Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Man of Steel

"Man of Steel" who disappeared without a trace for years is back in Metropolis. He finds that the city has moved on without him. But who's this man of Steel...its our very own "new" Superman (Brandon Routh).

After resurgence, Superman finds his sweet heart, Lois Lane (Kate Bosworth) has a new life with a fiancé (James Marsden) and a child. Lex Luthor (Kevin Spacey) is hatching his most diabolical plot to vanquish Superman once and for all.

Superman, who returns to Earth after a five-year absence and faces a new threat from villain Lex Luthor and a fresh rival for the affections of Lois Lane, was released on June 28th, 2006.

Now, what's so great about this "Superman"? Superman Returns, is a 'must' watch movie for:
  • It is directed by Bryan Singer, who turned "X-Men" and "X2: X-Men United" into smash hits.
  • Brandon Routh (remarkably look-alike of Christopher Reeve) who out beat hundreds of other actors to win the part.
  • The action and f/x sequences is so ground-breaking (the filmmakers claim) that you will believe...a man can fly.
  • "Superman Returns" took in $21.04 million on opening day, making it No. 8 on the all-time list of movies that debuted on a Wednesday, according to distributor Warner Bros.
  • It's the first movie about the Man of Steel since 1987's flop "Superman IV: The Quest for Peace," the late Christopher Reeve's fourth and final time as the superhero.
  • The last time the superhero flew on the big screen was in 1987 Superman IV: The quest for Peace. Since then there have been six Batman movies, three X-Men, two Spider Man's, three Blades, and four Superman-related T.V shows.
  • The No. 1 Wednesday premiere was for "Spider-Man 2," which took in $40.4 million in its first day just before the Fourth of July in 2004.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Culinary Technical Writing - Part I

Few days ago, a job advertisement was posted on TWIN (Technical Writers of India) mailing list. It was for a post of a Culinary Technical Writer. The job profile advertised, involved creative writing in the CULINARY DOMAIN such as writing and editing articles on cooking methods, recipies etc.

Hmm! Wow! In my whole work experience as a technical writer, this was a first time I heard of such a position. When I saw the advertisement, I was very curious and even tempted to apply as this position involved something that I am very passionate ...Cooking.

While I was savouring the excitement, culinary technical writer sounded intriguing to me. Hence, I started to dig deeper into the technical aspects of it. What language would a culinary technical writer would be talking to her audience? What would be the technical terms used in the culinary domain?

For example, when talking generally about preparing meals, one would tend to use the verb to cook. Similarlly, you can cook food or a meal: He's cooking dinner. or Add the vegetables and cook gently for few minutes.

You can boil vegetables, eggs, etc. by covering them with water and heating to the boiling point. You can also just boil the water: for example; I'm boiling the water for the noodles.
Or the container the water is in: Boil a large saucepan of water.

I probed more into the technical aspects of writing, especially from the grammar point of view. The past participle (-ed) of most cooking verbs can be used as an adjective before an item of food, for example: a warm breakfast or a cooked breakfast.

Hmmm so, do American English vs British English usage feature in culinary technical writing? Yes. For example, when british english says cooker the american english says stove. More examples:
bun tin / muffin pan
cooling tray / cooling rack
loaf tin / loaf pan
roasting tin / roasting pan
grill / broil

To be continued...