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MS Word fix: Text direction in comment balloons for documents created in a right-to-left language

Reversing text direction in comment balloons for documents created in a right-to-left language country SOLUTION: Open up a marginal comment to the MS Word file; Click in the marginal comment (i.e. place cursor inside it); Click the left-to-right icon on the upper-most menu strip (normally to the right of ‘View Gridlines’) — text in comment […]

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Shout out for York Print Company

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Baking a Turd: Language polishing Google translate

My cousin, a music producer, told me: sure it’s possible to polish a turd. First you bake it, then lacquer it. I reflect on these words as I attempt to language polish the output of Google translate. I wonder what subtle principles of linguistics and aesthetics — principles of which we as sentient language speakers […]

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Bibliography to footnote references

I’m switching a set of papers from Chicago notes-bibliography style with full bibliography to Chicago notes-bibliography style without full bibliography. As any fule no, this will mean expanding the first occurence of the reference item in the notes from shortened to full form (among other things). Since it’s May, and a sunny evening, it’s important […]

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Terrible Philosophy Covers [updated!]

Academic philosophy books seem particularly prone to terrible covers, leading me to think that if we can’t think of a decent thing to put on the front of the book, then maybe we shouldn’t have written it in the first place. What, for example, does this cover tell us about the content of Paul Horwich’s […]

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