Writing Styles...

The Saga of Management Writing Style

QUESTION: How many feet do mice have?
ORIGINAL REPLY: Mice have four feet.
REVISION 1: Mice have five appendages, and four of them are feet.
COMMENT: No discussion of fifth appendage!
REVISION 2: Mice have five appendages; four of them are feet and one is a tail.
COMMENT: What? Feet with no legs?
REVISION 3: Mice have four legs, four feet and one tail per unit-mouse.
COMMENT: Confusing -- is that a total of 9 appendages?
REVISION 4: Mice have four leg-foot assemblies and one tail assembly per body.
COMMENT: Does not fully discuss the issue!
REVISION 5: Each mouse comes equipped with four legs and a tail. Each leg is equipped with a foot at the end opposite the body; the tail is not equipped with a foot.
COMMENT: Descriptive? Yes. Forceful? NO!
REVISION 6: Allotment appendages for mice will be: Four leg-foot assemblies, one tail. Deviation from this policy is not permitted as it would constitute misapportionment of scarce appendage assets.
COMMENT: Too authoritative; stifles creativity!
REVISION 7: Mice have four feet; each foot is attached to a small leg joined integrally with the overall mouse structural sub-system. Also attached to the mouse sub-system is a thin tail, non-functional and ornamental in nature.
COMMENT: Too verbose/scientific. Answer the question!

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The Yellow Gazette

In this edition we feature two of the first builders in Yellow: TunaBlue and Dreamer2. They work as a team frequently, and we are delighted to show you some of their work. In Building Tips, we continue our discussion on precision: this time we are looking at rotation coordinates and what they mean for you. Little Nellie's Garden again features a set of stunning plants you can download and use. And we begin the saga of Theo Fuzzybottom (AKA Fuzzy).

We would like to thank Tom (AKA Flegg), the AW liaison guy that works with us and has enabled this Gazette to go on-line. Tom is responsible for looking after Yellow and all the other AW worlds in this universe, as well as organising contests, and assisting numerous people when they ask questions or come up with problems. Like any job like this, it's difficult to manage everything that hits you on a daily basis. There are bouquets and brickbats and a solid workload to boot. So thanks, Tom, for all your good work. We do appreciate what you are doing for us, the very disparate population of AW :-)

The Adventures of Theo Fuzzybottom

Episode 1:

In which our hero is faced with a challenge or two.


Fuzzy heard about the Build of the Month for July, and decided to go and visit D'Park, (1965.82N 1946.94W 0.33a 268) where he could visit some of his wilder cousins and have a good wander around some of the interesting scenes in the park. As he roamed about, he wasn't looking where he was going, and - oops! He walked right across the archery range, with an unfortunate result.

Fuzzy with cousins

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From the Editors

We are really hanging out for some feedback from our readers, to say nothing of some contributions to make this journal more intersting and relevant. Due to the time it takes to put this together, without a bit of help, we may have to go to a bi-monthly edition, instead of monthly. So, dear readers, it's over to you...

Ozman & Apoooka