Monday, August 01, 2005

Bad Writing

A friend sent me a link with the remark, “I have a feeling this is something you might write.”[address truncated]/odd_badwriting_dc
Note the bad writing.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Microsoft analyst has won an annual contest celebrating bad writing by comparing fixing carburettors to fondling a woman's breasts.

"As he stared at her ample bosom, he daydreamed of the dual Stromberg carburettors in his vintage Triumph Spitfire, highly functional yet pleasingly formed, perched prominently on top of the intake manifold, aching for experienced hands, the small knurled caps of the oil dampeners begging to be inspected and adjusted as described in chapter seven of the shop manual," went Dan McKay's winning entry in the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest.

McKay, 43, of North Dakota was said by organizers on Thursday to be visiting China "perhaps to escape notoriety for his dubious literary achievement." He wins $250.
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I’m actually quite flattered that someone compared me to this work of art. Realistically, I’m nowhere close (yet).

On another note, I’m having trouble with reading material; there is simply too much of them at the wrong times. During the semester, when I have the odd hour between lectures, I often dig around the libraries, finding more interesting books than I have the time to read. During the winter holidays, I sort of rotted at home whiling away my time with unimportant activities.

Current reading list that does not include stuff from my course:

Global Governance and International Relations essay
Foreign Policy of Developing States essay
From One to Zero- a universal history of numbers
Zero- the biography of a dangerous idea
Accounting (a text book that somehow landed in my lap)
Mass Communication Theory- foundations, ferment, & future

Oh, why am I doing this? Does anyone need to know? No. Can my time be better spent? Yes.