Monday, August 06, 2007

Upstream, Downstream

An editor would help. Here's the title and the lede for an article at 2+2 internet magazine.
Value Flows Downstream

Everything proceeds backwards from the river.

Let's see. If you start at the river and go backwards you're going towards the headwaters. That's upstream, not downstream.

I didn't read the rest of the article. I think it's more productive to just point and laugh.

Mason is just wrong when he thinks he doesn't need an editor.

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Blogger Dr Zen said...

You are right about Mason, Gary. Clueless fuck. As it happens, I am an editor, and I often edit texts that include quite abstruse technical material (often in finance, which is equally as technical as finance). However, I have no problem with it, because even the most abstruse material has to be written in English.

2+2 books are fucking abysmal in quality terms. I'd refuse to allow my name to be put on them had I edited them. They'd really benefit from having someone like me look them over.

Unfortunately, I can't go tell Mason what a twat he is, because I'm currently blocked for disagreeing with another poster, who didn't like being disagreed with and whined to a mod. That's kind of how 2+2 is these days.

8:35 PM  
Blogger Dr Zen said...

And I'm still laughing at his not being able to spell "typo" in a discussion about, erm, typos.

8:37 PM  
Blogger Gary Carson said...

Yes, I remember the type-o

I quoted it in a post on my mathandpoker blog but left finding the spelling error as an exercise for the reader.

The editor of my hold'em book described 2+2 books as not really books, they're collections of words in a book package.

8:40 PM  
Blogger Dr Zen said...

LOL. Well yes, they do tend to be severely underdeveloped. They really really need someone to hold their hands. A pity they do it in such a halfarsed way.

I finished that SNG book. I have to say, your few criticisms were pretty much on the money. That book really really needed some severe editing. It's interesting that Mason did not accept a proposal from Collin. He insisted on a full manuscript. So basically the book had no development at all. That's a terrible way to make a nonfiction book, because most poker writers are good at poker, not making books.

If Collin had paid me to help him with his book, I could have helped him make the definitive work. Oh well, maybe I should just write it!

7:23 PM  

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