Friday, September 25, 2009

picasa recognizes people

I'm a big fan of Picasa photo organizing software. They just recently introduced face recognition/tagging, which is very cool. It even seems to do fairly well at distinguishing the photos of our toddlers from their cousins, even though they look fairly similar.

We have a lot of photos (over 80 GB and counting), so it takes a while for it to scan through all of those to recognize faces, but it's doing fairly well so far.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

new features in Google Docs

Just a quick post to mention two new(ish) features of Google Docs.

The word count now includes some readability information.

It is now possible to insert an equation using an equation editor (LaTeX syntax, just like Wikipedia).

Friday, September 11, 2009

levels of writing

In the literature world there are levels of writing and levels of reputability; for example a magazine article is different from an essay or a short story. I've been thinking about how there is a similar hierarchy online. Maybe blog posts tend to be more reputable than Facebook updates, which are higher quality than Twitter tweets.

And I'm not just saying this because my father blogs and mother-in-law uses Facebook, a researcher recently found, in a pilot study, that Facebook increases your IQ while Twitter probably weakens your working memory.

Perhaps all reading is not good reading.