6 Jul 2007

Leave a comment, proofread a book

Submitted by Karl Hagen
You'll notice that I've enabled comments for new posts. I'm using the reCAPTCHA service, which both provides a strong captcha challenge and helps proofread books that have been scanned. As someone who used to be very active on Distributed Proofreaders (no time any longer, alas), I think reCAPTCHA is a stupendous idea. So, help create e-texts. Leave lots of comments.
2 Jul 2007
The following article is part 1 in a series.

Some time ago, I wrote about a flawed question, in The Official SAT Study Guide from the College Board. In trying to understand the thinking of the question writer, I reviewed the official explanations to the test that are available on the College Board's website through its online course.

25 May 2007

Desi Superman

Submitted by Karl Hagen
My wife and I watch a reasonable number of Bollywood and Kollywood (the Tamil-language equivalent) films. As you probably know, the Indian film industry produces more films a year than anyone else, including Hollywood, over 500 films a year in the three most popular languages (Hindi, Telugu, and Tamil).
10 May 2007

Lashing the Wind

Submitted by Karl Hagen
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From Wired Blogs comes news that HBO's Chief Technology Officer, Bob Zitter, wants us to stop using the term "DRM" (digital rights management) and start using "DCE" (digital consumer enablement) to refer to the system by which media blood-suckers intellectual property owners make sure that we can only view their material on exactly the terms that they dictate.

If Mr. Zitter is serious he needs a crash course in semantics, and perhaps the history of English.

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