The written word

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In further evidence that the world is losing its written word … read the article referenced below by the BBC (typically a high brow source of prose). The sentences are complete, no misspellings that I detected, the grammar seems fine, but to say there is no narrative flow is a unjust compliment that needs correction … this is a stinking pile of shite and should not be allowed on a website with a brand like the BBC’s.

 

It feels like someone did a google search on “Bin Laden” and then randomly took sentences from the search result, put them together, and called it an article!  One of the simple pieces of advice I tell my teams is that a paragraph is – by definition – a logical grouping of contextually related sentences. A group implies a number greater than 1 and therefore if your paragraphs are only one sentence this is a red flag. The first six “paragraphs” in this article are just one sentence. Yikes.

 

I’m glad that Bin Laden is dead. I’m sorry to hear that the English language is dying too.

 

Bin Laden: Pakistan says world intelligence failed

– BBC Website, 4 May 2011

Xmarks dies a .com death

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Some of the companies that died during the .com crash added nothing and died quietly among the carnage but then there were some really cool services too that really didn’t have a chance at an economic model … these ones were missed but everyone knew they probably couldn’t have lasted. Then there was the cool idea with some semblance of a business plan … Foxmarks (later renamed to Xmarks) was one of those ideas. I loved the ability to sync all my bookmarks … not just with one browser platform but all … and with their announcement from a few days ago I must say I am very sad to say goodbye to their service. Admittedly they were not officially in the dot.com era (they started in 2006) but they lived a dot.com existence and now it seems will be resigned to a dot.com death. So sad. I’ll miss you foxmarks/xmarks.