Archive for November, 2007

Republican words and Republican popularity

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

As a followup to my post on the correlation of the popularity of Democratic presidential debate, and the number of words they were allowed to utter, here are the results from last nights debates, using data in the New York Times interactive graph of the Republican candidates' debate. As before, ...

RemoveSpecialCharsExceptQuote

Monday, November 26th, 2007

Worse than Failure posts about a silly function named: RemoveSpecialCharsExceptQuote AmpersandApostropheOpenBracketCloseBracketComma HyphenFullStopCommaForwardSlash Hah! If I'd written this in Lisp, it would be the *much* simpler: remove_special_chars_except_quote_ampersand_ apostrophe_open_bracket_close_bracket_comma_hyphen_ full_stop_comma_forward_slash which is why Lisp ...

Traveling kindness

Thursday, November 22nd, 2007

I had a short article published in our local paper, the Kalamazoo Gazette: It was New Year's Eve, and things were finally starting to go right. Our car had broken down outside Forsyth, Ga., on Christmas Eve, and we had had to hitchhike to northern Florida to visit my mother, leaving ...

First mention: Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 22nd, 2007

To-day, has been set apart by the State and City authorities as a day of Thanksgiving to Almighty God for the mercies which have marked the closing year. It will, according to custom, be generally observed. We have all had abundant occasions for gratitude to God for blessings received at ...

What language is for

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007

Great quote from Geoff Pullum at Language Log: You know, just between you and me, I sometimes worry that there is a naive view loose out there — most students come to linguistics believing it, and there appear to be some professional linguists who regard it as central and explanatory — ...

Predictions

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

One year from now, we'll be electing a new president and voting for new members of Congress. Has our next eight years ever been so predictable? November, 1998. Hillary Clinton wins the election with a large electoral vote majority, and about 55% of the popular vote, the first woman elected president ...

Jordan

Saturday, November 10th, 2007

I like (parts of) this poem, which I found in the "Hutchinson's Republican Songster, for the Campaign of 1860" on Google Books. The 'Hutchinson' is question is a member of the Hutchinson Family, a famous singing family of the mid-1800s. This is from Lincoln's first campaign for president. JORDAN. By J.J.H. I ...

Democratic words and Democratic popularity

Thursday, November 1st, 2007

I was looking at the New York Times interactive graph of the Democratic candidates' debate this morning, and noticed that the number of words spoken by each candidate correlates with their perceived popularity. Here's my table of the numbers (click on the headers to sort by that column): Dodd is listed ...