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Month: December, 2013

The Killer Porsche: Carrera GT

Road accidents and car crashes are almost always normal – unless it involves celebrities.  This weekend had been one of those.  Fast and Furious star, Paul Walker had been on his way to a charity event.  He and his pal, Roger Rodas, didn’t make it.

The investigation is ongoing but three of the main causes worth keeping eye on are inclusive of driver error, mechanical failure, or street racing.  The Hollywood community, as well as, a bevy of fans mourn.  The social media is a nice place to find proof over this unfortunate event’s effect over people across the globe.

And angles of reports come to deliver different perspectives.  A lot wanted it to be a touchy affair; hence, they took to pointing out the actor’s scheduled participation in the said charity.  It was meant to be in support of the super typhoon, Haiyan’s victims; it claimed his life, instead.

The medium of death

Because the investigation is yet to be completed, it would be best to look at the track record of the actor’s car, the Carrera GT.

The auto is believed to be previously owned by Graham Rahal of IndyCar.  His description of it is obviously, that of reverence.  In fact, he goes on to claim the car’s status, putting it part of the top three best road cars ever made.  However, he did caution that it isn’t fit for inexperienced drivers, particularly those unfamiliar about race cars.

Next in line to profiling the CGT is Walter Rohrl, a world renowned test driver and former Porsche manager.  His take about this car is much more vivid than that of Graham’s, but equally sombre.  He claims that the supercar is the first car to ever stir his fear.

Why?  In his Drive interview, Rohrl was unable to deny the kind of beast CGT is: “it is so powerful that it spins the rear wheels in each gear up to fifth in its six-ratio box.”  Drive-testing the car, Rohrl had been clear to admit the after-effects of CGT: “I came back into the pits and I was white.” 

He has then insisted for a traction control switch to be put in place.    

The verdict                                             

This road car is seriously dangerous.  The driver, Rodas, is considered to be an experienced driver; yet, fate shows it doesn’t automatically count as a safety net.  Such is the risk for passionate lovers of speed.  Crashing could come second nature to anything else.

For a complete CGT-study, do check out Jalopnik’s Monday article.       

About the Author

Allison Harvard works for Prospect Solution as a Public Relations Manager . Prospect Solution provides freelance writing job opportunities  for academic writers and professionals who wish to earn well while still maintaining their work-life balance.


Academic Cover Letters for Non-Academics

Steve Joy of Guardian Professional has prepped 10 cover letter tips for the budding academic.  And while these procedures are clearly addressed towards educators, who says you can’t apply it to your own cover letter writing?

But before turning head on to the task, it would be necessary to tackle what it is for you.  Will adopting the academic’s approach actually make a difference in your own cover letter?  Apparently, yes.  Despite its specifics, which were largely tailored towards the academic, its core points happen to be applicable for non-academics.

Want more proof?  See the adoption below.

The Five Tips: Adopted

Out of the ten tips, this transcribing session only sticks with five.

1)  Start with a clear identity

The first tip emphasised an essential reminder: you.  Yes, you are the critical part of this writing process.  Your information will have to be sifted and organised.  But there’s a chance that you’re likely to write stuff that don’t necessarily tell a strong story about you.

Steve implores that you avoid this risk by answering these key questions:

(a)  What is your current job and affiliation?

(b)  What’s your research field and what’s your main contribution to it?

For non-academics: focus on your field of specialisation.

(c)  What makes you most suitable for this post?


2)  Evidence, evidence, evidence; and

3)   It’s not an encyclopaedia

These tips, which were merged into one, tries to proffer a grand solution to market yourself without sounding pompous: offer evidence in moderation.

Okay, how does Steve suggest you to do it?  His key point is to choose which among your credentials merit the mention.  In other words, prioritise the best credentials over the good-enough ones.

4)  Think holistically

The fourth tip is all about trying not to be repetitive.  Give you prospective employer a little bit of everything that you have.  This makes for a better-rounded piece and should not fail to show your diversity in skills and knowhow.

5)  Two sides are more than enough

Stick with the standard one-page cover letter.  That’s why you need to do a lot of choosing, prioritising and detail-cutting – because you’re aiming for one-page.  This is not solely for your benefit; it’s also for your reader (you don’t want them to snooze over your cover letter).

Now, there is Steve Joy’s first five tips, all tweaked a bit to hit the mark for the non-academic applicants.  Read his complete cover letter writing tips, and see which ones you could actually use for your own piece.

About the Author

Allison Harvard works for Prospect Solution as a Public Relations Manager . Prospect Solution provides freelance writing job opportunities    for academic writers and professionals who wish to earn well while still maintaining their work-life balance.