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Written By: Youki on March 29, 2012 20 Comments


Piers Morgan examines 50 words that are banned on New York school tests.  Here’s the full list:

Abuse (physical, sexual, emotional, or psychological)
Alcohol (beer and liquor), tobacco, or drugs
Birthday celebrations (and birthdays)
Bodily functions
Cancer (and other diseases)
Catastrophes/disasters (tsunamis and hurricanes)
Children dealing with serious issues
Cigarettes (and other smoking paraphernalia)
Computers in the home (acceptable in a school or […]

Written By: Youki on December 1, 2011 1 Comment
A Dictionary of Bay Area Locations with Spanish Origins

Ever wonder how Mount Diablo got its name?  What the “San” in San Pablo means, or what an “alcatraz” is?

California’s diverse toponymy comes from its rich cultural history — places like Ohlone Park, Sonoma, Solano, Petaluma, Marin and Napa all originate from the indigenous peoples of the area (Ohlone, more→

Written By: Youki on September 24, 2011 2 Comments
The Story of September

It still amazes me how I can grow up with a word, know what it means, but not know where it comes from.  In this sense, every word is a bit foreign to me.

Earlier this month I was looking at my calendar, the same way I do every day for work to make sure I […]

Written By: Youki on August 6, 2010 1 Comment

from CrunchGear:

Google Books is one of the most straightforward projects in the Google meta-project of cataloguing and indexing every piece of data in the world. The human race has, after all, only been literate for around five or six thousand years, which makes the task measurable, if not easy. The project is also interesting […]

Written By: Youki on June 2, 2009 No Comment

Be sure to check out “FIT in Review: April” if you missed it.

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If you haven’t seen it yet, check out Usree’s FIT in May video:

A monthly roundup of blog […]

Written By: Youki on May 3, 2009 No Comment

How much is the $100 million dollars in budget cuts compared to the federal budget as a whole? This video imagines the budget as $100 in pennies to provide the answer.

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Written By: Youki on May 1, 2009 1 Comment
FIT in Review: April

Be sure to check out “FIT in Review: March” if you missed it.

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If you haven’t seen it yet, check out Usree’sApril in Review (Early Edition)“:


A monthly roundup […]

Written By: Youki on April 27, 2009 4 Comments

So I noticed today that Google had Morse Code on its front page.  “How interesting,” I thought to myself.  It’s Samuel Morse’s birthday — he was the inventor of Morse Code and one of the inventors/developers of the electric telegraph.

I actually learned Morse Code many years ago, when I was a Boy Scout.  […]

Written By: Youki on April 23, 2009 3 Comments

One of the characteristics of “Web 2.0” is the separation of form and content. Back in the 90s, before Facebook and MySpace and Twitter, when social networks consisted of sites like Geocities and you spoke to your friends on IRC, putting a page online actually required some coding know-how. You basically started with a […]

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Written By: Youki on April 10, 2009 1 Comment

A British teenager who took a drugs overdose has been saved after the American girl he was chatting to online raised the alarm.

The 16-year-old boy from Oxfordshire had sent her a message suggesting he intended to commit suicide.

Although she did not know where he lived, calls via the White House and the British Embassy enabled […]

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Written By: Youki on April 7, 2009 3 Comments

How does freeterminism get no google hits? A nonce word combining free will + determinism. Someone somewhere must have thought “free will vs. determinism is a false dichotomy, we need a new word to represent a more hybrid system… like freeterminism!”

p.s. I wonder what kind of person gets a kick out of finding words […]

Written By: Youki on April 5, 2009 1 Comment

“Mankind is no Island” by Jason van Genderen.

Written By: Youki on April 5, 2009 No Comment

Soul Receives From Soul

Soul receives from soul that knowledge,
therefore not by book nor from tongue.

If knowledge of mysteries come after
emptiness of mind, that is illumination of heart.


Written By: Youki on April 4, 2009 1 Comment

The New York Times is taking essay/photo submissions for “How Has College Changed You?

College is a series of transformative experiences – moments that change the way you view the world. And yourself. Current students are invited to submit an essay or photographs that illustrate their metamorphosis, for a chance to be published in […]

Written By: Youki on April 1, 2009 4 Comments
Gmail Autopilot by CADIE

April Fools from Google Gmail:

The easiest email could possibly be.

As more and more everyday communication takes place over email, lots of people have complained about how hard it is to read and respond to every message. This is because they actually read and respond to all their messages.



hat tip: an email circulating at […]

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Written By: Youki on April 1, 2009 No Comment
FIT in Review: March

Be sure to check out “FIT in Review: February” if you missed it.

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Written By: Youki on March 31, 2009 2 Comments

so I’m eating lunch and watching an episode of Star Trek: Enterprise. Captain Archer (if you’re not familiar with the series, he’s the equivalent of Captain Kirk or Captain Picard) is in a Klingon prison eating some kind of meat. Archer asks a Klingon guard what it is, and in my mind […]

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Written By: Youki on March 31, 2009 1 Comment

Let’s take a common term used in politics: “tax relief.” When George W. Bush took office, George Lakoff noticed that press releases started to use the term “tax relief.” He realized that the word relief invoked a frame — that of affliction. There has to be an afflicted party that is harmed, a reliever that […]

Written By: Youki on March 28, 2009 1 Comment

Softpedia reports on a study determining that the Internet will double in size every 5.32 years:

Moore’s Law was first used to predict the number of transistors that can fit on an integrated circuit, and argued that their number would grow exponentially over time. Indeed, current trends show that twice as many transistors can be […]

Written By: Youki on March 27, 2009 2 Comments

JFrater at listverse.com writes “10 Misconceptions About Common Sayings” — A few I found interesting:


Another Thing Coming

Common Saying: If you think that, you have another thing coming

This is a complete aberration of the original phrase because of the sound of English. The correct phrase is “if you think that, you have another think coming” […]

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