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Matthew Hutson
6-word bio: Boy in a box matures, rocks.
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People are weird with prepositions. Here’s a list of offenses that irk me. Granted, many are idiomatic and likely escape your definition of “mistake,” but why use an idiomatic preposition when a plainly sensical one will do? “different than” ->... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2020 at SilverJacket
Yesterday I had an absurd text chat with a representative of GoDaddy, which hosts my website and email server. Over the years, their support has been good, but this chat was practically "Who's on First?" At one point I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2018 at SilverJacket
ELIZA was one of the first chatbots, a mock-therapists programmed in the 1960s to show that even superficial responses could draw people in. AZILE was was written in 1992 as her evil twin. (AZILE is ELIZA backward.) Not long after... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2017 at SilverJacket
It seems like if you’re posing for a portrait, there are some common-sense rules. Look at the camera lens. Don’t hold a phone in front of your face. But somehow when people use a mirror to take their own portrait,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2017 at SilverJacket
I've noticed a trend on the roads today. :2015 Nissan Murano :2016 Lexus RX350 :2016 Nissan Maxima :2016 Toyota Prius :2015 BMW i8 :2017 Chevy Bolt RV :2014 BMW i3 After seeing these in the real world, I went online... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2016 at SilverJacket
After watching Star Wars: The Force Awakens last month with my brother-in-law, I suggested that there was nothing hugely surprising, at least not on the level of “I am your father.” And I wondered aloud what could have been revealed... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2016 at SilverJacket
When Under Armour started, in 1996, it had a great name. It sold moisture-wicking undershirts to athletes. The name was descriptive and evocative. The clothing went under your armor (uniforms or pads) and was also in itself a form of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2015 at SilverJacket
Ambigrams—pieces of writing that can say two different things, depending on perspective—highlight the flexibility of human thought. Consider the below ambigram of the word ambigram. Looked at one way, you see a b to the left of the i. Rotate... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2015 at SilverJacket
Yeah, who needs segues. Maybe I should have started with that time I slipped on a banana peel. Then got run over by a Segway.
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The New York Times reported Friday on a new requirement in the Common Application, the admissions application used by 400 colleges: personal essays can't go over 500 words. Is that enough? I don't know, but if you write long and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2011 at SilverJacket
Rapping is very meta. A lot of rapping is about how good you are at rapping. Or about how successful and wealthy you are—thanks to being good at rapping. Sometimes you think rappers might be rapping about something other than... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2011 at SilverJacket
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