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100 most often mispronounced words and phrases in English

Here’s a pretty good list from YourDictionary.com which I think should be mandatory reading for all middle school students. Especially those in the South : P 100 most often mispronounced words and phrases in English I found I’d been messing a few of these up myself, and I’m a pronunciation nazi, so that’s saying something. […]

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August 30 asides

The Encyclopedia of Business Cliches JQuery Mobile Framework Gesturcons A visual language to represent emerging gesture-based user interactions. Think “tap” or “two-finger pinch” on an iPhone or iPad — how do you represent that in a non-animated form like a wireframe or mockup? These icons can help. A Costa Rica hotel room made out of […]

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Decimated ≠ destroyed

People nearly always use the word “decimated” to mean something synonymous to “totally destroyed” or “mostly destroyed.” This is incorrect. I used to do this too, so I don’t blame people. But when my pal Peter Drekmeier enlightened me years ago, I stopped using the word wrong. The actual meaning of decimated is to reduce […]

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Thursday Top 5

The Boston Globe’s 2009 in Photos on The Big PictureI’ve posted this amazing news photoblog before, but their year-end round-up is always especially astounding. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Z2vU8M6CYI] Beatles 3000What were the Beatles really like? [via Jenny] http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=8080943&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=0&color=&fullscreen=1 TeuxDeuxA nifty web app for daily to-do lists. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSgiXGELjbc] Carl Sagan, “A Glorious Dawn” featuring Stephen Hawking (Cosmos Remixed)The PBS […]

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Thursday Top 5

Carolyn Davis CateringMy friend Carolyn Davis (née Peters) has a new website, and although I didn’t design it, I heartily approve of its design: it’s great. Carolyn’s a fantastic chef, I’ve seen her at work at events she was catering and I can attest to her team’s excellence and her culinary brilliance as well. Hire […]

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Youngme NowmeA thread full of photos of people posed the same way, then and now. Think Taste — Not Waste!My friend Laura Stec is featured on MSN’s Health & Fitness channel in this article and short video. She shows a quick tip for making soup stock from the detritus of your cooking chores, using mushroom […]

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What music do you write/code to?

My friend Jason can’t listen to music or anything when he’s coding. When I worked at Download.com, lots of editors and developers wore headphones and listened to music as they worked. I don’t know what they were listening to, but it was quite prevalent (and made for a very quiet workplace). Then again, when I […]

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Where have all the citations gone?

Bay Area Action and its later incarnation as Acterra. For a few years I wrote and/or edited weekly email newsletters and action alerts. I started doing this for the Headwaters Forest Project at BAA, then created a weekly EcoCalendar of events all around the Bay Area, and later founded Acterra’s first general email newsletter. During […]

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Thursday Top 5

Cool Radiohead videoMade by Robert Hodgin using the open source tool Processing. You can read about how he made it on his blog. http://www.vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=935317&server=www.vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=0&color=&fullscreen=1 Robert SilverbergAt 73 years old, he has written nearly 300 novels and 600 works of short fiction, along with 100 nonfiction books. He has edited 100 anthologies and published in 100 […]

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Mural MosaicInteresting large murals made by putting together squares painted by numerous artists.www.muralmosaic.com [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYAXgMfmlZU] Fake Ben FoldsThe piano man teams up with Improv Everywhere to pull some fast ones on his fans.www.improveverywhere.com 20 Things You Didn’t Know About Science FictionProving how geeky the truly geeky can be.discovermagazine.com Philip K. Dick wrote a young adult novel?papercuts.blogs.nytimes.com […]

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