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March 25th, 2009

10:40 am - Badly-written sentences

This came up because my co-worker is puzzling over a document that contains several sentences that make no sense. After he double-checked with me that indeed they made no sense and it wasn't just him, I was inevitably reminded of my favorite badly-written sentence of all time. (Which I think I might have posted about before, a couple of years ago, but can't find right now.)

This sentence was so powerful that I read it back in 1997 and still remember it.

It's from a short, 4-paragraph item in Science News about research using sound waves to investigate head injuries, and the sentence in question is the next-to-last one. It reads:
So far, the researchers have tested the method on a fake head--a skull filled with gelatin, cadavers, and several healthy volunteers.

God bless 'em!

Citation info, in case you don't believe me:
Wu, Corinna. "Sound waves track head injuries." Science News 152.n24 (Dec 13, 1997): 380(1).

11:56 am - Musings about online cons...

...the 'convention' kind, not the 'scam' kind.

This is the text of an email I sent out to the staff list of ConDFW, to get some ideas. I figured I'd post it here, too, as my f-list often contains people with useful ideas and speculation. :D It concerns creating online aspects of the convention, to run simultaneously as the physical con. Not as fancy as flycon, by any means! We'd want to start small, and there are technological limitations (mostly the spotty net access at the hotel, rather than off-site stuff...), but ... it's intriguing.

(And as a web services librarian, this is the sort of thing I'm seeing already in place at the computer- and internet-oriented library conferences.)

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02:06 pm - Note to self...

...regarding my previous post about technology at cons. From this discussion:
...Steve had not been very interested in Twitter until I mentioned how it was being used at SXSW and New England Webcomics Weekend. For those of you who haven't used twitter, people as SXSW and NEWW mark all their twitters #(convention)...so subsequently, anyone who wants to see what's up with NEWW, say, can look at Tweme. Hashtags, or Twitter's own search, and see. The end result can be minute to minute, tiny updates; from anything like 'elevator three has broken, hotel informed' to notices that the con suite has more pigs in blankets, or the giant Icehouse game has been moved.

Now, stream the RSS of that search to a computer hooked up to the in-house closed circuit TV, and people can streamline their congoing; use the stairs, go get snacks, not show up to the wrong room, etc.

03:12 pm - Note to self

Throwing these links up here because I really can't stay and play with them as I *do* do actual work. :D (the site allows you to create a Twitter feed that aggregates content from one or more Twitter accounts, and to create a widget that embeds it into a site.)


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