|My Up-goer Five bio
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
On being a spacecraft engineer, using only the ten hundred most used English words:
I went to school for a long, long time. I tried a job doing exactly what I had studied but I didn't like it enough to keep doing it. So I moved far away and tried again.
Now I have job I enjoy. I work with a group of people who build things. Our things get sent into space. They tell us how much of something that we can't see, smell, touch or hear is present in space. It takes a long time to build a thing that can go into space and stay on for years. We have to make sure our things don't break easily and don't use too much power. I use a computer to make sure that the stuff our things tell us is right. This is so that we can learn about our world and other worlds. We want to know things like: how shifting lights in the sky form, how the hot stuff in the middle of worlds helps keep them safe from the stars and how to find worlds that could have life on them.
Right now I'm taking a break from my job because I had a baby. I take a lot of pictures of my baby, my boyfriend, my cat and my house. I also like to tell true stories to my friends and to paint. I live in a place that lets me spend time raising my baby without losing my job. This place also gave me free care during the time just before I had my baby. I'm happy because when I do my job, I help to pay for this care for myself and for other people who can't pay for it. This is very good and I wish it were true in more places, like the place where I used to live.
(Created using the Up-goer Five text editor http://splasho.com/upgoer5/, which challenges you to use only the ten hundred most common words to explain an idea.
Words I was unable to use: instrument, measure, device, engineer, planet, system, country, partner. Worst of all, the word “science” was forbidden. Argh!)
Unpaid work and universal childcare by rmc28
Singlet oxygen by holdthesky
Political canvassing by miss_s_b
Working for a Fair Trade organisation by ironed_orchid
Working as a clinical psychologist by vi
Working in retail by pbristow
Working in the hotel industry written begrudgingly by gominokouhai
Virtualization and "the cloud" by azurelunatic
Researching politics, gender and human rights by ajnabieh
On being a physics teacher by crystalpyramid
Space science & outreach by rinkle
Teaching people about dinosaurs by innerbrat
ETA: They accepted my submission to the Ten Hundred Words of Science tumblr: here.
I liked it! I wondered about the lack of certain key words but now I know why--nicely done : )
Yay! Thank you. Yes, I tried a couple of times to come up with a way to explain magnetometers and finally gave up, as it would have taken up the entire description. I may attempt it separately when Humuhumu gives me a couple of hours again...
omg I am so stealing this.
Your bio was fantastic. You conveyed so much using so few of the allowed words.
Oh, this is awesome and so well explained!
Thank you! There are some good astro ones on the Tumblr. :)
I like this. It's fun to feel like I know what you're really saying. Makes me happy that there are so many words to choose from for people who are lucky enough to be literate and curious.
The meme has made me appreciate the size of the average DW/LJer's vocabulary - at least the ones on my reading lists!
Where I have issues with this XKCD meme, is that it grossly over simplifies the concept, and isn't particularly original or new. It does allow for a certain amount of humour over the lexical acrobatics involved, but that is only a limited subset of the problem.
Basic English was suggested in 1930, and gained some popularity, as have other artificial languages, most notably Esperanto. In more recent times, Simplified Technical English has gained a certain amount of use in the Aerospace industry, where making sure that a technician does maintenance on an aircraft engine correctly is much more important than allowing literary flexibility.
Of course, things like Simplified Technical English are about a lot more than just a limited dictionary. STE defines many features of the syntax and use of the language, which people are very likely to ignore when writing these sort of summaries, but which are important in avoiding ambiguities, and allowing clear and coherent use of language.
STE also allows the use of limited sets of technical and specialised terms, so long as there are some features of the language, which are also followed when using these specialised dictionaries. STE also allows the use of numbers, so clumsy constructions like "ten hundred" are simply replaced by "1000". Limitations made without considering a more pragmatic approach to language use, is missing the basis of these constraints.
"how the hot stuff in the middle of worlds helps keep them safe from the stars", heeheeheehee. Love it!