archive: words
December 23, 2009 - 2:32 PM

[listen] - added a list of podcasts to the music page (at right, middle). radiolab, sound opinions, this american life, quirks & quarks, ideas, definitely not the opera, and others. further suggestions welcome.

August 11, 2006 - 1:46 PM

[words] - the politically incorrect alphabet

Derek Abbott's (international) Animal Noise Page. Hear how they sound at bzzzpeek and Sounds of the World's Animals. (via)

Didacticism - "... In this sense, the Bible is didactic because it offers guidance in moral, religious, and ethical matters. It tells stories of the lives of people that followed Judeo-Christian teachings, and stories of people that decided to go against God and the consequences that they faced." So the bible is the world's oldest chain letter!

Poems showing the absurdities of English spelling

you know, that thing...

Umwelt. See also: Reality tunnel and World view and Veil of perception

February 12, 2006 - 1:05 PM

[words] - BBC | Tingo, nakkele and other wonders. more on the same book, The Meaning of Tingo, at the independant. and a followup. and a followdown.

I'm continually surprised at how many people don't know what a blanket fort is.

Playboy. In Braille. (via)

The Constructed Languages Portal at Wikipedia.

weltanschauung is not healthy at all it may be preferable to take the centrist position and bite into the intact cookie

teal teal teal. (fie on your aquamarinecobaltturquoise. fie!)

September 29, 2005 - 12:36 AM

September 5, 2005 - 12:19 AM

[words] - to live by.
Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt's Oblique Strategies deck of cards. (see also the Stratigraphy, and samples from the 4th edition)

Bruce Mau's An Incomplete Manifesto for Growth (and textism's annotated mockery)

Sheldon Kopp's Eschatological Laundry List. The illustrated book version, No Hidden Meanings, comes packaged with photographs by Claire Flanders. recommended, and thoroughly out-of-print.

Jeremy Bushnell's possible moves : An evolving list of strategies for group improvisation

Marvin Gardens's Correctional Facility

Rules for "Playing on the Edge" (very bottom of page)

Edward De Bono on Simplicity

all in reply to Brad Zellar's pondering "what words I would teach my parrot". Which has since branched into an "exhaustive cultural study of parrotology"

August 28, 2005 - 12:01 AM

[speechifyin'] - Commencement speeches: - "A searchable archive of commencement speeches." Also a research project to analyze the archives for collective wisdom. - "The art of the commencement speech, an archive. Outstanding speeches from 1936 to 2005."

a selection of (mostly recent) celebrity speeches: Steve Jobs, Jon Stewart, David Foster Wallace, Will Ferrell, Warren Beatty, Conan O'Brien, Mr. (Fred) Rogers, and an old one by Bill Watterson.

Samuel L Jackson ended his speech by reading Dr Seuss's Oh, the Places You'll Go!

C-Span is hosting archives of this summer's speeches (realvideo). (these generally range from bad to worse)

the fiasco that was Arnold Schwarzenegger's Speech.

and the urban-legend of the sunscreen speech.
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just plain speechifyin' (non-commencable):
American Rhetoric: Top 100 Speeches by Rank

August 3, 2005 - 12:39 AM

[words] - this post dedicated to my friend and former english teacher, Ken Jon Booth, who rocked the smock (née shopcoat).
"In the Rutherford Library the professional librarians, at least those working with the public, usually wore neat blue smocks. So the blue smock, for Kathy, had become a symbol; a symbol of service to that great portion of humanity which struggled to lift itself from the mire of ignorance through reading."

February 19, 2005 - 1:33 AM
[words] - Referential Communication with an African Grey Parrot. for anyone into psychology.

December 14, 2004 - 8:18 PM
[words] - Meme, intro blurb and list of examples

July 10, 2004 - 4:29 PM
[ontology] - Corkscrew Classification Methodology (via the redesigned Coudal)

July 6, 2004 - 12:59 PM

June 4, 2004 - 9:42 PM

April 18, 2004 - 11:53 PM
[words] - petrichor and more

April 6, 2004 - 12:39 AM

February 8, 2004 - 11:35 PM

December 28, 2003 - 5:42 PM

November 18, 2003 - 6:15 PM

October 26, 2003 - 1:45 PM
[language] - gilroy's grammar cubes

September 11, 2003 - 8:52 PM

August 29, 2003 - 4:50 PM
[words] - snatches of conversation. also some good horoscopes

August 26, 2003 - 5:58 PM
[yay] - "Distraction and curiosity are the two ultimate sins, outward signs of that impatience which has always prevented man from rediscovering the gate of paradise" - Roberto Calasso

August 18, 2003 - 9:22 PM
[wander] - Labyrinthos - Labyrinth Resource Centre - Caerdroia. lost. (not who are all)

August 18, 2003 - 8:59 PM
[language] - BBC - Doctor slang

June 20, 2003 - 1:17 AM

April 21, 2003 - 12:13 PM
[writing] - bIPlog: Revolution is not an AOL Keyword (via slashdot) (now with added hyperlinks!)

March 19, 2003 - 11:34 PM
[courage] - The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts. -- Bertrand Russell

March 11, 2003 - 12:03 AM

March 8, 2003 - 10:41 PM
[words] - Ambrose Bierce's The Devil's Dictionary.
MAN, n.
  An animal so lost in rapturous contemplation of what he thinks he is as to overlook what he indubitably ought to be. His chief occupation is extermination of other animals and his own species, which, however, multiplies with such insistent rapidity as to infest the whole habitable earth and Canada.

February 26, 2003 - 5:21 PM
[all the way down] - connotation implication derivation ramification insinuation extrapolation permutation

December 13, 2002 - 3:27 AM
[words] - knowledge is power. (sounds masonic if you ask me)

December 6, 2002 - 12:17 AM

October 29, 2002 - 9:05 PM
[librarians] - They're not what you think.

October 13, 2002 - 10:39 PM
[oook!] - sexiest sentence alive contest w/prize

June 27, 2002 - 2:48 AM
[reminder] - Return your Attention. [Attention!] to the Modern Word. Scan the list of authors, and see what thee fancy strikes.

May 11, 2002 - 3:23 AM
"The Manifesto is a product of many minds." Humanist Manifestos I and II. Futurism: Manifestos and Other. The Rights of Man to His Own Madness and more. Manifestos for the New Millenium.
play with your paradigm too much and it might break. this too, is good.

February 20, 2002 - 5:25 PM
[anagram] - So if power corrupts, how does one give the people power without giving the people power? comedycar.
thanK doG for the internet. source of real life humour and despair.

January 22, 2002 - 3:36 AM

November 4, 2001 - 11:23 AM

November 2, 2001 - 10:30 PM
The Skeptic's Dictionary: A Guide for the New Millennium. But should people be dissuaded from their superstitions if they do no harm? One person's neurosis is another's personality trait...

August 15, 2001 - 1:44 AM
A Handbook of Rhetorical Devices. Procatalepsis. Pleonasm. Sententia. Antanagoge.
yum :)

May 22, 2000 - 5:26 PM
quote o' the day from "The problem, folks, is that there's been this sudden outbreak of Real Life lately"