So I haven't really been doing the linguistics posts like I said before - but I guess the time has come - The Gender Genie will analyze a sample of your writing and determine your gender for you, in case perhaps you weren't sure. The results window would seem to indicate a 60-40 accuracy rate. Whoever designed the genie was probably working from a limited corpus or some such. If part-of-speech taggers have to be at least 90 percent accurate (or so say these boys I would hope someone else could do a little better with this gender algorithm
So today I was working from home again, went out for a little walk, and discovered that a television show was being filmed next to my bank just off dupont circle. A cast member was getting her nails done by the official stylist while she sat in a little director-style chair that said "cast" on it. Seems I miss a lot when I'm at the office.
Tuesday, August 19, 2003 ::: So my work schedule has been rearranged so that I can work from home now! It's all very exciting. Of course, all the things that I had meant to take care of didn't get done despite my best intentions. However, I did manage to make it to the store to buy a new air conditioner filter, and on the way back saw someone get arrested! It was a middle-aged white woman and her alleged crime was to me unknown, but there were about five cop cars there (all the previous arrests I've seen have involved about two or three cars) so I guess it was a big deal, or maybe there isn't much for the cops to do around 5pm. I'll be checking the police blotter this week with a keen eye to get the full story.
Friday, August 15, 2003 ::: so I saw dirty pretty things the other night. Very nice camera work, sets, etc. The side of london you don't see, etc. intriguing plot twists. Audrey Tautou is in it, but Sophie Okonedo is the one who really steals the show, right from her first line to hotel clerk okwe.
Some of Coreper's rituals and names are reminiscent of the quirkier sort of London club. At Pratt's, near The Economist in London, the servants are always called “George” or “Georgina”. Similarly the senior civil servants working for Coreper 2 are always referred to as “Antici”, after the Italian civil servant who first did the job; their counterparts in Coreper 1 arealways, for similar reasons, called “Mertens”.
Tuesday, August 05, 2003 ::: I'm in new york right now. having a good time. yesterday I went down to brighton beach and went wading in the water, and bought russian groceries and absorbed the atmosphere. today will be mostly shopping.