On This Day in History

On this day in history (1945) the International Monetary Fund was established and the World Bank created.

On this day in history (1831) Charles Darwin set out for South America on the HMS Beagle.

On this day in history (1822) Louis Pasteur was born.

On this day in history (1932) Radio City Music Hall Opens.

On this day in history (1979) the Soviet Union takes control of Afghanistan.

But most importantly, (hehe) I was born on this day some 24 years ago. Happy birthday to me!

Writing Pet Peeves #11: Sarcasm

This is something that seriously bugs me like no other. When you’re having a nice lighthearted conversation with someone through text on any platform and then you say something sarcastic, and they suddenly think you’re the worst person in the world for what you’ve just said. People sometimes say that sarcasm doesn’t transfer well through text, but no. It transfers just fine.

What happens through text is people acting like they have no idea what’s going on and start responding with “okay” or any sad faced emoji. It’s annoying and it’s the kind of thing to just make me think I’d be better off talking to someone else who catches every sarcastic remark and tosses one back. Or that I’d be better off just not talking to you. Sarcasm isn’t some secret language that is overly difficult to understand, so stop acting like it is.

On this day in 2014 I published Writing by Hand.