My car was broken into and I called the Houston Police Department to leave a report. It’s all automated and organized these days, so I left a message and gave them all the information about my car. When they called back, here’s what Google Voice thought they said:
Yes this is missing the harbor. Police Department.
I’m trying to get a hold of Mary.
I’ll call back in a little bit and I do need the information on the vehicle.
Why do you care, right? It’s just your health 🙂
Once upon a time there lived a vain Emperor whose only worry in life was to dress in elegant clothes. He changed clothes almost every hour and loved to show them off to his people. Word of the Emperor’s refined habits spread over his kingdom and beyond. Two scoundrels who had heard of the Emperor’s vanity decided to take advantage of it. They introduced themselves at the gates of the palace with a scheme in mind. “We are two very good tailors and after many years of research we have invented an extraordinary method to weave a cloth so light and fine that it looks invisible. As a matter of fact it is invisible to anyone who is too stupid and incompetent to appreciate its quality.” (more…)
September 20, 2012
ACES announces agreement
with The Poynter Institute
ACES announced today that it has entered into a training alliance agreement with The Poynter Institute’s News University. As part of the agreement, Poynter NewsU will provide discounted training for ACES members in exchange for ACES contributions on several Poynter NewsU training initiatives. (more…)
If I had $1 for every time I hear “look what that cat drug in”
GRAMMAR GIRL SAYS: First, let me be clear – the correct form of the word is “dragged.” I should have said, “I dragged myself over to the condo.” “Drag” is a regular verb, which means you add “d,” “ed,” or in this case “ged” to make it past tense. “Drag” becomes “dragged.” (more…)
Sift the debris of a young writer’s education, and you find dreadful things — strictures, prohibitions, dos, don’ts, an unnatural and nearly neurotic obsession with style, argument and transition. Yet in that debris you find no traces of a fundamental question: where do sentences come from? This is a philosophical question, as valuable in the asking as in the answering. But it’s a practical question, too. Think about it long enough, and you begin to realize that many, if not most, of the things we believe about writing are false.
This astonishing editorial can be found at: http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/08/13/where-do-sentences-come-from/?nl=opinion&emc=edit_ty_20120814
In reviewing your responses to our question What do you LOVE about transcription, I’m struck by your thirst for knowledge! I thought the overwhelming response we’d get would be the ability to work at home. Instead, everybody is talking about how much they love to learn.
This is a fast-changing world we live in, and it’s a good time to be driven by a love to learn. I’ve been reading a book by a gentleman who was the Director of Development at Google–Getting Organized in the Age of Google. (more…)