Six months ago there was published the article which I was outraged. In the comments I promised I would write his version. On the other hand I didn’t want to do that, it would logical questions: “do you actually who is this?”. I don’t like to subscribe in Internet posts, I have spoiled the view of many writers after reading their blog. Read the book, thinking, “Cool dude!”, read the blog post, an opinion is changing, “What an asshole?”. This difference arises from the fact that the book is one of post-processing, edited many times.
This article was reprinted several times, in this version, I think that it turned out to be the most balanced. The article is quite suitable for habrahabr, as from the people of the technical direction was many famous works. And some of you will want to write my story.
The article is rather a collection of useful tips, than the complete guide to action.
Two types of readers
You wrote a short story and want to show it to the public. It is very important to know about the two types of readers. (These types lot, but relatively speaking – two). Reading their comments, you should understand what type you hit. Continue reading
The need for written language appeared as soon as people realized the importance of information transfer on distance and time. At first he tried to convey my thoughts with pictures, have some sort of sign a letter that called pictography (pictus – written with inks, graph – write). But to interpret the drawings clearly different people is impossible.
A well known case when the Persian king Darius, having received a “letter” from Scythians (bird, a mouse, a frog and 5 arrows) considered that the Scythians submit to him, while his military Gobryas “read” message “is exactly the opposite”.
Needed a system of marks, adopted by all or a large group of people. Evidence of this conditional writing back to the second half of the fourth Millennium B.C. It was a Sumerian writing, borrowed later other peoples of Mesopotamia. The signs were squeezed out of clay tablets stick with rectangular base. The corners of the rectangle left wedge-shaped deepenings.
The heyday of cuneiform literature fall reign of the Assyrian king Ashurbanipal (VII century BC). It was the fearsome conqueror, but at the same time educated man of his time, an avid book lover and collector. Continue reading