What’s in a name? #10

I was reading about the changing popularity of boys’ and girls’ names in Minnesota — the rise of Emersyn, Remi, and Saylor, for instance; the decline of Stanley — and within the comments were links to these crazy videos showcasing some of the more unusual names for people in Utah. Mormon Girls Say: Utah Names … Continue reading “What’s in a name? #10”

What’s in a name? #8

What do you get if you cross that guy who accidentally deleted his company with little Bobby Tables? Company forced to change name that could be used to hack websites – The GuardianThe company now legally known as “THAT COMPANY WHOSE NAME USED TO CONTAIN HTML SCRIPT TAGS LTD” was set up by a British … Continue reading “What’s in a name? #8”

What’s in a name? #7

Adani’s rebirth as ‘Bravus’ won’t wipe slate clean say campaigners – Echo Net DailyAdani Australia has decided it is time for a name change to celebrate their tenth year endeavouring to build the largest coal mine in Australia. Their new name is Bravus Mining & Resources. […] ‘Adani is at pains to stress it is … Continue reading “What’s in a name? #7”

What’s in a name? #3

I mentioned earlier, in a post about the first map to include the name America, that people should be more aware of the names of places used by the first people to live there. Well, here’s a map that can help with that. Indigenous geographies overlap in this colorful online mapFor centuries, indigenous peoples and … Continue reading “What’s in a name? #3”

What’s in a name? #2

It looks strange now, but this Waldseemüller map from 1507 was cutting-edge in its day, incorporating the very latest reports from voyages of discovery that were taking place at the time. Not everyone agreed with the reports from a certain Amerigo Vespucci, however. The epic story of the map that gave America its nameContrarily, according … Continue reading “What’s in a name? #2”

What’s in a name?

The difficulties of dealing with the past. The cost of changing a country’s name“African countries, on getting independence, reverted to their ancient names before they were colonised,” His Royal Highness, King Mswati III told those gathered there. At that moment he was still king of Swaziland – but Swaziland was to be no more. “So, … Continue reading “What’s in a name?”

What’s really out there?

How we know what we know seems such a hazardous topic. Anil Seth on why our senses are fine-tuned for utility, not for ‘reality’ – Aeon VideosIt’s easy to mistake our conscious experience for an ongoing, accurate account of reality. After all, the information we recover from our senses is, of course, the only window … Continue reading “What’s really out there?”

Texting in class, templates, HE admin, graduation

Professor Textblaster  Many of Todd McCann’s students suffer from a chronic disease. Call it CRS: Can’t Remember Squat. Now they have no excuse. Mr. McCann, an English instructor at Bay College, in Michigan, is deploying students’ own favorite technology to burn away the memory fog. He blasts his classes text-message reminders using Broadtexter, a free … Continue reading “Texting in class, templates, HE admin, graduation”

Musical meanderings #2

Here’s a simple idea perfectly executed. Tracklib’s Sample Breakdown video series visualises for us the art of sampling — where they’re from, and how they’re combined. Sample Breakdowns of Kanye West, DJ Premier, Nujabes, J.Dilla, 9th Wonder & more – Tracklib BlogFor his biggest hit to date, Moby reversed the order of four chords of … Continue reading “Musical meanderings #2”

Not a lot of watch for your money

You can never have too many watches, I say. I used to have a very thin one, a Swatch Skin possibly? It was nothing like this one from Piaget, that’s for sure. Altiplano Ultimate Concept Watch – PiagetAltiplano watch, 41 mm. Cobalt alloy case. World’s thinnest mechanical hand-wound watch : 2 mm, a total fusion … Continue reading “Not a lot of watch for your money”

And now for something completely different

OK, never mind all that, here are some little videos, courtesy of Laughing Squid and Futility Closet, to take your mind of it all for a while. We’ve just had Halloween, so let’s start with this from our favourite melancholic. Edward Gorey talks about when he designed sets and costumes for ‘Dracula’ in a brilliantly … Continue reading “And now for something completely different”

Back in the office yet?

So lockdown’s easing here next week. What’s reopening on June 15? All of the lockdown restrictions easing on Monday – London Evening StandardAll non-essential retail shops will be able to reopen from Monday, provided they follow Government guidelines to make them “Covid-secure”, Business Secretary Alok Sharma confirmed last night. Mr Sharma said the move will … Continue reading “Back in the office yet?”

Styles of “law” “enforcement”

Why does the Minneapolis police department look like a military unit? – The Washington PostSuch protests have become common in a country where more than 1,000 people annually are killed by police, with black people three times as likely as whites to be the victims. Also common is what happened soon after demonstrators gathered to … Continue reading “Styles of “law” “enforcement””

Back to the Futurists

We’ve seen that the impact of AI on the art world has been quite transformative. Here’s how another new technology is changing what’s possible. Umberto Boccioni: Recreating the lost sculptures The destruction, in 1927, of a number of plaster and mixed-media sculptures by the Futurist artist Umberto Boccioni (1882-1916) was a tragic loss for avant-garde art. Of … Continue reading “Back to the Futurists”

Coaching (by/for/with) managers

A critical examination of the possible contribution of coaching or mentoring to leadership and management within a team or organisation

Listen to this, ol’ timer

Here’s an addition to the god-that-makes-me-feel-old list — the Walkman turns 40 this year. Fancy having to explain to someone what a Walkman was. Or what Napster was… Walkman turns 40 today: How listening to music changed over the years Though it was first invented 40 years ago, in 1979, the iconic cassette tape player … Continue reading “Listen to this, ol’ timer”

Show and tell and tell and tell

Here’s a guy who has a lot of time on his hands a thirst for knowledge. Meet the man behind a third of what’s on Wikipedia Steven Pruitt has made nearly 3 million edits on Wikipedia and written 35,000 original articles. It’s earned him not only accolades but almost legendary status on the internet. […] “I … Continue reading “Show and tell and tell and tell”