Two very cool things

George Orwell on how to write English rather than management drivel. Simply, try to sound like a Saxon.

Orwell’s example, from the King James Bible:
“I returned and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.”

The same, in inflated CEO-euphemism:
“Objective considerations of contemporary phenomena compel the conclusion that success or failure in competitive activities exhibits no tendency to be commensurate with innate capacity, but that a considerable element of the unpredictable must invariably be taken into account.”

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(EDIT – I just turned a 150 word paragraph from someone else into 55 words of my own. Go me!)

And following on from ‘s aerials videos, here’s a Jordan Jovtchev, world champion on rings (2.5Mb wmv). No artistry, just laughing at gravity. Its okay, gravity will find him in a dark alley somewhere, and gravity will probably bring along Big Dave and Tony the Fish. And also the entire British Army, coz gravity didn’t get where it is today by being laughed at.

5 thoughts on “Two very cool things

    1. That’s George’s example, not mine. Though I do need to change:

      “Decisions to make long term investments in generation are primarily based on the beneficial interests of the generation investor, without necessarily considering the impact on overall system security”

      into a sentence that is punchy and can be understood.

      1. Let me rephrase that:

        “While accounting for the preservation of the inherent informative nature of the expression set, it is a requirement to reorder and reframe the sentiment in appropriate terms that are accessible across a wide spectrum of comprehension skill sets with a view to increasing the beneficial interactive experience of the activity of coming to the aforementioned terms.”

      2. When power generation companies make long term investment decisions, they look after their own interests first, and often don’t consider important issues like system security.

        OR

        Power generation companies are a pack of self-serving wankers and here’s why.

        1. I like it. But I’m going to have to use the first version ;P

          Also, companies are supposed to be self-serving wankers. That’s what makes capitalism work. The trick of government is to arrange life so that what’s in companies interests is also in our interests, i.e. if they pollute and inflict costs on the people around them, then they should have to pay those costs directly, so they’ve an incentive not to pollute. The problem arises when companies have more power than governments, then it all just turns to crap.

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