness.

She told me a few years ago that her book was developed from the copyediting course she taught at the University of California, Berkeley’s Copyediting program. She said that when she was first teaching in the program in the 1980s, the only required text was The Chicago Manual of Style.

“Chicago didn’t have enough of the mundane how-to information [copyeditors need]. So every semester my pile of handouts grew,” she...

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Monday, March 17, 2014 - 11:55am
Dawn McIlvain Stahl
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Featured Job Post: Associate Editor for SAGE Publications, California

SAGE Publications is seeking an associate editor to join its textbooks team in Thousand Oaks, California. Established in 1965, SAGE Publications is an international independent publisher of books, journals, and digital content in the social sciences, humanities, business, education, science, technology, professional development, and more.

The associate editor will manage the development of new and revised textbooks. Tasks will include managing schedules and budgets, communicating with the author and peer reviewers, ensuring that permissions and art are complete, assisting in manuscript transmittal to production, developing ancillary materials, and representing SAGE on campus and at conferences,

This full-time position...

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Monday, March 17, 2014 - 9:58am
Mark Allen
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Online Resources Aid Transatlantic Editing

I grew up speaking two languages, the British English of my parents and the American English of my friends and teachers at school. This has made me more aware of some differences between the two forms of English, but ignorant of others. Although I focus more on language differences than most people, I also don’t always recognize what is different. 

This week in Las Vegas, I’ll be speaking about editing across the Atlantic with copyeditor Laura Cameron at the American Copy Editors Society national conference (4:30 p.m. Friday, followed by sherry). We’ll talk about some of the challenges in editing in a nonnative dialect, and we’ll explore some of the language differences that might trip...

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