Archive for September 22nd, 2006

Writing advice from Orwell!

September 22, 2006

Here is George Orwell‘s article titled Politics and the English language; there are six simple rules that Orwell lists, which, in his own words,

These rules sound elementary, and so they are, but they demand a deep change of attitude in anyone who has grown used to writing in the style now fashionable. One could keep all of them and still write bad English, but one could not write the kind of stuff that I quoted in those five specimens at the beginning of this article.

I learnt about the essay via this article, which is also a good read. Have fun! While you are at it, take a look at this book, especially the articles Why I write and Poetry and the microphone, the later being about wartime broadcasts to India.



September 22, 2006

Head over to Mother tongue annoyances to know about interrobang. Is this symbol available in TeX?

Resource management!

September 22, 2006

Prof. George B Schaller feels that India should have a land use plan. While we are at it, you might also want to take a look at the article Traditional resource management systems by Madhav Gadgil, published in the book Lifestyle and Ecology (which is available on the net). Prof. Gadgil’s page is also a good place to start to read about biodiversity and its management.

Gibbs == correct

September 22, 2006

if(Gibbs != correct):

Gibbs = correct

Some of you might remeber this post of mine about the Young-Laplace equation. Here is a follow-up on the article.