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Sometimes I refer to AskMetafilter/AskMeFi. What is it, and why do I like it (when it works)?

AskMeFi: When the hive mind works, it's a beautiful thing (an explanation from slate.com). Give it a read down to the last paragraph.

AskMeFi has a lot of flaws, partly due to having too many users who are a little too much like each other, but it's still really useful--far more so than the inane answers you often see on answers.yahoo.com, for example.

(One of the threads the writer links to is one I posted in. Gah! Posting in a legendary thread!)
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Or someone hacked her website.

In case they fix it, here's what I saw: )

Googling reveals that this excerpt is from "the TalkingBook version of Terence McKenna's 'True Hallucinations.'" Right then.

Carry on!

(thanks to [livejournal.com profile] nyxie for making my day a little more surreal.)
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via [livejournal.com profile] fmanalyst comes this not so much re-written as over-written feminist reimagining of Ginsberg's "Howl": http://www.hannahgersen.com/index.html

I can't decide if it's ludicrous or brilliant. Possibly, as pretentious cop-outers always say, both. I wouldn't really know because the lifestyles described in the poems are too middle-upper-class WASPy for me to imagine, beyond the underlying theme of women who've stifled their selves and not gotten much for their sacrifices, and a society that often seems hostile to any choice a woman makes.

At any rate, it has some clever turns of phrase.

Eep!

May. 18th, 2007 10:47 pm
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I just e-mailed Michael Quinion (Amazon link to his excellent books), because I think the term "NEET" originated earlier than the 2005 date it's given in the current issue of [livejournal.com profile] worldwidewords. Assuming his finger just didn't slip, that is.

I got my comments into Language Log, so let's see if I get into World Wide Words. That would be pretty darned nifty.

I recommend that feed if you enjoy the quirks of the English language(s), by the way--today he debunked the popular notion of the vomitorium, and he regularly debunks various folk etymologies. He's like a kinder, gentler, much younger (and alive) Eric Patridge. His website is here: http://www.worldwidewords.org/
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http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/online_communities.png
(Large image; not dial-up-friendly.)

And of course, I already say "I'm from Livejournal" on a regular basis ...
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Don't take too seriously anything you read on the internet on April 1, okay? :p

To be amused from afar, check the Wikipedia page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/April_1%2C_2007
A bunch of pranks are already listed. (Facebook's is pretty good!)

I'll post the best ones later, as usual.

I like stuff that's silly on the face of it, but I strongly dislike trying to trick your friends and family (especially with unfunny stuff like cancer and marriage!). So don't even try it, because I'll be very, very annoyed. ;p
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Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] metafilter, I've discovered Speculative Grammarian, which is to linguistics what the Journal of Irreproducible Results is to the sciences at large. Two highlights:

http://specgram.com/choose/1.html * Choose Your Own Linguistics Career! I'm happy that (in a total fairytale not resembling academia in the least) I won on my first go-round.

http://specgram.com/CLI.2/08.kawil.rerating.html * Rating the world's languages. Snerk.

http://specgram.com/CLII.2/11.jones.hitoriguistiku.html * Sudoku + phonology mashup. Run away!

P. S. Apparently the JIR will come make with the silly at any conference-type event in exchange for expenses from San Francisco and a booth.
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Rudy Rucker is at SJSU?
Why doesn't anyone tell me these things?

( http://www.cs.sjsu.edu/faculty/rucker/index.html )

I only found out because of a post to the excellent [livejournal.com profile] scienceblogsrss, which you should be reading if you enjoy any aspect of science, even as a hobby. It's good stuff.

What other hidden gems are at SJSU? Should [livejournal.com profile] siderealengine (CS) and [livejournal.com profile] jenniferward (business and/or pre-library-science) look at going there in addition to or instead of CSUEB? (CSUEB is their backup in case Berkeley says no.)

EDIT: Okay, so Rucker's mostly retired from teaching. Still, coolness.

Errr.

Mar. 1st, 2007 10:22 pm
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Okay, thanks, [livejournal.com profile] bellacrow--I have to share this one.

"Baby Rock Records transforms timeless rock songs into beautiful instrumental lullabies, sending your little one to a slumberland of sweet dreams."

http://www.babyrockrecords.com/web/page.asp?pgs=products

I guess it's really real.

Includes NIN, the Ramones, the Pixies, Bjork, the Cure, Tool, Metallica, etc. I wish they had a few full-length samples, because it's hard to tell about the quality. But you can get random snippets by clicking on the album covers.

Actually, in Taiwan, you could often buy "crystal" (synth glockenspiel) and "music box" versions of pop songs. Kind of cool, in its own way.

Oh dear

Jan. 26th, 2007 10:57 pm
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Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] ariedana for posting the Voco Clock, which introduces the dulcet tones of Stephen Fry/Jeeves into your waking and sleeping routine. (Actually, he's more like the disturbing jeweler in "A Bit of Fry and Laurie" than Jeeves in this.)

P. S. Unrelated, but also amusing: the signoff to the SF Chronicle's review of "Blood and Chocolate": Advisory: This film contains violence, sexual situations and drug use. "Blood & Chocolate" also offers advice that you may find useless when fighting real werewolves, such as the silver nitrate dust thing, which totally doesn't work in real life.
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From [livejournal.com profile] googleblog: We've taken the rich data of Wikipedia, Panoramio, and the Google Earth Community and made a browsable layer in Google Earth. Now you can fly anywhere in the world and see what people have written about it, photographed, or posted. ... To experience this for yourself, all you need to do is start Google Earth and explore the world. As of today you will see new icons -— the Wikipedia globe, the Panoramio star, or the information "i" of the Google Earth Community —- so just click on any of them to explore information about a place. You can also easily turn it off in the Layers panel on the lower left.

For example, zooming in on Kyoto got me a panoramic view of Kiyomizudera lit up at night. And there are dozens of other icons littering Japan now (well, that doesn't sound good, but you know what I mean). Google's Japan maps were dismal when they started, and now it's this feature-rich! So many other products I use never improve, but this one keeps getting better, and it's free. It reminds me of the globe I used to have that had little lit-up hotspots you could view with a sort of microscope-viewer that was built in, but SO MUCH BETTER.

If I ever get to Japan to teach, I'll be sending Google Earth references to places I've visited, and maybe I can join the Google Earth community, too.

This could be a great tool for English classes, also!

Let me know if you find or add cool stuff in your part of the world.

Crazy!

Nov. 16th, 2006 06:37 pm
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http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2006/11/click-to-call-in-google-maps.html
Posted by Min Zeng, Google Maps team

Last week, I was trying to buy blue lightbulbs for a party at my house, and I ended up calling ten different stores before I found one that carried them. Now with the new calling feature on Google Maps, I can do this quickly and easily, and never have to lift a finger to dial.

Here's how it works: Search for a business, like a hardware store, on Google Maps, and click the 'call' link next to its phone number. Then, enter your phone number and click 'Connect For free.' Google calls your phone number and automatically connects you to the hardware store.

There are two things that I really like about this. The business's phone number is automatically stored in your caller ID so you can easily call back in the future. And by checking the box to remember your phone number, you can make future calls from Google Maps with just two mouse clicks (and picking up your phone, of course).

We're providing the 'call' link as a free service to all businesses. These aren't ads and don't influence the ranking of businesses in the search results. We foot the bill for calls (local and long distance), but airtime fees or other mobile fees will still apply if you use a mobile phone number. Currently, the calling feature works if you live in the U.S. and are looking for a business located in the U.S.

Oooooooh.

Aug. 6th, 2005 11:18 pm
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So I was playing with Jim Breen's. I usually go there or to Jeffrey's, both of which live on my Firefox toolbar, to try to figure out various words from the IQ Supli game show, since it's heavy on the word games (yay!). JB itself contains a wealth of information, but good grief, the people who contribute to Unicode have outdone themselves! I knew they were obsessive geeks form all the different code sets Clint showed me when he was looking at it, but check out what you can learn about one Chinese/Japanese character. In the case the example is ping/hei, "peace" (chosen kind of randomly from my various searches, but it is the 60th year to the day since the bomb exploded over Hiroshima, so...). ISN'T THAT COOL? Just getting to read how it's used in various compounds in both Chinese and Japanese is really neat, with the overlap and differences. (What's the "Tang" pronunciation, though? Does it mean I can read all that poetry I translated aloud now and actually hear the rhymes that didn't work in Mandarin? heh.)

I really wish I had enough money to just spend my time studying Chinese and Japanese. And I'd like to tackle a Romance language just to see how hard or easy it is compared to the Asiatic ones. I was sitting in the doctor's office reading a poster on hypertension in Spanish, and I realized I could translate the first paragraph with 80-95% accuracy, despite having formally studied Spanish only for half a year in seventh grade. In Chinese I would have understood one word in five. Mandarin for "myocardial infarction" off the top of your head, anyone?* I didn't think so. -_-;

I've actually been fairly dedicated in my Japanese studies lately. Three days in a row may not sound like much, but I think it's a good start.

Anyway! Love the Unicode, adore the Unicode, use the Unicode.


*Anyone who started studying Chinese as an adult, that is. :p

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