Embedded Systems Conference
Breaking News
Comments
Newest First | Oldest First | Threaded View
<<   <   Page 4 / 10   >   >>
Max The Magnificent
User Rank
Author
Re: Electrical English Department
Max The Magnificent   3/21/2014 4:55:07 PM
NO RATINGS
@betajet: ...so that I can get to my myriad obligations...

Like ironing your Hawaiian shirt in preparation for EE Live! LOL

 

betajet
User Rank
Author
Re: Electrical English Department
betajet   3/21/2014 4:49:29 PM
NO RATINGS
Well, I obviously could care a lot less about English usage :-)  If fact, it would be a good idea for me to care less so that I can get to my myriad obligations :-)

Max The Magnificent
User Rank
Author
Re: Ici on parle français
Max The Magnificent   3/21/2014 4:47:26 PM
NO RATINGS
@jjulian: But that reminds me of the koala who "eats shoots and leaves" :)

I think that was the first book on punctuation I've ever read that made me laugh out loud ... and taught me a lot of stuff along the way.

Max The Magnificent
User Rank
Author
Re: Electrical English Department
Max The Magnificent   3/21/2014 4:45:25 PM
NO RATINGS
@betajet: Sorry, Max, I can't resist...

Dang -- hoisted by my own thingamabob.

I'll give you the "a myriad" one -- however, in the case of could vs. couldn't care less, although you are obviously technically correct, my version would also be accepted by many members of today's readership.

 

jjulian274
User Rank
Author
Re: Ici on parle français
jjulian274   3/21/2014 4:42:43 PM
NO RATINGS
in these days with a trend toward minimilist punctuation, you could miss them all out

But that reminds me of the koala who "eats shoots and leaves" :)

jjulian274
User Rank
Author
Re: Ici on parle français
jjulian274   3/21/2014 4:40:57 PM
NO RATINGS
 

 

                                                   *                *

                                            \              >               /

                                              \__________________/

 

(Ok, so my art isn't pretty.  That's VBG)

Max The Magnificent
User Rank
Author
Re: Ici on parle français
Max The Magnificent   3/21/2014 4:40:24 PM
NO RATINGS
@Jullian: It was the other two...

You could even go with just one comma: Thank you for your kind offer, but unfortunately I won't be attending.

As far as that goes, in these days with a trend toward minimilist punctuation, you could miss them all out and the reader would still get the gist: Thank you for your kind offer but unfortunately I won't be attending.


When I was a kid thsi would have bored me to death -- now I love this stuff LOL

betajet
User Rank
Author
Re: Electrical English Department
betajet   3/21/2014 4:38:03 PM
NO RATINGS
Sorry, Max, I can't resist...

< pedantry >

Because engineers could couldn't care less -- if they really wanted to learn, there are  a  myriad books out there already...

"myriad" doesn't take the article.

< /pedantry>

Update: Seriously, many students go into engineering because they think they won't ever have to write anything.  A typical undergrad curriculum enforces this notion, because most Ugrad engineering courses are all math and diagrams, with no writing.

Then they graduate and hit the real world... and they're completely unprepared for the necessity of clear, unambiguous writing in design specs and data sheets and program comments and technical articles, etc.

Solution?  Hire PhDs.  After writing a dissertation, the rest of those documents are easy.

Max The Magnificent
User Rank
Author
Re: Ici on parle français
Max The Magnificent   3/21/2014 4:36:05 PM
NO RATINGS
@jjulian: Things should come out as "me friend.  Good talk"

Or "Me friend. You want beer?" LOL

jjulian274
User Rank
Author
Re: Ici on parle français
jjulian274   3/21/2014 4:29:36 PM
NO RATINGS
But a lot depends on how you would pause when saying it ..

I agree.  And because of that, the first comma wasn't the one I was bothered about.  It was the other two.  I was think of removing the last one to:


Thank you for your kind offer, but, unfortunately I won't be attending.


but that didn't seem to convey what I was thinking.  I think I want to simplify it all.  Things should come out as "me friend.  Good talk"  (LOL)

<<   <   Page 4 / 10   >   >>


Top Comments of the Week
Like Us on Facebook

Datasheets.com Parts Search

185 million searchable parts
(please enter a part number or hit search to begin)
EE Life
Frankenstein's Fix, Teardowns, Sideshows, Design Contests, Reader Content & More
Max Maxfield

March 28 is Arduino Day -- Break Out the Party Hats!
Max Maxfield
6 comments
Well, here's a bit of a conundrum. I just received an email from my chum David Ashton who hails from the "Unfinished Continent" Down Under. David's message was short and sweet; all he said ...

Bernard Cole

A Book For All Reasons
Bernard Cole
1 Comment
Robert Oshana's recent book "Software Engineering for Embedded Systems (Newnes/Elsevier)," written and edited with Mark Kraeling, is a 'book for all reasons.' At almost 1,200 pages, it ...

Martin Rowe

Leonard Nimoy, We'll Miss you
Martin Rowe
5 comments
Like many of you, I was saddened to hear the news of Leonard Nimoy's death. His Star Trek character Mr. Spock was an inspiration to many of us who entered technical fields.

Rich Quinnell

Making the Grade in Industrial Design
Rich Quinnell
16 comments
As every developer knows, there are the paper specifications for a product design, and then there are the real requirements. The paper specs are dry, bland, and rigidly numeric, making ...

Special Video Section
After a four-year absence, Infineon returns to Mobile World ...
A laptop’s 65-watt adapter can be made 6 times smaller and ...
An industry network should have device and data security at ...
The LTC2975 is a four-channel PMBus Power System Manager ...
In this video, a new high speed CMOS output comparator ...
The LT8640 is a 42V, 5A synchronous step-down regulator ...
The LTC2000 high-speed DAC has low noise and excellent ...
How do you protect the load and ensure output continues to ...
General-purpose DACs have applications in instrumentation, ...
Linear Technology demonstrates its latest measurement ...
10:29
Demos from Maxim Integrated at Electronica 2014 show ...
Bosch CEO Stefan Finkbeiner shows off latest combo and ...
STMicroelectronics demoed this simple gesture control ...
Keysight shows you what signals lurk in real-time at 510MHz ...
TE Connectivity's clear-plastic, full-size model car shows ...
Why culture makes Linear Tech a winner.
Recently formed Architects of Modern Power consortium ...
Specially modified Corvette C7 Stingray responds to ex Indy ...
Avago’s ACPL-K30T is the first solid-state driver qualified ...
NXP launches its line of multi-gate, multifunction, ...
Radio
LATEST ARCHIVED BROADCAST
EE Times Senior Technical Editor Martin Rowe will interview EMC engineer Kenneth Wyatt.
Flash Poll