Thursday, August 30, 2012

Forensic linguistics: Is there "anonymous" writing?

Here's something that should be of interest to writing, reading, and data-analytics folks: Forensic Linguistics.

"According to forensic linguists, the experts who investigate a text’s originator, if they have an individual’s known writings, they can detect with up to 95% accuracy that person’s authorship of any other document."

I had professors in college years ago who swore they could tell when someone had her boyfriend write her paper for her, etc., because the writing style was just so different from how the person usually wrote. This age-old gut instinct analysis is now getting some help from the IT world.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

App-tastic Tuesday: 270 to Win

In case you hadn't noticed, it's an election year. Political junkies and the apathetic alike will find something to enjoy about 270 to Win.

This fun little 99-cent app lets you view and manipulate election maps, both historical and projected. You can see which states voted red or blue, how long they've been voting that way, and how many electoral votes each one brings to the table.

There are state profiles showing history, voting tendencies, and how the state's electoral vote count has fluctuated over the years.

Of particular interest this year is the ability to start with a projection map and change states' decisions to see how each change would affect the presidential election's outcome. You can pick from a library of different projection maps and tweak to your heart's content.

Visit their website or find them in the App Store.

And, of course, don't forget to download the Reeves Library app!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

App-tastic Tuesday: Explain Everything

This app is one that actually costs something. I usually avoid those, but I was so impressed by Explain Everything that I coughed up the $2.99

Explain Everything allows you to create, narrate, and mark up screencasts and slideshows. To see a video that I created with this app, click here and watch the library intro video.

I love this app because the audio and markups are tied to the "slide" that you're viewing. If I mess up when I'm talking or circling a link (anyone who's sat through a class with me teaching knows that this happens pretty often!), I can easily toss out that slide and re-record just that part without having to worry about scrubbers and such.

It's not as robust as ScreenFlow or some other options, but I feel like it's a sweet spot at the intersection of a good end product and being easy to use.

Visit the Explain Everything website or find it in the App Store.
And don't forget to download the Reeves Library app!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Library Hours, August 19 - 26

Sunday, August 19             CLOSED

Monday, August 20 -
Thursday, August 23          8:00 AM - 8:50 PM

Friday, August 24               8:00 AM - 4:50 PM

Saturday, August 25           8:00 AM - 4:50 PM

Sunday, August 26             1:00 PM - 10:50 PM

Fall Hours

Regular library hours, August 20-December 31, 2012

Monday - Thursday            8:00 AM - 10:50 PM
Friday                                 8:00 AM - 4:50 PM
Saturday                             9:00 AM - 4:50 PM
Sunday                               1:00 PM - 10:50 PM


August 20 - 23                    8:00 AM - 8:50 PM

Labor Day Weekend
September 2 & 3                CLOSED

Extended Weekend
October 7                           CLOSED
October 8 & 9                    8:00 AM - 4:50 PM

Thanksgiving Break
November 20 & 21            8:00 AM - 4:50 PM
November 22 - 25             CLOSED

December 2                       1:00 PM - 10:50 PM
December 3 & 4                8:00 AM - 12:50 AM
December 5 & 6                8:00 AM - 10:50 PM
December 10                     8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Christmas Break
December 11 - 14              8:00 AM - 4:50 PM
December 15 & 16            CLOSED
December 17 - 21              8:00 AM - 4:50 PM
December 22 - Jan. 1         CLOSED