I’ve recently found myself editing papers and looking at heaps of copy. Which has reminded me of the importance of writing. Which then lead me to re-read (for a countless time) Zinnser’s On Writing Well. If you don’t have a copy, you should. Regardless of what you do. Get a copy on Amazon.
Recently, two stories have caught my attention that remind of the importance of proofreading. And that spell-check, while nice and convenient, is not the be-all end all.
The story itself is not a cheery one. But the headline printed in the local Eugene Register Guard But the headline borders on shockingly absurd and reminds us of the need for good proofreading. And it reminds us that spell-check has become a taken-for-granted crutch that apparently doesn’t always work well.
“Man Charged with Threatening to Bomb State Office Sign over Typo”
This story is exceptional. It gets even better and goes beyond the sign with this:
The man also complained that the instructions he downloaded to make his pressure cooker device contained misspellings, Chamberlain said.
Just proof that it’s always a good idea to proofread before submitting/sending/printing/distributing. You never know who might be reading.
While a regular fan Failblog, I’ve somehow overlooked it’s sibling, Probably Bad News, until now. It’s quickly become one of my regular sites to check. Plus it quickly washes away any regrets I had at not going into news journalism.
Political “signing events” have always intrigued me… politics combined with blatant photo opportunities. They’ve been known to produce some famous photos. But others can be quite bizarre, and this one is no different:
This photo has been making the rounds on the interwebz, and popped up on The Daily Show last night. Originally via the New York Times. Now I just need to find a baby to arm myself the next time I venture to a political event.
I’m always intrigued when I hear unique and bizarre cell phone ringtones. Some are impressive, and some are just weird. But regardless, there’s a time and a place for (almost) every ringtone. And then there are the times and places when it’s never the right time:
chose your ringtones carefully (and remember to silence your mobile devices when appropriate.
While the King Of Pop passing is quite the story, crippling the internet and captivating the 24 hour news channels, there’s another shocking loss to the world: the venerable king of the sales pitch, Billy Mays. His sudden death sent shockwaves through the infomercial circles and his enthusiasm and outside voice will be greatly missed. He’d just got into promoting his new Discovery channel show, Pitchmen.
While any of his many pitches would make a fitting tribute video, the following clip shows him in both an innocent and mischevious character that was rarely seen in his polished pitches.
Every now and then, there’s just one of this headlines… this morning was one of those days:
I feel bad for the police… and for the monkey. I also particularly enjoy some of the writing of the AP story…like
Salem Police Sgt. John Hardy says he is confident the man and his monkey, who was wearing a diaper, will be found.
And just to be clear, I also feel bad for the girl who was bitten by the monkey, and realize it’s a serious matter. but police looking for a monkey in a diaper just seems so Oregon. Fitting that it’s in the state capitol.
story (and screen cap) via kgw.com.