Thursday, April 28, 2011

Wouldn't you know it

From a text I’m working on: “The pathophysiology of chronic post-traumatic headache is believed to be due to a combination of organic and psychological factors. Post-traumatic headache may be more common in patients with pre-existing psychopathology. In addition, financial incentives also seem to increase the rate of disabilities among patients with post-traumatic headaches.”



Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Jeer Review

Maybe only editors will laugh, but Harper’s magazine made me do it and led me to it:

My personal favorite? Perhaps the last on the list: “The writing and data presentation are so bad that I had to leave work and go home early and then spend time to wonder what life is about.” Or a runner-up, “The biggest problem with this manuscript, which has nearly sucked the will to live out of me, is the terrible writing style.”

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Collections in the garage

Mother Nature is mad, the president still looks sad (but he's oh so articulate), and I have a ridiculously minute (my newt) problem: whether/how to transfer my excellent record collection that's been moldering in the garage  to MP3. To transfer to MP3 my excellent record collection that has been melting, baking, fossilizing in the deep subconscious morass that is our garage ...whoops, editorial moment. Supposedly the sound of MP3 is questionable, to the fine-tuned ear, but I can't hear that well anyway, so pulling the usb turntable out of the box would be one step farther toward whittling collections and possessions.

The lament of giant fingers

I’ve been passed 2 Smart phones to play with, should I wish to get back on the tech train. All abooooooooard.  But ah, my fingers seem to belong to a giant man, not to me. Jolly Green Me.


Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Exuberant flowers

We seem have a nasturtium field in the back 40. No flowers yet, but some leaves are 10 inches across. Yowsa. The old-world impatiens are about choked out...every year or two something new takes over.  At least the fennel, kudzu, blackberries, ivy, and bamboo are giving it a break.