Bones, NASA, and Technical Writing

“I’m a doctor, not an engineer.” This is a famous catch phrase from Bones in the original Star Trek. I’m not sure the origin of it, but I always thought it had something to do with how NASA approached getting to the moon in the 1960s. When faced with the problem of communicating between scientists and with the public through the media, they decided to hire communicators and writers instead of forcing scientists to be writers. So this line from Bones seems to be a homage to that idea. Continue Reading

Where Have All the liberal Free-thinking Writers Gone?

This is a throwback to 07/07/2007. Ahh the ever-changing meaning of the word ‘liberal’ in America. It’s advisable to limit the use of adjectives in your writing for this reason alone: adjectives change meaning a lot. In the case of the word ‘liberal’ it kind of glues itself to the word it’s modifying. Liberal politician, liberal arts, liberal christian. The word changes so much that it has literally become a noun. Anyway after the dark theme of the last post, I thought maybe this says the same thing in a humorous and lighter tone. Continue Reading

American Neofascism

By this time next year, America could very well be a fascist nation. Having studied political science, I agree with Jimmy Carter that we are already a nationalistic oligarchy. That’s one step, one leader, away from being fascist. So it wouldn’t be surprising given who appears to be rising to the top in this election cycle that we will take the next step. What might be surprising is that it may not matter who gets elected. I’m not sure any leader at this point can stop the American people from the trajectory we are on. Continue Reading