No GOOD Puns
If someone make a horrible pun, you tend to notice. On the other, puns are always terrible. The great ones get lost in translation. Japanese, as a language, does this a lot. Inspired puns are often lost on those who hear them and I don’t have anything particularly inspiring to go along with that.
Putting the science back in science-fiction
Black holes are classic sci-fi fodder. Relativity and the way they warp space/time consistently make for great plot devices. Don’t believe me? Check out Andromeda or the recent Interstellar movie. That said, we’re always learning more about them and since we can’t see them directly, studying them is fairly difficult.
Context for a semicolon is important. I probably learned how to use them most effectively from reading. Like most grammar, it’s not something I learned by staring at a rule book. I learned it from reading.
Commas and Grammar Rules
Most grammar rules are hard to follow. They’re like the rules in most sports. You pick them up as you go along and the blatant violations are, well, blatant. That said, you can’t always tell if the ball flew over the first base bag or bounced just outside of it. Replay can’t always help you and sometimes you just gotta go with your instincts. Given Mary Norris’s perspective on copy editors and a particular fascination with commas, this New Yorker article plays some pretty spectacular tricks with punctuation, if you know what you’re looking for. Like any good ump, she occasionally points out the rules as she goes.