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Written by Natalie Luhrs

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September 26, 2014

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  1. Veronica Schanoes

    I think it’s weird that the Einstein article never mentions that he was a Jew and thus a refugee from Nazi Germany; it seems like something like that might be very connected to his wonderful anti-racism work.

    • Natalie Luhrs

      That is a…very interesting omission. And I am sure that it was, indeed, something that contributed to his interest and activism in that area. I can’t see how it wouldn’t be.

  2. Quatermain

    Sleepy Hollow really is a damn good show. I don’t watch a lot of TV outside of football and wrestling, but that and ‘Doctor Who’ I rarely miss.

  3. Cora Buhlert

    I hear you on the privileging of STEM degrees. I have an English degree and do a lot of freelance tech translation, but when I tried to apply for tech writing positions, the companies always wanted someone with a STEM degree. Never mind that they have a whole company full of engineers and scientists and need someone who can write while still havng enough technical knowledge to make sense of what the engineers are saying. No, they still wanted someone with a STEM degree, because everybody knows people with humanity degrees are useless.

    There are a lot of subtle jabs and put downs from engineers, too. For example, when I politely suggested to an engineer employed at one of the companies for which I do translation work that he should maybe run spellcheck on his documents before handing them over to me (because I’m paid to translate, not proofread) and that German like most other language requires complete sentences (honestly, this guy’s German is so bad, I have no idea how he made it through highschool, let alone college), he told me point blank that such little things didn’t matter, he had more important things to do, everybody understood what he meant (with an implied “And you’d understand, too, if you only had an engineering degree”) and besides, couldn’t I just correct a few little typos, after all it couldn’t possibly be that much work and besides they’re paying me.

    And heaven save me from those engineers who think they can write in English and only need a light proofread, even though they produce a text that’s flat out unreadable.


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