White privilege and male privilege are alive and well in the Hugo awards, despite claims about “criminally overlooked” white males. All you have to do is look through the inestimable Jo Walton’s deeply annotated objective account of all the Hugo awards… Read More ›
Month: September 2019
Do we need to upgrade the Constitution? Plus a parsing problem…
According to my iPhone (see screen shot below), we can do so for only $1.99! Any suggestions? Also, we have this quotation from a Washington Post article: The whistleblower is not white,” one 4chan commenter asserted Thursday, probably misreading a… Read More ›
Greek Script Hacking
Four weeks ago I reviewed two of the Script Hacking books: Korean and Arabic. Now I turn to a script that I actually know — one that I know thoroughly, in fact: I studied Greek for six years, starting in… Read More ›
A glorious morning…
…say the purple morning glories next to our driveway:
Diversity and majorities in Boston elections
Boston just had a preliminary election yesterday (more or less what other places call a primary, though it’s non-partisan). As you know from my post of September 22, one of the topics that I teach in my Quantitative Reasoning class is… Read More ›
Batman uses linguistics! Who’d’a thunk it?
Yes, it’s a couple of days late for Batman Day — but that’s OK. I was astonished to learn that there are not just one but two episodes of School of Batman in which linguistics plays a major role. First… Read More ›
Looking back from the 23rd Century
It’s too had that the Times editors had to write “The opinion piece below is a work of fiction,” but I guess nobody recognizes satire anymore. If they had managed to date it “September 23, 2021,” I don’t suppose anyone… Read More ›
What is “quantitative reasoning”?
If you read this blog regularly, you know that I teach a course with the strange title of “Quantitative Reasoning.” What does that mean? I’ll describe the course in general, followed by specifics of all four units. Generally referred to… Read More ›
Jiffy? Centijiffy? Decijiffy?
“I’ll be with you in a jiffy.” How long is a jiffy? What about a centijiffy? Before we get to the urgent question of how long a jiffy is, I want to comment on a surprising error (or is it… Read More ›
People speak [insert language name here] really quickly, don’t they?
We’ve all had the experience of listening to someone speak an unfamiliar language and perceiving their speech as being particularly rapid. It seems like a stereotype — depending on the language, that is — so we’re naturally skeptical. Maybe it’s… Read More ›