Friday, November 11, 2011

Naive wives, wild(e) boys and a cleaning lady goes "oops"

Everyone's confused about who they really are in this week's news.

Mystery 'wife' warns of dangers of golfing trips
The Irish Times
IT IS the riddle of the sand wedge. A huge sign on an approach road to the M50 close to Dublin airport is warning that golf is just a “passport for a dirty weekend away with the lads” and, while it has gone viral over the past two days, the identity of the “naive wife” behind it was last night still shrouded in mystery.


The New York Times
In the 1990s, Mr. Huntley had little time for cooking; he was busy building the network for Doom, the first international online gaming network. But after he sold that business and retired to a ranch outside the small town of Mason, Tex., with his pet longhorns and a T1 data line that Verizon built just for him, he tried teaching himself to cook from cookbooks and online recipes. It didn’t work.
“I struggled with getting the whole recipe downloaded into my head,” he said.
“I would read the whole thing through, but pieces kept falling off — I needed a buffer,” he said, using a term for large caches of downloaded data that make a program run smoothly. “I kept having to go back to the page, and the interface was so difficult to manage.”

The Once and Future Way to Run
The New York Times
It’s what Alberto Salazar, for a while the world’s dominant marathoner and now the coach of some of America’s top distance runners, describes in mythical-questing terms as the “one best way” — not the fastest, necessarily, but the best: an injury-proof, evolution-tested way to place one foot on the ground and pick it up before the other comes down. Left, right, repeat; that’s all running really is, a movement so natural that babies learn it the first time they rise to their feet. Yet sometime between childhood and adulthood — and between the dawn of our species and today — most of us lose the knack. 

The Wilde Boys Salon-- For Poetry, or Maybe a Hot Date
The New York Times
Surveying the scene was Alex Dimitrov, a 26-year-old rising poet, who wore a black leather jacket with matching black boots and jeans for the occasion. Sly and delicate, he is the founder and gatekeeper of Wilde Boys, a roving salon for self-described queer poets at which attendees lounge fetchingly and flirtation comes in the guise of academic one-upmanship.

Readers care about grammatical errors, typos
The LA Times
Fred Vultee, a journalism professor at Wayne State University, studied a group of readers over a three-month period. His findings:
  • Readers who read more news tend to be more critical than people who read less.
  • Dedicated readers expect a higher level of quality than casual readers, particularly in terms of grammar and professionalism.
  • Readers notice grammar errors and find them troubling and distracting.
  • Readers notice writing that is garbled and confusing, and when words are misspelled or misused.
 I'm really just upset that this is news.

A Tale of Two Stephen Kinzeys
LA Times
That was Stephen Kinzey, tenured kinesiology professor at Cal State San Bernardino.

But police said they know of another Stephen Kinzey, one who calls himself Skinz.

This is the person who wore leathers and ran the local Devils Diciples motorcycle gang. He stashed guns and bricks of meth inside his tidy suburban Highland home, police say. He fired off text messages to dealers: "Bring whatever cabbage u got for my soup cuz ingredients are low." 


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