Published by Eric Bogatin on 26 Sep 2010 at 10:45 am
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I am not perfect. I make mistakes. And I always appreciate it when others with a keener eye than I, are able to find these mistakes and point them out. In fact, I think such behavior should be rewarded.
In the last ten years, I have given out a special No Myths Allowed mug to the person who is first to point out any errors in any of my books, papers, handouts or any other publication. Luckily, there has only been one case of a technical error, which I wrote about in my Printed Circuit and Design Column, but many typos of various sorts.
If I missed a period and you were the first to find it, you got a mug. If I had the wrong capitalization in a title or sentence, and you were the first to point this out, you got a mug. If I misspelled a word, and you were the first to point it out, you got a mug. Much to my chagrin, I have given out over 150 mugs.
I have written seven books and hundreds of columns and feature articles. It never ceases to amaze me that I can read the same piece three times and find different errors each time. Where were the errors the first time I read the piece and why did I not see them? If I read it a fourth time, will I find more errors?
While I always try to do as good a job as I can in preparing the content I publish, sometimes a fresh pair of eyes is the only way to really find my mistakes.
To all of you who are members of the Mug Club and earned your No Myths Allowed Mug…thank yu.