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· Fantastic Educational videos ·
from the ten-minutes-well-spent dept.

Fellow fans of The BlackAdder will feel as chuffed as I to know "Dr Johnson" did, in fact, write the first Dictionary of the English Language (despite failing to receive the patronage of Prince George because of Baldric's sausage). It took him 9 years because a certain butler persisted in discombobulating him.

But who amongst you knew the word "alligator" was an invention on William Shakespeare? Next time you're having difficulty rhyming with the words purple, orange or even toilet - just invent something!
(List of English words without rhymes:

This analytical overview of the development of the "English" language is a fantastic watch - and I guarantee you will learn something fun!


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Brilliant word. The Finns are one again demonstrating their excellence. 
During the last panel at 4th Street, (Swearing and Cursing) Steven Brust introduced me to my new favorite word. This may be the best curse word ever, especially if you work in publishing as I do.


It's Finnish, and the full definition that I found is: "Noun (Vulgar, pejorative)- A person with exceptional and unnecessary attention to detail. Noun- A person who believes it is their destiny to stamp out all spelling and punctuation mistakes at the cost of popularity, self-esteem and mental well-being."

The literal translation is "comma-fucker."

So Wednesday, my first day back at work, I come rushing in - all smiles. Not only were the Supreme Court decisions out, but I had the best word ever. I have it written on an index card, in red Sharpie, followed by the definition and literal translation. My boss demands it and makes photocopies, and by the end of the day it's the new hot thing amongst the production department's language geeks.

I mean we're editors for goodness sake. "Have you seen Suzanne's new word?"

So my boss and another of my coworkers post it to Facebook that night, and now their friends are sending me interesting language links. Such as the Stephen Fry bit below (which is awesome, and wherein he rails against Pilkunnussijas).

So thank you Steve, you have made my world a more surreal place.

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+Helena Roeber and I spoke about Android's design principles at Google I/O 2013. Here's the video.

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If we make consistent effort, based on proper education, we can change the world. We are selfish, that’s natural, but we need to be wisely selfish, not foolishly selfish. We have to concern ourselves more with others’ well-being, that’s the way to be wisely selfish. We have the ability to take the long-term benefit into account. I think it is possible to make real change in this century.

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That ending.
This is, hands down, without a doubt, the best advertising I've ever seen.

Zachary Quinto vs. Leonard Nimoy: "The Challenge"

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Visualizations of Pathfinding Algorithms

This is really awesome. See how A*, Breadth-First Search, Best-First Search, Dijkstra, and Jump Point Search work to find a path between two points, with obstacles that you construct. Fantastic if you're a visual learner.

#pathfinding   #visualization   #interactive  

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Doing a little brainstorming? Try one of these five great reader-nominated mind mapping tools to organize your thoughts and help you make them reality:
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