December 17, 2010 |
Search-engine giant Google has a new tool for exploring 5.2 million books it has digitized, and not just in English but also Chinese, French, German, Russian and Spanish. But unlike its Web search function, this tool, called the Ngram Viewer, goes through the 500 billion words in those books to show trends in word usage. It can determine how often words, or phrases, show up in a given year. Using the viewer, historians, language experts or anyone with a home computer can track items as seemingly trivial, for example, as when "hep cat" entered the popular lexicon, or when writers generally stopped using the phrase "dying of consumption.
June 9, 1985
Congratulations on a most entertaining article about the tarot and readers. Thorough, perceptive and highly amusing. DAVID P. LEWIS Sherman Oaks
March 28, 1998 |
The most powerful interludes in Tool's music are sparked by collisions between contrasting elements--visceral playing and cerebral songwriting, chaotic energy and controlled execution, rough-shod rock and supple tunefulness. On Thursday at the Hollywood Palladium, flurries of those opposing forces whipped the packed house, which had already beenpiqued by the Melvins' thunderous opening set, into a cathartic frenzy.
June 22, 1986 |
Webster's New International Dictionary defines mechanic as a manual worker or an artisan or of or relating to manual work, of the nature of or resembling a machine , especially in routine or automatic performance. In major league baseball, they know whom this applies to: a tall, square-shouldered guy with these gray curls around his temple and these long arms and an imperious squint down the barrel of a 3-and-2 count with the game on the line.
April 27, 1986 |
Beatrice Kay has held the hands of many famous movie stars and gazed into their eyes. She will never tell you who they are, for Kay is very, very discreet. She has been manicurist at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios since . . . well, that's something else that Kay isn't telling. In her living room she has a blown-up photograph that shows Clark Gable sitting in a barber's chair at MGM, having his nails tended by a raven-haired lady who looks very much as Beatrice Kay must have looked when younger.
April 23, 1993 |
"I don't want to be hostile. I don't want to be dismal," goes the opening line of Tool's new album, "Undertow." Then the Los Angeles band spends virtually the entire album milking the most hostile, dismal feelings it can muster. Singer and lyricist Maynard James Keenan, 29, says that Tool has therapeutic reasons for accentuating the negative. "What we've decided to do for our release is play music, so all the ugly stuff is gonna come out there.
March 11, 2010 |
After a long wait and more than 50,000 signatures on an online petition, cyclists will be happy to know that Google Inc. has finally added bicycle routes to Google Maps. In Google Maps, users can now find "Bicycling" in the tool's "Get Directions" drop-down box. After choosing the option, bikers can input two addresses and find the bike route that will get them to their destination. The mapping tool provides turn-by-turn directions and an estimated travel time. The new Google Maps bicycling feature is available in 150 U.S. cities, including Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York.
June 26, 2010 |
A proposed ban on box-office futures markets has survived a marathon House-Senate negotiation over the financial reform package that Congress is likely to pass next week. The provision, which was inserted after lobbying by the Motion Picture Assn. of America and others on behalf of the six major movie studios, would make box-office results only the second commodity on which futures trading is banned by law. The other is onions. Language banning box-office futures trading was included in the version of the financial reform package passed by the Senate, but not the House, leading to questions over whether it would appear in the final bill.
August 10, 2013 |
Actor Lake Bell makes her debut as the writer-director of a feature-length film with this weekend's release of "In a World... " The comedy about a struggling vocal coach, played by Bell, who succeeds in the fierce world of movie-trailer voice-overs earned her the Sundance 2013 Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award. You've said that you're obsessed with the voice - over world. Why is that? I think I'm more specifically obsessed with the idea of the blind voice and voice acting, the voice as a tool to express oneself, whether in characterization or in life.
May 21, 2013 |
A new tool from Danish travel site Momondo.com may help take away some of the stress of flight shopping by advising us when to buy an airline ticket. More than a simple price calendar, Momondo's Flight Insights tool considers six essential factors that determine the price of a ticket for a particular flight search: number of days in advance, time of day, day of the week, seasonality, airport and airline. Even if you are booking a last-minute ticket, this tool can help determine which airline normally has the lowest price fares for a particular route.