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  •  Here's A Posting Trick, MB (10+ / 0-)

    ... that Laughing Planet told me about a few months ago and it's worth sharing.

    As I use literally hundreds of HTML codes in my very long weekly diary, The Week in Editorial Cartoons, I used to post it piecemeal section-by-section to zero in on the minor HTML error.  And for those of you who've followed it with some regularity, you know that sometimes it would take me 1-2 hours just to post the complete diary.

    LP told me to copy and paste the final diary draft into one of my older Daily Kos diaries that I'd posted years ago.  By previewing and posting it that way (adding to older diaries doesn't count as a new diary post), I was able to identify/correct errors and then post my corrected diary in full in one shot.  Another way: since I usually crosspost my diaries at two other blogs, there the specific HTML error is easily identifiable by line. Thus, I could correct errors and copy/paste/post here at Daily Kos.

    Problem solved!  :-)

    ps: I hope DK4 has the inbuilt HTML error-identifying mechanism like those two other blogs where I crosspost now.

    •  Your first option is neat (9+ / 0-)

      I had not thought about that -- posting in an older diary. Genius!

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      by sephius1 on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 02:03:06 PM PST

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    •  I love that diary btw... (6+ / 0-)

      I don't know if you have ever shared your background and interest in cartoons.  I would love to hear it.

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      by princss6 on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 04:05:51 PM PST

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      •  Thanks princss6 (5+ / 0-)

        I have been interested in editorial cartoons since I was a teenager.  In particular, I became fascinated by the wide range and styles of many editorial cartoonists when I spent almost a decade studying international relations in several universities, including one of my grad schools in England.

        I had the opportunity to examine hundreds of political cartoons for a few term/research papers at the Library of Congress, convenient for me as I live in Washington, D.C.  These were from the period when the shape of the world order we live under was being determined by not only two World Wars but also the decades-long Cold War.  Later, as I worked for several presidential and statewide political campaigns, my interest intensified in domestic politics, something hard to avoid if you live in D.C.

        As I've mentioned in comments from time to time in my weekly diary, editorial cartoonists can frequently capture the essence of issues far better than many of the best op-ed columnists in major newspapers.  Quite a few of the cartoonists, like Jim Morin of the Miami Herald and Tom Toles of the Washington Post, also sit on their papers' editorial boards and have a fair bit of influence.  

        One last thing.  Here's a composite of two comments I made a few weeks ago in which I shared a few more of my thoughts on editorial cartoons

        Editorial cartooning is an art, not some cut and dried technical subject to be viewed in a technocratic, clinical fashion.  Far from the simplistic assumption that they're meant to be funny, this is hardly the case as I've periodically mentioned in my weekly diary.  It is not a coincidence that most cartoonists have a background in the social sciences and humanities (disciplines that better understand human relationships) and not in the hard sciences.  

        As I wrote in this diary

        Editorial cartoonists evoke a wide range of emotions -- laughter, anger, outrage, remorse, disgust, surprise, irony, fear, and sadness, to name a few.  They capture the absurdity of domestic politics better than thousands of written words by op-ed columnists and editors of the most influential newspapers or talking heads on cable television.

        Here's Editorial Cartoonist Chris Britt of the State Register-Journal in Springfield, IL -- whose cartoons I've posted dozens of times in diaries and comments -- in a video below explaining his approach in which he essentially says the same thing

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