Monthly Archives: November 2007

Word of the Day: rickroll

There are days when I just don’t get xkcd (at least until I Google). Today was one of them. Urban Dictionary: rickroll To post a misleading link with a subject that promises to be exciting or interesting, e.g. “World of

Posted in General

In Defense of Objectivity

Transterrestrial Musings Thoughts On Objectivity In both science, and journalism. The notion that journalists are, or should be, or can be “objective” is perhaps the profession’s most fatal conceit. As Virginia Postrel says, what’s important is to be fair, something

Posted in General, Science

W00t! Sort of

Grousing about losing my access to the online OED (and a sleepless night due to a head-cold) led me to give another go at installing the CD-ROM version, and this time I discovered some helpful information on the Oxford University

Posted in Languages, Software

All Beowulf, All the Time!

Unlocked Wordhoard: Beowulf Review Round-Up, Part II: Wiglaf’s Revenge Professor Richard Nokes, medievalist, has been all over the new Beowulf movie.  I’ve got to say, with each new project he undertakes my respect for Neil Gaiman’s talent drops further.

Posted in Movies

I was excited there for a minute Kindle: Amazon’s New Wireless Reading Device Initially I misread the announcement and thought that the Kindle came bundled with the OED as its built-in dictionary. I would happily have paid $399 for the complete contents of the OED in

Posted in Books, Software

That’ll keep the riff-raff out

Of course, the tool this came from gives no indication whatsoever of what method it uses to determine readability, and sneakily inserts a link to an advertiser in the html they give you to copy, so caveat lector. Update: After

Posted in General, Linguistics

You’ve Got Another X Coming

Here’s the result of a poll I took on one of the boards I frequent (a board for a group of City of Heroes players). Comments on the poll were disallowed, to try to prevent people from influencing each other’s

Posted in General, Languages

Best Attack Ad Ever

If this doesn’t persuade you, nothing will

Posted in Philosophy

More Nerd Pr0n

SAGE: Open Source Mathematics Software General and Advanced Pure and Applied Mathematics Use SAGE for studying a huge range of mathematics, including algebra, calculus, elementary to very advanced number theory, cryptography, numerical computation, commutative algebra, group theory, combinatorics, graph theory,

Posted in Software

And Another Think

Language Log: Another thing coming Google has 146,000 hits for “another thing coming”, most of which are not the Judas Priest song, vs. 49,300 for “another think coming”, which I’m pretty sure is the original expression. (Arnold Zwicky observed thing’s

Posted in General, Languages