Making Austrian-Polish Yellow Wax Bean Soup

Sometimes you never realize that there are recipes that would be unfamiliar to the average person. This soup recipe is one of my favorites because it has a distinct taste unfamiliar to one’s taste buds. It is not odd or weird tasting, but if you like German potato salad then you probably will love this soup.

Ingredients:

• Yellow wax beans, fresh is best, as many as you wish
• Potatoes, as many as you wish
• 2 or 3 lbs pork ribs or pork chops
• White vinegar
• 2 Tbsp. Butter
• Flour
• Water
• Salt

Instructions:

• Salt your meat and cook in soup pot filled with water. When the pork is fully cooked, remove it from the pot, save the water, let it rest and then separate it from the bones.

• To the pot, add peeled potatoes, diced or larger chunks as preferred, and continue to cook.

• Add wax beans to the pot stir and cover. When cooking the beans, make sure they are cooked through. If they are too hard, the taste is not as good as it should be.

• When the wax beans are fully cooked, return the meat to the pot. Lower heat to medium/low.

• In a small heated frying pan, mix melted real butter, add flour, add salt, and mix into a paste. Add a little water to keep it from being too thick. Set aside to cool. Turn the heat up on the pot to medium.

• When the paste has cooled, slowly put it in the pot while stirring. After 10 minutes, you can lower the heat to medium/low and continue cooking until it gets a little thicker rather than a thin watery soup.

• When ready, ladle soup into a bowl. Add a teaspoon or tablespoon of white vinegar to the bowl and stir it a little. This makes the soup taste better. I hope you enjoy it.

Making Austrian-Polish Tomato Soup

During pre-world war II Poland, my grandmother and my young mother, owned and ran a small café-type restaurant just around the corner from the Gestapo headquarters. The often frequented the café. My grandmother was Austrian (as I), but my mom was Polish born. Luckily, the German occupation of Poland did not affect them since they were Austrian citizens. They later left the country without much trouble. I’d like to share her Tomato Soup recipe with you..

Ingredients:

·         1 Lb. Pork – cut ½ to 1 inch cubes

·         26 oz. can Peeled Tomatoes

·         1 pint Sour Cream

·         2 Tbsp. Flour

·         ¼ stick of real butter, salted or unsalted

·         Elbow macaroni or shell macaroni

Directions:

  • Cook pork in salted water
  • Cook tomatoes separately adding water & butter
  • When tomatoes are cooked, scoop tomatoes into an appropriate sized strainer and mash through to help remove most seeds.
  • Pour strained tomato mixture into meat pot & continue to cook
  • Add sour cream to soup mixture
  • Mix the flour with water for thickening the soup
  • Use mixer to stir soup before adding the thickener
  • Add the thickener and stir with mixer
  • Cook soup and let simmer
  • Option: Add macaroni to the soup or pour soup over the macaroni in soup dish -Enjoy!

Making Homemade Sloppy Joes

There are many recipes for Sloppy Joes on a bun. The easy way out is to get the Sloppy Joe in a can and stir it into your meat. Well, not for me. Here is a fast and quick version that is homemade and better tasting.

Ingredients:

2 Lbs – Ground beef
½ Cup – Ketchup
2 Tbsp – Brown Sugar
2 tsp – Mustard of your choice, I use yellow mustard
1 tsp – Worcester sauce
1 – Onion
2 Tbsp – White vinegar
Salt &Pepper

Directions for the Sloppy Joes Recipe

Peel the onion and finely dice it. The finer you dice, the faster it will cook.

In a large frying pan, add the diced onions and sauté them lightly for about three (3) minutes.

Add the ground beef to the frying pan and blend in the onions with a spoon. Fry the ground beef until it is cooked well.

When all the ground beef is blended and cooked, do not drain the fat, unless you really, really have to.

Add the ketchup, brown sugar, mustard, Worcester sauce, white vinegar, salt, and stir on medium to low heat. Add pepper to taste and continue stirring until everything is cooked well. The Sloppy Joe should look thick and rich.

Grab a plate, put a couple of hamburger buns on it, and spoon on the Sloppy Joe.

My wife likes to add a side vegetable with the Sloppy Joes. She prefers to serve corn. I like to add potato chips on the side as well. Do not use the cheap thin chips, but the hearty, thick, lard-cooked crunchy ones. Add some wine, beer, or your favorite soda, and you are on your way for a great, fast, cheap meal. It is great for football Sundays.

If you wish to add any favorite spices or peppers, or the like, be my guest. You can also add a little sugar if you wish to make it sweeter. However, try it first without your extras and see what you think. It is a fast and satisfying meal.

Making a German/Polish Potato Salad

Many of you love cold salads in the summer. Everyone likes macaroni salad, potato salad, pasta salads, etc. I do not particularly like them myself because I do not like excessive mayonnaise. However, I do like my German/Polish potato salad that was handed down to me and I make it often. It keeps well in the refrigerator as leftovers. You should like the taste of vinegar, because it is the German way…..lol.

8 – Large potatoes
4 – Hardboiled eggs
5 – Medium whole dill pickles
2 – Medium or one (1) large onion
½ cup – White vinegar
Salt and pepper

In a pot, boil potatoes with skins on after scrubbing potatoes clean. When cooked, remove from pot and let cool. Remove skins when cool and set aside.

Cook eggs until hardboiled. Remove from pan and let cool. Remove shell from eggs when cool and set eggs aside. When cool, wait until ready to mix into the salad before slicing them.

Peel onions, wash, cut in half at stem end. And cut the half once more. Slice each quarter as thin or thick as desired so that the onions look like quartered arcs. Separate all the onion layers and set aside.

Slice all the dill pickles as thick or thin as you wish and set aside. It is best to use jarred fresh pickles and no pre-sliced as they tend to be mushy.

Take the potatoes and slice them into a large bowl, get the eggs and slice them into the bowl. Add the sliced pickles and the sliced onions. Stir all ingredients until totally mixed.

While mixing, add white vinegar, until salad looks yellowish from the egg yolks and has a close resemblance to a mayonnaise texture. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Note: To make it a more awesome salad, my mom served thick breaded pork chops with it. Use a tenderizing utensil on the pork chops before your egg wash, flour and bread crumbs. My mom always used lard to cook the chops. After the lard had slightly cooled but still warm and still in a liquid state, she spooned out of the frying pan the liquid and breadcrumb residue and spread it atop the potato salad. She stirred it in to give it a much better texture and taste. I am sure you can use bacon grease residue as a substitute, and if you do, save the bacon for breakfast. Hey, forget the calories and splurge for once.

The Loss of Dr. Jesse Marcel Jr.

The event of Dr. Marcel’s passing at 76 is a loss of a unique survivor of a bygone era. Dr. Marcel’s father, Jesse Senior, was an Air Force officer who was he first on the scene of a UFO crash site in Roswell, New Mexico. Dr. Marcel, his son, had been given a piece of the UFO and held it while reading the so-called, “Hieroglyphics” that had been written on a small beam of purple-hued metal debris. His father said that it was “not of this earth”, and Jesse Jr. will never see another in his lifetime.

The evidence, of the Roswell crash in 1947, is still a controversial element in today’s social structure. Stanton Friedman, a nuclear physicist, lecturer, and UFO researcher, had interviewed, Colonel Philip Corso, prior to the colonel’s passing in July of 1968. Col. Corso, in the last of his days on earth, had a book published called, “The Day After Roswell”, where he exposed his connections following the Roswell crash. He revealed his accidental viewing of alien bodies and alien technology. Corso wrote he was partly responsible when he offered items from the Roswell crash and gave the objects to different companies for reverse engineering. He indicated he was accountable for the foundation and acceleration of our technologies. Friedman, after his interview with Corso, had doubts at first. However, Friedman’s investigation and continual research soon ultimately concluded facts in Corso’s book had merit and truth to its contents.

The U.S. government, under President Truman, squashed all the data and physical proof about the crash. There were threats of retribution with incarceration and death threats, if anyone spoke or presented any evidence about the crash. To this day, the controversy still exists, but, a great majority of people now believe in life on other planets and galaxies.

The assumption is that the government was trying to avoid panic and mass hysteria, seeking to avoid a conflict with religious and biblical beliefs. I believe that both can exist if we acknowledge we are not alone in the universe. It would seem drastically egotistical to think we are purely the prime reason for life’s existence.

On a personal note, I must admit that I had seen a UFO a number of years ago. My wife and I were returning home from the capital city when I spotted some lights in the distance. We pulled over before the exit ramp and got out to watch the lights. It was 15 to 20 minutes before it finally reached our spot. There were 3 lights in a triangular positioned points passing overhead. But what convinced us it was a UFO became apparent when I estimated it was as close as 5000 feet high minimum and colossally huge. It took at least 5 minutes to totally pass over and…there was absolutely no sound. We were in total awe. The experience was mind-bobbling and from then on I was stricken with the possibilities of a foreign aircraft. You might consider we imagined this scenario, but I served 4 years in the Navy and worked on F4-Phantom aircraft. I was familiar with many types of aircraft at the base. However, none flew that low without making any sound at that slow speed.

Have you ever wondered about today’s technology? Our technology was limited in 1947. All our scientists had not reached the pinnacle of transition until the first space rocket with our first astronaut, Allen Shepard. It wasn’t until Apollo 11 as Armstrong stepped on the moon that finally facilitated our momentum into the computer age. Consider the comparison of the speed of technical progress that keeps advancing exponentially, with respect to technology prior to 1947. It is uncanny that we have advanced that rapidly all by ourselves.

Why didn’t the technical explosion occur earlier? We have to realize that there had to be some influence to improve the technology that motivated us into an age of unknown possibilities.

We should be grateful for all our advances in technologies, alien or domestic, otherwise, how would we keep in contact with all our friends without a cell phone and computer?

We all hope that the government will soon release all the information that we want to know, hopefully in my lifetime. Rest in peace Dr. Jesse. We thank you for your strength and courage to share your continued stand on the possibility of extraterrestrial life. Dr. Marcel also reminds us, even though he wasn’t the first to quote it, “If we are the only ones here then there is a lot of wasted space out there.”

Ways to Edit Your Article and Blog

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I have had some experience in writing and editing articles. I wrote for a year for a national magazine. I find numerous misspellings and grammatical errors often when I read articles especially on the internet. So I want to make you aware and perhaps show you some areas where you can solve your problems and you can finally improve your way of writing. You will need paper, pen, eyes, patience, vocalization, and a little self-discipline, and some good resource books on writing to fall back on.

Some of the articles I have read, as I mentioned earlier in my beginning statement, have spelling and grammatical errors that were not addressed before publishing. I realize that we want to hurry up and finish, but speed does not necessarily mean great. I find it perplexing when I find errors, even though the idea was terrific. I read an article earlier that had the word “hearst” instead of “heart.” I believe that it makes a big difference in the meaning of the sentence. I wonder how many folks actually thought that it was a funeral vehicle. But as many of you know, the funeral car is spelled “hearse.”

Other found errors are, for example, “your” and “you’re.” This is one of the most common errors in writing. To check yourself, try substituting “you are” for “your.” If the sentence reads correctly with “you are,” then” you’re” can be substituted. “Your” is a word of possession, while “you’re” refers to an intention to describe something or some action in the present tense. Check yourself constantly.

There are other examples, so keep a dictionary handy and a synonym book as well as a thesaurus. They all are aids in checking grammar and spelling. Homonyms are also common blunders when writing. Many words sound the same, but are spelled different such as “there” and “their.” So if you‘re not sure, take the time to check it out.

If you are typing on a computer, use the spell check and grammar check. A word processor usually underlines a misspelling or incorrect grammar. One thing to remember is that a spell check is not infallible. You may have a wrong word incorrectly in place, but if it is spelled correctly, the spell check will not catch the mistake. Here are some words that are different in meaning; ewe & you, complement & compliment, cite, site, or sight, etc. Using the incorrect word form can definitely change the meaning of any sentence. It is more important to get it right especially when you are authoring on a blog. It is just as important as when you write out the specifics of a recipe. Any wrong measurements or cooking instructions could be disastrous for the reader.

When editing your article, there are three (3) basic ways to edit. Each one is important because when you write for long periods, you tend to glaze over your words. You know what you are writing, but often times, words are skipped or misspelled. It helps for someone else to read it even though the person may not be a great editor. Another pair of eyes can catch a few errors.

• Read the article aloud, word for word, slowly. Keep in mind that it should sound correct without missing an article or conjunction (i.e. an, a, or, and, but, the, etc.)

• Then read it phrase by phrase within one sentence. Look at grammar, punctuation, and spelling. Make sure the sentence isn’t so long that it takes up an entire paragraph. Break it up into shorter ones. The brain will remember the thought much easier.

• Lastly, read each sentence and try to understand if it makes any sense. That is editing for content. Often the sentence is not a sentence but a phase with no verb.

Always save your article for your records. Most importantly, you will greatly improve the editing factor because you can select, within the word processor program, how it will check your article. The grammar check and thesaurus are also there to rescue your article.

I go over my article repeatedly, because I know that I will miss something. I often wait until the next day to submit so I have a fresh view of the article after laboring intensely on the written word. When you finally decide the article is ready, copy the article and paste it into the area to be published. Following this method will keep you from making errors, so abstain from directly writing it into that space.

If you follow these suggestions and improve your article, the editing of your article will make it a primo piece.

Simple and Fast Austrian-Polish Potato Pancakes

There are many fine German potato pancake recipes and they taste just terrific. Try all the ones you can find and pick your best. My mother and my grandmother gave my recipe to me. It is an Austrian and Polish recipe. It is also quick, easy and uncommonly simple. Without further adieu, here is what you do. Gee, that rhymed, did it not?

Cooking needs:

Large non-stick frying pan
Bunch of potatoes, your count
Flour
Fine grater, no processors, or blenders
Lard or oil of your choice
Pepper
Salt

Start with your potatoes. Leave the skins on as they save time and besides, it is good for you. Just scrub them well and remove any eyes. Get a large bowl and your grater. I use a large one that has four (4) sides, and I use the side with the smallest holes. Grate all your potatoes into the bowl. I also indicated no blenders or food processors because they do not produce the same texture.

Start adding flour to the potatoes and stir. Keep adding flour and keep stirring until the mixture looks like loose oatmeal. The liquid from the potatoes will suffice. Add pepper to your liking and stir until well blended.

Heat up your frying pan on medium to high heat and add your lard. Lard it traditional and gives it a great flavor, but you can use your oil. Put enough lard or oil in the pan as if you were to deep-fry them but not entirely.

Use a large non-perforated vegetable spoon (not a soupspoon) and scoop some mixture into the pan. Slightly spread the pancake with the bottom of the spoon. You should be able to fit three (3) or four (4) pancakes at a time.

After a minute, get your turner, and break the bottom of the pancakes away from the pan and let them float. When the edges look like they are golden brown, carefully turn them over without splashing the grease. Let it cook as before and break loose again. Make sure they do not become crispy, just golden brown. I check the bottoms as I go along. After awhile you will get used to knowing how long it takes to cook them. Everyone’s oven is different.

When they are cooked, remove them from the pan and place them on a plate covered with a paper towel. If you want, you may try to let the lard or oil get back to temperature before you put another set in the pan. I like the pancake to be soft and not brittle. You may want to salt it before tasting it. It tastes much better that way. As you go along, you will be losing some of your lard or oil, so you may need to add more if you have a lot to cook. Just do not let it get so low that it starts to burn the pancake.

Always stir the mixture in the bowl before you take more out to place in the frying pan. The mixture may start to turn a little red, but that is okay. You will empty the bowl before long.

If, and I mean if, you have any leftover pancakes, let sit covered and when cool, put them in the refrigerator. You can take them out of the refrigerator the next morning, reheat them, and add eggs. It is like having hash browns but with a different texture. As long as they are salted, I still eat them cold from time to time.

It is fast, simple, and easy. My mom often mixes sour cream to the mixture. I like mine plain. My kids like ketchup on them. Enjoy.

Perfecting A Day Of Remembrance

I would like to share a piece I wrote for a customer. Unfortunately, I do not know who that customer is. I’m not aware if I still own the publishing rights, that is why I am writing this short prologue, so I am reprinting it in hopes all of you will appreciate the subject, because I just couldn’t see limiting it to an isolated location. I believe everyone should have the opportunity to read it. Enjoy!

“The most intense and extraordinary day of a couple’s journey in life is the short-lived and frenzied day of their wedding. The tumultuous sorting of every aspect for that day finally reaches its peak the morning of the union between two loving partners as they face each other at the altar. When the ceremony ends in a loving kiss, the couple walks down the aisle, both well-wishing guests and family members relax and migrate to the elaborate decor of the reception hall. Everyone prepares to find their way to their respective tables and they gaze at one of the most important aspects of dining, the admiration of the elegant wedding centerpiece adorning the table.

As they comment on the uniqueness of the centerpiece, they look at all the other tables and see how every decorated table has its own specially designed centerpiece. Whether the bride chooses the elegant wedding centerpiece herself or collaborates with a wedding planner, the centerpieces are made to attract the attention of all attendees.

Perhaps the floral arrangements are especially designed in combination with other items that accentuate the flowers. Perhaps each guest has a small personal replica of the centerpiece. When the wonderful decision is made, it has to be a showpiece.

The idea of an elegant centerpiece, does not always need to be floral. If the future bride investigates all the possible opportunities, she can deviate from the traditional if need be. There are many wondrous centerpieces created by inventive artists. And, if perhaps the bride decides on something more original, then so be it.

There are multitudes of designs. Hand-blown crystal vases, figures, or specially painted ceramics can be incorporated into the centerpiece. There are artists that create majestic country scenes made from twisted wire and formed into trees with limbs adorned with Austrian crystals. Scenes can be specialized to apply to the guests seated at each table. Combinations of floral design and unique artistic creations can be awe-inspiring.

The day soon ends and the bride and groom are still in bewilderment from the guests talking, the photograph taking, the music, and the dancing. They look forward to taking that deep breath far from their friends and family.

The day is done and the elegant centerpieces are for the taking. The bride would have devised a plan for the lucky recipient of each centerpiece. I am sure she would have had difficulty in parting with the most elegant of wedding centerpieces, a glorious tribute to her life’s journey and remembrance of her day of perfection and love.”

Play Idiot Solitaire To Avoid Boredom

When I was younger and there was nothing to do or I was traveling in the back seat of the car, I always had a deck of cards with me for those long trips. I am 62 years old now and I have never beaten this solitaire game. I did come close a few times but that was about the extent of it. Occupying my brain was always the challenge in those days, and still is by the way.

You need one deck of 52 playing cards. Shuffle the deck until it is well mixed. If it is a new deck, shuffle extensively. After you shuffle, while still holding the deck in your hands, flip the deck so it is facing you. Now fan the top first four (4) cards. (See photo 1.) Look closely at the four cards. They show four (4) unrelated cards, both by suit and by face (i.e. Hearts, Spades, etc. or Threes, Jacks, Aces, etc.) At this point, you ignore them because you cannot do anything with them.

Figure1

Look at the first four (4) cards in the next example (See photo 2.) You will see there are two (2) cards that are the same at both ends. In this example, the two (2) cards are Spades. When this sequence happens, you can remove/discard the middle two (2) cards.

Figure 2

You can put the discarded cards off to the side. If there is no place to discard them, take the two (2) cards, reverse them, and place them at the back of the deck (See photo 3.) This reversal will keep you from repeating those cards. You can continue that way until the end of the game.

Figure 3

Look at the first four (4) cards again in the next example (See photo 4.) You will see there are two (2) identical face cards at both ends. In this example, the two (2) end cards are Tens (10’s). When this sequence happens, you remove ALL four (4) cards. You now have the basic rules. You can continue to play the game after you complete the step with the first four (4) cards.

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Look at the next example (See photo 5) and you can see that the first four (4) cards do not match any condition for removal. What you proceed to do is ignore the first card and continue with the next four (4) cards. (Observe the four (4) cards lifted to illustrate the point.) You keep ignoring cards until four (4) cards are similar for removal as stated in Step three (3) & Step four (4).

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The final example (See photo 6) shows what happens during play when you discard the two (2) center cards between the Hearts. The cards to the left (Two of Hearts) and to the right (Queen of Hearts) of the discards are joined together. Now you get another play. You can remove the Five (5) of Hearts and the Eight (8) of Spades because they are now located between two (2) Hearts.

cards figure 6

Whenever you remove cards, go back to the beginning and once again fan the first four (4) cards to see if the sequence has changed. It may or may not change for more card removal. You keep repeating the method of going forward and back until you reach the end. Once you cannot remove any more cards, count the remaining cards left in your hand (Ignore the reversed cards as they are discards and out of play.)

The idea of Idiot Solitaire is to get rid of all your cards. Anything left is the result of a lost game. However, don’t fret, you can reshuffle and try to beat your final card count.

Technical Article Writing – Issues To Ponder

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Most technical articles are written primarily for engineers, scientists, and manufacturing areas. The lay individual does not really see these articles unless they are researching certain criteria related to their subject in question. Since I have spent twenty (20) years of my life writing data sheets, explaining data processes, and writing operating procedures, I will attempt to explain what you can do. I will explain the important aspects of a simple subject that you want to write about and justify the reasons for supporting your information.

The United States government has a reputation of producing data, manuals, procedures, and even laws. I believe you might want to term it as gobblelygook. The term used is an example of how words complicate ideas and make issues and facts difficult to understand. It makes statements and rules often very subjective. Words like; elucidate instead of clarity, antithesis instead of opposite, or homogenous instead of similar. Often using extreme intellectual verbiage keeps the layperson in a quandary or makes oneself feel higher in stature above the average individual.

The real key for technical writing is for one person in a trade, engineering or specialized education to transfer the ideas to another in their proper field. Many average readers have a difficult time in interpreting the information because of their lack of skill in those fields. The government, well, that is another dire subject so we will deviate away from that useless drivel.

Typically, there are actually two (2) ways of writing a technical article. The first is when two people in the same field communicate with each other and they understand each other. As an example, if I was discussing my venture on a fishing creek and I said I used a Royal Coachman or a light Cahill, you, as a non-fly fisherman would scratch your head and wonder. Jargon is the term used and people with similar interests understand it. The second way would be for a technical writer to duplicate the same information but downplay it to make the average person understand certain complexities without throwing him into a tizzy. There is a saying we used to use, “KISS; Keep It Simple Stupid“. We shall skip the complex version and concentrate on the latter.

To downplay the information, there are a few rules and they are critical. The easiest one is using acronyms. An acronym is a series of letters pronounced as a word. As an example; START, if it is used in a sentence, you would not know what the person means by it. The idea of an acronym is to use it as a shortcut for writing it out. The question is, if you know what it means, does your reader? Most times the answer is no. Whenever you use an acronym, immediately define it in parentheses, i.e. START (STrategic Arms Reduction Treaty). After defining it, you can continue using the acronym.

The same rule applies to standard words that are necessary for data explanation. If the word is uncommon, define it immediately. Do not let your reader guess the meaning, i.e. Porosity; a material laced with tiny pores that allows fluids or gasses to pass through or permeate. You wrote it, defined it, and when the word appears again, your reader will understand it. This also applies to formulas such as NaCl (Sodium Chloride or salt)

When you are explaining a situation or describing something where it may be difficult to visualize, remember that you can, but does your reader? You, as a writer, must assume that your readership is not familiar as a whole. The best thing to do is produce a drawing, a photo, or a chart. Refer to the illustration and designate it, such as (See Diagram 1) or (See Figure 3). This way, your reader can visualize and understand the description exactly as you intended. When you are writing numbers, you must define the word versus the character. This will make it clear to the reader what you mean, i.e. write five (5). Always follow your word with a number in parentheses.

Keep all your facts and data in the correct sequence. If you list something out of place, your readers will be obviously confused. In a technical or scientific paper, you cannot use emotion or bias opinion. You only state the facts or the data. You can end the article with recommendations, solutions and you can list failure data from the analyses. There are many isolated issues, but it would not behoove me to linger and bore you to death.

You can still apply much of this writing to your everyday, typical article. Especially the ones where you talk about specific items when using letters as a name of an object, i.e. USB cable (Universal Serial Bus). Most of us know what it is, but many do not know what it stands for.

Technical writing is definitely an art in itself. You cannot just learn it, you have to live and breathe it. Many writers think you can just pick a technical subject and write. It is a long drawn out process of research and intense data collection. Writing an advertising piece with facts for a company is not considered a technical article, but it is simply written for the consumer’s understanding of its functional operation and capabilities.

A technical paper is strictly written for actually three (3) reasons; As a failure analysis, as an internal (engineering) product specification with limitations for usage, or for non-technical readership to promote a product in more lighter terms of the product’s capabilities (i.e. the specification sheets that come with your electronic components minus the unit’s schematics).

You may have heard the term “White Paper.” White papers are marketing and sales documents used as a tool. It entices and persuades potential customers to learn about some particular methodology, technology, or product. It is written before a sale of the product, and not as a supporting document or a user manual, to a consumer after the sale. This is a more specific incite to why many refer to it as a “technical paper.” It is a far cry from the definitive meaning of the proper meaning of the term. You might even compare it to an Infomercial on TV.

Car repair manuals are an example of public readership, as opposed to the engineering drawings, deviation limits, and specifications within the manufacturer’s internal engineering staff.

Regular writers have a difficult time with technical writing because of the intense specifications and test data. I know at times when I worked for a missile/transponder company; I had to sit with a few engineers to help me understand the actual operation of a product because of the newer micro and nano technology specifications. Even with my vast knowledge, the innovation and constant design invention is difficult to grasp without any practical background in the ever-changing fields.

Understanding the points discussed in this blog, will help your delving into this writing if you decide to venture into the dark realm of technology. Make sure your calculations are correct and all your references to any of the data are absolute, meaning, there is no guesswork. Relate the information and consider your reader now informed and familiar with your content. There is one last thing to remember. If you are writing a standard article with technical facts, you do not have to be as strict in your writing. You can add puns, opinions, and put your character in it. Be yourself, but be accurate.

Technical writing is definitely an art in itself. You cannot just learn it, you have to live and breathe it. Many writers think they can just pick a subject and write. It is a long drawn out process of research and intense data collection.

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