When captioning goes awry

I’m not sure whether the captioning for this year’s online Worldcon panels is automated or human transcription. One panel that I watched, the captioning was pretty much unreadable, but on another one, it’s pretty good. But even in the good one, there were some mistakes. Such as when one of the panelists used the word […]

cancellation culture

In an article about Trump canceling the in-person Republican National Convention, the following line appears: “This is the cancel culture run wild,” said one top Republican donor. …I can’t tell whether the donor intended that line as a joke, or whether they were just unclear on the meaning of the phrase cancel culture. I’m guessing […]

Search-term corrections

Sometimes search systems are great at figuring out what you meant and correcting typos. Sometimes, not so much: You typed "What are we fighting for" as your title, did you mean What are we fishing for? (That’s from biblio.com’s search system.)

No vacation

I told my suitcases that there will be no vacation this year. Now I’m dealing with emotional baggage. I’m not sure who came up with that joke. The earliest attribution that I’ve seen so far is to Ed Dixon, on Facebook, on May 6, 2020, but it wouldn’t surprise me if that wasn’t the first […]

Hair and time

I’ve been growing out my hair. KTO saw how long it’s gotten during a video call, and the following exchange ensued (approximately): KTO: Is that the longest your hair has been in at least a decade? Me: Or longer! I meant that as longer than a decade, but after I said it, I was pleased […]

kenopsia and other obscure sorrows

The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows “is a compendium of invented words written by John Koenig. Each original definition aims to fill a hole in the language—to give a name to emotions we all might experience but don’t yet have a word for.” For example, kenopsia is “the eerie, forlorn atmosphere of a place that’s usually […]

The city and the titles

I’m not sure whether this is a found poem or a list of the titles in a series of books: The City in the Middle of the Night The City and the Stars The City on the Edge of Forever The City, Not Long After The City of Brass The City We Became The City […]