Peanut Gallery Comments

I received a couple of responses to yesterday’s Tip of the Day and new questions from the Peanut Gallery.

Comment 1 comes from Don in Houston, who writes:
“Everyone knows that a ‘reception’ is when the receiver catches a pass from the quarterback.  After all, this is Texas.”

Right you are, Don. Football season will be here soon, buddy.

Comment 2 comes from Rama in Oman, who writes:
“The interrobang mark is available in Word 2007. Select Insert Symbol and select the font “Calibri.” You can see the double exclamation mark and the interrobang next to each other in the 12th row from the bottom.”

Sure enough, the interrobang is included in the Calibri font, which is a newer font, but it is not included in the Symbols in Word for the Times New Roman or Ariel fonts, which are older fonts. For those fonts you will have to do the “203D Alt-X” trick to get a ‽.But you will have to change your font back, because that trick switches to the MS Mincho font if you were in Times New Roman, and to MS Gothic if you were in Arial. Technology can be quirky sometimes.

And Intern Steven in Houston asks:
Q1:  “If I’m claiming something that’s referenced in multiple papers, should I cite every paper, or just the one that covers the topic the most in depth?
Q2:  “Should I reference the source on the same PowerPoint slide as I make the claim, or put it on my references slide?
Q3:  “Would it be a good idea to reference exactly where in the paper the information used was found? The sources I read were up to 45 pages long and covered a broad spectrum of topics.”

A1:  If several papers are referencing the same work, then you just need to cite the original reference. For example, if there is a graph that was generated by some Famous Guy way back when, and everybody today is following that same procedure for graphing that sort of data, find the original Famous Guy paper in the references of those papers and use that citation in your paper.

A2:  In PowerPoint slides, which are often cut and pasted into Word documents as pictures, it’s best to cite the source as a footnote under the graph, rather than on a separate references slide. That ensures that the original author is given due credit for the work in later documents.
Examples: (Modified from Kerans, 2002) * SPE 123456

A3:  Yes, do use a page number in the citation of the original work if that work is more than 10-15 pages long and covers multiple topics. Please refer to the SPE Style Guide Section 8.8, which tells what information and what order to include in various kinds of references. Here’s the link:

And we’ll end up with Typo of the Day: Middle Easter (as opposed to Middle Eastern).

I’ve heard of a Nor’easter, a hurricane-like storm with strong northeasterly winds off the coast of New England and Canada. Maybe that Middle Easter would be that scary desert sandstorm that comes out of nowhere.

Fun Fact of the Day:

The term “Immaculate Reception” refers to one of the most famous plays in football in the 1972 AFC playoff game between the Steelers and the Raiders. It’s also one of the most controversial plays, with the main question being: who touched the ball first before it was caught? Here’s the link with the details, for all you football fans:


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