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Ten seconds radio air time = 42 syllables.

Yesterday, my wife paid for a day sponsorship at our local NPR station, to congratulate me on the release of Child of Fire. (It was supposed to be a surprise, but… oops!)

That pleases me, partly because I love our local NPR affiliate and I want to support them, and partly because it would be cool to hear my name on the radio in some other capacity than “Harry in Seattle writes to us…”

Here’s the interesting thing, though: The day sponsorship messages have to be ten seconds long, and that means 42 syllables. Interesting, huh?

Mirrored from Twenty Palaces. You can comment here or there.

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sartorias
Sep. 1st, 2009 07:06 pm (UTC)
There's something very . . . I dunno, Petrarchian-sonnet, or haikuian, about that. Non-Proustian, anyway.
burger_eater
Sep. 2nd, 2009 03:48 am (UTC)
Writers need a syllable count function in Word so they know how long it takes to read a particular section of fiction.

Just set it to "Georgian drawl" or "New Joisey patter" and let it calculate the minutes.
i_amsherlocked
Sep. 2nd, 2009 08:01 am (UTC)
it is the answer to the NPR universe...
burger_eater
Sep. 2nd, 2009 10:35 pm (UTC)
LOL

I swear, it took me a full day to get that joke.
i_amsherlocked
Sep. 3rd, 2009 12:13 am (UTC)
::BIG GRIN::
sorry, I'm just a big geek!
geniusofevil
Sep. 2nd, 2009 10:37 pm (UTC)
fascinating
burger_eater
Sep. 2nd, 2009 10:43 pm (UTC)
Don't you condescend to me.
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Comments

  • 14 Jan 2019, 21:47
    Oh, yeah, excellent point.
  • 14 Jan 2019, 21:46
    Oh yeah. Like the lawyers who get obvious really venal criminals off because it makes their success rate look good. But those are not the ones I am referring to in meaning well. These guys are mixed…
  • 14 Jan 2019, 20:37
    This reminds me of the time my wife was injured and the insurance guy handling her case did everything possible to deny and stall the payment. We had to put her surgery on a credit card because this…
  • 14 Jan 2019, 19:24
    The creepiest part is that some of them are actually well meaning.
  • 14 Jan 2019, 19:08
    Yeah. It's godawful what people will do when they have authority and no fear about using it.
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