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28 April 2004 @ 21:28
The waxing moon  

...And, just for good measure, a gravitic garden path

From Einstein's Universe, by Nigel Calder, which I'm not entirely sure why I'm currently rereading:

As cosmic bodies go, the Moon is but a pebble yet, because it is so close to the Earth, its tidal influence is more than twice as great as the Sun's.

The first part looks like a nonsensical—but complete—sentence: the Moon is still small because it's nearby, but maybe it'll get larger when it moves farther away? And then I hit what looks like a comma splice. And then I back up and realize that there really ought to have been a comma before yet:

As cosmic bodies go, the Moon is but a pebble, yet, because it is so close to the Earth, its tidal influence is more than twice as great as the Sun's.

Or, if you don't like the look of a monosyllable hemmed in by commas on both sides, it would be quite appropriate to omit the first of the commas setting off the because clause:

As cosmic bodies go, the Moon is but a pebble, yet because it is so close to the Earth, its tidal influence is more than twice as great as the Sun's.

The worst of it is that now I can't get this damn song out of my head.

 
 
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Tishiewahooweena on 28. April, 2004 20:09 (UTC)
That was exactly my thought with that sentence. I had to re-read it because I thought "is the moon growing?"
w1ldc47w1ldc47 on 28. April, 2004 20:33 (UTC)
I disagree
there is no excuse for leaving out the comma after the word 'yet'. I won't stand for that sort of nonsense.

btw, how do you get your comments page to be funky?
Tishiewahooweena on 28. April, 2004 20:47 (UTC)
Re: I disagree
I think it's because he pays for his LJ.

Heeeyyyy, if you pay, can you host photos on the LJ site and display them in your LJ?
Q. Pheevrq_pheevr on 29. April, 2004 09:50 (UTC)
I think it's because he pays for his LJ.

Yep. Giving them money makes the formatting of your comments pages match the style of your journal.

Heeeyyyy, if you pay, can you host photos on the LJ site and display them in your LJ?

You get to upload additional user pics, but there's no general server space for other kinds of images. All the image files I post here are hosted elsewhere.