mitcho Michael 芳貴 Erlewine

Postdoctoral fellow, McGill Linguistics.

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Voicemail from Jesse

Saturday, July 3rd, 2010

My friend Jesse left me a voicemail on my Google voice number. Here’s a demo of the fantastic transcription feature.

Voicemail from Jesse from mitcho on Vimeo.

Ten Grand Is Buried There

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

By now many of you have probably seen this new Microsoft Australia campaign, “Ten Grand Is Buried Here.com,”1 which calls Firefox “old” and Safari “boring”:

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I’m not sure what this is saying about me, but my immediate reaction was to go check whether tengrandisburiedthere.com was available. To my surprise, Microsoft had yet to snatch it up! A few hours later, here’s the result:

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Go ahead, visit the site and give it a try!

Note: Not being a marketing guy, I just threw some text together to introduce Firefox. If someone has some better copy for this display, please let me know.


  1. As of this writing, this domain actually has yet to serve anything. 

Bathroom Graffiti

Friday, November 21st, 2008

University of Chicago Law School Faculty PodcastOn my continuing quest for good audio content, I’ve recently subscribed to the University of Chicago Law School Faculty Podcast and so far I’ve been very pleased. Today I was listening to the latest installation: Dean Saul Levmore’s talk on “The Internet’s Anonymity Problem.” He opened the talk with an anecdote about graffiti at the Med and bathroom graffiti. This immediately reminded me of a Scav Hunt item which I completed in my first year:

From the 2004 Scav Hunt list:

Item 80. Brain Farts: The Collected Works of The University of Chicago Bathroom Graffiti (organized by theme, but attributed to location). [102 points. 15 bonus points for an inset detailing the entirety of the “Grout Work.”]

I spent a day or so going around campus with a friend (so I didn’t have to be snooping around in ladies’ rooms) taking pictures and compiled the booklet. (more…)

Oh Twitter, you’re so funny

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

I don’t think those two were related.

The Japanese Office

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

I got hooked on The Office since I’ve been in Taiwan, which I watch at hulu.com via [[VPN]]. Checking for a new episode the other day, I found this clip from [[Steve Carell]] on [[Saturday Night Live]] this past weekend: The Japanese Office.

I’ve been a fan of the [[SNL Digital Shorts]] since [[Lazy Sunday]], but this is absolutely something else. It’s a brilliant piece of cross-cultural parody. Many on the associated Hulu page had some questions, however, so I decided to write up a little explanation of what’s actually going on in this short, and why I love it so.[^2]

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Oh Amazon, you’re so funny

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

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Thanks.