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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on March 31, 2009 2 Comments
Classic Facebook

This has got to be the funniest Facebook-related image EVER:

It’s the story of Aeneas’ journey toward founding Rome, told via Facebook status updates.

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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 […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on March 29, 2009 2 Comments
Old Media Revisited

In a series entitled “Ghost in the Machine,” iri5 creates artwork using old cassette tapes and reels. She has created portraits of celebs and musicians like Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, and Jim Morrison. Of her work, she says:

It feels great to work with strange, older materials. Things that have […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on March 28, 2009 3 Comments
A Flood of Unread Emails

Gmail tells me I have 1,884 unread emails in my inbox. Calmail informs me I have 121 unread emails. And mail.yahoo.ca urges me to attend to 295 unread emails. Fortunately, at least in the case of Gmail, the number is “off.” What happened was, when I first started my Gmail account, I retrieved all the […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on March 28, 2009 No Comment

The popular daily Hindustan Times carries a recent article on how patients in the major Indian metropolises are sending MMS‘s (Multimedia Messaging Service) for diagnoses to their doctors. Money quote:

“It reflects the changing face of the doctor-patient interaction. I’ve been sent clips of the symptoms – a kid with stomach cramps bawling […]

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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 […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on March 27, 2009 2 Comments

Via Wattpad, here’s a list of things you never knew had names:

1. AGLET – The plain or ornamental covering on the end of a shoelace.
2. ARMSAYE – The armhole in clothing.
3. CHANKING – Spat-out food, such as rinds or pits.
4. COLUMELLA NASI – The bottom part of the nose between the nostrils.
5. DRAGÉES – […]

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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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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on March 26, 2009 No Comment

Yesterday at the International House Café, Berkeley, a man ahead of me in line to get coffee (yes, we were both getting lattes) turned to me and asked me where I was from. I smiled and responded, “New Delhi” watching to see if there was a flicker of recognition. I waited a few […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on March 26, 2009 2 Comments

What’s the strangest subject line in your inbox right now (you can include spam)? Here’s one in mine: “Saw man spying you” sent by concerned folks at joesph-farksvil@neelandrobinson.com . And “Please, go downstairs now” by someone who my Gmail has blocked all info of. Wait, how will I know who to wait for if they […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on March 26, 2009 No Comment

President Obama’s teleprompter begins blogging. And is gloriously tweeting away.

If you’re not sure why Obama’s teleprompter has been pushed to broadcast itself, click here. Or just let Letterman fill you in:

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on March 26, 2009 No Comment

Aren’t you glad this never happened?

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on March 26, 2009 No Comment

“Mass media reaches its natural end-state when we broadcast our lives rather than live them”-Nicholas Carr, Encyclopedia Britannica Blog.

Have we reached ours?

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Written By: Youki on March 26, 2009 1 Comment

caught this language blog on the New York Times:

Schott’s Vocab is a repository of unconsidered lexicographical trifles — some serious, others frivolous, some neologized, others newly newsworthy. Each day, Schott’s Vocab explores news sites around the world to find words and phrases that encapsulate the times in which we live or shed light on […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on March 25, 2009 2 Comments
Measured Words?

Check out the headline of the top story (left column) from today’s CNN home page:

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Written By: Youki on March 25, 2009 1 Comment

Incredible timelapse video.  Applies photo/video techniques to real footage to create an surreal video.

Bathtub IV from Keith Loutit on Vimeo.

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Written By: Youki on March 24, 2009 12 Comments

Who here learned the English alphabet to the “Twinkle, twinkle, little star” melody? Of course since we have many international readers I’m half expecting a few people to say “I didn’t!” (or maybe you did? I’m curious). Well, from my own experiences growing up, the link between music and language was strong. From more→

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on March 22, 2009 No Comment

Here’s a list of 25 prominent tweeters, micro-blogging from beyond the grave.

Among my favorites: Freud, Shakespeare, and Lacan.

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on March 20, 2009 1 Comment

A new lab feature hit Gmail: it’s the “Undo Send” function that basically gives you up to 5 seconds to “unsend” an email. I have a feeling I am going to be using this feature. A LOT.

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