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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on May 10, 2009 1 Comment

मैं दिल्ली में एक अनाथाश्रम गयी दो साल पहले. वहां कुछ बच्चों के साथ मैंने बात की. मैं उन्हें अंग्रेजी सीखने के बारे में पूछ रही थी. सब बच्चे बोल रहे थे की वे सोचते थे कि अंग्रेजी सीखने से ही वे कुछ बन सकते हैं. इंटरव्यू के बीच में एक बच्चे ने पूछा, […]

Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on May 10, 2009 1 Comment
गूगल मेरा भगवन है

गूगल मेरा भगवन है. गूगल की मैं पुजारी हूँ. हर काम के लिए मैं गूगल का इस्तेमाल करती हूँ. (क्या गूगल पुलिंग है?). जब मुझे खबर पढ़ना हो, जब किसी गाने की लिरिक्स चाहिए हो, जब कभी कहीं जाना हो, जब किसी आर्टिकल की ज़रुरत हो, किसी चीज़ की छवि की ज़रुरत हो, […]

Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on May 9, 2009 No Comment
Sign Language

I found a massive gallery of “strange signs and bizarre translations” on the UK’s The Telegraph. Check it out!

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on May 9, 2009 2 Comments
Default Thumbnails

From the Journal of Murketing (not a typo), “Gallery of default anonymity: A work in progress.” The gallery presents the default user thumbnail image from a variety of sites, such as eBay, Facebook, Youtube, Twitter and others.

A newly added friend of mine remarked, “You know, your [default Facebook] thumb confused me because […]

Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on May 8, 2009 1 Comment

Samajwadi Party (a regional Indian party) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav’s campaign promise to abolish the use of English, “angrezi hatao” (Remove English) in UP (Uttar Pradesh, a north Indian state) has been causing quite a bit of tumult. Mulayam specifically promised “to ban English in education and computers in new projects.” My parents […]

Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on May 7, 2009 2 Comments

A friend of mine, let’s call him Edinho, just sent me an article entitled Cities and Ambition by ace programmer and essayist Paul Graham. I think he sent me the article in continuation of a conversation about a very close friend of ours (“Tim”) who just decided to head for doctoral studies […]

Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on May 7, 2009 No Comment

From the lovely folks at College Humor, an instant classic: the Font Fight. Enjoy! My favorite moment? The strikethrough!

See more funny videos and funny pictures at CollegeHumor.

Written By: aaminahm on May 7, 2009 No Comment
Sincerity, one of my favorite words

I just wanted to follow up on my recent post regarding a complaint I filed with Delta Airlines. I told a few friends and family members of mine that more than anything I wanted a sincere apology. I felt most offended by the fact that the original Delta response placed a monetary value on the […]

Written By: daveski on May 5, 2009 1 Comment

If you have some time this Friday, there are going to be some great language events to go to.

First, Ana Celia Zentella, Professor Emeritus at UC San Diego and well-known for her prize winning book Growing up Bilingual: Puerto Rican children in New York, will be talking at the Center for […]

Written By: robstar23 on May 5, 2009 2 Comments

I feel that for too long Asian Americans have been taken advantage of without having any say.  To me, this is the most obvious in our media.  Chyng Feng Sun wrote the article Ling Woo in Historical Context: The New Face of Asian American Stereotypes on Television, and in it, the author mentions two far-reaching […]

Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on May 5, 2009 No Comment
Anthropomorphized Websites?

A very interesting headline on the CNN home page currently: “Craigslist to meet with state AGs over sex ads.” Odd.

Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on May 5, 2009 2 Comments
Cal J-School site wins Webby!

Check out the results of the 13th Annual Webby Awards. And the best piece of news: Mission Loc@l (Mission Local/UC Berkeley Journalism School) won the student Webby! CONGRATULATIONS to the good folks at Mission Loc@l! Inspiring stuff!

Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on May 4, 2009 No Comment

From the Lion King, one line from the Hula Song in 17 languages: Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Mex. Spanish, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, and Swedish. A video tailor-made for FIT!

Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on May 4, 2009 No Comment

It’s that kind of a day in Berkeley, 58°F, overcast, drizzling lightly, fog swirling over the city. I am reminded of the mid-monsoon time in Delhi, where the grass suddenly becomes a vivid and lush green, swollen and distended with moisture; new leaves spring everywhere; and the scent of rain-soaked earth rises […]

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: Usree Bhattacharya on May 1, 2009 No Comment
Obama’s 100 Days in Office

As visualized through a Facebook news feed! Enjoy.

Written By: aaminahm on May 1, 2009 9 Comments

I was born Shanga Nomusa White.  Everyone called me Nomusa. Nomusa is Zulu for with grace or kindness. I didn’t realize until I was much older that I was named after my father whose name is Musa. Musa is Arabic for Moses. He changed his name when he converted to Islam. I, followed suit.

Well, actually […]

Written By: Diana Arya on May 1, 2009 3 Comments
Legging Up

I couldn’t look at myself without cringing. My pants were a major upgrade from what I normally wore when I went out, but they were seriously lacking in material. They looked more like chaps that covered most of my quads and calves, but only had straps along the inner sides of my legs, thus […]

Written By: daveski on May 1, 2009 4 Comments

Just got this announcement from the BLC mailing list, and I thought that some people out in the FIT community might be interested in taking the class, or passing the word on…


Elementary Wolof!

Wolof* is spoken mainly in francophone countries such as Senegal, and
to a lesser extent in France, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Mauritania.
This […]

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)“:


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