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This is an exception to my normal picture on this website. I usually try to use one of my own pictures.

This is a screenshot of the page on the h2g2 website of the definition of technical writing. Trying to improve this definition would be like trying to polish the chorale prelude on “Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme” (Sleepers wake, a voice astounds us), BWV 645, of Johann Sebastian Bach.

Technical writing is the art, craft, practice, or problem of translating that which is logical into that which is grammatical.

Technical writing forms a bridge between the logical (the primarily binary concepts understood by computers, robots, lawyers) and the illogical (the haphazard, inconsistent concepts misunderstood carbon-based life forms, highly intelligent computers, lawyers) via the medium of the grammatical, the haphazardly logical system incomprehensible to both.

The practice of technical writing presupposes that you, the illogical, actually want to learn about the logical subject, which of course is in all cases false. This basis in a false presupposition makes technical writing a pursuit typically favoured by those with arts degrees from obscure universities.
Definition of “technical writing” from the h2g2 website.

This picture is a sunset from Waikīkī, Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi. OK, the detail oriented among us may argue that I was looking towards Queen’s Beach from a hotel off of Kūhiō Beach near the Kapahulu Groin. My guess is that over 95% of people reading this would not understand that description. So, let’s go with Waikīkī for this time.

Sunset from Waikīkī.
Sunset from Waikīkī.

Here is a picture taken of what the British named Diamond Head, but originally named Lē‘ahi in ʻŌleo Hawaiʻi, on Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi. The picture was taken as the moon was beginning to rise.

Moonrise over Diamond Head (Lē‘ahi)
Moonrise over Diamond Head (Lē‘ahi)

The Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum in Honolulu, Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi, houses the largest collection of Hawaiian and Pacific cultural artifacts and natural history specimens in the world.

Hawaiian Hall complex of the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum in Honolulu
Hawaiian Hall complex of the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum in Honolulu (original home of the Kamehameha Schools)

The final picture has stage props from the Kent Stowell production of the Nutcracker by Pacific Northwest Ballet designed by Maurice Sendak. When the company retired this production, a resident of Seattle bought these and other props from PNB, displaying them at Christmas.

Props from the Kent Stowell Nutcraker
Props from the Kent Stowell Nutcraker