October 22nd, 2002


Someone I know must want this job

US-MA-Boston-Copy Editor-Cambridge
Are you a sharp writer, a Web-savvy wordsmith and an experienced copy cop?
AOL Local, the Web's leading city guide, seeks an in-house copy editor in the Cambridge, MA office to proof and edit copy for events and venues in several of our East Coast markets. We're looking for a sharp and knowledgeable person who can turn around copy quickly with close attention to detail.
HTML, Web and entertainment writing experience is helpful, but not required. Working knowledge of AP style is a must. The position requires timely management of freelancer submissions, editing and quality assurance on relevant pages throughout the sites as well as a strong adherence to deadlines.
To be considered, please write TWO 150-word descriptions, either about a venue or an annual event you love in this area. Write in the second or third person. Focus on what the reader will experience. It's a description, not a review. Also, send a resume and a brief letter explaining why you'd be good for this assignment. Please proofread carefully! Include all materials within the body of an e-mail; no attachments will be accepted. Send to: boseditor@aol.com.

Additional Information
Position Type: Full Time, Temporary/Contract/Project
Ref Code: Copy Editor-Cambridge
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America Online

Web page goodness

I was going to post about this stuff this morning, but I wasn't in a particularly good mood, so I didn't feel like posting good stuff. I'm still not in a great mood, but I figure that I won't ever post about it if I don't do it now.

So, two bits of email waiting for me this morning. One was from my mom. among other things, she told me that she thought my C-3PO page was really funny and that she forwarded it to a friend of hers who is really into Star Wars. My first evidence that any of my family is reading my web page, even though I've been sending them email about each Compendium as it comes out.

The other email was from a stranger who happened upon my Jotto page. He told me about his experiences playing a variant of this game as a child. In the variant, you tell which letters are the correct ones, so it's quite a bit easier. Anyway, he had been thinking about trying to find a set of 5 five-letter words that use 25 different letters, in order to make for really good guesses for this game. So, I'm in the process of trying to figure out the best way to search my dictionary for that. I've already got a pared-down five-letter dictionary that excludes any words with a repeated letter (takes out something like 25% of them). My main concern here is going to be to figure out a way that is reasonably fast, since the pared-down dictionary still has close to 8,000 words.

I'm pretty happy with some of the unsolicited comments that I've gotten from my web pages.