Saturday, May 01, 2004
WHY THE LOVE NOTES?
Reid of Photodude was the victim of an idiot running a light. Everybody's ok, but this part really stuck with me:
Tomorrow is guaranteed to no one. I learned this long ago, in the last
accident I was in … 1983, when I broke my neck. In this case, a simple
trip to the store can result in violent forces being placed upon your
body that you’d never anticipated. Not a damn thing you can do about it
(except stay home … and hope it doesn’t burn or get hit by a falling
satellite), except to know it. And act on it in the simplest
of ways, like making sure you don’t go to bed or leave the door without
telling your loved one(s), “I love you.” Should the worst happen, slim
as the chances might be, wouldn’t you want those words to be the last
thing they have to remember? Morbid? Maybe. Since 9/11, when a
thousands of people never got to say “I love you” again, I’ve been that
way a bit
She never leaves the house, I never leave the house, we don't go to bed
at night, and we don't get up in the morning without trading "I love
'Cuz you just never know.
posted by Harvey at 9:24:00 PM permalink HOME
PISSIN' ME OFF, RADIO
My blogging software has some permalinking issues come the first day of
month. Please ignore the blood while I batter it into submission.
posted by Harvey at 8:01:21 PM permalink HOME
KING OF THE BLOGS
CHALLENGE AND SUBMITTED POST REVIEWS
This week's challenge question:
A genie grants you three wishes.
You may have three things (and they must be "things," so no 1 million
wishes, world peace, or a stint as dictator of the world). What three
things do you wish for?
I'm listing scores for both the challenge questions and the submitted
questions (on a 1-10 scale) under each section so you can see how I
determined the final rankings, which are at the bottom of the post.
GOOD POINTS: Answered the question & provided supportive linkage
BAD POINTS: Really skimpy on the why.
GOOD POINTS: Provided supportive linkage for those who needed background
BAD POINTS: More stuff from the author's head, please. Help your
readers better understand WHY you're writing this post. Supportive
linkage is nice, but you should write the post to have impact even if
the links aren't clicked.
THE MANAGEMENT V68.8
(challenge) (X (for Blog Wars))
GOOD POINTS: Answered the question, and supplied reasonable reasons.
BAD POINTS: Got the name of the contest wrong, threw in a gratuitous
political jab that, while it's his opinion and he's welcome to it, was
off-topic and detracted from the focus of the post. Finally, the
spelling and grammar were so bad I pulled a muscle in my neck from
wincing so hard
GOOD POINTS: None visible
BAD POINTS: No point, bad spelling, bad punctuation, bad grammar, and 3
F-bombs. Now go write, "Fries with that?" 10,000 times, because it's
going to come in very handy during your 55 year career in the fast food
GOOD POINTS: Uses his introductory musings to his advantage by making
reference to them again at the end. Nice use of the callback technique.
BAD POINTS: More thoughts on what these things would mean to you
personally would've helped to better bridge the reader-writer gap.
GOOD POINTS: Short, concise, makes his point and stops talking
BAD POINTS: "two points"... of what? Percentage points? Maybe a link to some vote totals would be good here.
NEWS FROM THE GREAT BEYOND
GOOD POINTS: Excellent job of picking not-entirely-obvious things to
wish for, and giving good reasons for wanting them. Nice window into
BAD POINTS: Although the third item was an intriguing notion, no real reason to not take the money instead. Do you not like Barry Bonds? I'm confused.
GOOD POINTS: Takes a chance by submitting a post on a controversial
topic. This post does what it sets out to do, and it keeps the reader's
attention. Plus a little self-linkage, which is becoming in a potential
BAD POINTS: It's a little more "preaching to the choir" than reasoned
argumentation, and I'm not a choir member, but if I were a member of
that target audience, I'd be nodding my head.
GOOD POINTS: *spfffft* Dammit Bill! You owe me a fresh cup of coffee and a new keyboard!
BAD POINTS: No self-linkage.
GOOD POINTS: Amazingly short. I guess Bill's not feeling well. Good argument, examples and conclusion
BAD POINTS: A brief explanation of who George Galloway is would've been
appreciated. I barely recognized the name. Some British guy, but that's
about all I know. Also, no self-linkage, but I suppose we can let that
go. Now get the palace slaves busy repairing those archives!
IN THE AQUARIUM
GOOD POINTS: A quaint little story-book tale. Nice form
BAD POINTS: Skimpy on the "why"
GOOD POINTS: Nice little slice-of-life about an evening in a London restaurant.
BAD POINTS: A little too "insider" for me to appreciate. I had no
scorecard & found it impossible to keep track of the players or
know why I should care. The use of initials instead of names was
distracting. Consider using pseudonyms next time.
2 News From The Great Beyond
3 This Liberal
4 In The Aquarium
6 The Management V68.8
1 News From The Great Beyond
2 This Liberal
4 In The Aquarium
6 The Management V68.8
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