January 30th, 2006


How to Write Good (copied from zanfur, edited by me.)

I pulled the following from zanfur from here. I've kept it up in a tab for a while for some reason. I'm finally posting it here. There are a number of these that made me wince. Some even made me exclaim Oww! Oww! and that had nothing to do with my jaw.

How to Write Good.

  1. Always avoid alliteration.
  2. Avoid clichés like the plague — they're old hat.
  3. Employ the vernacular.
  4. Eschew ampersands & abbreviations, etc.
  5. Parenthetical remarks (however relevant) are unnecessary.
  6. Collapse )

Emotional connections with watching sports

Seattle is gripped by Superbowl fever and I'm amused by much of it. I understand the intellectual appreciation of the craft of sports and watching experts at it. I enjoy the visceral thrill of playing various sports. What I don't get is the emotive connection that many people have to sports that they watch. I could understand it if there was someone playing that I had a connection with outside the game. But I just don't get having an emotional attachment to a sports team that I watch when our commonality is the city that we live in.

I'm obviously missing something here. Unfortunately, since it's an comprehension of emotional connections, I don't think that reading comments will help with that. I'm willing to try if someone wants to try though. I suspect that I need to talk to someone in person to really get it.