19 March 2009

Monitoring for power of new strategies

In this post, I demonstrated how one can create a pretty decent piece of short writing by borrowing and combining related sentences from different sources. What would you get if you took sentences that were only minimally and ostensibly related to each other and combined them in paragraphs? Below is an example. I took all of the sentences from the various articles in the March 2009 issue of the Scientific American. The title of the post is likewise a combination of title words of different articles.

Let me know if you disagree with my opinions.
They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, and certainly as adults, many of us find it painful to learn something completely new. One technique is to build a steel or concrete column, open to the ocean below the water line but closed at the top. To achieve this objective, scientists will need to trace in exquisite detail all of the organism’s biochemical pathways and identify more of the emergent properties that arise from the operation of these pathways. Bigger samples might come from chemical exfoliation. A turning point—but not a decisive victory.

The research has attracted considerable interest, particularly in far-north Queensland. Researchers are pursuing several processing routes, but which approach will succeed remains unclear. Most important, we should stop panicking. That may mean new regulations governing off-road vehicles, bait disposal by anglers, or equipment hygiene and use in the logging industry.

In our view, those concerns about monitoring are groundless—and have been for several years. There is little reason to fear a decade of stagnation, much less a depression. This conclusion turns everything upside down. In a sense, however, the existence of such a paradox is not exactly earth-shattering. To take in what was actually wrong involves abandoning the idea of locality.


Kirk said...


Duane Smith said...

"Well, yes and no." - same source.

Anonymous said...


Unfortunately, I must disagree. The sentences do not follow logically for me, however, they do resemble the distorted thought process of a schizophrenic person. Not meant to be funny, but actually a clinical observation.



That's a start, Charlie. The next time I will try to move closer to the range of normalcy.

Raag said...


You may know of thisprofessor named Sokol who is famous for a hoax. He wrote a paper that was full of nonsense but with high sounding words and got it published in a post-modernist journal thereby exposing they for the snobs they are.

Try this site. It will generate an article everytime you refresh this page.



Raag, yes, I have read about Sokol's hoax. And I did remember it when I was writing this post, but my intention was not to imitate him. I just wanted to see if I could create something slightly meaningful by combining sentences. Although "meaning" is not exactly the right word I have in mind.

Frank Anderson said...

This looks almost like a slightly wordier transcript of a Cylon baseship hybrid's yammerings.

xoggoth said...

I went to my writer's club today and had found it hard to write anything for the occasion. Great tip! Cheers, nobody will notice.

JT said...

You have blown the cover on my secret cure for bloggers' block. Thanks a lot.