Eric Woroshow

Hello World,

This is Matt posting for Eric Woroshow.

Eric Woroshow is a funny man, who likes strange things. But he's cool. And smart. And LOVES Waterloo. I can't think of a single person who loves Waterloo more than Eric Woroshow does. 

Vote Eric Woroshow for US president in 2008. 

Who killed the editor?

Lately, I've been finding many poorly written articles and blurbs all over the internet. 
Whether it be blogs or company websites, blatant spelling mistakes and horrific grammar plague me wherever I click. 
This gives rise to my question: Who killed the editor? 

When you're a company (for-profit, non-profit, NGO), you want to look the best you can. Often, a website is the front door to your company and your blog provides insight into the company. When they're hideously designed and riddled with poorly written english, chances are your client's impressions aren't positive. If I have to spend 10 minutes trying to understand a five sentence paragraph, something is wrong. I'm fairly certain hiring a proof reader will, in the long run, provide a lot benefit than it would cost. Well constructed english is part of professionalism. 

What about personal blogs?
When the blog became incredibly popular, the technology was touted as the harbinger of death to traditional print. It was believed that the millions of people who are now able to publish their thoughts and views so easily would no longer rely on some reporter's views. However, one fundamental problem was overlooked when making such a claim. It assumes that everything that is published to blogs will be sensible and useful. This is most definitely not the case. With a newspaper, an article goes through a long and rigorous process of editing and fact finding. Reporters spend four years in University being taught how to be an effective, ethical, and unbiased reporter. Just because you now have the ability to publish your works, does not make you an expert. 
However, I digress. Not all blogs are bad. Blogs have a huge impact these days. Blog networks like CNet and Weblogs Inc. have a huge reader base, and are able to present new and relevant information at a much faster pace than traditional media. And now, microblogging tools such as Twitter and Tumblr are providing new outlets for people to spread news quickly. 

I'll be fair. I don't have an editor nor do I have a degree in journalism.
Most of the time I write short posts that have short sentences and ellipses thrown everywhere. Short and to the point, but hopefully nothing obfuscated. 
When I want to write anything, large or short, I do my best to write in a concise form that won't give my readers headaches. (Or at least I hope. Anyone think otherwise?)
Your reader needs to understand what is being presented before they can accept your proof. Confusing them doesn't help. 


So it appears my assignment for Networks is due monday next week instead of this friday...

All I can say is Thank God... I'm going to work on it this week still, but at least it won't be a mad dash and stumble to the finish like last time.

Now, to find motivation to study for my Coding Theory midterm tomorrow... hmmm... 

Why? Why does it happen again?

This week I have...

3 assignments...

  • CO 351 due monday
  • CS 360 due tuesday
  • CS 456 due friday (worth 10%)
2 midterms
  • CO 487 on monday
  • CO 331 on wednesday

I haven't started any of these assignments... I'm still working on an assignment that was due yesterday. 

... I hate school

I can't concentrate on school

This summer, I am going to Tokyo.

In between now and then, I have 1 month of class, 12 assignments, 3 midterms, and 6 finals.
I have zero desire or motivation to work.

I want to go to Tokyo now :(