Saturday, December 18, 2010
Emotional "Spell Check" and other Curious Inventions
Suppose you get that bone-headed email from an angry student who's unhappy with the result of their decision to skip studying, go party, and sleep through the final. Perhaps written with a lingering hangover. You might be tempted to fire back with force, venting your irritation with the students' apparent sense of entitlement. You know you can't send that ranting email! So, here's a remedy, a gentle reminder, much like spell check, that watches for tone in your email messages in Outlook. It's ToneCheck, one of the concepts featured in the NYTimes Magazine's review of some of the most interesting ideas from 2010. The list includes such things as the "bra mask" and a guitar that stays in tune.