Archive for June, 2007

Google web translation dictionary

Monday, June 25th, 2007

This is nice: in addition to automated translation, Google has now added  translation dictionaries, for English to Spanish, French, Italian, German and Korean, and back again.They seem a bit dated: no translations for "weblog" or "telecommute" or even "google." But it does have "computer virus."

Unicode fixed (I think)

Sunday, June 24th, 2007

When I brought my weblog data over, I neglected to ensure that the underlying encoding was correct. I think I've fixed this. I should now be able to write Arabic (يونِكود) and Persian (یونی‌کُد) and Hangul (유니코드) and Cyrillic (Юникод) and Cree (ᏳᏂᎪᏛ) and Middle English (ye bisshop baythes hȳ ȝet ...

to cat

Friday, June 22nd, 2007

It's always fun to see what obscure meanings of words show up as I do my work. Today's obscure word is the verb "to cat," meaning "to vomit." According the Grose's 1811 Dictionary of Vulgar Tongue, here are some other ways to say "to vomit:" to cast up one's accounts to flash ...

Great Father’s Day

Monday, June 18th, 2007

Hmm, the text of my Father's Day post is gone ... sufficient to say that I had a great Father's Day. My son Mark took me out to Foreign Cinema, a very nice restaurant in San Francisco, where they show foreign films on a drive-in-like screen, but indoors. The food ...

New host

Monday, June 18th, 2007

I've moved my website to a new hosting server (Slicehost), and I'm happy so far. Now I can recommence blogging...

Opposite of perquisite

Thursday, June 7th, 2007

I've glad Marti Hearst is writing for the Powerset blog from time to time. She's written a nice post about antonyms ('Opposites attract'), pairs of words which are 'opposite' in meaning. I also enjoy reading The Atlantic's Word Fugitive column, in which people are asked to come up with new ...

Powerlabs coming soon redux ….

Thursday, June 7th, 2007

It looks like Powerset (my company) is officially signing people up for Powerlabs, which is set to open in September, according to a message sent from our COO, Steve Newcomb, to his linkedin buddies.Powerlabs won't be fully operational until September, but we will need beta testers. If you want ...

“Google keeps tweaking its search engine”

Sunday, June 3rd, 2007

NY Times article: Google keeps tweaking its search engine. Fav quote: [H]owever easy it is to wax poetic about the modern-day miracle of Google, the site is also among the world’s biggest teases. Millions of times a day, users click away from Google, disappointed that they couldn’t find the hotel, the recipe or ...