In Mr Monk Goes to the Ballgame, the murderer lures his target to a deserted industrial park by manipulating the GPS in their car the previous night – because he knew they would be unsuspecting of the instructions from that little machine.
I have just had one such moment myself. My Calendar indicated I had a Committee meeting this afternoon, so I planned my day around it accordingly. When I arrived at the venue, there were already people in the room, but they were not the usual faces. I asked them why they were there. Oh so authoritatively. It took me longer than it should to realise it was I who barged into their meeting. I just never doubted the Calendar.
After thinking about the Monk episode, I also remembered a casual list that I was compiling for students on a related topic. Related in my mind, at least.
- Word clouds considered harmful (Jacob Harris, Nieman Lab, 13 October 2011)
- “Hemingway” on Hemingway (Mark Liberman, Language Log, 13 February 2014; see also @BrindlePatrick, 3 November 2016)
- Stop using Google Trends (Danny Page, Medium, 24 June 2016)
- Some things you need to know about Google Scholar (Mark Dingemanse, The Ideophone, 27 June 2016)
- An alarming number of scientific papers contain Excel errors (Christopher Ingraham, The Washington Post, 26 August 2016)