Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Killing Time Online: Alikewise

Has anyone else heard about the literary dating website, alikewise.com? I am soooooooo tempted to join this site, if only to get some cool penpals.  And yes, I know that having a shared interest in anything (including books) is no guarantee of compatability, but hot damn it can't hurt.

(Although even a quick perusal of the site does turn up some douchetastic quotations, but hey, win some, lose some.)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Technical Writing in Corporate America

As I'm approaching the six-month mark of my foray into technical writing, I thought I'd share with you the wisdom I've gathered thus far.  (See image to the left--that might look like a cubicle wall, but it's actually a growing wall of wisdom and all-around smart-ness.)

To be honest, I didn't know quite what to expect when the proverbial "they" offered me the position.  Would I be writing user manuals?  Would I be designing little stickers that said "Press Here"?  I wasn't sure one way or the other, but I did know that I was (a) underemployed at the time, and (b) interested in a position with the word "writer" in it somewhere.  So I packed up my books and my cat and moved 1200 miles to Houston, TX, the center of the American energy industry.

Yet More Proof That All Parents Are Screwing Up Their Children One Book At A Time

I don't really have much to say about the declining popularity of children's picture books other than this: my mom used to buy me clothes that were three sizes too big so that I could wear them for a while.  When I buy books for kids, I generally go at least one level up so that they'll be able to grow into them.  I don't really want to pay good money for a Dick and Jane book that the kid's going to outgrow in a week, anyway.  In addition, I was reading chapter books by the time I was in first grade, so I don't really see a problem with it.

On the other hand, picture books can be freaking awesome.

Either way, parents will be accused of ruining their childrens' lives, so it's kind of a lose/lose.
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