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An unfortunate order of words

July 15, 2012   Filed under Blog, Featured, Humor, Writing  

A quote from Sports Minister Hugh Robertson, from this article. “The British themselves are pretty stoic; there is a long tradition of watching sport in rain macs or listening to Cliff Richard or whatever.” Come on. Cliff Richard isn’t that bad.

Deep thoughts about editing

July 12, 2012   Filed under Blog, Featured, Humor, Reviewing, Writing  

Not sure where I found this, but it’s classic!

For want of a font

April 27, 2012   Filed under Blog, Featured, Humor  

If you think following the rules isn’t important, then consider the fate of the 203,238 people who signed a Michigan petition to put a referendum on the ballot in November. The two Republicans on the Board of State Canvassers voted against allowing the referendum to proceed to the ballot, deadlocking the Board 2-2. The reason […]

The importance of proper punctuation

April 11, 2012   Filed under Blog, Featured, Humor  

From Steven Colbert’s Twitter feed @StephenAtHome and #igotthetweetslikegrassley.

For those who love reading and writing books…

February 27, 2012   Filed under Blog, Featured, Humor  

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore won the Oscar for Best Animated Short last night. Enjoy!

A letter from the frustrated author of a journal paper

February 9, 2012   Filed under Blog, Featured, Humor, Publishing  

Paul Roebber sent me this hilarious letter written by a frustrated author to the Editor. Enjoy! Glass, R. L., 2000: A letter from the frustrated author of a journal paper. The Journal of Systems and Software, 54, 1. [PDF] Image from http://lightsallaround.wordpress.com/author/jackieleasommers/

Errors in Publications #1

October 30, 2011   Filed under Blog, Featured, Humor, Writing  

Check those page proofs carefully!

Very short abstract

October 16, 2011   Filed under Blog, Humor  

From arXiv.org: Can apparent superluminal neutrino speeds be explained as a quantum weak measurement? M. V. Berry, N. Brunner, S. Popescu, P. Shukla (Submitted on 13 Oct 2011) Abstract Probably not. [Thanks to Dan Housley for pointing this out.]

6 Habits of Highly Annoying Public Speakers

September 28, 2011   Filed under Blog, Featured, Humor  

Cracked.com (America’s only humor site since 1958) always has great reads. Today’s entry was no exception. The 6 Habits of Highly Annoying Public Speakers As an example, Number 6 is “Blaming the Audience for a Lack of Enthusiasm”, illustrated above. The most annoying thing, beyond being nagged to do something you don’t really want to […]

For better outcomes in the review process, send your editor some food and drink

August 11, 2011   Filed under Blog, Featured, Humor, Reviewing  

If the results from a recently published article on the factors affecting judges making parole decisions are analogous to that of a journal editor making accept/revise/reject decisions on manuscripts, then send your editor some food and encourage them to take a break. Danziger, S., J. Levav, and L. Avnaim-Pesso, 2011: Extraneous factors in judicial decisions. […]

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