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Oct 13 2013

Rootle rootle

Wow. She’s still at it. Obsessive-compulsive blog-monitoring.

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Sara E. Mayhew @saramayhew

The copy/paste bloggers at #ftbullies are now block quoting block quotes. pic.twitter.com/WBvpbo0cIj

The picture is of a quoted passage on my post Hold that pose, now pout from the day before that tweet. I quoted John Holbo and included a bit that he quoted.

Yes, and? So what? Is Mayhew so sub-literate that she’s never encountered internal quoted passages before? It’s normal. It’s not some loopy thing that only I do because I’m one of the #ftbullies, it’s just a normal thing to do.

They go rooting around like Périgord pigs looking for truffles, digging through every post to find something to rage about. I must be very important!!

 

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  1. 1
    Al Dente

    If she can’t find something substantive to complain about, that won’t stop her. She’ll complain just for the sake of complaining. Or instead of complaining, maybe she’s just whining.

  2. 2
    Wowbagger, Designated Snarker

    It’s pretty telling about Sara’s personality that she doesn’t appear to have any friends who care about her enough to tell her to stop engaging in poorly-thought-out attack after poorly-thought-out attack when so many of them do far more damage to her reputation (like in this case) than they do to the person/people she’s trying so very hard to discredit.

    At least she appears to have learned to spot-check her tweets for typos before posting them, which is something. #navalgassing

  3. 3
    Jean

    So she is quoting you quoting someone quoting someone else. And she says that you are the bad one for doing something like this?!?!?!

  4. 4
    PatrickG

    Pfft, I’ve been known to nest blockquotes four deep!*

    Ophelia’s an amateur. AN AMATEUR!

    * Albeit not intentionally. :D

  5. 5
    Ophelia Benson

    I know, right? I’m sometimes tempted to see how far I can indent before the system breaks down.

    It’s an art form – like David Foster Wallace’s notes, which could easily go four deep. I should do a post with notes that do that…

  6. 6
    Wowbagger, Designated Snarker

    Ophelia wrote:

    It’s an art form – like David Foster Wallace’s notes, which could easily go four deep. I should do a post with notes that do that…

    No doubt Sara would say she saw Braveheart and therefore doesn’t need to read any of Wallace’s books…

  7. 7
    PatrickG

    I should do a post with notes that do that…

    Hey! You already share tweets from Sara Mayhew with us. Isn’t that torture enough?

  8. 8
    Rob

    Ophelia, you are certainly more important to me than Sara ‘Irrelevant’ Mayhew.

  9. 9
    Woo_Monster, Sniffer of Starfarts

    What’s

    wrong
    with
    nesting
    quotes?

  10. 10
    Marcus Ranum

    She does have a weird hobby.

  11. 11
    hjhornbeck

    Woo_Monster, Sniffer of Starfarts @9:

    What’s

    wrong

    with

    nesting

    quotes?

    You didn’t use it to make beat poetry. [ahem]

    mound round,

    holding profound ground

    herding birds,

    and hiding bears

    a brio mingle,

    volcanic pingo

  12. 12
    Ant (@antallan)

    Does Mayhew never retweet retweets? Ridiculus.

    /@

  13. 13
    Giliell, professional cynic -Ilk-

    Uhm, and finally, has noone ever introduced Mayhew to the practises and standards of academic writing?

  14. 14
    F [i'm not here, i'm gone]

    SaraPasta.

  15. 15
    Ophelia Benson

    Giliell – that was my thought, hence “sub-literate.”

  16. 16
    atheist

    Holy smokes she really needs to get a life, or at least go away.

  17. 17
    Dave Ricks

    Referring to references referred to, I just found Channel 101 is an ongoing contest in Los Angeles to make 5-minute TV episodes, and the audience decides whether the shows should continue or be cancelled.  The TV episodes tend to have an aesthetic of being so bad they’re good.  Now if you step inside the world of

    the mocumentary Yacht Rock, in episode 4, where Toto’s Steve Porcaro pays SCTV’s Harold Ramis $75 to make Michael McDonald into an irrelevant joke, the satirical clip McDonald sees on TV is really from

    SCTV episode 84 where

    The Gerry Todd Show episode 2 has VJ Gerry Todd play

    A Tribute to Michael McDonald.

    Of course this all assumes the audience is familiar with Michael McDonald.

  18. 18
    freemage

    Yeah… How dare you, Ophelia, actually give credit to the person you’re reading for pointing you to an interesting quote by a third person? You should be doing like professionals do, and just plagiarize shit.

    No, wait…

  19. 19
    Ophelia Benson

    Nice one, Dave!

  20. 20
    Ophelia Benson

    It’s funny about reading one person who is reading another person and liking to show people both…I’ve always liked that, I’ve always liked reading about, say, Keats reading Shakespeare, or Shakespeare reading Montaigne, or Montaigne reading Plutarch…One of the many reasons I like blogging and the medium of the blog is that it makes it so easy to share things like that.

    I find it kind of…disgusting that anyone thinks it’s worth pissing on that just because of some mysterious hatred of a stranger.

  21. 21
    Ant (@antallan)

    My father-in-law tells this story… 

    It was a dark and stormy night, and the captain said to the crew, “Now gather ’round lads and I’ll tell you a story!” And this is the story he told:

    It was a dark and stormy night, and the captain said to the crew, “Now gather ’round lads and I’ll tell you a story!” And this is the story he told:

    It was a dark and stormy night, and the captain said to the crew, “Now gather ’round lads and I’ll tell you a story!” And this is the story he told:

    It was a dark and stormy night, and the captain said to the crew, “Now gather ’round lads and I’ll tell you a story!” And this is the story he told:

    It was a dark and stormy night, and the captain said to the crew, “Now gather ’round lads and I’ll tell you a story!” And this is the story he told:

    It was a dark and stormy night, and the captain said to the crew, “Now gather ’round lads and I’ll tell you a story!” And this is the story he told:

    It was a dark and stormy night, and the captain said to the crew, “Now gather ’round lads and I’ll tell you a story!” And this is the story he told:

    It was a dark and stormy night, and the captain said to the crew, “Now gather ’round lads and I’ll tell you a story!” And this is the story he told:

    It was a dark and stormy night, and the captain said to the crew, “Now gather ’round lads and I’ll tell you a story!” And this is the story he told:

    It was a dark and stormy night, and the captain said to the crew, “Now gather ’round lads and I’ll tell you a story!” And this is the story he told:

    It was a dark and stormy night, and the captain said to the crew, “Now gather ’round lads and I’ll tell you a story!” And this is the story he told:

    It was a dark and stormy night, and the captain said to the crew, “Now gather ’round lads and I’ll tell you a story!” And this is the story he told:

    It was a dark and stormy night, and the captain said to the crew, “Now gather ’round lads and I’ll tell you a story!” And this is the story he told:

    It was a dark and stormy night, and the captain said to the crew, “Now gather ’round lads and I’ll tell you a story!” And this is the story he told:

    It was a dark and stormy night, and the captain said to the crew, “Now gather ’round lads and I’ll tell you a story!” And this is the story he told:

    It was a dark and stormy night, and the captain said to the crew, “Now gather ’round lads and I’ll tell you a story!” And this is the story he told:

    It was a dark and stormy night, and the captain said to the crew, “Now gather ’round lads and I’ll tell you a story!” And this is the story he told:

    It was a dark and stormy night, and the captain said to the crew, “Now gather ’round lads and I’ll tell you a story!” And this is the story he told:

    It was a dark and stormy night, and the captain said to the crew, “Now gather ’round lads and I’ll tell you a story!” And this is the story he told:

    It was a dark and stormy night, and the captain said to the crew, “Now gather ’round lads and I’ll tell you a story!” And this is the story he told:

    It was a dark and stormy night, and the captain said to the crew, “Now gather ’round lads and I’ll tell you a story!” And this is the story he told:

    /@

  22. 22
    embertine

    Sara, if you’re reading this (and, let’s face it, you are) please for the love of Snoopy get yourself another hobby. I hear crochet is big at the moment. You can actually make hyperbolic planes out of it that are not only interesting mathematically but look like nudibranchia. Look at this!
    http://crochetcoralreef.org/
    Wouldn’t that be more fun than repetitively criticising a total stranger? Or you could grow orchids! You could focus all that obsessive attention to detail on something constructive for a change!

  1. 23
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