far out! I’m another blog’s blog of the month!

Es­ti­mated reading time is 3 min­utes.

LAST YEAR, I pub­lished an ar­ticle ti­tled “on william strunk and el­e­ments of style (and con­cise vig­orous writing)” here on Neal Umphred Dot Com. It’s as boring as the title makes it sound—you’d have to give a damn about the most im­por­tant figure and the most im­por­tant book in the his­tory of Amer­ican writing on the inses and outses of writing readably!

In the piece, I posted an image of the 1919 edi­tion of Strunk’s The El­e­ments Of Style and noted that I had found it on Jerry Morris’s My Sen­ti­mental Li­brary site. Jer­ry’s site was one of the few that had de­cent pho­tographs of these rare books on the Internet.

Last week I re­ceived a mes­sage from Mr. Morris that he had re­ceived sev­eral new sub­scribers who he was able to trace back to my post above. I was pleased to know that my readers were ac­tu­ally taking my ad­vice and vis­iting rec­om­mended web­sites for fur­ther edification.



This is a screen­shot of the top por­tion of Biblio-Connecting. It’s in­ter­esting to note that the Florida Bib­lio­phile So­ciety is pre­senting some­thing to do with my home state of Pennsylvania.


This is a screen­shot of part of the bottom por­tion of Biblio-Connecting where I am named blo­gada­month. As Mr Morris took this screen­shot of my site last week, he has the ‘old’ look of Neal Umphred Dot Com, not the hip now and agogo ‘new’ look that graces this site’s home page as you read these words!

Jerry also in­formed me that he had picked Neal Umphred Dot Com as the Blog of the Month on his Biblio-Connection site. Ex­cept for John Ross’s The Round Place In The Middle site—but John and I have a mu­tual ad­mi­ra­tion thing hap­pening so it’s not the same—this is the first time any of my work has re­ceived such at­ten­tion from an­other blogger!

So if you do give a damn about grammar and punc­tu­a­tion in the Eng­lish lan­guage and the beating(s) it has taken at the hands of tor­turous tex­ters, blovi­ating blog­gers, and other sadistic sages (in­cluding jour­nal­ists for ‘name’ web­sites who haven’t read The El­e­ments Of Style), then click on over to Jerry’s sites and subscribe.

And tell him Neal sent ya . . .



FEATURED IMAGE: The lovely image at the top of this page is of the Nieu­port 17, the most fa­mous fighter plane as­so­ci­ated with the French Army in World War I. As I could not think of an ap­pro­priate image for this par­tic­ular ar­ticle, I thought of my friend Tom Grigsby, whose home project is to build one of these ba­bies from a kit in his garage!

I found this painting on the Ita­leri model air­plane web­site, al­though the artist is not cred­ited. “The French bi­plane fighter Nieu­port 17 was di­rectly de­rived from its pre­de­cessor, the Nieu­port 11, and it adopted sev­eral im­prove­ments, such as the bigger wings and the most pow­erful en­gine, to en­hance its aero­dy­namic and its per­for­mance. The first ver­sions were still equipped with the Lewis 7.7 mm ma­chine gun mounted on the upper wing.

The Lewis gun was re­placed, in the French Aèrona­tique Mil­i­taire fighters, with a more modern syn­chro­nized 7,7 mm Vickers ma­chine gun firing through the pro­peller disc. The Nieu­port 17 was used on the western front from the middle of 1916 and it sig­nif­i­cantly con­tributed to coun­ter­bal­ance the air su­pe­ri­ority of the German fighters.”


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Con­grat­u­la­tions! You oughta be some­body’s blog of the month!

Just cu­rious, but if your friend builds the plane will you fly in it? Or has he al­ready built it?

AGAIN! You are “Double Dipped”! And, I’m very impressed.

Side bar: I don’t think that ei­ther the 11 or the 17 had the room or the power for a pas­senger. So, don’t get your nethers sweaty!

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