welcome to harvard: linguistics 101
Is this reality?
yo the word fucking is actually really interesting because it’s one of american english’s only infixes
YES THIS IS ACTUALLY REALLY COOL MY AP ENGLISH TEACHER WENT ON A 5-MINUTE RANT ABOUT “FUCK” AND HOW IT’S THE ONLY WORD YOU CAN INSERT INTO OTHER WORDS
I JUST HAVE A LOT OF FEELINGS ABOUT THE WORD “FUCK” OKAY
But perhaps this is part of Gran’s point. Hipsterism, with its veneration of all things vintage, grassroots, and artisanal, is almost by definition an aesthetic of nostalgia, the expression of a generational yearning for a pre-post-industrial era when the stuff of life — food, work, clothing, facial hair — was “authentic,” which is to say shaped by human hands. So far at least, two books into the series, the points on Claire DeWitt’s compass, Brooklyn, New Orleans, and San Francisco, are hotbeds of hipsterism, and Claire herself is an exemplar of hipster cool. She frequents vegan restaurants, sees a traditional Chinese medicine healer, spends a lot of time hanging out in small clubs watching indie bands play, and when she’s in trouble she seeks help from a former California surfer turned Buddhist lama.
Facebook can isolate your spouse or partner based on your network of friends. In a fascinating paper to be published next year, Facebook social scientist Lars Backstrom and Cornell University professor Jon Kleinberg reveal just how much insight can be gleaned from the structure of a network, illustrating both the value of what the American security establishment reassures us is “just metadata” and revealing Facebook’s baroque privacy settings as the faith-based garments of the emperor’s new clothes.
Read through for the details: What your Facebook friends list reveals about your love life.
Facebook was obvious for this, but our own Larry Abramson showed how gmail can do this as well. All things you can find from the power of networks. /Kate
The only question is, how did Coca Cola Argentina get my permission to film and distribute what is clearly my life story?
The rise of this consumer-surveillance economy is the uncomfortable and ironic backdrop to the outrage about the N.S.A. snooping. We feel violated. We don’t know who has been reading our most tender emails. But why then were we pouring all our personal information into remote corporations to begin with?
This super slippery plate cleans itself.
This plate and bowl are made from nanocellulose, which is lightweight, malleable, and able to withstand drops. And best of all, it’s superhydrophobic, meaning once you’re done eating you just turn it upside down over a sink and every last drop falls clean off the surface, leaving it clean for the next use.
Glansén says that the the self-cleaning plate and bowl is not only safe, but has been shown to work exactly as advertised, on both water and oil-based foods. To clean it, she says, just turn it sideways or upside down over a sink. “There are products on the market that are superhydrophobic coatings, but they cannot be used in connection to food, and they are made from other chemicals,” she says. “This new technique is based on natural substances.”
Though it’s still only a concept, she says that the technology is meant to be a long-term solution, as it’s being researched and developed for products with a “long life-span.” For now, the designers’ client, Innventia, holds the rights to the project and is exploring its feasibility in the consumer marketplace.