This man is my hero

Rogue alcoholic court reporter kept writing ‘I hate my job’

You think YOUR job sucks?

You think YOUR job sucks?

Well, what would YOU do?

If my job was to pay attention to contentious court cases all day…well, actually that IS my job…but I can’t afford to be an alcoholic, so I guess I won’t be That Guy.

Daniel Kochanski, a New York court reporter, apparently deliberately screwed up some 30 transcripts and court documents. According to the New York Post, ” in a scene right out of 1980’s “The Shining,” where Jack Nicholson’s off-the-rails writer repeatedly types “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy,” a source said of Kochanski: “He hit random keys or wrote, ‘I hate my job. I hate my job. I hate my job,’ over and over.”

He was fired, of course, although it took the court system two years to find this stuff out. How many lawyers are buying transcripts and then just filing them away, never to be looked at again, or even in the first place?

Kochanski claims he was fired for substance abuse, and that he was driven to drink by the horrors of his work life, although the court system says it was for this unique form of transcript abuse, which was a result of his alcoholism.

He also maintains that even though “I hate my job” may not have been spoken in court, he “never typed gibberish.” But let the record show…oh, wait…

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Typo Party!!!

This is simply too funny. Gotta love computer-generated WTF.

A Feast for Crows

A Feast for Crows

Pet Peeve (Part of a Series): Mis’-Use of the Apostrophe’

Sweet Mother of God: thank Heavens someone is still willing to take on this topic!

I don’t buy the argument that dialogue won’t sound believably kid-like if it’s actually grammatically correct. Read any book by Natalie Babbitt or E.B. White or Norton Juster, and you’ll be reassured that good grammar wielded well is invisible and takes a back seat to story and character every single time. Whereas I can’t even finish an easy reader in which a talking animal says “I’m taller than her.” No, you’re not!

Head here for the article ‘Apostrophes Don’t Mean, “Here Comes an S.” ‘

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Looks like so many people I now.

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