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How You Say “I Dunno”
[ẽ̞ẽẽ̝] - That’s the way you mumble ‘I dunno’, and it has implications for the nature of meaning superlinguo: “ I always used to get into trouble with my mum for reducing ‘I don’t know’ into nothing...
linguistics 
3 hours ago
FA has right to credit where it is due for England’s advances in Russia | David Conn
Ruling body has been trying to raise playing standards for more than 20 years and its overhaul finally bore fruit in Russia
england  football  development  youth  thefa  worldcup  sports  investment 
yesterday
Why Does Every Soccer Player Do This?
We’ve seen it a hundred times in the World Cup: A player misses a shot and his hands immediately go to the top of his head. Why? Psychology has the answer.
sport  football  psychology  failure 
5 days ago
Capturing the voice of a brilliant, unorthodox teacher of literature
If Not Critical. By Eric Griffiths. Edited by Freya Johnston. Oxford University Press; 272 pages; $35 and £25.
DRESSED in a leather jacket and a shoelace-thin tie, or with Armani trousers flapping around his trainers, Eric Griffiths would begin as soon as he reached the lectern.
education  university  teaching  literature 
10 days ago
Netflix is moving television beyond time-slots and national markets
IN THE heyday of the talkie, Louis B. Mayer, head of the biggest studio, was Hollywood’s lion king. In the 1980s, with the studio system on the wane, “superagent” Michael Ovitz was often described as the most powerful man in town. Now the honour falls to someone who used to run a video store in Phoenix, Arizona.
netflix  economics  movies  tv  business 
10 days ago
How To Make Baked Falafel in the Oven | Kitchn

One problem that I've had with baked falafel is that the patties can tend to dry out in the oven, becoming a bit crumbly. They still taste great, but sometimes a falafel-loving gal just likes a little more softness in the middle. To help out, I often stir a little flour into the mixture along with some baking soda — the flour binds the falafel together while the baking soda helps keep them from being too dense.
falafel  food  cooking 
17 days ago
A lawsuit reveals how peculiar Harvard’s definition of merit is
ABBOTT LAWRENCE LOWELL, the president of Harvard from 1909 until 1933, thought the university had too many Jews. In the first year of Lowell’s presidency, they made up 10% of the student body. By 1922 their numbers had more than doubled. To address what he called “the Hebrew problem”, Lowell proposed an explicit Jewish quota of 15%.
education  society  bias  race  identity  harvard  admissions  university  quotas  meritocracy 
17 days ago
C. R. M. F. Cruttwell - Wikipedia
Cruttwell’s surname appears frequently in former student Waugh’s writing, always given to the most unlikable characters. It is suspected that this behaviour exacerbated Cruttwell’s existing mental health problems until his death.
academia  history  war  evelynwaugh  mentalhealth  writing 
20 days ago
Podsnappery and its reverse
JOHN PODSNAP is a minor character in Dickens’s last completed novel,“Our Mutual Friend”, but he is impossible to forget. He is convinced that England is the best of all possible countries and the rest of the world is nothing more than “a mistake”.
politics  migration  class  history  brexit 
20 days ago
Wikitongues is saving languages from linguicide
“In the next 80 years, 3,000 languages are expected to disappear.” That’s what it says on the homepage of the Wikitongues website. And then it adds: “We won’t let that happen.” Last week, ‘we’ was Daniel Bogre Udell, one of two original founders of Wikitongues, and Kristen Tcherneshoff, its volunteer-in-chief. The frontline of their fight: Bedford. They were there to open a new ‘chapter’ of their non-profit organisation at Bedford School. It would be the first of its kind in Europe.
languages  extinction  linguicide  grassroots  society 
22 days ago
Learning for earning’s sake
Review: A University Education by David Willetts and Universities and Colleges – A Very Short Introduction by David Palfreyman and Paul Temple
education  universities  economics  employment 
22 days ago
'You can't judge a generation's taste': making Now That’s What I Call Music
This month sees the 100th edition of the famed (and still bestselling) album. How do you capture musical moments – one Bieber track at a time?
music  business  curation  nostalgia  mixtapes  pop 
23 days ago
How to cook quiche lorraine – recipe
Felicity Cloake’s masterclass The homemade take on the picnic staple is leagues ahead of any supermarket version. Here’s how to make it right
food  recipes  baking  cooking  picnic  quiche 
25 days ago
Rent the Runway is taking clothes-sharing mainstream
AT ABOUT 4.30am the first of thousands of black garment bags arrive by truck at a vast warehouse less than ten miles (16km) from Lower Manhattan. The bags brim with designer dresses and other trendy clothing and accessories. Workers begin inspecting the garments. A billowy, patterned blouse smells a bit ripe.
clothing  rental  hiring  retail  sharing  economics 
4 weeks ago
What makes a country good at football?
ON A sunny Saturday afternoon, within kicking distance of Uruguay’s national football stadium, 14 seven-year-olds walk onto a bumpy pitch. They are cheered by their parents, who are also the coaches, kit-washers and caterers.
football  worldcup  economics  modelling  geopolitics  inequality  sport  statistics  prediction 
4 weeks ago
Grenfell’s long shadow
FOR two weeks, the families of those who died came to tell their stories to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry. The father who was flying home from Egypt while his family burned; the parents whose daughter had moved from Italy to London to make a life; the young man who stood and watched the flames as his mother and sister were trapped inside.
disaster  fire  mentalhealth  urbanism  religion  community  aid  grenfell 
4 weeks ago
Extracting carbon dioxide from the air is possible. But at what cost?
IN MAY some 250 scientists and policy types from around the world convened in Gothenburg, Sweden, to discuss a dirty secret of the three-year-old Paris climate agreement.
science  climatechange  technology 
4 weeks ago
Ode to the Dinkus
All I think about 24-7 is the dinkus, a line of three asterisks (* * *) used as a section break in a text.
typography  punctuation 
4 weeks ago
The university of the future will be interdisciplinary
Traditional departmental structures are preventing research and education from evolving. It’s time for something new
interdisciplinary  education  research  academia  universities  structure  organisation 
4 weeks ago
How to Group Mac App Icons More Prominently in Your Dock - Mac Rumors
defaults write com.apple.dock persistent-apps -array-add '{"tile-type"="spacer-tile";}'; killall Dock
terminal 
5 weeks ago
The Great American novelist
Benjamin Markovits explores the work of Philip Roth, one of the "last literary links" to "immigrant Jewish life", and whose novels continually evolved
writing  fiction  philiproth  judaism 
5 weeks ago
#SWDchallenge: slopegraph
Last month, we focused on a variation of a bar graph when I challenged you to make a waterfall chart  (45 people shared their creations: be sure to check out the recap post !) This month, we’ll be practicing an alternative form of a line graph: the slopegraph .   what is a slopegraph?
data  visualisation  graphs  design 
6 weeks ago
Last orders for political drinking
FOR political journalists of a certain age it is impossible to read about the imminent closure of the Gay Hussar, due on June 21st, without a flood of nostalgia. The restaurant is a purveyor of memories as much as Hungarian food. The walls are lined with cartoons of leading politicians and journalists.
politics  society  alcohol  drinking 
6 weeks ago
An eerie dystopian prophecy by a disillusioned Bolshevik
We. By Yevgeny Zamyatin. Translated by Clarence Brown. Illustrated by Kit Russell. The Folio Society; 240 pages; £36.95.
IT IS the 26th century and humans have become “Numbers”—automatons who prioritise efficiency over freedom. They are watched by menacing drones, which hover above the OneState’s streets.
fiction  dystopia  sovietunion  we 
6 weeks ago
Dreaming of England: nationhood, football and the World Cup
With the tournament almost upon us, England fans expect – but the game has changed over the decades, and the country with it
football  worldcup  politics  society  history  nations 
6 weeks ago
The weasel voice in journalism
ON MAY 14th, as Palestinians massed at the Gaza Strip’s border, Israeli soldiers fired on them, killing around 60 people. Shortly afterwards, the New York Times tweeted: “Dozens of Palestinians have died in protests as the US prepares to open its Jerusalem embassy.” Social media went ballistic.
grammar  passive  verbs  journalism 
6 weeks ago
The primeval tribalism of American politics
A RUDE but incoherent comment by President Donald Trump last week revealed the damage partisanship has done to America’s body politic. The president described a group of Hispanic gangsters, or illegal immigrants at large, or maybe both, as “animals”. It is impossible to know whom he was referring to.
politics  partisanship  tribalism 
7 weeks ago
On David Foster Wallace, Georg Cantor, and Infinity
Few ideas have had a racier history than the idea of infinity. It arose amid ancient paradoxes, proceeded to baffle philosophers for a couple of millennia, and then, by a daring feat of intellect, was finally made to yield its secrets in the late 19th century, though not without leaving a new batch of paradoxes. You
books  philosophy  mathematics  davidfosterwallace  infinity  georgcantor 
7 weeks ago
This Is America
If you’re the kind of person who reads this blog, then by now you’ve probably seen this video. But if not, watch it now. Be warned that it’s upsetting. Donald Glover is best known…
music  hiphop  donaldglover  theory  analysis 
8 weeks ago
Felicity Cloake’s masterclass: a hollandaise recipe
This rich, velvety sauce can be temperamental, so follow these simple steps to get it just right
food  cooking  recipes  sauce  hollandaise  howto 
9 weeks ago
Transcending Geo-culture - e-flux Architecture - e-flux

Depending on one’s perspective, the concept of geo-culture has two definitions. One is a view from the outside, from where geo-culture can be understood as the characteristics of a place or a region against a greater context. By this definition, geo-culture is a local one, or to be exact, a culture of the “Other,” and therefore indicates hierarchy. The other view, from the inside, understands geo-culture as an expression of identity and self-reflexivity that emphasizes difference, and thus, indicates exclusivity. Both viewpoints are products of modernity, and due to the fact that they have served as the foundation for the recognition of culture as such, it is difficult today to distinguish between the two. Hierarchy and exclusivity cannot but cloud our thinking and judgement.
culture  geography  geoculture  cities 
11 weeks ago
Trinity Leeds - 30 Photos & 22 Reviews - Shopping Centers - Albion Street, City Centre, Leeds, West Yorkshire - Phone Number - Yelp
22 reviews of Trinity Leeds "Shopping made easier. Love the Everyman cinema and its setting. The shops are spacious and it's always busy."
interdirect  trinityleeds  listings 
11 weeks ago
How Wes Anderson Perfected the Music-Nerd Soundtrack
Charting the impact of the director’s use of music in his work across the last 20 years in anticipation of his latest film, Isle of Dogs.
wesanderson  music  soundtracks  movies  cinema  film  playlists 
11 weeks ago
MVP Soundsystem
Design and writing by Frank Chimero
music  streaming  diary  playlists  archive 
11 weeks ago
Music for practicing scales | The Ethan Hein Blog

Are you trying to learn scales and patterns, but finding it hard to make yourself practice? Do yourself a favor, and practice over actual music. A student asked me to make him a playlist of harmonically static music that’s good for practicing over. I thought I would share it with everyone. The music in this post is perfect for working out scales. Each track stays in a particular key or mode for long stretches of time, and has a slow or medium tempo. You can dig deep into the scales associated with each one without needing to worry about form or rapid chord changes
music  guitar  scales  practice 
11 weeks ago
We researched longer meta descriptions: here are our findings • Yoast

Secondly, we looked at which part of the copy Google used to extract a meta description. In two-third of the cases, Google used sentences from the first paragraph. It’s not a guarantee, whatsoever, but it is a clear indication that writing an introduction for your article should be done with the meta description in mind.
search  metadata  technology  internet  google  seo 
11 weeks ago
crispy tofu pad thai
This is one of my favorite dishes and it took years for me to feel like I could do it crispy/crunchy, sour/sweet, salty/funky justice. The best part? The speed. Once you get a little prep out of th…
recipes  food  stirfry  cooking  thai  padthai  tofu 
12 weeks ago
New Sentences: From ‘How to Break Up With Your Phone’
Some combinations of words seem natural, almost predestined. Others are just flatly unacceptable.
writing  words  portmanteau  language  combinations 
12 weeks ago
propaganda and social media
Reading Ellul on the massive and pervasive consequences of propaganda in the twentieth century, I found myself over and over again thinking:...
propaganda  thinking  social 
12 weeks ago
"a revisionist blizzard of alternative theories"
Tim Adams on the media in Putin’s Russia: In this culture war, disinformation was critical. Russian TV and social media would create a c...
thinking  propaganda 
12 weeks ago
How Britain could pay for its public services
ALMOST every morning Britons wake up to another alarming story about their threadbare public services. Police cuts are being blamed for a rise in violent crime. Over the winter the National Health Service only just stumbled along. The number of rough sleepers in England has almost trebled since 2010.
politics  tax  finance  economics  economy 
april 2018
Elliott Smith's Guitars And Gear | Zing Instruments
Wondering how Elliott Smith got his unique sound? Here's a detailed study of Elliott Smiths Guitars and gear, so you can try and recreate it.
music  elliottsmith  guitar  gear  instruments 
april 2018
How to make the perfect chocolate souffle
This is a great showstopper for Easter weekend, and nowhere near as hard as some recipes make out
food  recipes  desserts  souffle  chocolate  easter 
march 2018
The 300-Year History of Using “Literally” Figuratively
The emphatic “literally” is not a millennial invention; it goes back to the 1700s at least, though Smith gets it right that it’s English. John Dryden, a man who is best known as the founder of literary criticism and the prohibition against the terminal preposition, was an early user of the emphatic “literally.” Charlotte Brontë, Jane Austen, Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, William Thackeray, Vladimir Nabokov, and David Foster Wallace all used the emphatic “literally” in their works. Even Lindley Murray, 19th-century grammarian, uses the hyperbolic “literally” in his own grammar — and he was such a peever that he thought children, along with animals, shouldn’t be referred to with the pronoun “who,” as “who” conveys personhood, and only creatures with the ability to be rational are actually people.
english  linguistics  language  history 
january 2018
Facebook is done with quality journalism
For Facebook, journalism has been a pain in the neck from day one. Now, bogged down with the insoluble problems of fake news and bad PR, it’s clear that Facebook will gradually pull the plug on news. Publishers should stop whining and move on.
social  platforms  etcetera  news  publishing 
january 2018
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