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one of my favorites as well when he was a younger actor - he did a great job in the movie
No doubt. I feel so entirely stupid if/when I use the wrong spelling of those homonyms. I wish more people cared about their writing and, in some cases, their speech.
Last night I read a copy of a letter from early 1812. The letter was from a woman giving a report of the earthquakes that happened along the New Madrid fault line and eventually formed Reelfoot Lake. The one thing that I constantly thought during my reading was how beautiful the composition actually was and that I wished more people wrote like this lady from 1812.
The sad thing was that the letter was very simple in mechanics and vocabulary. My grandmother writes like that lady from 1812, so I have pretty much lost hope in people from generations beyond my grandmother's generation. People these days are so concerned with just getting their message out that they lose focus on how to appropriately spell or use punctuation in their message.
Another thing that throws me, as far as the media and journalists are concerned, that most media covering any medium seem to use some type of standard form when telling a story. All the stories that I read from any journalist, including columns, all have the same look and/or format.
You have a point making beginning sentence. Then you double-space and wrap up the point with either a view from the opposite side or you use a sentence that cleans up the original sentence by pointing out the direction of the piece. Double-space again and you finally hit a paragraph that expands on the topic. I could go on, but you get my point.
All articles fall into this format, or something extremely similar. In order to shore up this post I will no longer expand on writing styles, but the variations in "standard" writing for journalistic purposes do not vary much anymore. Journalists, in my opinion, are taught more about telling a story in the shortest form rather than really using their abilities to paint a truly beautiful picture.
I hate when my wife uses her lavender bath salts. It makes her and the house smell like a grandmother.
Used to feel the same way, but some crazy beer gene inside me suddenly clicked, and now I love IPAs. I guess it's like hating greens and broccoli as a kid and loving them now.
Oh, I don't think the problem with journalism is the format... I think journalists are taught to be objective and straightforward when reporting a story, unless it's a column or whatnot, and I don't think that's necessarily a bad thing. The problem with journalism is the desire to be first instead of right, which devolves into typos, misspellings, erroneous information, etc. It's a damn shame.
I think that anyone after my parents' generation is a lost cause when it comes to writing. The internet is a great thing, but when used incorrectly, can have dire consequences. The world may or may not be getting dumber but everyone sure as hell sounds like they are.
Still dreaming: lose/loose, site/sight, saw/seen, any plural versus the random use of apostrophes.
I think it's a combination of your thoughts and mine. Clincher sentences used apart from paragraphs tick me off. The mechanical misuse of these sentences make them seem more like elongated titles to a whole new chapter in a story, in my opinion, rather than as being a structural and integral part of the story as a whole.
Holy crap about the need for being first! When I followed another site, typos and misspellings were everywhere! Even in the weekly "insider" story, which should have a more relaxed appeal, one could find all sorts of Engrish problems.
I knew when I came here things would be different. It appears that Wes proofreads his stories most of the time, and I knew as much from his time at the TFP. As far as Ryan is concerned, Kevin had to know that Wes was a high-value writer, so Kevin also knew that needing a comparable writer was paramount to the success of this site.
Now if I have the hiring order backwards, then my apologies. Each writer is a compliment to the other. The point of all of this is that Ryan and Wes are two highly intelligent writers. If they are not highly intelligent, then they were taught well and received their education and criticism well. While I may not agree with the general format in today's reporting, the information is solid, as well as grammar and punctuation.
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my wife as some salts she uses as well and it stinks up the whole house ; doesnt seem to bother her at all b/c she keeps right on using them
You are half right, Ryan is very intelligent. Wes has a solid beard.
My problem with the media these days is the line between reporting, opining, and advocating gets more blurry every day. It's the advocates that get on my nerves. Karl Rove has column in the Wall Street Journal while he sits on the board of political action committees intended to elect conservatives. Clay Travis writes an opinion column which he constantly advocates for coaching changes for a team he "covers." So many columnists now seem to use their platform for advocacy, it's hard to take them seriously. I see it all the time in college football relating to over-signing and the BCS. It's one thing to report and opine on those topics, but it seems there's individuals who spend an disproportional amount of time lamenting one side of the issue without giving any recognition to the other.
Gribble's article today is a fair report on Dooley's position on over signing. He doesn't stake out a position, while pointing out the factors for and against the practice. He also acknowledges that the media tends to highlight stories of over signing where it hurts players, without giving any acknowledgement to the thousands of scholarships that are renewed every year.
Derek Dooley began his answer by saying he
I'll hang up and listen.
I'm trying to get a bulk of my work for the VIP Room done before the Super Bowl starts so I can actually try to enjoy the game ... but I need a bunch of things to fall into place for this to happen.
Cross your fingers for me.
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just do what you can, Wes. we all understand!
No random thoughts tonight from the peanut gallery?
There is over 600 people on this board but no one is posting anything!
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For what it's worth, former Vols All-America LB Jerod Mayo's Patriots didn't win the Super Bowl, but Mayo led the Pats with a game-high 11 tackles.
This might be my college capstone weekend. The weekend that has that little asterisk above it on the timeline that is my life.
I got drunk three times in two nights. Went to a birthday party Friday night. Drank half a fifth of Jagermeister. Drank at least 8 Fireball shots straight. And ended the night with Jim Bean whiskey on the rocks, no mix or chaser.
Wake up three hours later on the floor of my buddy's apartment. Head home (Cookeville) which is about an hour and a half away. It's 7:30 in the morning. My entire body hurts, but I'm not sure what to pin the blame on - sleeping on the floor, a hangover, or only getting three hours of sleep.
Cut to that afternoon, my best friend from high school is back after being stationed the last four years in Japan. We buy a 70 dollar fifth of Crown Royal and start downing shots of it at 5pm. We get plastered by around 8. We sober up by 10. We take a taxi to a bar. We get plastered by 1am. Then we take a taxi home. Once at my place, we make the questionable decision of walking/stumbling to a convenience store about a mile and a half out from where I live to buy cigarettes. Here's the thing - neither one of us smokes. But, using the logic that one only has while competely inebriated, I decided I was going to start smoking and bought three packs of Marlboro Menthols.
We hitchhike back home. We drink some more. Pass out at 4. Wake up at 7am. Work. And here I am, working on an important essay that's due tomorrow, with three packs of Marlboro Menthol cigarettes next to me and NO CLUE of what I am supposed to do with them.
Say no to alcohol, kids.
What the hell am I doing awake? Work at 7 am. Been up since 345. Went to be at 1045. I'll work til 330. Then I have to drive to school and kill alot of time. Class at 530 til 700. Supper as soon as I get home. Bed. I hope I don't skip class today. Y'all enjoy your day.
- the peanut gallery
Just talked to my wife and kids over facetime from Korea. Amazing how far we've come with technology, and love to see my 7 year old blowing kisses from half a world away!
who do I need to talk to about making it a new national rule that work weeks should last 4 days and weekends 3 days?
I wanna take a minute to rant about the Super Bowl. Not about the game, or the teams, or this "Is Eli better than Peyton?" nonsense. Nope. I wanna rant about all the 'stories' guffawing over MIA's middle finger.
Now, I'm not a prude by any interpretation of the word, but it seems to me that MIA throwing up a bird during the halftime performance -- which, by the way, I didn't even notice, and I was watching the thing -- isn't really newsworthy when compared to the softcore porn some companies pass as ads these days. The Adriana Lima teleflora ad for one, or that Kim kardashian skechers ad from a few months ago. I read an article about the NFL halftime show organizer apologizing because they had hoped to keep the Super Bowl family-friendly. Seriously? They think flipping the bird is more damaging to kids than an ad whose message, forgive my frankness, boils down to, "Buy me flowers and I'll let you do me." Baffles me. But it doesn't really surprise me, I guess. Whatevs. Go Giants.
EDIT: A little too close for comfort here, absolute.
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