Monday, May 14, 2012

What I’m reading

Visualising word origins. Money quote:
I absolutely LOVE the fact that Caleb Gindl uses two Old Norse words to describe the weather conditions during the game. It provides a certain primal, unhinged quality to the situation and adds a third element — nature — to the contest.
Judge not lest ye be judged; copy-edit not lest ye be copy-edited. Money quote, in the comments:
Thank you, Doug, for reading our newsletter so closely.
Mathiness – statsiness? – from the Dim Post and in the comments. Elegant graph, too. Money quote:
I believe the Loess filter has an adjustable window-width parameter, and the default in R is to use one based on the data length, which tends to over-smooth.
Crotch funk as art via David Thompson. Money quote:
Hold still, goddammit. I’m nailing some culture into you.
Confessions of a Columnist by Mark Dapin in Meanjin. Money quote is from Lionel Shriver:
the unremitting revelation that so many readers cannot comprehend standard prose—that so many people prefer to make up what they wish you had written so they can object to it; that, not to put too fine a point on it, readers cannot read—[which] exposes the whole business of writing comment pieces as utterly pointless.
Don’t get me started… 

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