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when someone asks you if you’re a god…

Dialogue from Ghostbusters (1984):
Gozer: Are you a god?
Stantz: No.
Gozer: Then… die! [Lightning flies from her fingers, driving the Ghostbusters to the edge of the roof and almost off]
Winston: Ray, when someone asks you if you’re a god, you say “YES!”

French explorer Jean Nicolet (1598-1642) was the first European to see Wisconsin. Nicolet and seven companions traveled from Quebec, stopping at the shores of what is now Green Bay. Nicolet expected to encounter Asian peoples. He donned a Chinese damask robe to greet them but met, instead, a small group of Menomonee Indians. Believing that Nicolet was a son of the gods, the Menomonee celebrated with a great feast in his honor. (Information from the Wisconsin Historical Society)

What an impression this made on Native Americans. In paintings of this encounter, Nicolet appears to be blazing away with his pistols. How like the next 200 years that was.

The Landfall of Jean Nicolet by Edwin Willard Deming, 1904

The Landfall of Jean Nicolet by Edwin Willard Deming, 1904

Jean Nicolet, landing at the Bay of Green Bay. Painted by Franz Rohrbeck in 1910

Jean Nicolet, landing at the Bay of Green Bay by Franz Rohrbeck, 1910

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FAQ QA

Here’s a snippet from an Adobe FAQ regarding the CS6 package. The web design lesson here is to make sure that the answers to questions answer the questions.

Here’s what Adobe is telling me:

The question: What is the installation and activation process?

The answer: New.

That’s a completely useless answer and does not describe the process at all. If you’re involved in drafting something like this, ask yourself: does this really answer the question?

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