Fri Dec 15, 2006
I’m currently writing a TOEFL textbook for Transglobal Prep school for some extra cash. Ironically I’ll be using the money I make to buy more overpriced textbooks for next semester in Print Futures (It’s going to be an awesome semester, I’m especially looking forward to the tech writing and document design courses).
Anyway, I’ve been hashing away at this 500 page book due next week and came up with some insights. First of all, let me give you some of the unobvious pros and cons of freelancing:
You can write all day in your pajamas
You never have to shave any part of your body…ever
You can take as many showers as you want
There is no commute
You can sleep in
There’s no gossiping around the watercooler
You have to be so self disciplined that…
you’ll realize that you’re the worst boss you’ve ever had
If you like leaving the house now and again you’re out of luck
When you’re done for the day you can’t leave
One slightly interesting thing I discovered while researching the civil war, the American revolution and the tourist attractions of Illinois and Kentucky (don’t ask) was…toponymy. If you don’t know what that is, go to Wikipedia. Also on the Wiki, here is a real example (WARNING: offensive language) of an unusual place name.
I thought I’d start a toponym of the day, where I present the origins of a placename that I’ve come across in my research. Geeky, but what else can I do with all the useless facts that I’m learning?
So, without further ado, today’s placename is…
Either way, Winnipeg means dirty water. Sorry guys.