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Mentioned in Language Log again. All this fame is starting to go to my head!
previous post | next post ». Mark Swofford took these photographs of an advertisement for a very well-known brand of instant noodles in the Taipei MRT (subway system). It makes use of three scripts (Chinese characters [including some rare, non-standard forms], bopomofo / zhùyīn fúhào 注音符號 ...
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I'm going to skip the article and go straight to the comments, where a Chinese hypernationalist will be plaintively decreeing that this kind of thing has no significance.
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You realise this is how the Cornish feel about Florida?
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That's pretty cool. Cauliflower is delicious.
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A mention in Language Log! This is going up on the wall next to the pictures of my firstborn.
previous post |. From Jason Cox (with additions and modifications by VHM): In Taiwan, one often comes across efforts at using zhùyīn 注音 ("phonetic annotation") to hint to readers that a Hoklo Taiwanese reading of the sentence is preferred, rather than a Mandarin reading.
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I'm already telling everyone I knew you before you were famous.
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Wondering what +Joe Pairman makes of the #StructuredData suggestions here for us folks who don't spend most of our time thinking about structured data.

This kind of thing is really still in its infancy on the web, and implementation is pretty haphazard.
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That's a good post. Explains the benefits and potential well.

We do have to be a little wary of looking too far into the future with this stuff. Arguably, structured data is a crutch that may no longer be necessary once natural language processing is good enough. It's a while off still, though. 
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The best Mandarin-learning application out there, Pleco, has just been updated to version 3.0 for iOS. It's a huge overhaul that took them two years to complete. My first impressions are very positive — worth the wait!
Pleco Software offers world-class Chinese dictionary, flashcard, and document reader software for smartphones and tablets, including iPhones, iPads, iPod Touches, and Android devices.
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Nice feature on Taipei's best little bookshop.
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In Taichung the bookstores serve ambrosia and heavenly nectar to patrons as they browse.
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"The question of where Europe ends and Asia begins has troubled many people over the years, but here's a rule of thumb: if someone can pose as an expert on the country in question without knowledge of the relevant language, it's part of Asia."

A kernel of truth there. Thanks, +Michael Turton! 
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My unscientific definition of hard liquor is stuff that burns on the way down. Although by that logic Tennant's Super is hard liquor. I may have to rethink this.
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It's always the way - loaded down with work, and something terribly interesting drifts across your radar. A cursory browse followed by a swift bookmarking will have to do for now.
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#googleauthorship is now showing up for some searches that bring up my old writing from Tailingua. It reminds me how much that site needs an overhaul. Bit weird seeing your own face in Google search results; will have a noticeable effect on rankings or traffic?
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Currently testing out Raven's SEO tools for a month. We have the budget for one $99-a-month toolkit - next month I'll be sampling Moz's offering.

So far I like the Site Auditor and competitor analysis functions, but I haven't looked at the link-building and link assessment sections in detail yet.
All-in-one Internet marketing platform for SEO, Social Media, PPC and Content. Research, manage, monitor and report on every aspect of your campaign.
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The dodgy name aside, this sounds like just my cup of tea.

"Schwa Fire is a digital publication that will marry language geekery with long-form journalism."

Worth a few shekels in their Kickstarter hat.
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