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Female Circumscription

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From the Smoking Gun:

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A more interesting story, perhaps, is that of this Lynne who wrote the letter. With a legal pad at the kitchen table, carefully delineating the parallels between "the Will banks distubed woman" and the oeuvres complets of Julia. (In Lynne’s mind, it’s simply "Julia"…) Perhaps, after jotting down three or four of these "coincidences," which the Duluth police and the liberal media had simply failed to note (or is something more sinister at work?), she placed the first disc in the player and settled into the lazy boy, pen at the ready… Taos, NM, sure as hell ain’t no Yonville… All night, as "Julia" matured, never graying, she kept the vigil, jotting down an exhaustive list of parallels. (What to do with Erin Brockovitch? Two precious hours wasted…) At dawn, she culled the 5 best, sent her fax to Duluth, and downed a bottle of…

"Cet affreux goût d’encre continuait."

Sorry for the horrific quality of recent posts. Still suffering from nicotene withdrawl…

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May 9, 2005 at 4:03 pm

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But can it detect bullshit?

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Pretty amazing, this. Buried way down deep in another flaccid self-criticism today, the New York Times admits that it is considering turning to plagiarism detection software, the same sort in use in colleges and universities…

It also said The Times had discussed plagiarism-detection with
Lexis-Nexis, which was working with iThenticate, a firm that develops
detection software for use in academia. Once the software is refined,
the committee said, The Times should use it when plausible suspicions
are raised.

If the Times would like to hire me, a few days away from the completion of a year of teaching first-year writing, to supplement the plagiarism detection software with some good old fashioned bullshit detection (Ms. Miller, we need to talk after class), I’m ready to go with my red pen.

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May 9, 2005 at 10:27 am

Posted in Current Affairs