Monday, April 30, 2012
Mother Nature's fireworks show.
Wednesday, I took a story from Washington DC to Medford. The Supreme Court heard arguments about the controversial Immigration Law out of Arizona. I couldn't be in the capital (obviously) so I localized the argument and talked to Rogue Valley folks on both sides of the issue. Real happy to be able to turn "white collar" stories like this one, rather than just chasing the scanner.
Thursday was a fantastic day. I played a victim in a firefighter training exercise. More tomorrow, but for now here's the story:
Friday was like a blast from the past. I was invited as a judge to South Medford HS's school-wide lip-sync contest. Loud music blaring, teenagers running around and dancing, teachers joining in on the fun. It was a great, great time. And, of course, it made the news.
All around, a real nice week.
Thursday, April 26, 2012
He was a once-in-a-generation Cardinal QB. He and Jim Harbaugh made Stanford football fun again. Fun to watch and talk about and to root for.
He's a neck-beard sporting goober.
He's going to be a phenomenal NFL quarterback in Indianapolis.
And for a while he was ours.
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Wednesday, April 4, 2012
I found an article with five tips for good writing. Not sure if C.S. Lewis wrote this list or if it was someone else, but I think it's spot on.
It's a class of writing I aim for everyday.
1. Always try to use the language so as to make quite clear what you mean and make sure your sentence couldn’t mean anything else.
2. Always prefer the plain direct word to the long, vague one. Don’t implement promises, but keep them.
3. Never use abstract nouns when concrete ones will do. If you mean “More people died” don’t say “Mortality rose.”
4. In writing. Don’t use adjectives which merely tell us how you want us to feel about the thing you are describing. I mean, instead of telling us a thing was “terrible,” describe it so that we’ll be terrified. Don’t say it was “delightful”; make us say “delightful” when we’ve read the description. You see, all those words (horrifying, wonderful, hideous, exquisite) are only like saying to your readers, “Please will you do my job for me.”
5. Don’t use words too big for the subject. Don’t say “infinitely” when you mean “very”; otherwise you’ll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite.