I've largely abandoned serious writing for the moment, or rather, I've largely abandoned writing seriously. I wouldn't want you to think that I've stopped working at the writing, I'm just trying to be a little funnier, a little stranger. Comedy keeps trying to worm its way into my prose anyway, and so I've finally given in to it. Before, I would plan out these big, serious pieces of writing and then wonder why they seemed so flat half way through. I suspect the reason is that I've been censoring myself as I go, trying to write 'properly' rather than writing the way I write best. Besides, one look at the universe suggests that laughter is the only appropriate response.
That said, I'll probably change my mind again soon enough. I'm nothing if not completely inconsistent.
On a completely different note, I have a real hatred of jargon. Much of it seems utterly meaningless, designed to demonstrate someone's 'expert' status while excluding normal people. Most of the people who overuse it seem to be doing so in place of actually thinking about their topic of choice. A few of my favourite (or rather least favourite) pieces are below, along with the source of the things and some 'definitions'.
Putting the ball in the right areas (cricket) : The bowler hasn't got a clue how to make the thing move, and so has to settle for being proud of being able to bowl straight.
Blue sky thinking (business): something to do with looking out of the window as you work, I think.
Giving 150%: someone didn't do maths at school.
Hotdesking (business): something to do with putting plastic furniture too near the central heating system, probably.
Proactive problem solving (Everywhere): apparently a synonym for being obnoxious to everyone you meet.
Understanding the central metanarrative (history/the humanities): Making up a large portion of the answer in advance.