Thursday, April 28, 2005

The reability of this blog.

Check here for your blog

Readability Results for

Readability Results Summary Value
Total sentences 171
Total words 1,532
Average words per Sentence 8.96
Words with 1 Syllable 1,026
Words with 2 Syllables 319
Words with 3 Syllables 121
Words with 4 or more Syllables 66
Percentage of word with three or more syllables 12.21%
Average Syllables per Word 1.50
Gunning Fog Index 8.47
Flesch Reading Ease 71.23
Flesch-Kincaid Grade 5.55


Typical Fog Index Scores
. . .
8 - 10 Most popular novels
. . .

The result is your Gunning-Fog index, which is a rough measure of how many years of schooling it would take someone to understand the content. The lower the number, the more understandable the content will be to your visitors. Results over seventeen are reported as seventeen, where seventeen is considered post-graduate level.

The result is an index number that rates the text on a 100-point scale. The higher the score, the easier it is to understand the document. Authors are encouraged to aim for a score of approximately 60 to 70.

The result is the Flesch-Kincaid grade level. Like the Gunning-Fog index, it is a rough measure of how many years of schooling it would take someone to understand the content. Negative results are reported as zero, and numbers over twelve are reported as twelve.

Friday, April 15, 2005

An Opera about the Atomic Bomb

Dr. Atomic

July 1945. The war is in its final, terrible phase. Germany has surrendered but Japan will fight to the bitter end, costing possibly a half million casualties. In the New Mexico desert a group of young physicists, hand-picked and led by the brilliant, complex J. Robert Oppenheimer, have labored furiously in a race against Hitler to develop the world's first atomic bomb. Now, in the hours before the first test explosion, they are confronted with the moral crisis of its inevitable use on Japanese citizens.

Sounds. The hallmarks of John Adams's musical imagination-soaring vocal lines, richly colored orchestra and pulsating rhythms-are fueled by a subject of vast human drama.

Sights. Against a backdrop of desert solitude and scorched landscapes, the stage becomes both a laboratory of apocalyptic science and ground zero for a new millennium in human history.

Stories. No one knows whether the bomb will work, and if it does, whether it might ignite the entire earth's atmosphere. In the unbearable tension of the final hours, only the women, forbidden from the test area, seem to realize the magnitude of its consequences.

Thursday, April 14, 2005


Surveillance Works Both Ways

In the stores, as conference attendees snapped pictures of three smoked domes in the ceiling of a Mont Blanc pen shop, an employee inside waved his arms overhead. The intruders interpreted his gesture as happy excitement at being photographed until a summoned security guard halted the photography.

Mann asked the guard why, if the Mont Blanc cameras were recording him, he couldn't, in turn, record the cameras. But the philosophical question, asked again at Nordstrom and the Gap, was beyond the comprehension of store managers who were more concerned with the practical issues of prohibiting store photography.

At the Gap, photographers were told they couldn't take pictures because the Gap didn't want competitors to study and copy its clothing displays.

Do we screen the customers too? To make sure they don't work for competitors?

I'm sorry, but if your competitor really wanted to copy your displays they could easily send someone with a good eye for detail into your store to check them out.

You should read the whole article. It will amuse you.

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Interesting study...

Schizophrenia and tobacco smoking: a replication study in another US psychiatric hospital.

de Leon J, Tracy J, McCann E, McGrory A, Diaz FJ.

Mental Health Research Center at Eastern State Hospital, 627 West Fourth Street, Lexington, KY 40508, USA.

A prior study in a US state hospital suggested that schizophrenia is more closely associated with tobacco smoking when compared with other severe mental illnesses. This second study, in a neighborhood hospital, tries to (1) replicate that schizophrenia is associated with smoking and heavy smoking, and (2) rule out that this relationship is explained by substance use. The methodology was very similar to the first study. The sample included 588 inpatients. Logistic regression was used to develop models of variables associated with smoking or heavy smoking. The frequency of current smoking for the total, schizophrenic and non-schizophrenic samples were respectively 71, 75, and 55%. The sequence of frequencies from the highest to lowest was the same as in the first study: male schizophrenic patients, male non-schizophrenic patients, female schizophrenic patients and female non-schizophrenic patients. This second study consistently replicated the relationship between schizophrenia and smoking (after correcting for other variables) including history of alcohol and drug abuse or dependence. Only one of two definitions of heavy smoking showed a significant association with schizophrenia. In summary, these two studies suggest that schizophrenia is strongly associated with smoking. Neither substance use, antipsychotics, nor institutionalism can explain this relationship.

I look forward to the result...