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One Class Down, Three to Go!
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New Semester, New Blog!
Let the Learning Commence!
Let the Learning Commence!
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Oh, would that I were where this photo was taken!
The bright light at the end of this country road is actually a remarkably close conjunction of two planets. After sunset on August 27 brilliant Venus and Jupiter almost appear as a single celestial beacon in the night skyscape taken near Lake Wivenhoe, Queensland, Australia. A spectacular vertical panorama from the southern hemisphere, it shows the central Milky Way near zenith, posed on top of a pillar of Zodiacal light along the ecliptic plane. Of course Mars and Saturn are near the ecliptic too, just below the galaxy's central bulge. Above and left of a tree on the horizon, fleeting planet Mercury also adds to the light at the end of the road.

Light at the End of the Road
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New semester in less than a week. I'm really looking forward to it. For those of you who have followed my GRC blog last semester, expect a new one (maybe even more) this semester! till then, folks! Stay well, and have fun!
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Very cool stuff here. May you find it helpful!
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Ok, I freely admit it. I'm a Grammar Nazi. I have been for most of my life, and it's caused me no end of frustration, especially as I get older. This frustration has been compounded in recent years (read: decades?), due to the ever increasing usage of "netspeek", and the "texting culture", where it's not only socially acceptable, but (it seems) encouraged to use intentional misspellings, phrases shortened into pseudo-acronyms (IMHO, FWIW, YMMV, etc.), or other bastardizations of the English language in order to communicate. Now granted, I'm guilty of this from time to time, too (the term LOL has crept into my "speech" patterns, so I'm probably being a little bit hypocritical here), so I'm willing to look past such usage in normal, everyday life, but when I read technical blogs, or papers on various professional or academic subjects (I do that a lot), I expect to see a certain level of competency/professionalism with regard to word-smithing. Much (one might say "most") of the time I'm sadly disappointed, of late, and this vexes me greatly. It's very difficult to take seriously a tutorial on PHP, or an article on gravitational waves when they appear to have been written by a 6th grader. Now I understand that people are "only human", and we're ALL prone to make mistakes, so I'm not referring to the occasional typo here. I can deal with those (so long as it's not every fifth word). It's when an entire paragraph is both syntactically and semantically flawed, or when words are so badly mangled that it's painfully obvious that the author has no concept of how to communicate via the "written" word that I begin to feel steam issuing from my ears, or feel the slight, rhythmic pulsing in my head that heralds an impending aneurysm, and I start to see red.

Now I'm not referring here to certain authors who may not necessarily be fully fluent in English. We live in a truly global age, and english isn't everyone's native language. Most of the problems I have in this area involve authors who were both born and educated here, in the United States. I have a multitude of business and personal contacts and friends from other parts of the globe (the Netherlands, Germany, India and Israel), all of whom have different native languages whose competency with English is probably better than mine, and frankly, I don't think it's really an issue of education. I firmly believe that (for the most part) it's a matter of not taking pride in one's work, and not taking the time to ensure that what is being written/typed is what was intended. This disturbs me on a fundamental level, mainly because one of the things that I learned from an early age was to take pride in what I do, and that extends to how I communicate.

Perhaps I've grown a bit too cynical these days, but even so, it's sad to see such a decline in the quality of certain publications of late. I hope that this is simply part of a cycle, and that things will improve over time, but somehow I doubt that.
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This is a bit off topic for this blog, but...
Semi-Off Topic: Art 101
Semi-Off Topic: Art 101
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