March 25, 2007 — In junior high school, I had a music teacher named Norman “Duke” McGuirl, who was a versatile, accomplished musician. His first love was the saxophone, but he could coax music from a bassoon or even a French horn. In a class that ranged from the offspring of professional musicians to the […]

There’s a word for it

September 12, 2006 — If you’ve ever opened a web page and seen gibberish where you were expecting text, here’s the word for it: mojibake. Wikipedia describes mojibake, which is a loan word from Japanese, as “the phenomenon of incorrect, unreadable characters shown when computer software fails to render a text correctly according to its […]