On Sun, 9 Feb 2020 14:22:39 +0000, "J. P. Gilliver (John)"
Post by J. P. Gilliver (John) Post by DavidK Post by Mike Post by Vicky Ayech
I like the idea of fresh blood from a lentil.
It was very witty, but I'd rather have read it. It seems a modern thing
Yes, I thought that.
Post by DavidK
to publish a video of instructions instead of writing it down so that
the reader can refer back to difficult parts, and maybe this vblog is
Instructional videos are excellent where they actually _show_ you
something (where the screws are, or where to click if it's software),
but I agree, where it's just a talking head, I'd rather have just the
audio, or indeed just the text.
YouTube and social media are at least partly to blame: YouTube because
AFAIK they _only_ accept video (thus a lot of the music tracks I like
are video of a record player! [Though that can be fun for nostalgic
reasons - Garrard USW.]), and social media in general for making people
think that video or audio are better than text.
I'm inclined to agree - I prefer instructions in well-written text with
good diagrams rather than either audio or video - so much easier to
back-track and reread, for one thing. Very occasionally a brief video clip
can be helpful.
Drifting slightly, I shared an amusing 'use of the apostrophe' twitter
thread on facebook earlier (is there an apostrophe in FFS and where should
it go?). One of my old friends popped up and asked if proper use of the
apostrophe was no longer taught.
Andy Roberts said, "Contagion. The more we are exposed to random bad
spelling and punctuation examples, the more susceptible we become to the
possibility of absentmindedly making them ourselves. So pointing out errors
is actually counterproductive through reproducing them or drawing in more
He may have a point. My typing has always been lousy and I've been accused
of being an imposter lately by both friends and family for small
grammatical errors. I tend to listen to books rather than reading them now,
which may be a factor.
Annoyed by The Archers since 1959