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How Stacey Abrams turned heartbreak into a side hustle as a romance novelist - The Washington Post
Leadership requires the ability to engage and to create empathy for communities with disparate needs and ideas. Telling an effective story — especially in romantic suspense — demands a similar skill set. Effective storytelling takes the reader into a life that is both familiar and foreign, enough of both to make space for others to feel empowered to tell their stories.
storytelling  story  writing  politics  language  leadership  novels  books  love  georgia 
23 days ago by allaboutgeorge
BBC - Travel - Why no-one speaks Indonesia's language
Bahasa Indonesia was adopted to make communication easier across the vast Indonesian archipelago, but its simplicity has only created new barriers.
indonesia  language  identity  speech  trade  economy  asia 
july 2018 by allaboutgeorge
TCCC Unity: A New Coke Classic - Print Magazine
The most important thing today for a brand is not the content that it talks about, but how it talks about it. The typeface becomes a critical part of that voice and DNA, with consistency, authenticity and believability becoming paramount requirements.
marketing  beverages  language  business  story  storytelling  reputation  authority 
january 2018 by allaboutgeorge
Blade Runner 2049: Writer Michael Green Shares On-Set Journal - Thrillist
A spoiler: The first line of dialogue spoken in Blade Runner 2049 is “Hope you don’t mind me taking the liberty.” It wasn’t scripted that way. But movie dialogue is clay to be molded and moved around. That this bit of clay landed where it did gives me joy -- a private joke, shared by all who were offered a chance to continue the story told in one of the most revered films of all time and said, "Sure."
movies  film  writing  creativity  language 
january 2018 by allaboutgeorge
BBC - Travel - The confusing way Mexicans tell time
While in most Spanish-speaking countries the addition of the diminutive ‘ita’ to an adverb like ahora (meaning ‘now’) would strengthen it to indicate immediacy (i.e. ‘right now’), this is not the case in Mexico. Dr Company explained that Mexicans instead use the diminutive form to break down the space between the speaker and the listener and lessen formality. In this case of ‘ahorita’, the addition of the diminutive reduces urgency rather than increasing it – a difference that can be extremely confusing for foreigners.
mexico  time  language  attention  presence  spanish 
january 2018 by allaboutgeorge
BBC - Travel - How Italians influenced a South American dialect
Lunfardo spread through everyday conversation, and it wasn’t long before the slang started appearing in literature, journalism and even theatre. But it was the birth of the tango-canción (tango song) that cemented lunfardo’s role in Argentinian culture.
language  argentina  southamerica  spanish  immigration  hiphop  music  creativity 
january 2018 by allaboutgeorge
BBC - Travel - The surprising origin of Argentina’s brazen pastry names
Now when I visit my favourite Buenos Aires cake shop and order a bag full of friar’s balls and little cannons, I know I’m not only about to enjoy something sweet with my café con leche, but I’m also honouring a fight for equality.
argentina  food  history  politics  anarchism  labor  language  southamerica  immigration 
january 2018 by allaboutgeorge
I Wish I Had Videos of My Dad's Accent - Father's Day Essay
The last remaining evidence of my father's voice, the final thing that roots him and his existence in my brain, will eventually cease to exist–just like VHS tapes, and the accent he spoke with, and my memories of him, too.
language  speech  parenting  memory  technology  culture  curation  family  english 
june 2017 by allaboutgeorge
Sherman Alexie on How Trump is Turning the US Into a Reservation
“My mother was a dictionary,” he began. “She was one of the last fluent speakers of our tribal language. She knew dozens of words that no one else knew. When she died, we buried all those words with her.”
americanindian  seattle  washingtonstate  memory  poetry  writing  language 
june 2017 by allaboutgeorge
Can These Pornographers End 'MILFs,' 'Teens,' and 'Thugs'?
"A similar reading could well apply to the categorized world of mainstream porn. To consume online porn often entails playing a rough and reductive language game."
language  sex  power  film  movies 
june 2017 by allaboutgeorge
Making culture for the internets—all of them — Editors' Picks — Medium
Whether we’re writing in English or German or Italian or Chinese, we should have the tools to reach the entire world at once.

We thought we already did; we thought it was the internet.

But they have been the internets all along.
twitter  internet  publishing  writing  creativity  language 
march 2013 by allaboutgeorge
The Weird Thing About Facebook: Status Updates Are The Most Memorable Writing You Do | Co.Create: Creativity Culture Commerce
Facebook posts, as well as Twitter posts, are so memorable because they are what Mickes calls “mind ready": unedited and unfiltered. They’re off-the-cuff remarks and thoughts. These words, which flow quickly and easily from your friend’s mind onto his Facebook page, are then absorbed by you with similar ease. But is it really true that to make people remember what you write, you should simply spew?
facebook  research  socialmedia  twitter  writing  memory  language  blogging 
february 2013 by allaboutgeorge
QA: David Lee Roth Vents About Van Halen's Future | Music News | Rolling Stone
When I talk to young musicians or authors and they ask for advice, I say, "You gotta learn all the letters of your own personal alphabet. With music, you need to know all the different kinds of music and everything in and around your given instrument." They say, "Well, why would I want to learn somebody else's alphabet?" "Son, you're not gonna invent any new letters in the alphabet, but if you do learn all of them and you can start creating words with them, well, last I looked, the Bible is written in the identical alphabet as all of my favorite pornography. At least you can make an informed choice." [Laughs] Which way is the porn store?
music  writing  songwriting  creativity  rock  language 
february 2013 by allaboutgeorge
“Why’s this so good?” No. 3: André Aciman on the geography of longing – Nieman Storyboard - A project of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard
Every time I reread “Shadow Cities” I bring to it my own memories, and something new in the piece stands out. This time it is this sentence, which comes after Aciman has chronicled all the places he’s reminded of when he sits in Straus Park. He’s talking about Rome and Paris and Amsterdam, and then he writes: “This, I think, is when I started to love, if love is the word for it, New York.”

We see the words “I love New York” a lot, but it’s a bumper-sticker sentence. It’s for tourists, for export. I love how Aciman’s sentence unfolds conditionally – how “love” is questioned, how it and New York are separated. It feels honest to love New York the way Aciman does, to call the defunct fountain in Straus Park a “septic sandbox” but sit by it day after day just the same and mourn it when you think it’s gone.
nyc  newyork  memory  reading  travel  essay  september11  story  writing  beauty  cities  language 
july 2011 by allaboutgeorge
PBS plays Google’s word game, transcribing thousands of hours of video into crawler-friendly text » Nieman Journalism Lab » Pushing to the Future of Journalism
PBS’ radio cousin, NPR, still relies on humans for transcription, paying a third-party service to capture 51 hours of audio a week. In-house editors do a final sweep to ensure accuracy of proper names and unusual words. It’s expensive, though NPR does not disclose how much, and time-consuming, with a turnaround time of four to six hours.

“We continue to keep an eye on automated solutions, which have gradually improved over time, but are not of sufficiently high quality yet to be suitable for licensing and other public distribution,” said Kinsey Wilson, NPR’s head of digital media.
radio  npr  google  search  context  video  language 
may 2011 by allaboutgeorge
The Hackers Who Keep the Washington Post Running - Simon Owens - Technology - The Atlantic
"You tend to deal with things as they come up," he said. "There are a lot of short-term needs but you find common problems over time and you try to predict the things that you can. From there the one-off stuff isn't going to be relevant every time; you don't want to take this hammer and treat everything like a nail and make the conversation or the story into what you already have, so it's better to try to pull in systems that can back it and do what the right thing is for every project."
technology  newspapers  media  language  journalism  software  development  washington 
april 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Guest Post: Robert Lane Greene on Language Sticklers - NYTimes.com
Illiteracy has fallen from one in five people to almost nonexistent over a century and a bit.  But “illiteracy” clearly isn’t a single on-or-off switch. It’s not just “you can read and write or you can’t.” Literacy is a continuum of skills. Basic education now reaches virtually all Americans.  But many among the poorest have the weakest skills in formal English.

That combines with another fact: more people are writing than ever before. Even most of the poor today have cell phones and and internet. When they text or scribble on Facebook, they’re writing. We easily forget that this is something that farmhands and the urban poor almost never did in centuries past. They lacked the time and means even if they had the education.
language  english  technology  social  usa  mobile  internet  facebook  grammar 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Ni Hao's Your Chinese? - James Fallows - International - The Atlantic
Linguistically, things in other foreign languages that are easy to forget in seven months, like verb conjugations or noun declensions, are just not an issue in Chinese. The grammar lacks the baggage of endings in Romance and Germanic languages, and certainly Russian and Japanese that can go in one ear and out the other of language learners. I am grateful every day for the lightness, by contrast, of throwing out a string of simple Chinese words, one after the other, and not really caring if they're nouns, verbs, or adjectives because they can often be all of the above!

I know, I know, there are some other constraints and some regulated word order, but by comparison with most other languages, Mandarin grammar is easy. And the Chinese somehow grasp the gist behind clumsy word order, and quickly rearrange my words for me, like tiles in a game of anagrams.
language  china  asia  education  learning  speech  attention 
february 2011 by allaboutgeorge
A magazine for gay men in the Arab world | PRI.ORG
The name of the magazine is "Mithly" -- a new Arabic term for gay. It comes from the root "mithl," meaning "alike, similar." Existing Arabic words for homosexual are all pejorative, "lothi" from the story of Lot in the Bible, and the word "shaath." [...] The editor says it was important to come up with an Arabic word, rather than just using the Western term gay, to emphasize that gay men in the Arab world are part of society. For many gay Arab men, that inclusion is taking place online.
gay  arabic  language  magazines  online  identity  media 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
A New Country Masterpiece | Jamey Johnson's The Guitar Song | By Barry Mazor - WSJ.com
"The traditional country music—or as it's commonly called in my house, 'music'—that's where you learned things," he said. "In the little town I grew up in, that music came in, and it fed the soul and challenged the spirit. It got you thinking about everything, every aspect of life, as songs should—not just the funny times, not just the good ones, but the serious ones, too. There was a language that country-music writers, singers and listeners in general understood. That language is not being passed down these days; not a lot of people can really speak it. But you can still learn it if you try, and that's the fine art of country music."
country  music  songwriting  livemusic  aesthetics  language 
september 2010 by allaboutgeorge
San Francisco, the Rorschach Test - Bay Area Blog - NYTimes.com
Indeed, what is most notable about the many places compared to San Francisco is the city’s plasticity, the number of ways it can anchor or stimulate readers’ understanding of a less-known place.

Think of the variety of images evoked by the name. A union town or a port town. A tawdry urban sexscape. A heart-stopping topography of hills and sky. A fog-dominated meteorology. Gay culture. Locavores. Edgy rock music. San Francisco is a touchstone with a multiple personality.

All this puts it in demand as a brand.
sanfrancisco  language  cities 
june 2010 by allaboutgeorge
A Conversation With Aniruddh D. Patel - Exploring Music’s Hold on the Mind - Question - NYTimes.com
What do humans have in common with parrots? Both species are vocal learners, with the ability to imitate sounds. We share that rare skill with parrots. In that one respect, our brains are more like those of parrots than chimpanzees. Since vocal learning creates links between the hearing and movement centers of the brain, I hypothesized that this is what you need to be able to move to beat of music.
interviews  music  brain  science  nytimes  medicine  language  thinking 
june 2010 by allaboutgeorge
The Lost Languages, Found in New York - NYTimes.com
“It’s hard to use a word like preserve with a language,” said Robert Holman, who teaches at Columbia and New York University and is working with Professor Kaufman on the alliance. “It’s not like putting jelly in a jar. A language is used. Language is consciousness. Everybody wants to speak English, but those lullabies that allow you to go to sleep at night and dream — that’s what we’re talking about.”
language  nyc  history  english  attention  research 
april 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Inside the world of the AP Stylebook: PRSA
Ever wonder who decides what is Associated Press style and what isn’t? How new words enter the AP Stylebook and why others are amended? To learn more about how this well-revered style and usage guide came to be the industry standard for newspapers and also many broadcasters, magazines and PR practitioners, PR Tactics spoke with two representatives from The Associated Press Stylebook.
journalism  copyediting  newspapers  media  language  radio  publicrelations 
february 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Fewer copy editors after staff cuts means more grammar errors - Issues & Ideas - MiamiHerald.com
Today's copy editors are multitaskers who design pages, pick wire stories and process them for the Web -- all in addition to the traditional duties of line-editing, trimming to perfectly fill space and writing headlines.
journalism  newspapers  media  editing  writing  grammar  language  english  Miami 
february 2010 by allaboutgeorge
An Irishman's Diary - The Irish Times - Wed, Jan 20, 2010
ONE OF the features of recent decades here has been a big revival in the use of old Irish names. Parents of new-born babies have scoured the history books for names of saints or kings or warriors: the more ancient-sounding and unusual the better. [...]
names  attention  ireland  family  children  parenting  beauty  language 
january 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Abroad - For Pierre Boulez, It’s Still About the Music - NYTimes.com
“If you want to have a more interesting life, you will make some effort,” is how he put it. “It’s about the organization of one’s life. I am still shocked that so many people are not more creative, by which I mean more demanding of themselves.

“The main question we need to ask ourselves is: Do I try to be necessary to the evolution of language? Do I try to be original? And being original means using the tools necessary to be original, not just having the desire to be original.”
language  music  songwriting  classical  creativity 
january 2010 by allaboutgeorge
IMDB: Adaptation. (2002) - Memorable quotes
Donald Kaufman: I loved Sarah, Charles. It was mine, that love. I owned it. Even Sarah didn't have the right to take it away. I can love whoever I want.
Charlie Kaufman: But she thought you were pathetic.
Donald Kaufman: That was her business, not mine. You are what you love, not what loves you. That's what I decided a long time ago.
english  quotes  language  love  beauty  identity  movies  film  relationships 
december 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Jazz Columns: Thelonious Monk: Ode To A Sphere — By Vijay Iyer — Jazz Articles
[...] When Monk played someone else’s music, he would recast it in this sonic language. His versions were the result of painstaking labor. Each harmony was seemingly rebuilt from scratch, chosen with care and worked over, and every ornament, filigree, run and fill carefully considered. And yet the playing was also full of risk. You can’t help but notice the liveness of it, the sense of possibility and discovery, the chances taken and the rewards reaped.

That risk lies somewhere in the dialogue between rhythm and improvisation—in the sustained buoyancy of pulse that is his signature, and in the real-time melodic invention that forms a counterpoint to it. [...]
jazz  creativity  improvisation  beauty  music  language  magazines 
december 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Music mimics the emotion of speech - Telegraph
"There is a strong biological basis to the aesthetics of sound," he said
"Humans prefer tone combinations that are similar to those found in speech."
speech  sound  words  language  beauty  music  research  science  uk 
december 2009 by allaboutgeorge
At Bloomberg L.P., a Modest Strategy to Rule the World - NYTimes.com
For many years, Bloomberg viewed news as little more than an added service for Wall Street traders. To that end, Mr. Winkler demanded short, direct articles. He ordered reporters to avoid adverbs and adjectives, along with “but” and “however,” which he said muddled the clarity of sentences.
writing  technology  media  business  style  language  english  economy 
november 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Hate reading text online? There IS a better way... | csmonitor.com
Programmers and publishers of online text: Please deliver us a long-overdue future in which we read – and write – in columns that move progressively sideways. After all, that's exactly the effect we create when we read an old-fashioned book and turn the page.
reading  technology  software  writing  words  language  computers  mobile 
november 2009 by allaboutgeorge
It’s Not You, it’s Me: Detecting Flirting and its Misperception in Speed-Dates
"Our flirtation-detection system uses prosodic, dialogue, and lexical features to detect a speaker’s intent to flirt with up to 71.5% accuracy, significantly outperforming the baseline, but also outperforming the human interlocuters. [...] Our analysis shows that humans are very poor perceivers of intended flirtatiousness, instead often projecting their own intended behavior onto their interlocutors."
love  language  relationships  men  women  sex  pdf  attention  dating  science  thinking  data  information  filetype:pdf  media:document 
october 2009 by allaboutgeorge
A man of many words - The Globe and Mail
“The first thing you realize is that our way of thinking that we take for granted – how you look at the day-to-day stuff – is not the only way there is. … What you are losing by not knowing the earlier stuff is, if nothing else, a constant reminder that you may not be seeing the full picture.”
language  judaism  religion  canada  books  identity  reputation  english  ethics 
september 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Hello, Sweet Prince - Jude Law Brings His Hamlet to Broadway - NYTimes.com
“When you’re faced with ‘To be or not to be,’ in the first rehearsal,” Mr. Law said, “there’s a sense of ‘Oh, God, I’m stepping into the world’s greatest cliché.’ But without sounding like a naff old actor, I’m Hamlet, and what a great way to question life and death.” He added: “The reason they’re so famous is because they’re beautifully written and incredibly powerful pieces of dialogue. Never underestimate the power of these lines. Our language is littered with words and phrases from this play, and we use them because we have not, in 400 years, found a better way of putting things.”
acting  shakespeare  denmark  speech  writing  creativity  language  broadway 
september 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Modern Love - Those Aren’t Fighting Words, Dear - NYTimes.com
The truth feels like the biggest sucker-punch of them all: it’s not a spouse or land or a job or money that brings us happiness. Those achievements, those relationships, can enhance our happiness, yes, but happiness has to start from within. Relying on any other equation can be lethal.
love  relationships  beauty  language  money  happiness  marriage  parenting  divorce 
august 2009 by allaboutgeorge
N.Y. Times mines its data to identify words that readers find abstruse » Nieman Journalism Lab
This is mostly just interesting — quiz: how many of these words can you define? — but it’s also a reminder that news sites are sitting on a wealth of data, from popular search terms to click rates, that can help them adjust to reader preferences. So are Times scribes being asked to rein in their vocabularies? That might be a Sisyphean (#37) task, but no, Corbett merely advised reporters to “avoid the temptation to display our erudition at the reader’s expense.”
language  english  newspapers  nytimes  journalism  seo  media  attention 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Bokardo: Writing Microcopy
I remember the first time I realized how much even the smallest copy can matter in an interface. It was on an e-commerce project at UIE for which I had created a checkout form that asked for billing information. I had coded up a system to notify me when an error occurred (even if people can overcome the error it was very helpful to know when one occurred). I kept getting notifications of billing address errors…it turns out that transactions were failing because the address people were entering didn’t match the one on their credit card.
writing  marketing  web  design  technology  language  business 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
True Stories: Brazilian Girls - Nerve.com
More than once, I had to fight the urge to step back, raise my hands defensively over my head, and say, "Despite the fact that I am foreign, and am somewhat interested in getting into your pants, I am not objectifying you. I respect you as a human being, who happens to be female and Brazilian."
sex  brazil  writing  nonfiction  travel  language  identity 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
More Thoughts On Being PC - Ta-Nehisi Coates
The luxury of being the majority in a democracy is the right to act like other people don't exist. But the world is changing around them and Birnam Wood is on the march.
politics  race  culture  racism  language  power 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Who will be the new king of cussing? - Daniel Libit - POLITICO.com
“If you want to look at the psychological variables related to swearing,” says Timothy Jay, a psychology professor at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, “the people who are religious, who are sexually anxious, who are high in what is called agreeableness or conscientiousness — those are people who don’t swear. Where you get swearing are people who are more like Type-A personality, impulsive, extroverted.”

Read more: "Who will be the new king of cussing? - Daniel Libit - POLITICO.com" - http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0609/23206_Page2.html
language  power  politics  democrats  republicans  washington  obama  congress 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Brad DeLong's "Our future as a financial colony" - THE WEEK
It's not that proxy contests will be initiated in Mandarin (although youngsters in Britain and America may well find themselves being sent to finishing schools in Maharashtra to purge themselves of their hillbilly Oxford or Boston accents and acquire the high-class English tones of Mumbai). But corporate bankruptcy will become a branch—probably the major branch—of international intrigue as governments find themselves dealt in whether they like it or not. And for the rest of us, "working for the man" will take on a brand-new—and foreign—dimension.
china  india  brazil  usa  business  finance  language  corporations  uk  government 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
My Word: Dori J. Maynard -- When is a riot a riot? Did you see what I saw? - Inside Bay Area
After the 1992 Los Angeles riot, a columnist asked what do you do when you've marched and you've sung and you've staged sit-ins and nonviolent protests, and still you're told you don't count? I don't think he or anybody who uses the words rebellion, uprising or civil unrest was attempting to justify the massive destruction that devastated portions of the city. I think he was trying to lay bare the sense of hopelessness and frustration that can trigger a level of anger that has sent otherwise sane people into the streets.

It's not a point of view that comes naturally to some segments of our society, just as it's hard for some segments to have faith in a fair police investigation into the shooting of an unarmed African-American man.
protest  oakland  journalism  police  crime  justice  language 
january 2009 by allaboutgeorge
xkcd - A Webcomic - Sledding Discussion
"It depresses me that i'm too old to learn another language fluently. My brain's solidified."
language  technology  culture  humor  comics  education  relationships 
january 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Guest Columnist - Typing Without a Clue - Op-Ed - NYTimes.com
There was a time when I wanted to be like Sting, the singer, belting out, “Roxanne ...” I guess that’s why we have karaoke, for fantasy night. If only there was such a thing for failed plumbers, politicians or celebrities who think they can write.
writing  books  language  publishing  mccain  politics  music  celebrity  culture  business 
december 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Powells.com Interviews - Art Spiegelman
When you look at someone who's already gotten a clue about something, you say, "Yes! That's right! And then you could do this..."

But if one thinks about art-making in terms of its forms, giving form to your thoughts and feelings, it gets you to look for the secret language that's inside all art. Aside from cubism and certain kinds of art like that, you're not looking at the form. You're looking at figures strolling in a park, and only when you've learned to look at a painting do you realize that all these geometric forms are placed in such a way that every space is locked into jigsaw puzzle pieces on a rectangle. It lets you see the bones under the skin.
comics  art  creativity  thinking  aesthetics  language 
october 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Powells.com Interviews - Iain Banks
"[...] Presented with something like English, you're almost derelict in your duties if you don't have fun with it, because there's so much fun to be had. You shouldn't just think, 'This is my way of getting information across to you.' No. You should have fun with it. If the writer's having fun, unless you're being hopelessly self-serving, I think you can please other people at the same time, if you do it right. [...]"
english  language  beauty  speech  writing  fiction  creativity  uk  books  interviews 
october 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Latin Returns From Dead in School Language Curriculums - NYTimes.com
"Goethe is better in German, Flaubert is better in French and Virgil is better in Latin. If you stick with it, the lollipop comes at the end when you get to read the original. In many cases, it’s what whets their appetite.”
latin  language  europe  education  writing 
october 2008 by allaboutgeorge
BBC NEWS | UK | Magazine | The man who reads dictionaries
"I'm not against big words per se or fancy or obscure words, obviously I love them, but I'm opposed to using them for their own sake. If words are to form a communication, you use them as a tool to communicate to people and it's pointless to intentionally use a word that no-one else knows."
words  english  language  uk  writing  speech  communication 
october 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Why McCain can't stop saying "my friends." - By Paul Collins - Slate Magazine
"Among the wide ranks of modern presidential 'my frienders'—let us call them MF'ers for short—only Jimmy Carter and 'Silent Cal' Coolidge appear to have been determined to avoid the term. For Democrats and Republicans alike, it seems, a president who isn't a little bit of an MF'er is a once-in-a-century event."
president  language  usa  history  friendship  speech  rhetoric  democrats  republicans  mccain  politics 
september 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Sex and the semicolon - The Boston Globe
"Sexist language aside, though, the semicolon debate is a model of the way we should approach most disagreements about usage issues: as matters of taste, not law. The interesting questions, after all, aren't about using its and it's; they're the ones that have, yes, nuance and complexity."
grammar  language  english  beauty  sex  aesthetics  copyediting  editing  speech  writing 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
5 Ways to learn a new language (and 5 reasons why you should) :: 10,000 Words :: multimedia, online journalism news and reviews
"There are many language courses offered on the web, but the following teach the language the multimedia way and they are all free."
language  travel  media  journalism  thinking  education  diy 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Abroad - With Flemish Nationalism on the Rise, Belgium Teeters on the Edge - NYTimes.com
“In a global society, nations are less important. It’s a moral question. Does a culture have a right to stand up for itself? More than that: Do unity and nationhood take priority over one’s culture? That’s not just an issue for Belgians but everyone.”
language  europe  france  belgium  netherlands  culture 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
National Post: Immigrants flocking to smaller cities
"I have a cousin who says, ‘Why do you want to go to Saskatoon? There's nothing there!' I said, ‘That's why! There's something there, but it's not the big city that we're trying to get away from.'"
cities  immigration  canada  identity  diversity  language 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Randall Kennedy's "A Note On The Word 'Nigger'" - NPS Ethnography: African American Heritage & Ethnography
"To paper over that term or to constantly obscure it by euphemism is to flinch from coming to grips with racial prejudice that continues to haunt the American social landscape."
language  black  usa  history  culture  thinking  race  racism 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
rabble.ca: Shutting up not an option: Artist Jamelie Hassan
"My struggle for language has somehow become a subtext in my work."
arabic  language  art  creativity  canada  women  feminism  activism 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
The case against foreign language study | FP Passport
"In short, Obama shouldn't worry: Americans will start picking up foreign languages in larger numbers (think: Mandarin) when they really need to."
obama  spanish  language  china  education  usa  campaigns  elections  politics  europe 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Chinese, Arabic and Hindi domain names to go up for sale – finally! | The Industry Standard
"As the world’s population shifts, and the languages based on the Roman alphabet continue to decline in dominance, this decision will only continue to grow in importance."
language  internet  web  china  india  arabic  asian  online  english 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
globeandmail.com: The secret of multiple nerdgasms
"The nature of the word is obvious: a combination of nerd and orgasm. I won't belabour the orgasm part, except to note that the word derives from the Greek orgasmos, excitement, from organ, to swell up or be excite."
language  identity  technology  apple  movies  cinema  film 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Native Intelligence: India: Editing broadsheets abroad
"However, as Mindworks has made copy editing part of its mission, I thought I might help clean up its Careers page. Consider it a bit of reverse outsourcing."
journalism  editing  english  language  india  newspapers  copyediting 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Cairo Journal - With a Word, Egyptians Leave It All to Fate - NYTimes.com
“It doesn’t matter whether you’re a Christian or a Muslim. I’m going to take you to your house, arriving there in a decent amount of time is already a miracle. Of course I say inshallah!”
ritual  religion  egypt  islam  aesthetics  identity  christianity  language 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Mimsy: Installing Django in Mac OS X Leopard
"I’ve been thinking about writing a start-to-finish Django tutorial, creating a simple CMS for a hierarchical web site going from installation of Django on a clean system all the way to a CMS that automatically uploads web pages to a remote web server."
design  howto  osx  programming  toread  language  apple  macosx  macbook  newspapers  journalism 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Typo personalities -- chicagotribune.com
"They fight a losing battle, an unyielding tide of misplaced apostrophes and poor spelling. But still, they fight. Why, you ask. Because, they say. Because, they must."
culture  grammar  design  language  english  public  copyediting 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Link by Link - This Is Funny Only if You Know Unix - NYTimes.com
“You can draw something that appeals to 1 percent of the audience — 1 percent of United States, that is three million people, that is more readers than small cartoons can have.”
comics  humor  internet  nytimes  creativity  diy  art  code  computers  language 
may 2008 by allaboutgeorge
The Atlantic Online | May 2008 Unbound | The Great Irish-Dutch-American Novel | Katie Bacon
"When I read James Joyce, I’m not really interested in the Dublin of 1904. I’m interested in being in the presence of a voice and a sensibility underpinned by an authenticity which, I think, if you’re a good writer, you can extract from the specifi
authors  writing  novels  books  creativity  aesthetics  language 
may 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Switch to Español - washingtonpost.com
"There's no comparison in the coverage. For people here, there are two places to look for better news: BBC News and Spanish-language news."
language  spanish  english  journalism  media  television  diversity  news  california 
may 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Pitchfork Feature: Column: Resonant Frequency #56
"When I was younger I was a cobra/ In every case I wanted to be cool/ Now that I'm older and sub-space is colder/ I just want to say something true"
music  pitchfork  english  language  poetry  songwriting 
april 2008 by allaboutgeorge
My life in lyrics | Pop | guardian.co.uk Music
"I kept in shape by writing poems, which have their own music - or should have. But I always missed the thrill of hearing a set of syllables being absorbed by a row of notes, in a kind of mid-air mating dance that transmits a new emotion."
writing  songwriting  music  rock  beauty  poetry  creativity  language 
april 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Words Will Tell - Measure for Measure - Opinion - New York Times Blog
"[W]riting lyrics becomes like running multiple code-breaking programs in your head until just the right word with just the right number of syllables, tone of vowel and finally some semblance of meaning all snap into place."
songwriting  poetry  nytimes  music  beauty  creativity  language  english 
march 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Jeanette Winterson - Journalism - The Times : Books - Kids need two languages and a musical instrument
"It may well be that [...] best antidote is not a book and a bedroom, but learning a story and learning to tell it – learning a funny poem, re-finding the out- of- fashion skills of rhetoric and challenge."
children  parenting  story  speech  language  music  education  learning  books  creativity  uk 
march 2008 by allaboutgeorge
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