I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free. ~Michelangelo
We had a meeting yesterday and decided to slash some of our prices in half permanently. We decided that we need to focus on retaining clients and getting those clients to come back. Therefore, we lowered our prices to tantalize a few of you into trying our services.
Short Instructions Can Be Just As Confusing As Long Instructions by Melinda Anderson
Recently, we decided to have a pizza night but couldn’t afford more than some frozen Red Baron pizzas. I heated up the oven, put the pizzas on a tray, put the pizzas in the oven, and set the timer. This is where the problem started.
According to the directions, the oven needed to heated to 450 degrees with a cook time of 22 minutes; depending on the type of pizza. Needless to say, our pizzas were slightly crunchy. I could not figure out what I had done wrong.
I made myself one pizza for lunch the next day. However, I only cooked it for 15 minutes at 450 degrees and it was still crunchy. I know oven temps vary but this was ridiculous.
That night, my son decided he wanted to have two pizzas for dinner. He never reads the directions and just sort of muddles through on his own. He did preheat the oven to 450 and he watched them like a hawk hatching her eggs. Meanwhile, I decided to focus on the instructions to figure out what I had done wrong.
Apparently, I had read the wrong instructions. However, the instructions I did read seem to be for the oven not the microwave. Let me demonstrate:
Microwave oven (1100) Then Oven
Preheat oven to 450 F. Preheat baking sheet on center rack.
This is generally where I stop reading and skip to the time. Notice the issue. My microwave oven does not have a specific temp control nor does it have a center rack. My microwave has high, medium, and low heat settings and a plate that spins in a circle for even heating.
From the above directions, I had assumed that these directions were for an oven not a microwave. I assumed that somebody had merely confused the headers, microwave for conventional. There was no cross referencing at all.
The directions should have said:
Microwave or Toaster Oven
(For a conventional oven, see the bottom panel)
I did find the conventional oven instructions on the bottom panel of the box. I did have the right cook time but I had been using the wrong temperature setting.
Even, the shortest of instructions need to be edited to avoid confusing customers.
By Melinda Anderson
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Updated Examples Page
We have added two projects to the Examples Page.
First, we added an example of a resume created by Melinda Anderson. This project shows her ability to organize information and her creativity.
Second, we added an anthropology paper that was turned into a magazine article also by Melinda Anderson. This project shows her ability to research, analyze, and write. For the magazine article, she used Adobe Photoshop to manipulate two images to create her cover. The images were obtained on the internet under the Fair Use Act while she was in college. She also used Adobe InDesign to create the layout.
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Quote from Robert M. Pirsig
Technology presumes there’s just one right way to do things and there never is. ~Robert M. Pirsig
Quote from Mark Twain
The time to begin writing an article is when you have finished it to your satisfaction. By that time you begin to clearly and logically perceive what it is you really want to say. ~Mark Twain