Comments on: How gud iz ur reeding comprehenshen and Barbie knitting skilz? http://www.historiann.com/2008/11/21/how-gud-iz-ur-reeding-comprehenshen-and-barbie-knitting-skilz/ History and sexual politics, 1492 to the present Sat, 20 Sep 2014 07:56:15 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 By: Indyanna http://www.historiann.com/2008/11/21/how-gud-iz-ur-reeding-comprehenshen-and-barbie-knitting-skilz/comment-page-1/#comment-131642 Sun, 23 Nov 2008 19:33:05 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=1965#comment-131642 Yeah, that might be something that you “just threw on” if your “house” was 6,250sf, and looked out over the Hollywood sign!

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By: Historiann http://www.historiann.com/2008/11/21/how-gud-iz-ur-reeding-comprehenshen-and-barbie-knitting-skilz/comment-page-1/#comment-131500 Sun, 23 Nov 2008 12:48:38 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=1965#comment-131500 Not a housecoat, unless you’re Ava Gardener or Lana Turner! This is a housecoat to wear with mules with ormolu feathers.

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By: Indyanna http://www.historiann.com/2008/11/21/how-gud-iz-ur-reeding-comprehenshen-and-barbie-knitting-skilz/comment-page-1/#comment-131375 Sun, 23 Nov 2008 05:54:41 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=1965#comment-131375 ….And not be a “housecoat”, too! It would be interesting to see (or develop on a thread) a cultural etymology of the term “housecoat.” Which for me evokes condescending images of Edith Bunker, or for that matter, other denizens of the (late) G.I. bill suburbs of the kind that I grew up in. This one would be a housecoat that kicks ass and takes names, as the saying goes…

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By: Historiann http://www.historiann.com/2008/11/21/how-gud-iz-ur-reeding-comprehenshen-and-barbie-knitting-skilz/comment-page-1/#comment-130918 Sat, 22 Nov 2008 22:39:07 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=1965#comment-130918 Thanks so much for stopping by to comment, figleaf, and for the explanation of how these algorithms work. It’s such a relief! I mean, I know I act like a junior high student, but I think I write a little bit better than one.

And Indyanna–yes, the coat for sure. That’s a coat you could put on in November and take off in March–it looks comfy enough to wear in the house!

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By: Indyanna http://www.historiann.com/2008/11/21/how-gud-iz-ur-reeding-comprehenshen-and-barbie-knitting-skilz/comment-page-1/#comment-130353 Sat, 22 Nov 2008 02:59:43 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=1965#comment-130353 I went to Jr. High School. Jr. High School was a very interesting senator, but a not very good intellectual experience. This blog is NOT Jr. High School.

I vote with the coat. Try separating the blue thing and see if they work with different alternative components.

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By: figleaf http://www.historiann.com/2008/11/21/how-gud-iz-ur-reeding-comprehenshen-and-barbie-knitting-skilz/comment-page-1/#comment-130168 Sat, 22 Nov 2008 00:04:01 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=1965#comment-130168 Hi Historiann,

I used to work closely with instructional designers and technical writers and people sometimes sweated bullets over these numbers. But the stress wasn’t about getting up to genius level, it was to get down to sixth-grade level.

The trick? These scales generally don’t measure whether the *writer* is a genius, they measure whether you have to be a genius to *figure out what the writer’s saying.*

The New Yorker, former home of Strunk and/or White, has a lower “genius” level because the magazine tends heavily towards articles that are very well written and meticulously edited. If you’re ranked on that end of the scale it’s because you’re a clear writer too. DailyKOS probably ranks more towards genius because they often present very complex information (statistics, technical jargon, inside baseball.) Atrios scores “better” because he tends towards very short, simple sentences with lots of, um, Anglo-Saxon words.

One last thing: the reason a 6th-grade reading level was the holy grail for technical writers *wasn’t* that their users were morons. Instead their users tended to be highly-skilled and very busy and therefore want to be able to skim for the information they needed very quickly.

All of which is a long way of saying “congratulations.”

figleaf

p.s. @Buzz: the statistical analysis behind the reading standards are complex but the algorithms themselves are pretty simple. A sample the size of the average blog front page (18 word-processor pages for Historiann, for instance) would be more than adequate.

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By: Another Damned Medievalist http://www.historiann.com/2008/11/21/how-gud-iz-ur-reeding-comprehenshen-and-barbie-knitting-skilz/comment-page-1/#comment-130092 Fri, 21 Nov 2008 23:01:21 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=1965#comment-130092 Well, apparently I’m a man who writes at the Junior High level. I’m also apparently ISTP.

None of those are true of the real me.

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By: Historiann http://www.historiann.com/2008/11/21/how-gud-iz-ur-reeding-comprehenshen-and-barbie-knitting-skilz/comment-page-1/#comment-129982 Fri, 21 Nov 2008 22:05:04 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=1965#comment-129982 Sis, l I like your sense of style. Yes, perhaps the same color but a contrasting fabric/texture, although that’s a whole lotta bright turquoise. Maybe we should change the color–although whatever color we choose, it could be just a lot of whatever color.

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By: Sisyphus http://www.historiann.com/2008/11/21/how-gud-iz-ur-reeding-comprehenshen-and-barbie-knitting-skilz/comment-page-1/#comment-129945 Fri, 21 Nov 2008 21:41:40 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=1965#comment-129945 I like the coat! The suit would only work if the skirt was a smooth shiny material instead of knitted. _I_ think.

PS most of the “analyzers” that run algorithms about web sites are based exclusively on word length and sentence length, not content at all. I’m pretty sure that they come out of the “fog index” analyses newspapers developed to make sure their writing was accessible to the general public, which was assumed to have about a 9th grade education. So maybe those people who are mocking the “simplicity” of certain web sites should reconsider whether accessibility is a value, particularly in the public sphere.

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By: Historiann http://www.historiann.com/2008/11/21/how-gud-iz-ur-reeding-comprehenshen-and-barbie-knitting-skilz/comment-page-1/#comment-129891 Fri, 21 Nov 2008 18:52:45 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=1965#comment-129891 KC–I think the gender analyzer thinks every blog I read are written by men, although few of them are. I wonder what’s going on? Can anyone find a blog that the gender analyzer says was written by a woman?

Erica: you’re not selling me on the sweater suit. Doesn’t it look rather Maime Eisenhowerish? Jackie O., not so much (or at all!) Mamie–unfortunately, yes. (I could see Jackie in the sweater, paired with a tight pair of skinny-legged jeans, or those 60s-style ski pants, but not the skirt. Ever.)

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