"Canadian Flag at Niagara Falls" image by Kevin Timothy
Perhaps it could have been a simple infographic, but my latest DeHaan Services
public service announcement, "2013 Family Day Holiday in Canada
", gives the province-by-province details for this recently-created Canadian holiday.I added some frugal ideas Toronto families to
enjoy Family Day in Toronto.
One Wintry Writing Tip
Perhaps my imagination is running cold this winter, but the writing tip for this article honestly and truly repeats a recent tip.
Something reminded me about "Family Day", and I realized that I needed to learn what day it would be.
If I needed to know this, then there must be others in the same boat. So I did the research and wrote the article.
Once again, my need for a snippet of information led to a concise and useful article. This time, it's Family Day. Tomorrow might be a recipe for world peace, although it could be more difficult to test that recipe in my kitchen.
"Specific Cross Multiplication Example" : image by Mike DeHaan
Once again I'm wrote a preview of images that I created for an article at Decoded Science
"Cross Multiply to Solve Equations with Fractions
" article is finished, so is this promotional page, which really had to be published to the Web first for copyright purposes.I'm developing a series of "easy how-to do math" articles there.
"Cross Multiply Fractions in General" : image by Mike DeHaan
I create the preview in a blog that I control, in order to establish copyright for my original artwork.
"Simplest Cross Multiplication of Fractions" : image by Mike DeHaan
While there's no concern that the other site would even consider misappropriating my work, it's just good practice to publish under one's own name first.
You could accomplish the same goal by publishing photographs or other visual art on an appropriate image library site. I use Flickr, for example, but only images that are labelled as "Creative Commons free for commercial use with attribution, and that do not use Getty for licensing.
I've got nothing against the Getty process, but it's an extra step that I avoid just to keep things simple.
A Fraction of a Writing Tip
My writing tip
is to enlist a good editor to improve your writing.One of the Decoded Science editors
suggested a change to my style of writing equations. I'd written a derivation using bullet points. This list format keeps the equations tidy, but they suffer from close vertical spacing.
- c/d = a/X
- Cross-multiply both sides by (X*d/c).
- (c/d) * (X*d/c) = (a/X) * (X*d/c)
The alternative was to indent each equation as its own paragraph. This allowed the sentences to flow, and also improved the legibility.I had never noticed the indent function in the WordPress editor."Replacing a simple list by indented paragraphs when showing how to solve equations" is just one way that an editor can help improve your articles.
"Four-Ten Triangle of Canadian Pennies" by Mike DeHaan
A One-Cent Writing Tip
This topic is a perfect example of "write what you know", except it's really "write what you really wanted to know but wasn't explained clearly".
When "no more pennies in Canada!" hit the news, my first thought was "What about that jar of pennies"? Once I did the research, it was an obvious topic for my blog.
This 1-cent writing tip repeats what I've said before. Write about what you need to know. Follow your interests, both for the sake of authenticity and also, especially, because what you need is what some other people need too.
Although Canadians should not need physical one cent coins in our bright new future, everyone still will need some wisdom