the "killing time before leaving for orchestra" entry.
May 17, 2001
I've read two separate news articles in the past two days which have mentioned specific brands of motorycles. Unfortunately, the Honda F4i in one article and the Suzuki SV650 in the other article were referred to as a Honda 600FX and a Suzuki SU50, respectively. OK. I understand having a deadline. I understand skimping a bit on the research. But you'd think that if you were going to go to the trouble to specifically name the brand of bike, you'd, y'know, at least attempt to get it right.
So, I'm dedicating today's entry to the press.
if you can't beat 'em, join 'em!
I'm pretty excited about that. Obviously, I write on this site, but I don't really pay any attention to writing style (I fix glaring typos and horrendous grammar, but that's about it) or audience or anything. My 9th grade English teacher probably just had a remote coronary when I typed that, but it's true. I used to be a really good writer, and spent a lot of time writing stories and articles, but then, on a dark day back in 1996, I declared my Computer Science major. It's funny how, as the years went by, being a CS major made me exponentially more stupid. Oh, sure, I was learning all sorts of useful day-to-day stuff like Dijkstra's algorithm and integrals, but I realized after about a year that I was completely forgetting how to use the english language. I stopped reading for pleasure, I stopped having non-CS-related conversations, and I watched in horror as my vocabulary probably halved while I was in college. I'm the only person in the world to pay $100,000 and come out dumber after four years.
The sad thing is that I still couldn't tell you what Dijkstra's algorithm was, or how to integrate anything.
So, anyway, I'm really looking forward to having a focus for writing; that being a specific artcle to write for a specific group (or groups) with a specific audience. Hopefully it'll go well, and people will like the articles, and I'll want to keep writing some more. Then I can add writing bike crap to the list of stuff I'll do with myself after I'm retired and spend my days sipping beer in the shade and mucking with engines and watching the cats fight.
speaking of my su50s
Whine! Whine whine! :D