RE: New TECHWR-L Poll Question

Subject: RE: New TECHWR-L Poll Question
From: Jeff Hanvey <techwriter -at- jewahe -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 14 May 2001 08:40:46 -0700 (PDT)

--- "Dick Margulis" <margulis -at- mail -dot- fiam -dot- net>

> wrote:

>In any case, Jeff, your comments about your approach >to assembling things from parts speaks to an approach >that is orthogonal to mine. I've only been successful >with kits when I spread out the parts, open up the >instructions, and start at step 1, being careful to >read all the cautions and all the sidebar tips. In >fact, I usually try to do these projects (if they >involve more than a handful of parts) with a helper, >just to double check that I'm doing it right.

I tried this once. When I stood the bookshelf up, it fell apart. Since then, I might read over the instructions, just to get the gist of their approach. But I rarely follow them step by step.

>I guess you can tell that when I took that battery of >vocational aptitude tests in junior high, my >mechanical aptitude was, um, unimpressive. It's

>for dolts like me that they print those instructions, >and I'm glad they do!

I scored really high in mechanical aptitude tests in high school - so high, in fact, that the army wouldn't leave me alone for three years after I took the test. That test was full of gear schematics: If gear a rotates clockwise, which direction does gear b rotate? It was nothing but common sense, and they thought I'd be good at nuclear engineering...All that math, though...yuck (really funny since I ended up getting a bachelor's in math and tried for a master's before remembering how much I hated math).

Jeff Hanvey:


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