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Shady Characters – The Secret Life of Punctuation, Symbols, and Other Typographical Marks: The Secret Life of Punctuation, Symbols, & Other Typographical Marks

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Changes in cropping patterns, land rights, work routines, and gender politics were shaped by multiple struggles and interactions among women and men, landholders and land users, farmers, government officials, and representatives of various international agencies. While certainly intended for a popular audience, Houston took his task very seriously, drawing upon an enormous range of sources to tell the story of these symbols to the tune of ~67 pages of references. We’re looking at the Hewlett-Packard HP-35, a scientific calculator that today looks quite unremarkable — and yet which, at the time, was revelatory. Despite having pioneered the integrated circuit, the Cal Tech’s chips were so complex that the company could not reliably produce them en masse.

You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. More than a few things don’t add up in the Springfield household, but Vera will have to tread carefully, since, with Orville’s attention on the election, she may be more exposed than ever. This copy received for free courtesy of Goodreads Firstreads program, which in no way influenced this review. If you’ve never seen one before, there’s a good example of a rectangular slide rule belonging to the US astronaut Sally Ride in a previous post here at Shady Characters.You can stretch a longer scale around the circumference of a circle than you can fit across its diameter, and a longer scale means more accurate measurements and more accurate multiplications. Sometimes you just need an entertaining, escapist read to while away the hours, and Juneau Black (the pen name of authors Jocelyn Cole and Sharon Nagel) certainly delivers all the small-town cosy crime vibes, with the animal quirkiness of Wes Anderson's Fantastic Mr Fox .

It's absolutely packed with intriguing, historical facts about all the dots and squiggles that are sprinkled on every written page in the English language. And when Jonah’s father, Shelby, goes over the top of Twilight Falls, all signs point to Stasia being the murderer. It covers various proposals over the years to create a mark or text style to indicate irony or sarcasm.Shady Baby keeps it real in this picture book collaboration by New York Times bestselling duo actress and producer Gabrielle Union and NBA superstar and businessman Dwyane Wade. It seems like an open-and-shut case, but dogged reporter Vera Vixen doesn’t believe gentle Joe is a killer. Depending on the reader’s age, the name “Hewlett-Packard” may evoke calculators, desktop computers or printers.

Houston covers this selection of such markings in eleven chapters, the last of which resurrects past suggestions for the use of symbols to denote Irony and Sarcasm, but which so far have not been taken up in any big way. I appreciated that the book honestly admitted the gaps in knowledge on this subject rather than trying to make theories into fact.Speaking of amateur sleuths, there are vestiges of Nancy Drew that I found in Vera, and I loved her for that. Part history of writing and typing, part history of reading, thus taking notes, and part detective work in chasing elusive marks from before paper and pencil, Houston's Shady Characters is a fun page turner (for those who find that sort of thing exciting, of course).

Ancient Greece, the dark ages, the Renaissance… turns out the spread of Christianity kind of depended on clear, standardized written communication. But if you are a word nerd, Houston tells how words, sentences and paragraphs in your favorite books came to have those funny marks. I wish I’d read it on my kindle, because there would have been loads of highlighted passages to share. Keith Houston is witty and his writing style is informative while engaging the reader in a journey into the nether regions of typography. She’ll do anything to prove his innocence … even if it means digging into secrets her neighbors would rather leave buried.This only adds to the plot’s sundry twists and turns as each chapter ends on a high note that compels readers to keep going. However, what adds another layer to the story’s mystery is that even Vera herself is not above suspicion and isn’t eliminated from the suspect pool for a time. Throughout the book, Houston successfully weaves together history, technology, and design in telling the stories of characters that we’ve seen countless times without giving a second thought to.

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