Every language has its own version of um. French has euh, Korean eum, Finnish...– Read the full text here: http://mentalfloss.com/article/50173/when-and-why-did-people-start-saying-um-when-they-talk#ixzz2R13HfDuP —brought to you by mental_floss!
If today has proven anything, it's the essential...
world-shaker: postsfromthemrs: world-shaker: Yup. My personal favorite- CNN may have them both beat:
But I do love this city. I love its atrocious accent, its inferiority complex in...– “Messing with the Wrong City” by Dennis Lehane in The New York Times. We will be talking with Lehane, among others about the events unfolding in Boston on the show today. (via nprfreshair)
If your fidelity to perfectionism is too high, you never do anything.– David Foster Wallace (via explore-blog)
We act as if their lives have less value than ours, as if we have written them...– Desmond Tutu on the failure of our so-called international community to help Syria. (via newsflick)
samreich: collegehumor: Dora the Explorer and the Destiny Medallion (Part 1) Playtime is over for Dora in our 3-part adventure series! We work hard to play hard. This time around, we worked especially hard to play especially hard. My team is hardcore.
I’m open to most genres. I like to play around with genre though…28...– Danny Boyle, on Reddit
Thank God for stories—for those that have them, for those that tell them,...– Tomas Alex Tizon, reiterated in the Nieman Foundation’s excellent Telling True Stories
Failing to live up to the rules you hold over...
UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon claims diplomatic immunity for the UN against the charge that it caused the cholera outbreak in Haiti & will therefore not answer to the case against it. They’re not following the very convention they’re invoking. Article V, Section 20 of the Convention he’s using to shield the UN from answering to it says its his duty to waive immunity in...
New #Foals album! #HolyFire out today, give it a...
USAID rabbit hole
In digging into the ratio of grant money awarded by USAID to American organizations vs. local ones I got sidetracked by coming across the internal audit on its own practices to ensure they are not funding individuals/organizations that have been involved with terrorism. The report is eye-opening, and reflects the fact that their policies do not go far enough to prevent such funding (a fact they...
Cities in the Sky - Forgotten Visions of the... →
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Afghanistan Youth Orchestra performing at Carnegie... →
Wow, this is an incredibly moving story, though it’s sad to think how much the future of this organization is in doubt given the future of the country, with the Taliban likely to regain power following America’s exit in 2014 this kind of thing is likely to be banned and repressed again. :-( I really want to go to this concert, looking into it.
The government can’t solve problems because the two parties are so wedded to...– Steven Soderbergh on how politicians can benefit from learning to steal like an artist in this excellent interview on New York Magazine. (via explore-blog) I admire you even more now Mr. Soderbergh.
Lee van der Voo tells Romenesko readers: I was just informed by State Farm here...– No insurance for you, investigative reporter! | JIMROMENESKO.COM (via onaissues)