Why does Bush go “nucular”? By Kate Taylor – Slate Magazine: To say “the word is spelled (x), and therefore should be pronounced (y)” doesn’t make any sense. Spelling is not a legitimate basis for determining pronunciation, for the following reasons: 1) English spelling is highly irregular. For example, “move”, “dove”, and “cove” are spelled… Continue reading Going “nuclear” over use of “nucular”
Patent review goes Wiki – August 21, 2006: That’s the basic concept behind a pilot program sponsored by IBM and other companies [including HP and Microsoft], which the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office appears poised to green-light. The project would apply an advisory version of the wiki approach to the patent-approval process. The issue is… Continue reading Look for a Patent Wiki in 2007
Does the World Cup have a lingua franca? By Daniel Engber: [Alexi] Lalas once regaled [a referee] in Ecuador with the Spanish translation of “son of a bitch.” The resulting phrase turned out to be far more offensive than the English version, and he got a red card on the spot.
Gonzales Says Prosecutions of Journalists Are Possible – New York Times The government has the legal authority to prosecute journalists for publishing classified information, Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales said yesterday. “There are some statutes on the book which, if you read the language carefully, would seem to indicate that that is a possibility,” Mr.… Continue reading Espionage vs. First Amendment
UPDATE: Position filled. Valdosta State Information Technology is hiring 2 Web Design student assistants. Web Design student assistants are responsible for creating and maintaining several department web sites, surveys, and other projects. Individuals will be responsible for interacting with representatives to build web pages and perform basic graphic design to complete websites from existing web… Continue reading Web Design Job