Issue 79: Writing Standards

It is hard to imagine just where today’s writers failed to learn basic grammar, punctuation, and proofreading, but, as most careful readers can attest, publication standards have progressively slid in recent years. Hardly a day goes by without one of the Blog Wyrm staff stumbling across an article with poor writing mechanics, murky storytelling skills, and egregious errors.  Case in point:

Bad Proofing

Are the statements just defamatory?   Is there another attribute that the writer wished to include?  Is the string ‘andstatements’ simply a new word in the English language that will soon be included in the OED?

No doubt the pace at which today’s ‘writers operate explains some of the gap, but there is a limit to what can be considered as ignorable in this age of spell-checkers and computerized proofreading. Of course, we at Blog Wyrm are hardly perfect, but we don’t make a living doing this – in fact we don’t make a single cent from these posts. Even still, we often do a much better job than our paid counterparts, leading us to ask just what it means when the amateurs are outperforming the pros.

And speaking of our performance, let’s take a look at this month’s columns.

The one thing of which we are often reminded when the subject of the Great Recession arises it that, despite how bad it was, at least it wasn’t as bad as the Great Depression.  And, for the most part, this is true.  But not completely.  This month’s Common Cents presents data that suggests in one key area, economic growth, survivors of the Great Recession may actually have it worse than their counterparts from the Great Depression.

When someone says logic, it is a good bet that Mr. Spock will spring to mind.  Often thought of synomously with reason and dispassionate logic, everyone’s favorite Vulcan is curiously quiet on the limitations of logic, limitations that logic itself painfully uncovers.  Aristotle To Digital presents and explores these limits.

Inspired by last month’s look at the The Great Darkness SagaAbout Comics takes a historic look at what started it all:  Jack Kirby’s fertile imagination, his great skill as an artist, and the enduring mythology he created with his Fourth World saga.

Continuing to examine constraints in mechanical systems, Under The Hood compares and constrasts solving for the familiar pendulum equations of motion using either direct substitution or Lagrange multipliers.  Although, both methods led to the same final equations, the differences in approach reveal some of the more interesting aspects of constrained dynamics.