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Martin Daughton

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« Reply #45 on: May 08, 2008, 07:05:36 PM »
I've had an interview today. The firm sent me their trade brochures to help me know a little bit about them and I found spelling or grammar errors in all but one.
Which made reading Record Collector thrilling when they namecheck DWEEZIL ZAPPER, the son of the famous Frank Zapper...

Doesn't anybody proof read anymore?

John Bannon

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« Reply #46 on: May 08, 2008, 08:28:18 PM »
Martin, Hope you didn't relay the failings of the company in your interview, methinks you might not have got the job. Failing that there's always an opening in the mechanic's trade, any good at repairing head caskets, think it's something to do with the doing's underneath the bonnet of a car. Apply to Rob's auto traders, dealers in dodgy cars.

John Bannon

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« Reply #47 on: May 08, 2008, 08:32:08 PM »
Martin, (spelling bee champion 1975) Before you pick me up on it Gasket is spelt with a G, sorry sir.

Martin Daughton

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« Reply #48 on: May 08, 2008, 10:07:30 PM »
Whoops! I did give them the brochures back with the problems highlighted....
It seemed to go quite well so I hope your observation is pessimistic  :-\
I once had an interview in Eindhoven and spotted a mistake on a pc monitor as I was shown around and they offered me the job  ???

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« Reply #49 on: May 14, 2008, 11:45:39 PM »
Whoops! I did give them the brochures back with the problems highlighted....
It seemed to go quite well so I hope your observation is pessimistic  :-\
I once had an interview in Eindhoven and spotted a mistake on a pc monitor as I was shown around and they offered me the job  ???

My day job is called "product development". What it means is I am the guy who puts the content onto the product pages on our site. www.comfortchannel.com. Since I'm the last person left here with this title, I have the chore of both building new pages and rebuilding old, out of date ones too. I don't know which is the worse for spelling. The vendors info sheets and websites have some of the worst examples of writing. Spelling isn't even the worst of it. The funny thing is, most other resellers like ourselves, just cut and past what ever the vendor sends, so I see these errors repeated all across the web. As for our old pages, someone once had the idea you needed to end every sentence with an exclamation point!!!! So much of what I'm redoing is the most convoluted, meaningless garbage you have ever read. My favorite was the "Swine and Cheze Basketts" we were offering. And to make it just a little worse, there were never any standards for content on our pages. Some days I land on a page to update a price, and just can not believe what I've found. Crap images, broken code, and prices that are so out of date our profit margin is not worth counting.

And you know me, give me a problem to solve, and I'm as happy as can be. Doesn't matter what it is, I'll fix it. Needless to say, the management like me, and just leave me alone to do what ever it is I do... and then they give me other peoples jobs, because they can't be bothered to replace the people who quit. I think they've put themselves in an awkward position, since I'm the only one who knows how to do several of the functions here (maintain our Amazon and eBay stores, and our content on our other site zEarth.com) Most of which I've had to learn on my own, since no one could train me.  I just had to drag the young IT boy away from his "silly things cats do" site to point out our database had some serious problems.  :o
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Tony Smith

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« Reply #50 on: May 15, 2008, 07:48:14 AM »
I have no problem with spelling!!
cheers
tony :o

Martin Daughton

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« Reply #51 on: May 15, 2008, 09:11:11 AM »
My previous job was in Intellectual Property - patents. These are legal documents that protect individual and corporate property and you would not believe the number of errors published, sometimes on purpose.

Colin Salter

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« Reply #52 on: May 15, 2008, 11:38:25 AM »
Why on purpose, Martin?

Andrew P

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« Reply #53 on: May 15, 2008, 02:10:03 PM »
There used to be a subject taught in schools called "use of English" which covered all aspects of proper writting, speeling, gramerr, sintax, unneccessesseccary Capitalisation and all points South ::). People in our firm seek me out to give their press releases the once over, and I'm forever finding examples of pure Croydonese masquerading as English. In a perverse way, weeding out Capitalisation and rogue apostrophe's brightens up a dull day ;D
Cleverly disguised as a responsible adult.

Martin Daughton

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« Reply #54 on: May 15, 2008, 03:29:42 PM »
Mistakes are put into patents on purpose to make them more complicated to understand and hence easier to infringe, even when the concept is illogical or inconsistent.

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« Reply #55 on: May 16, 2008, 02:00:52 PM »
Another use of the deliberate mistake is to stop plagerism. I have used it in specification documents so that if/when someone copies it we can demonstrate they infringed our copyright.  And it worked. 

That still doesn't explain the reasoning behind Tony's spellgin... ;D

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« Reply #56 on: May 17, 2008, 09:22:48 AM »
Erm.... plagiarism. Glass houses and all that.

Rob the Organ

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« Reply #57 on: May 19, 2008, 01:53:38 AM »
Then they did "Brain Capers" which I don't like at all, and were lost completely to glam rock thereafter.

Oy, that's my favourite MTH album.   What's not to like about an album with "Death May Be Your Santa Claus", "The Journey", "The Moon Upstairs" and an excellent version of "Darkness, Darkness".   The other stuff's not too bad either with probably only Second Love being in any way off the pace

I just like the Americana of the other three. "No Wheels To Ride" was always my favourite. I am well aware that most MTH diehards rate Brain Capers very highly and I would rate it higher than any post-Island stuff, but..well..it's not my cup of tea. "Darkness, Darkness" IS good though, I'll agree with that.

For me, when they did the Dylan/Band bit they were interesting - in the same way as I like the Americana of Cochise, the Helps and the Brinsleys - but as a straight rock band MTH don't excite me.


Mike Morgan

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« Reply #58 on: May 19, 2008, 02:14:51 PM »
Ordnance survey also place errors when generating cartograpic representations of a landcscape.

I'd go for the Stackridge CD - bought it last year and had wonderful  memories from the Patti in the 70s come flooding back.  Dustbin lids, rhubarb. Marvelous. Also bought the DVD which is very good, but they seem to be trying a little to hard to do the whimsy / twee thing.

It's all gone a bit quiet from Gremany of late, hasn't it?

Martin Daughton

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« Reply #59 on: June 09, 2008, 10:09:41 PM »
Does anybody else think that Gatuso looks like an Italian Micky Jones?