Word Abuse

October 28, 2003

The Ten Most Abused Words in Tech

“What I do for a living requires clear, unambiguous communication. So when I see language abused in a way that actually reduces the ability to communicate, it frustrates me to no end.”

Yeah, verily! I constantly have this conversation:

“Why did you do that?”
“Well, you said .”
“That’s not what I meant!”
“But it is what you said…”

I learned a long time ago that it is my responsibility to communicate clearly if I want you to understand what I mean. Even if what I say is correct, if you don’t understand it, it is my responsibility to communicate it clearly.

Recently, I’ve had an issue with a remote co-worker where I explained something and he’d return and ask the same question again. It took several repeats (I’m a slow learner) before I realized that I wasn’t communicating in a way that he could understand. My fault.

So, what do you do to communicate more clearly?


Bill Moyers interview

October 28, 2003

Bill Moyers is Insightful, Erudite, Impassioned, Brilliant and the Host of PBS’ “NOW” – A BuzzFlash Interview

“We’re getting so little coverage of the stories that matter to our lives and our democracy: government secrecy, the environment, health care, the state of working America, the hollowing out of the middle class, what it means to be poor in America. It’s not that the censorship is overt. It’s more that the national agenda is being hijacked. They’re deciding what we know and talk about, and it’s not often the truth behind the news.”

I’ve always admired Bill Moyers and his integrity – not to mention that his reporting style is one of the easiest to understand and relate to. This interview shows just how impassioned and courageous he is.

Ananova – Work starts on new Wallace and Gromit movie

Whoohoo! A new Wallace and Gromit movie, “Curse Of The Wererabbit”, is in the works and I’m excited.

“Crackin’ toast, Gromit!”

“It’s the wrong trousers! They’ve gone off!”

Time to dig out the tapes…

Kevin Sites Blog

“First-person account of a solo journalist’s life on the front lines of war.”

Kevin is on assignment for MSNBC in Iraq and has a great way of telling an engrossing story. I’ve only been watching this site for a week or so, but I’ve learned quite a bit just from reading the archives and paying attention to what he is describing. Great commentary.

I keep imagining a friend of mine who was in Iraq and is now in Afghanistan in these places, meeting these people and it brings home the fact that he’s gone again. On the positive side, there is always email!

Jaws, anyone?

October 23, 2003

Icelandic “Iceman” grabs shark to save men

I’m sure someone in Hollywood is already contemplating a movie treatment about this guy but Captain Sigurdur Petursson,

“…, known to locals as “the Iceman”, ran into the shallow water and grabbed the shark by its tail. He dragged it off to dry land and killed it with his knife.”

We aren’t talking about a itsy bitsy shark here. The chomper in question weighed in at 600 pounds! On top of that, he caught it with his bare hands. For those of you not aware, a shark’s skin has very sharp scales that point in the opposite direction of travel. These scales can slice up a hand if slid the wrong way.

I think we have found someone tough enough to replace Arnold as the Terminator. He probably has a cool accent too…


One of my favorite artists, Tara MacLean, has teamed up with two other wonderful voices, Kim Stockwood and Damhnait Doyle, to form Shaye, a supergroup of sorts. Each of the members have had moderately successful solo careers but I think together they are going to be fabulous!

I watched the video to the first single, Happy Baby, and enjoyed it. Song is great, they sound great together and if the material on this debut is great then I’ve got a new favorite.

However, the marketing on this group SUCKS. The CD hits stores on the 28th of October and no one KNOWS ANYTHING ABOUT IT. I stopped at two large records stores today – nothing, no going to be out soon, nada. I did a Google search and had trouble finding more than five mentions. I tried to order from the EMI store, but alas, no preorders so I’ll be buying it from an independent that will preorder. Wake up, EMI, your customers are going where they can get CUSTOMER SERVICE.

Okay, I’m starting to get annoyed, so I’m going to leave off. Buy the CD, support great music.

Guardian Unlimited Film | News | For movie fans, just in time for Christmas, with much love

Rowan Atkinson is one of the stars in the upcoming film, Love Actually. Set around Christmas time and culminating on Christmas Eve, the film is about ten different love stories all intertwined.

According to IMDB there isn’t much more about Rowan, not even a character name, although several characters haven’t been added yet. You can watch the trailer as well at the official Love Actually website.

A bit disappointing in that the trailer only has a quick couple of flashes of Rowan, but Hugh Grant looks quite funny. The trailer is a bit racy, so you probably don’t want to watch it with young children around, unless you want to do some explaining… (“Why are they doing that daddy? You told me that is naughty. Why?”)

Jumping Monkeys: Leaving TechTV

I’m a bit sad today… my hopes of Megan Morrone ever returning to The Screensavers have just died on the news that she is leaving the show entirely. She was lots of fun and has a great sense of humor and timing.

Good luck at Microsoft, Megan. Perhaps you can bring some intelligence back to the evil empire!

HGttG a GO!

October 5, 2003

CHUD – Cinematic Happenings Under Development

Grab your towel and DON’T PANIC! It looks like the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is finally a GO for production next year. I’m so excited, I’m going to stock the ingredients for the Pangalactic Gargleblaster in the Blackadder Pub. Any volunteers to test the mix…?

Upbeat and Downstairs – Jack in the Box French Fries

I’ve heard this bit before, but the animation is wonderful.