RE: "found" TW humor (low)

Subject: RE: "found" TW humor (low)
From: "Miller, Alan" <Alan -dot- Miller -at- prometric -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2003 09:04:30 -0400

There's no technical error here. Looks like a bit of intentional whimsy to me. Ms Wright is having a little fun with her topic and sharing it with the reader. James Burke is a master at it and Sagan and Asimov were no slouches. Even Hawking slips in the occasional bit of subtle, wry humor. It humanizes the topic and makes it more accessible. After all, she's not writing for the _Power Generation Calculations Reference Guide_--which is calling to me from my bookshelf, "Read me. Read me." I always get a good chuckle out of turbine cycle heat rate calculations. ;-{)

Enjoy it.

Al Miller
"Chief Documentation Curmudgeon"
Prometric, a part ot The Thomson Corporation
Baltimore, MD

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-----Original Message-----
From: Bonnie Granat [mailto:bgranat -at- editors-writers -dot- info]
Sent: Tue 4/15/2003 2:35 AM
Subject: Re: "found" TW humor (low)

The following text appears in Karen Wright's article, "very Dark Energy"at

"In the last 75 years, astronomers have radically revised their conception of
the cosmos. Edwin Hubble showed in 1929 that the universe was not static but
expanding- it was getting bigger all the time, as if some primal explosion
were driving its contents apart. That primal explosion came to be known as the
Big Bang, and the expanding universe was its love child. For 50 years, Big
Bang cosmology reigned."

Is it even conceivable (you should pardon the expression) that she thinks "Big
Bang" means "Big Fcuk"?

We technical writers may be lazy morons, but would we make an error like this?

Bonnie Granat
Granat Editorial Services

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