A recent article of mine was accepted (hurray!), and when I received the proofs, the email included a very strange apologia for replacing page numbers with meaningless hash strings: (Identifying information has been obscured to protect the guilty.) [Journal name] now uses [electronic codes] instead of page numbers. The use of [electronic codes] supports [the publisher]’s transition … More The Wave of the Future is… Reduced Functionality?
Today a brief write-up on a study of gifted students annoyed me, primarily for its facile and false equations. It starts by asking about how to “become ultra successful” (a term left undefined, but in our culture generally involving lots of money), and without warning then speaks of “some of the most influential leaders of … More Intelligence ≠ Mathematical Ability
In the early days of computers, someone decided to make “help” one keystroke away at F1. No doubt this was reasonably handy in the days when help immediately popped up a list of available commands, and could be dismissed by a similarly single keystroke. But the convenience of F1-Help changed significantly, and not entirely for the better, … More Unintended Costs of Design Decisions: An Anecdote
Yesterday I discovered a new pet peeve: describing possibilities as “limitless.” I saw it twice in the same day, in two different works by the same author on what may be achieved using Digital Humanities approaches. It struck me because, in fact, possibilities are never limitless: I cannot use DH methods to pet a cat, … More The Limitless Possibilities of Digital Humanities?