February 14, 2007

Choice and meaning

Choosing a Valentine card can be hard, as Cathy has been reminding us lately:

Advice on this subject is easier to give than to take:

But in fact, you don't need to be in a store any more, and you don't need drawing skills or good handwriting. A few minutes with an interactive graphics program and a bit of internet search, and you could create a nice-looking card expressing any sentiment you like. For example, you could start with this one from xkcd:


Somehow, that doesn't make it any easier. This is one of those cases, like casual conversation, where it might really be true that constraint is liberating:

Posted by Mark Liberman at February 14, 2007 06:57 AM