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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on April 18, 2012 No Comment
The Toongate Controversy

The news of the arrest of Ambikesh Mohapatra, professor of physical chemistry and kinetics at Jadavpur University (West Bengal, India) spread like wildfire across the nation over the last week. People rallied together, on the streets and on social networking sites, to protest what has been popularly called a “fascist” […]

Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on September 20, 2009 4 Comments
Obama Takes on The Blogosphere…?

President Obama made some surprising comments today about the blogosphere during an interview with the editors of Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and The Blade:

“I am concerned that if the direction of the news is all blogosphere, all opinions, with no serious fact-checking, no serious attempts to put stories in context, that what you will end up […]

Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on April 18, 2009 3 Comments

So a couple of news stories caught my attention today. The first piece appeared in the New York Times, entitled Public Provides Giggles; Bloggers Get the Book Deal. This piece begins by discussing blogs that have gone on to be published in traditional book format, like Pets Who Want to Kill Themselves, […]

Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on March 16, 2009 3 Comments
I’m Having a Cow

At a Thai joint in the Asian Ghetto, I picked up a copy of the Daily Cal to read while I chowed down a plate of steaming yellow curry chicken and rice. The following piece on the extreme left-hand column on second page jumped out at me:

From the […]

Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on March 15, 2009 No Comment

(Relatively) new word alert: I was reading a newspaper article about teens driving while texting, when I found a word that I’d never seen before: “intexticated“. I Googled it (of course!), and found that there were some 5,010 results with the exact occurrence of that word. My next stop was the Urban Dictionary, […]

Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on March 12, 2009 No Comment
Newseum Rocks!

Check out the front page of daily newspapers from around the world at Newseum. Really cool Flash site!

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on February 27, 2009 1 Comment

Researchers at the University of Reading, led by evolutionary theorist Mark Pagel, claim to have come up with an elementary “Stone Age phrasebook” comprising some of the oldest words, and to have mapped out the evolution of many words through comparisons between the Indo-European family of languages over a 30,000 year period. The […]

Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on January 29, 2009 3 Comments

This fascinating video was linked to on a story in the Daily Kos recently. It’s a KRON (SF) news story on online newspapers from 1981, speculating on the future of newspapers if a culture of reading the news online ever took off…

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