Archive for September, 1998

MM: The Ants Are My Friends

Most of the time when I mishear a song lyric, I don't hear anything intelligible, just nonsense syllables. Even when I do hear a real but incorrect word, it's often a minor, uninteresting change. Fortunately, other people are better than I at mishearing entertainingly, which has spawned a small industry of lists of misheard lyrics. […]

LL: A Fa Fa Better Thing

"California is a garden of Eden, a paradise to live in or see But believe it or not, you won't find it so hot If you ain't got the do re mi." —Woody Guthrie Solmization (also known as sol-fa) is the use of syllables (such as do, re, and mi) to indicate musical notes. You […]

KK: Index, Keywords, Philosophy, Games

As we're confronted with an ever-vaster quantity of unsorted online information, one of the greatest challenges of coming decades may be determining ways to find a given needle of information in the haystack of the Web. Indexing is the process of providing multiple topic-based entry points to a collection of data—specifically, providing a way for […]

JJ: Youse Jivin’ Me

In the movie Airplane, a couple of characters converse in Jive, a parody of the overblown black slang featured in the "blaxploitation" movies of the '70s. In 1986, Daniel Klein and Clement Cole created a software filter that would take ordinary text as input and translate it into some approximation of Jive. A variety of […]