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From the “You’ve Got to Be Kidding” Category…

November 11, 2013 by  
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I wonder if these authors chose this title, just to get the attention. Anyway, here it is.

An example of an excellent figure

March 1, 2013 by  
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I had been showing this figure to several students recently about an effective way to plot a lot of spatial data without the figure looking cluttered. I think this is one excellent way to do it. The plots are all ordered around the perimeter of the map, yet the points take you to the locations […]

“Utilize” versus “Use”

December 18, 2012 by  
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From The Telegraph (sent to me by Jamie Gilmour): When the American writer David Foster Wallace died four years ago, he left behind the following fragments: notes towards a dictionary all of his own. Utilize A noxious puff-word. Since it does nothing that good old use doesn’t do, its extra letters and syllables don’t make […]

Lessons for scientific writers from Leonard Cohen and Tony Bennett

April 20, 2011 by  
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I’ve been laid up with the flu for the past few days, so I’ve been watching more TV and DVDs than I normally do. One DVD that I’ve had for some time, but only got around to watching the other day was Leonard Cohen: Live In London. The concert was recorded just a few months […]

Writing more concisely

February 19, 2011 by  
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Why do scientists write the things in the first column when the second column is shorter and easier to understand? VERBOSE ……… CONCISE it is likely that likely it is apparent that apparently due to the fact that because in the vicinity of near in the state of New Mexico in New Mexico was found […]

A great title (Bryan 2005)

I was recently reminded of this paper by my colleague George Bryan. Bryan, G. H., 2005: Spurious convective organization in simulated squall lines owing to moist absolutely unstable layers. Mon. Wea. Rev., 133, 1978–1997. I love this title. This title has all of Lipton’s five characteristics of an effective title. Informative The title has all […]

New Year’s resolutions to make for 2010

January 5, 2010 by  
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If you want to make two resolutions for 2010, here’s what I recommend. One for scientific presentations: I will not start my talks with an “Outline” slide. Instead, I will motivate my talk with something to grab the attention of the audience and get them interested in what I am about to say. Read more […]