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8 July, 2011

Ben Goldacre: The perils of writing in an unfamiliar language

Filed under: language — monado @ 03:40
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Ben Goldacre has an example, “The perils of writing in an unfamiliar language.” It’s a science paper with an unfortunate acronym. However, one commenter suggests that the acronym was already being used elsewhere.

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4 June, 2011

Word-free instructions

Filed under: accuracy,technical communication,visual communication — monado @ 02:28
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The Mary Sue blog offers new examples of Ikea-like instructions¬† for science fiction. You’ll notice that the images have omitted a few important details. These are obviously component-level assemblies.

diagram shows parts of Tardis with arrows indicating put it together

Step 1: Assemble the parts

14 February, 2011

Musical notation gone mad

Filed under: visual communication — monado @ 21:28
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This is a tour de force in musical idiosyncrasy.

14 January, 2011

Clients from hell

Filed under: people — monado @ 22:12
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This is a fun, time-wasting website about clients. Just be glad they’re not yours: Clients from Hell.

To the left, what clients from hell have usually forgotten: “You can have it good; you can have it fast; you can have it cheap. Pick two.”

29 September, 2010

Web content: science article

Filed under: accuracy,Web,writing — monado @ 09:12
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This amusing template itemizes the shortcomings of articles about science as generally written for the Web:

This is a news website article about a scientific paper

In the standfirst I will make a fairly obvious pun about the subject matter before posing an inane question I have no intention of really answering: is this an important scientific finding?

The author, Martin Robbins, writes The Lay Scientist blog for The Guardian.

18 July, 2010

I’ve had printers like this

Filed under: computers — monado @ 13:11
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Cat fixes printer:

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