This is place to share interesting or funny articles, videos, or pictures that relate to technical communication.
Technical Communicators can Enjoy this Marx Brothers' Routine that Relates to Documentation.
From Shelley Korth
Tech Writing Humor from Dr. Day's ENGL 308
Copied from the class discussion board by Joe Kauzlarich
Le Grand Content
This video tests the limits of charts and graphs for representing information. It also asks us to question what KINDS of data can be represented quantitatively.
A real message from a real company!
How do you respond to the tone of this email? Does it make you respect and trust The Book Geeks more or less? Why?
Just a short note to inform you that the book you ordered from The Book Geeks has been gently taken from the book shelf in the secret vault with sterilized contamination-free gloves and placed onto a satin pillow. A team of 50 employees inspected your book to make sure they were in the best possible condition (for a used book) before mailing. Our packing specialist lit a candle and a hush fell over the crowd as he put your book into the finest water proof envelope that money can buy. We all had a wonderful celebration afterwards and the whole party marched down the street to the post office where the entire town waved 'Bon Voyage!' to your package, on its way to you, in our private jet on this day. I hope you had a wonderful time shopping at The Book Geeks. We sure did. Your picture is on our wall as "Customer of the Year". We're all exhausted but can't wait for you to come back to visit with us for all your reading needs!! Oh and did I forget to tell you that from time to time, our jet is stuck on the run-way? Well because it is a book, which is media mail, it can travel "extremely" slowly. And even though I am royalty. I can't control everything. So please take that into consideration.
Thank you once again,
May this new year, be a blessed one.
Princess Razz Ma Tazz of The Book Geeks
Dave Barry's "How to Argue Effectively"
A funny "must-read" for all the mistakes you can make in persuasion.
Fallacious Web Pages
Check out some of the funny examples at Keith Stanger's site:
A humorous HMO newsletter
If only it were not so close to the truth!
Heirarchy of Distractability
This is kind of a funny graphical representation of distractability, but is also a good example of ways to represent information.
A Chicago Tribune article shared by Shelley Korth
A product that could have used a bit more usability testing shared by Cameron Orr