Google search “colorful language”. I couldn’t tell you exactly what I expected to find, but the results were far from surprising: Colorful Language – The most innovative K-5 grammar program. I stumbled upon an elementary tutorial on how to say the same thing differently, or in similar words, how to have your child bullied because he speaks smart. Yes, he speaks smart, at a certain point in life we all believed the bigger the word, the smarter we speak, and it’s only logical someone turns a small profit over it.
Maybe someone still believes it?
Either way, here’s the problem: at a later point in your life you realize the big words often have more to say than their dumbed down dictionary definitions. (more…)
Better hope the wheel on your mouse is greased.
Your client needs to know the property value of that “Ja-fellow Smith” and you’ve got exactly 5 minutes to scroll through a twelve thousand line database containing the surrounding area properties where Mr. Smith usually lays claim. Problem is: like your client, you can’t quite remember Mr. Smith’s first name, it’s been nearly two years since you met the guy (time flies when you’re working – not during the work-day, but according to your lifetime), you know it’s unusual, Jabari maybe, or Janardan, you agree it starts with “JA” because you used a name-memorization tool to relate his name to a Jack in a deck of cards, heck, his name might even be Jack.
So it’s time to knuckle up! You prep your eyes for a few thousand mind numbing names, grab a notepad to jot down property values in the off chance A56 hits a battleship, and adopt a scrolling speed just slow enough to keep yourself from the nagging fear that you might have passed over one of the properties you’re looking for.
Instead, let’s just ask Excel nicely: (more…)