Join Date: May 2002
I won't apologize for my writing style, however; I will think about many of the comments made here, even though some derive from a hostile place. I've learned one can grow from confrontation, no matter the source. I do have trouble with basic grammar. I left School in 8th grade due to alcoholism, and trauma in my family. For these reasons I never concentrated when I was in school, I suffered from emotional problems. After fleeing the "normality" of school, I was addicted to drugs, and NYC clubbing for the next ten years, until I was introduced to cociane, then my life truly spiralled out of control. Unfortunately I've experienced things most people will not even see in movies. Without going into detail, it is a miracle I'm alive. If I were to say few of you could understand what I've been through, nor would most of you been capable of surviving any of it, I'm sure this would anger you. It would, however; be the truth. That I survived what I did, and came out on the other end a kind, honest, and very caring person, places me in a unique catagory. I went from having no basic education, to taking Graduate level philosophy classes because I was so excited to be in school, after years of pretending to be. In fact I manintained a 4.0 GPA, yet in the "Intro to such and such" I wouldn't do as well. Because I completely lacked what most take for granted (grades 4-12), I did better with abstract thinking then the basics such as their, and they're. |
When I write, I do try to emulate to a certain extent, many of the Philosophical essay's I've read. Not verbatem, nor to feel "important," but because I found those articles to be entertaining. That Thomas Nagel can write an article entitled; "What is it like to be a Bat" and from that essay I learned there's more to Mind/Body problem then reducing thought's to physiochemical brain-states. I beleive we all have influences in our lives. Even Procooling was influenced by something.
Whom here is perfect? I believe being judgemental is a greater crime then my propensity for grandiose writing. If we never looked at a dictionary, or thesaurus how would we learn? Did those of you criticising me, sit in class and tell every teacher they were being pompous when using a word you didn't understand? No, because you had either respect, or fear. Sometimes talking to a wall is preferable to talking someone insulting you for not thinking as they do. Procooling feeling they're above [M] and that your worthy to judge, that's not humility, it is what you accused me of, feeling "self important." Expanding one's vocabulary, is expanding one's mind. We use language to think, and I won't apologize for my attempting to find terminology which most closely describes what I'm thinking. Nor my occaisionally looking at the thesuarus. What might surprise you, is that I do have a wide vocabulary. I also try writing in a scientific mannar it's true. As I said I'm influenced by many philosophers, scientists, and I beleive computer science is intertwined with several feilds. I also agree that it would have been better to have the appropriate tools, however; not everyone own's a compunurse, and understands the Delta-T prinicple. What about those readers? Are they not worthy of owning a water-block? It's also YOUR opinion a "true scientist" wouldn't perform the experiment with out the ideal tools. Did we use the ideal tools to land the Rover on Mars? No, but that doesn't mean we shoudln't try, so long as were intelligent enough to understand the nature fo the data, and any special formula's which may be necessary to extrapolate from it (pun intended) the best results.
My review is not perfect, and I will write the next differently, in part because of your criticisms. Not because I'm an insecure person, who "needs to feel important through the use of big words," but because I'm writing to entertain almost as well as educate. While some of you made astute observations (criticisms) the majority were prima facie. What I've come to enjoy enjoy in most of the Neurophilosophy essay's I've read, is they are not so technicallly sterile they lack any creative thought. I'm sure I could have explained the block in 8th grade terms, even though I missed the entire grade. What accomplishement is that? I'm not writing textbooks for 8-th Grader's so your analogy is moot. Perhaps those of you, thinking knowledge should lack any creative catalyst making it more interesting, are products of a poor educational system. I could have regurgitated, stating; "The RBX is a good block because it borrows several successful concepts...therefore by definition it is successful..." I din't contradict myself stating it borrowed concepts, and that this was a creative thinking on the engineer's part. They could have borrowed all the wrong concepts. They could have left out the channels which direct the heated water to the outlets. They could have made it out of wood.
There are many articles which bother me, many where the results were fabricated. I think long and hard about what I review, and take offense to the accusation my review was "shoddy," because it didn't fit an egocentric mold. Many intelligent thinkers were misunderstood, shunned by society, because they were different. Socrates was forced to consume poision for his transgressions, and Galileo was persecuted because his thinking contradicted the Church's belief the Earth was at the center of the universe, and the planets revolved around it. Do all the hardware sites on the internet revolve around Procooling?
Why didn't I test all the nozzles? Why haven't you criticized every other review that didn't test more then one of the nozzles? Although a few tried several, none compared the facotry installed number-1, and the high-pressure "spray" nozzle number-5. Your criticism of the nozzles tested, is indicative of your, not my misunderstanding the subject. I felt it was important to look at the two extremes. It's time consuming, to change-out nozzles, take photo's, measurements, benchmarks, and form a solid theory from this data. It's true that I do tend to use several words where one may suffice, and beleive it or not, I'm trying to improve this. I'm working to strike a balance, and while some of your criticimss are insultive, and hostile, I'll grow use them. What does bother me, is your attacking JMKE, whom gave an Enthusiast, and budding amateur writer, an outlet for expression. While my writing is grandiloquent (pun intended) I'm enjoying my exploration of the English language, one of the most complicated. The pertinent question is, "why does it bother you so much? Answer that question, be honest, and we'll meet as minds. Not jealous adolesents with little or no life-experience, upset because someone wrote a slightly esoteric article. Does the average person water-cool their PC? No the average person doesn't know what the Hell were talking about, so perhaps my article reminds you of you? It's quite easy to criticize, but to sit down and write an Review is not so easy. We were all beginner's once, I often wonder why those who aquire a little experience become so cruel. Zog mentioned how sites publish material without giving much thought to the results. In my case you couldn't be more mistaken. When someone thinks about a block, long and hard enough to use a statement such as "bi-lateral uptake," that's not the cursory observation of someone rushing through a review. If anything I should be accused of over-analysing.
By the way I didn't say I had a PhD from Brown. I moved to Newport RI after breaking my back in a mountian bike race. I also spent years living in Hawaii, Costa Rica, and California, surfing, and racing MTB bikes competitively. There's more to me then PC's. I may be re-applying to Brown's RUE program, but in addition to my spinal injury, I have severe Liver disorder from Steroid injections for pain managment. I actually dislike Providence RI, and it's important to me where I go to school. Basically I'm terminally Ill, so I have a few other things to think about, but when I do something, I don't do it half-assed. I don't mind criticism, I mind egotism. And I've written countless stores, and other manufacturers trying to obtain a Compunurse or other such device. I live in Low Income Housing, and survive on Social Security Disibility which pays only $600 monthly. I not feeling sorry for myself, I'm simply explaining a true Scientist is someone whom loves science, and will forge ahead no matter their "budget." As odd as this may sound I thank some of you for your criticism.
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