Re: Using Humor Judiciously

Subject: Re: Using Humor Judiciously
From: Alma Schipper <schippal -at- LIMS -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 22 May 1996 16:30:00 -0500

At 09:32 AM 5/22/96 EDT, William E. Newkirk wrote:

>humor can also be used to check to see if the reviewers are paying attention.
>a predecessor here had a procedure for cleaning a device. this procedure
>required baking the parts after cleaning to remove the last traces of
>solvent. in the procedure, he'd written "After cleaning, bake the movements
>in an oven at 350 deg F for 15 minutes or until the crust is golden brown".
>None of the reviewers caught it, nor the editors - he'd had them fix up the
>procedure before printing but kept the typesetter output page.

I tried this technique, too, a few times -- until that fateful release when
I *forgot* to remove the silly bit before sending it to the printer...

I haven't done it since, even though as I recall a couple of customers
called to compliment me on it!
-- Alma T. Schipper :-)
schippal -at- lims -dot- com (518) 274-1990, ext. 165
Laboratory MicroSystems, Inc., Troy, NY USA
(but speaking on my own...)

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