A tai chi picture

That’s not an alien in the picture. It’s a person doing tai chi, an exercise that is alien to many. The picture was developed using DAZ Studio, a 3D modeling program whose cost (It’s free) can’t compare to the benefits it offers.

It’s not easy to learn to use, however, it’s not like trying to learn physics or philosophy. It requires patience and perseverance.

The reason he lacks hair is that the basic 3D model that I used to create the picture didn’t include hair. I could buy hair. But I’m in no hurry to. America makes too big a deal out of hair. It’s a billion dollar business. I have less hair than when I was younger; however, I’ve never worn a toupee, considered getting hair implants, or colored my hair. But many men have chosen to go those routes, including Donald Trump.

Does it really make a difference? Only to people who judge others by their hair, which, to me, is a hairy thing to do.

A woeful sentence

It amazes me when this in day and age any well-known publisher allows instructionally-deficient sentences to grace one of its book’s pages. Even one such sentence is too many.

While reading today the book Value Investing for Dummies, this sentence stopped me in my tracks: “Working capital is the asset base that recirculates through the business as cash, receivables, and inventory and is used to acquire raw materials and to produce and sell products” (p. 34).

So what is working capital?

It’s something that recirculates as cash, among other things. But that doesn’t reveal what it is. This is a form of mystery writing that’s not in a mystery.

A prime cause of the confusion is the verb recirculates.

Unfortunately, neither the online versions of the Merriam-Webster Dictionary nor the American Heritage Dictionary contained the word “recirculate.” However, I did find the word “circulate” in The Free Dictionary. Here are its four definitions:

1. To move in or flow through a circle or circuit: blood circulating through the body.
2. To move around, as from person to person or place to place: a guest circulating at a party.
3. To move about or flow freely, as air.
4. To spread widely among persons or places; disseminate: Gossip tends to circulate quickly.

Ignoring the fact that recirculate means to “circulate again,” none of The Free Dictionary’s four definitions match how the term was being used in Value Investing for Dummies.

If I were the person who edited that sentence, I would have asked the writer, “What are you trying to say in the sentence?”

Too much is left unsaid.

Uncovering what was unsaid and discovering what a writer really meant to say are prime responsibilities of an editor. Apparently, with regard to the sentence quoted earlier in this post, whoever edited it didn’t finish the job.

Baseball’s begun and so has the talk

Though the Phillies succeeded in winning a pennant, they could have a harder time this season. Though they’ve added new blood to their roster, none of their additions can compare with the Mets addition of Johan Santana. Despite that, some Phils haven’t shied away from predicting another first-place finish. Though the pen is mightier than the sword, those outspoken Phillies will need to prove that their bats are as mighty as their words.

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