On Writing Well

William Zinsser’s On Writing Well.

On story telling well? He does it.

On training well? He does it.

Do yourself a favor and buy a new copy because it is maddening to see foreign notes scribbled fervently throughout its pages. How are these people tarnishing this sacred soil of your and Zinsser’s intersection? Horribly is how.

Your first read through will leave you dying for the second time that you read it.

Surprisingly the book is appropriate for computers programmer of any flavor.

Why Do Keyboards Matter?


Wada (creator of the Happy Hacking Keyboard): because keyboards are accessories to PC makers, they focus on minimizing the manufacturing costs. But that’s incorrect. It’s in HHKB’s slogan, but when America’s cowboys were in the middle of a trip and their horse died, they would leave the horse there. But even if they were in the middle of a desert, they would take their saddle with them. The horse was a consumable good, but the saddle was an interface that their bodies had gotten used to. In the same vein, PCs are consumable goods, while keyboards are important interfaces.

The HHKB shirt says: 「馬の鞍」- saddle of a horse.