May 15th, 2012

police radar gun animation

ganked from a web-ad


May 14th, 2012
Old Durham Cemetery by the Other michael
Old Durham Cemetery, a photo by the Other michael on Flickr.

My wife thought the photo a bit creepy.


May 11th, 2012

super-targeted, geo-local pay-per-click


May 10th, 2012

Kasimir MaleGLITCH


May 10th, 2012

I continue to tweak the TextMunger.

Currently, it’s case-sensitive all the time, which means that ALL CAPS words and phrases do not mingle well with lower-case words and phrases. So, I thought, make it NOT case-sensitive, and ALL CAPS sentences will intermix!

Which, yes! They do!

The Law of Unintended (or Not Realized Ahead of Time) Consequences says that it will also lead to a loss of recognition of the start and end of sentences, which was helped by U&LC recognition. This being a dumb-as-statistical-sticks Markov-chaining.

read more…


May 3rd, 2012

BoingBoing directs us to cityscapes made (carved) from books.


May 2nd, 2012

Poetry is the stuff in books that doesn’t quite reach the margins. ~ Anonymous child’s essay.


This is just one of many online sources for the quote. I have to admit, I was slightly disappointed, as I had remembered the attribution being more….. adultish.

Nevertheless, a generally accurate and useful analysis.


May 1st, 2012

Literal Minded sets us straight — it’s not pronounced the way you think:

The first thing one needs to know about metathesis is that it is pronounced meTAthesis, not MEtathesis. On at least one occasion I’ve seen the word in print while I wasn’t wearing my phonology hat, pronounced it the wrong way, and thought it referred to a thesis about theses. In fact, it refers to transpositions of sounds within a word. For example, I’ve heard several people talk about “agpar scores” for newborn babies, when they mean “Apgar scores.” Or for another example, check out Semantic Compositions‘s posting on cavalry vs. Calvary.

It would be fun to build a metathesis-processer for TextMunger.

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