Today’s topic is drivel, the senseless composition that some of us produce every now and then, even very accomplished authors. The following excerpt is from a technical book by an accomplished writer and a respected colleague. The source is disguised by using FOO and BAR to replace some of the key identifiers. Otherwise, the text is verbatim, the same as published. By the way, my judgments below are not as much a shot at the author as they are at the copy editor and publisher that let this nonsense slip through their professional filters.