I'm sure your time-frittering IM conversations are at least as entertaining as mine, and probably more so, but this is my blog, so this is what you get:
Rusty: editing question:
Rusty: "And the category seems to have a narrow focus indeed: they take the "dance" part of it very one-dimensionally, meaning there's no room at all for electronic music in a more general sense."
Rusty: what is wrong with this sentence? that colon looks threatening to me
Rusty: i don't care for it
Doppelganger: nope, the colon is good
Doppelganger: yep, because the part that follows is a continuation of the part before the colon
Rusty: fuck me
Rusty: i hate writing
Rusty: and editing
Rusty: and colons
Doppelganger: colons are tricky. i have to stop and think 'em through sometimes, too
Doppelganger: not like our trusty friend the semi-colon
Rusty: i hate that little bastard too
Doppelganger: take that back
Rusty: no way
Doppelganger: don't ask me to pick sides between you and the semi-colon, dude
Rusty: i'll fuck that little asshole up if I ever get a chance
Doppelganger: what did the semi-colon ever do to you?
Rusty: I'd rather not say.
Doppelganger: except allow you to place two diametrically opposed ideas conveniently within the same sentence, that is
Rusty: LALALALALALA I can't hear you!
Doppelganger: well, the semi-colon has some choice things to say about you
Doppelganger: but he asked me not to tell
Rusty: well, screw him.
Doppelganger: it hurts the semi-colon when you say these things. the colon? he can take it. but the semi-colon is sensitive.