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FIT in Review: April

Written By: Youki on May 1, 2009 1 Comment

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 of blog posts on Found in Translation.

Arablish, the New Muslim Cool” by aaminahm.  A review of the documentary New Muslim Cool, and reflections on Arablish (Arabic mixed into English conversation).

What do you think of when you see me?by aaminahm.  Imagine being told: “You know unfortunately many people who see you don’t see anything but road side bombs.”

Do you speak English? by aaminahm.  A three-hour stop in Minneapolis, unforgettable for all of the wrong reasons.  Follow up: “What is the price we pay for discrimination?

fitwestparkinglotNext Stop: Int’l Border” by daveski.  Thoughts on bordering, verbal walls, and the language shaping the so-called “swine flu.”

Fish Eyes and Fists: Bengali Cuisine” by Usree BhattacharyaUsree shares her experiences with Bengali cuisine growing up.

Schutz’ Strangerby Usree Bhattacharya.  Usree contemplates love letters, cursing, and praying through Schutz’s On Phenomenology and Social Relations.

 “Rick Warren Backpedaling on Gay Marriage?” by Usree Bhattacharya.  Usree takes a linguistic perspective on Rick Warren’s Larry King Live interview.

 What’s In A Name?by Usree Bhattacharya.  A Republican Texan legislator, Betty Brown, created an uproar Tuesday by suggesting, during House Elections Committee testimony, that Asian-American voters should use names which are “easier for Americans to deal with.”

morse_a2Blog to Book: Making the Leapby Usree Bhattacharya.  The “book form” market for texts generated in non-traditional environments.

Morse Codeby Youki.  April 27th was Morse Code day.  Explore Morse Code as ideograms.

Music 2.0by Youki.  How technology is changing how we think about music composition.


  Vlogging the Habitus” by Usree Bhattacharya:




Multilingual FIT

flowers1しだれざくら” by daveski.

Are you sitting in an exit row?” by daveski.  Dave explores multilingualism on the safety cards of a United B757 airplane.

बुलावा” by Usree Bhattacharya



The fourth annual Urdu Show is comin’ up on Sunday, May 3rd, from 4:00 pm to 7:30 pm in 155 Dwinelle.

German & Slavic to be cut at FSU; links to petitions

April is National Poetry Month!

The New York Times is taking essay/photo submissions for “How Has College Changed You?” (Submission deadline: May 15)



Words in Context – Exemplar is an amazing website that searches over 1,900 journals from Springer’s collection to find authentic examples of how a word or phrase is used in published literature.

Favorite poems in German? – UC Berkeley’s German department has a Poetry Corner.

INFOBITS is an electronic service of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ITS Teaching and Learning division.

New applied linguistics books? – a few suggestions on LinguistList-recommended books.


Humor, miscellany, links, etc.

Indus Valley Stone Tablets Inscriptions” – A new study on stone tablet inscriptions from the Indus Valley region 4000 years ago.

Comic Conventions! – Ever wondered about the lettering conventions in comic books?

Morality in the Age of Twitter – A USC study concludes that streams of information provided by social networking sites are too fast for the brain’s “moral compass” to process and could harm young people’s emotional development.

Name that Color! – a handy tool for identifying colors and their corresponding CSS hex code.

Terms of Service: Facebook – a New York magazine article on the controversial issue of ownership of user-generated data.

UK teenager ’saved by Facebook’

Drinking Names – A very interesting article in the Atlantic traces how cocktails acquired their names, like the Manhatten, the Negroni, and the Rob Roy.

Ancient Roman Jokes

404 Not Found – The best “404 Not Found” message. Ever.

Freeterminism – 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!”

Gmail Autopilot by CADIE – April Fools from Google Gmail.


Where does the Internet come from?


The One-Finger Keyboard:


Mankind is no Island”:


and finally, I bring you:

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One Response to “FIT in Review: April”

  1. Usree Bhattacharya on: 1 May 2009 at 8:30 am

    Heh. Pinky and the brain brain brain brain brain…that’s gonna be stuck in my head all day.

    Thanks for summing up our month again, youki, marvelous, as always.

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