March 27th, 2015

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Feature: Celestial Mechanics

The grammarians and readers of fandom_grammar know that there are readers who don't notice misspellings, wrong verb tenses, or sentence structure errors—and then there are readers for whom those things are like nails on a chalkboard. Other errors can be just as annoying to people: the policewoman watching a cop show in which the heroes are shooting off several rounds every episode, or the fanfic reader who's thrown out of the story when a character drives from California to New York in a day.

One of the family of errors that gets to me is celestial mechanics—the structure of the earth, moon, sun, and universe as a whole, and how they work together. The day I learned that not everyone grasps basic lunar-planetary astronomy was the day I watched Catwoman, Collapse )