Archive for February, 2005

Better to light a candle …

Sunday, February 27th, 2005

Bess says she wants to cross-stich the final version: Better to light a candle....

Why I love Lisp

Friday, February 25th, 2005

In what other language could I write a function like this:(defmethod subject-to-variable-bound-precondition-p ((operator (eql '%%eql-if-bound))) nil)

Some publications

Thursday, February 24th, 2005

Gee, I just discovered that two short technical reports I wrote at the Canadian National Research Council are available on their document site: Models for Cross-Cultural Communications for Cross-Cultural Website Design and Integrating Internationalized Websites with Databases and Email Systems: Working with Multilingual Texts.

Spead the meme:

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2005

Spread the meme: provides a web-served captchas (testat that are easy for humans, but hard for robot spammers, to pass). Created by my wizardly friend Tim Converse and hosted by CommerceNet.


Monday, February 21st, 2005

We just returned from Montréal. The main purpose was to celebrate the wedding of our niece Margaret Lipsey to Chris Kassab. They're both chefs, and the wedding was held in a 30's vintage restuarant, the Lion D'or. Margaret and Chris planned the wedding (Margaret even made marshmallows for the late ...

Roseville muralist

Saturday, February 19th, 2005

I grew up in Roseville, Michigan, an anonymous Detroit suburb of no distinction. It's among the least beautiful places I've ever seen--the homes are non-descript, the businesses are strip-maill ugly. My father still lives there, so I visit it from time to time. One point of artistic light is a ...

First century texting

Wednesday, February 16th, 2005

Jean Veronis has interesting post about the use of abbreviations in an ancient Christian text. He points out that later (medieval) texts had a much higher use of abbreviations, and suggests that perhaps the use of translations for Lord, Jesus, etc., were to mark "membership in a tribe" in ...

Rovers and Whegs

Wednesday, February 16th, 2005

Is the Rotundus the new Rover? And check out this movie (35mb) of wheg robots.Thanks to Robots that chase burglers (or...prisoners??) at

A study of a web quotation

Monday, February 14th, 2005

A study of a Web quotation (via mrh, who also has a nice picture of the Gates--Thanks, Mike!)

Ash Wednesday

Wednesday, February 9th, 2005

T.S. Eliot's Ash Wednesday:Teach us to care and not to careTeach us to sit stillAnd the Origins of Ash Wednesday.

Latasha, Latisha, Lontonya, Lantanya, Latosha, LaToya, Latrice

Tuesday, February 8th, 2005

Man o' man is this cool: interactive chart of name popularity.. The chart here shows the popularity of names starting with LAT; it was interesting to see the decrease in people named 'Jane,' (our daughter's name) over time--it really does seem like an 'old lady's name,' as Jane often complains. ...


Wednesday, February 2nd, 2005

Yet Another Cell Phone Distraction Study. Study size: 20. Findings: talking on a cell phone is distracting; young people react with the slowness of older/drunken people; old people react with the slowness of slightly older people. Six of the 20 rear-ended the (simulated) pace car (four while talking on a ...

Canadian English

Tuesday, February 1st, 2005

A good Globe ad Mail report on what they claim is the "first-ever full-fledged scholarly conference on Canadian English", the Canadian English in a Global Context conference, which took place this past weekend. Going to the conference site leads to this link for Canadian English studies. The CBC did a ...