Tuesday, 29 January 2008
We seem to be going multi-media around here.
The Monty Hall Game Show Problem. (video) A visual explanation of a probability exercise with a famously counterintuitive solution. I'm with Mr. Explainer -- I think I'd rather have the goat.
National Grammar Day. Nominally interesting -- if only people really were interested in grammar -- but in fact it's just a peevology fest. (Stop harassing people about apostrophe[']s already, for heaven's sake.) Oh, well. [via John McIntinre, copy editing god, who nails this thing exactly right -- read his post]
Cool new feature in Office: The Blue Squiggle. The Microsoft Office spelling checker can now optionally check spelling in context, which will find an error such as "Can I fine a good example?". (That error would pass ordinary non-contextual spell check, of course.) See also the post's comments and counter-comments for a discussion of limits of this feature. [via Language Log]
Why Doesn't Predictive Text Do Swear Words? (video) "I believe predictive text can be a real force for good, turning rude messages into politer versions, such as 'Sips off, you ducking yanker.'"
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