LSAT Vocabulary Project, Part 3: in which I break down and spend some money

Well, I have to admit that I hit a wall. My original plan was to use FME and Python to extract the text from all released LSAT exams (using optical character recognition, or OCR) and generate a list of the most commonly used “LSAT vocabulary words” – that is, words that AREN’T ordinary words like... Continue Reading →


Toward an LSAT vocabulary list using Python and FME, Part 2: The good, the bad, and the ugly

I embarked on this project last Thursday, September 28. This is the tale of my technical woes and triumphs. This gets a little jargon-y, but I think I’ve done an okay job of explaining the technical details well enough that a pure novice can understand what I’m doing. I can’t guarantee, however, that you’ll find... Continue Reading →

Improve your LSAT vocabulary with Python and FME!

or, How to over-engineer the creation of a vocabulary study list pervasive even-handed connote repudiate cognizance impropriety forestall lamented contradiction plowed validity oligarchy despotism devoid equivocate onerous zealous retribution vindicated The above are words my students have asked me to define for them over the past couple months. I teach university students and graduates to... Continue Reading →

Dark Matter S2E1: Out with a bang

This recap contains spoilers for episode 1 of season 2 of Dark Matter (“Welcome to Your New Home”). Read at your own risk. It’s baa-aaack! After a long, lonely, sci-fi-free winter, our patience is rewarded with a new season of both Dark Matter AND Killjoys (recap to come), two great series you should be watching.... Continue Reading →

The Magicians, S1E11: The Kolinahr ritual goes bad

This episode was a good mix of strong emotional moments—wherein the characters let down their self-protective walls and show their true feelings to us and to each other—and fun, dork-centric comedic moments. We’re still not in Fillory, where we certainly thought we’d go sooner than this, given that the not-really-key-to-Fillory button showed up two episodes... Continue Reading →

The Magicians, S1E8: Mike, we hardly knew ye

We pick up right where we ended last episode. Quentin and Alice have just returned to the Cottage from Brakebills South (Antarctica), and of course they’re still wearing their dopey white long john outfits. Eliot and Mike are outside barbequeing and as introductions are made, Eliot picks up on the body language between Quentin and... Continue Reading →

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