News: GUD goes 'pay per view' and adds lolcat translations
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Pay Per View:
Two hundred pages of quality literary + genre fiction is a lot to bite down on. With Twitter all the rage (even LiveJournal is cutting posts down to 140 characters!), we see the need to offer GUD in smaller bites. To this end, we'll be introducing a new payment option, based off of our current "Single-item PDF" purchasing system.
Buy just what you can read! Can't handle a whole story? Buy a paragraph! If you like it, buy the next one! Can't afford a whole paragraph? We have some pretty cool words. Buy five words for the price of four! (Please specify if words should be sequential.)
Here's a sample of some of the fine words you can find in GUD Issue 4 (note that these are not _necessarily_ in-sequence):
embarrassed, predator (from "Unbound" by Brittany Reid Warren)
sly, mourns, boundaries (from "Unlike Red Tape, the Yellow" by Lida Broadhurst)
These are a work in progress, in conjunction with the excellent folks at "learn to speak lolcat" and Google's community-driven translation learning engine. It's important for a magazine (and for the written word, in these times) to speak to "the younger generation". While making the content accessible in shorter bites is a good first step, today's Twitterzens are speaking a very different English than the generations before them.
Here's a paragraph from Shweta Narayan's "Daya and Dharma":
SPARROW HOPZ INTO PACH UV TURQUOIZE. FETHERS GO BLU AS TEH STONZ. IZ WIERD.
DAIA STARES AT HIM, LOOKZ UP. DERE BE STRPS AN SWURLS AN DIMINZ OV GLOWIN COLUR. SURYA HE BE ALMST OVRHED, LIKE BRITE VEILD SURCLE.
TEH STONZ IZ NOT BLU SEZ, TEH LIGHT ARE BLU. AN YELLO. AN REDD. DAYA LUKS BAK AT BURD. "ORLY?"
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