Tickling the strings, and a Short Parable on Spelling

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Okay, everyone, don't blow a gasket, but--


Shocking, I know. I started teaching myself to play just before my second son, Noah, was born, did really well for a few weeks, took a LONG sabbatical, played again really faithfully for another few weeks, and haven't touched it since. I have had the best of intentions but despite the fact that my Palm reminds me to practice every weekday, it hasn't happened for well over a year.

In spite of a split on the middle finger of my left hand that has made both typing and pressing strings interesting (not to mention painful), I actually got to practice for about 15 minutes before I decided that I didn't want the rest of my fingers to start bleeding, too.

Jude and Noah had fun playing with the tuner. (It's the type that is kind of like a harmonica.)

Hopefully, I can continue the habit....


Okay, recent pet peeve:

Person A decides, "I need to make some extra money. Hey, I know, I'll write an eBook and sell it for an exorbitant price!"

Person B says, "I need to make some extra money. Hey, here's someone selling an eBook about how to make money! I'll buy it!"

So, Person B pays exorbitant price for Person A's eBook. The only problem is, Person A can't spell to save his or her life, and relied solely on his computer to check grammar. This drives Person B batty. If Person B spends good money on a book, whether it be an eBook or no, they should not have to muddle through someone else's inept grasp of the English language. Hasn't anyone ever heard of proof-reading anymore?! If grammar and spelling aren't your forte, hire someone else to do it! For crying out loud, all of your other expenses for the book are nil! You could at least spend a few bucks to make sure you're turning out a quality product! (Or maybe a low-quality product with everything spelled and worded correctly!)

Ahem. Guess which side of that story I was on?

I think I can relate to Professor Henry Higgins from My Fair Lady, except my lyrics would read:

"Why can't the English (Americans, Canadians) teach their children how to spell?"

I don't think people who can't spell, and therefore place a very low importance on doing it correctly, realize how it drives people who actually care about our language UP THE WALL to read something that is spelled so poorly or incorrectly.


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  1. Good for you for learning the guitar. I taught myself guitar for a year, then I stopped and unfortunatley I forgot most of what I learned. AARRUUGGHH!. About the spelling, I think people think that b/c it's online, spelling doesn't matter. Kinda like MSNing, nobody spells correctly. But in any case, whoever wrote that book is just plain lazy. Ang

  2. Ang--I know what you mean about forgetting most of it--I spent that first night playing some MAJOR catch-up, with more to do.

    Wish I could say it was just one book--it's a general trend I've noticed with eBooks, and your assessment of why is probably bang on--since it's online, people don't care and get lazy.

    To the anonymous commenter whose comment I refused to publish:

    Take a lesson from Thumper, amd if you can't say something nice, don't say nuthin' at all. I don't allow words and comments like that in my home, and I certainly will not allow them on my blog. Also, check your assumptions: although selling eBooks is obviously making someone a mint, they are not all scams about how to make a lot of money fast, but some of them are just "Here's a way I made a little extra money, or improved the sales of my business, and it worked for me." (Some of them have nothing to do with making money, but that's another story.)

    However, if you can't learn from Thumper's experience and advice, you probably wouldn't learn anything from some other entrepreneur's eBook, either.


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