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Google-dy Gook: Gene is Lost in Translation

WASHINGTON -- A year ago, I wrote about how dreadfully pathetic Google Voice is. That is the app that listens to your voice mail and then emails you a supposed transcript. To test the system, I had left a series of urgent-sounding voice mails for ...

On How - and Why - Our Columnist is a Space Cadet

WASHINGTON -- To: Dan Zak, reporter, The Washington Post

Re: My sanity

I am taking this opportunity to respond to your recent message, which you delivered via social media for all to see. You noted disapprovingly that in a previous message I had...

Elevated Humor: Gene Experiences a Teeny Delay

WASHINGTON -- On a recent trip to Dallas, I stayed at the Adolphus Hotel, a place so elegant and stately that it has survived the name The Adolphus Hotel. After check-in, I got on the elevator. Inside were two girls of 14 or 15 -- pretty, perky, ...

An Add Homonym Attack: The Return of the Nitpicker

WASHINGTON -- Every time I write a column criticizing the misuse of English by citizen journalists on the Internet, I get two kinds of reader response. The first are letters of applause, often from prim grammarians pushing their own pet peeves. ...

Gene Saves Christmas: A Feeble Fable

WASHINGTON -- Before last week, the only other Gene I was ever mistaken for was Gene Shalit, the oddball TV movie reviewer with the ludicrous fright-wig hair and totally goofy mustache, a man I happen to physically resemble quite a bit. So Ive ...