18 Jan 2002
18 Jan 2002
Glove lends the deaf a hand. A 17-year-old high school student has garnered international attention for developing a glove which can translate sign language into text on a small portable screen. I think it’s a really cool concept, but can’t people type faster than signing using the manual alphabet? The real benefit would come from translating ASL (American Sign Language) into text using a glove, but ASL has a very different sentence structure than spoken English. I’m afraid that thoughts would come out sounding like broken English and only reinforce in some people’s minds the inaccurate link between disability and low mental ability. Still, it’s a fascinating experiment.
16 Jan 2002
Hotmail “keep your account” spam. Probably the lamest spam / fake chain letter I’ve ever seen (why do spam usually have so many spelling/gramatical errors?). The person who forwarded it to me sent it to 26 people, only a few of whom actually had Hotmail addresses. (update: Snopes page on the hoax).
15 Jan 2002
13 Jan 2002
12 Jan 2002
How much does ABC’s ALIAS rock? I’ve written before about the online web presence for ALIAS similar to the one from the movie AI — turns out that it was put together by show creater JJ Abrams. JJ also composed the theme song with some DJ software on a Powerbook, which his friend also used to create the show’s opening title graphics.
9 Jan 2002
I’m back in Kirksville. TiVo is working again. I’m leaving right away tomorrow morning for a 2-day hall director retreat.
While in St. Louis waiting for my flight back to Kirksville (around 5pm central), the airport announced that the FAA had suspended all flight from taking off. Everyone groaned, but then 10 minutes later they put me on my small little propeller plane. As we were about to shove off from the terminal, the ground mechanic ran up and tapped on the window and told us we had to wait because the FAA had suspended all flights. Then, we sat on the runway for about 30 or 40 minutes.
I’ve looked on a couple of different news sites, but I don’t see any word about it. Strange.