Saturday, May 1, 2010

Too Many Tabs Open, Part 1

How do you use your web browser? I've gotten in the habit of keeping tabs open for pages that I want to write about on my blog. But the tabs are hitting a critical mass that keeps crashing the browser, so it's time for some quick write-ups.

Here goes -- in no particular order.

"Globish" is a simplified version of English spoken among the interconnected, mostly technical classes around the world. As the story lead says, "More than a lingua franca, the rapid adoption of 'decaffeinated English', according to the man who coined the term 'Globish', makes it the world's most widely spoken language." This reminds me of the English language derivatives sometimes found in science fiction, such as Common in Orson Scott Card's Ender books.

Rachel Maddow reports on an analysis of one of the infamous Acorn videos. Turns out the California one, at least, was made to look much worse than it was by creative editing and omission of context. Such as the fact that one Acorn worker, who appeared to be advising the "pimp" on how to import under-age girls, was actually playing along to get information so that he could call the police on them after they left. Which he did. Immediately.

An amazing series of images that resulted when a guy named Brock Davis decided to "make something cool every day." Fun, odd, invigorating! Via (Shown: Cheeseburger on a Trampoline)

Also from (via A clever way of pointing out all the things that are forgotten in the no-new-taxes, every-man-for-himself approach to government.

Some recent research shows that children with Williams syndrome, a disorder that eliminates feelings of social fear and inhibition, show no signs of racial prejudice. Fascinating implications soon follow.

Ever wonder how quickly all those Walmart and Sam's Club stores got built? Here's the answer. via @coopeats

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