11 July 2006

Tuesdays are for Self Portraits

I made the hat!

The only thing better than preening over a pretty thing you're knitting is wearing the pretty thing you knitted!

Especially when it's a crapass day and you wake up late, jello explodes all over your jacket, you sit there shivering all day as your sinuses are so full you can't move your face and you glug so much diet Coke you might as well have had it hooked up to an IV, and the piece of the soggy cake of the day, being huddled over a laptop for seven hours editing possibly the worst paper known to man, which included this choice entry, "This question connects classroom research with my own university level teaching in which I will be examining both preservice and inservice teacher understanding about the design of investigations and data use."

And my ENT cancelled my appointment on me, foooooooooooooooooooooooo.

But look at the pretty hat!


Anonymous timster said...

I think it is better to have terrible spelling and grammar and be thought a fool than to use a spelling and grammar checker to make your words easier to read and thus remove all doubt. The sentence you have there is a great example. Back when I edited the junior high student newspaper (true story) most people didn't have these newfangled tools, so the articles the other students would write had, shall we say, a "natural" look.

That sounds like it would be bad, but in your new job I think you will come to realize that it is great. When the source material looks like the result of a tornado in the Linguistic Expression Trailer Park, the editor has complete freedom to extract the facts where possible and crank out some good writing. One never has to explain, for instance, why one chose to use, say, verbs. On the other hand, once the words have been polished by the dark witchcraft of Word, the editor becomes constrained by the actual text given, and must justify everything. This, eventually, forces the editor to attempt to unravel the twisted strands of the writer's diseased brain. This is WAY harder than writing well from scratch.

Oh yeah -- good luck.

3:57 PM  
Anonymous katie said...

The hat looks great--good use for cotton yarn.

"university level teaching" eh? Poor students.

5:38 PM  
Blogger Ann said...

Nice hat, I hope you are feeling better soon.


9:41 PM  
Anonymous Dave Daniels said...

Great hat.
Bad run on sentence.

5:56 AM  
Blogger Tiphanie said...

Lovely hat! Now I'm inspired to knit one for myself. I'll have to order the pattern...

4:00 PM  

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