Posts filed under “Weekend”

Unfriend

Unfriend was the New Oxford American Dictionary Word of the Year for 2009.

Check out the list of runners up below:

Technology

hashtag – a # [hash] sign added to a word or phrase that enables Twitter users to search for tweets (postings on the Twitter site) that contain similarly tagged items and view thematic sets

intexticated – distracted because texting on a cellphone while driving a vehicle

netbook – a small, very portable laptop computer with limited memory

paywall – a way of blocking access to a part of a website which is only available to paying subscribers

sexting – the sending of sexually explicit texts and pictures by cellphone

Economy

freemium – a business model in which some basic services are provided for free, with the aim of enticing users to pay for additional, premium features or content

funemployed – taking advantage of one’s newly unemployed status to have fun or pursue other interests

zombie bank – a financial institution whose liabilities are greater than its assets, but which continues to operate because of government support

Politics and Current Affairs

Ardi(Ardipithecus ramidus) oldest known hominid, discovered in Ethiopia during the 1990s and announced to the public in 2009

birther – a conspiracy theorist who challenges President Obama’s birth certificate

choice mom – a person who chooses to be a single mother

death panel – a theoretical body that determines which patients deserve to live, when care is rationed

teabagger -a person, who protests President Obama’s tax policies and stimulus package, often through local demonstrations known as “Tea Party” protests (in allusion to the Boston Tea Party of 1773)

Environment

brown state – a US state that does not have strict environmental regulations

green state – a US state that has strict environmental regulations

ecotown - a town built and run on eco-friendly principles

Novelty Words

deleb – a dead celebrity

tramp stamp – a tattoo on the lower back, usually on a woman

Category: Weekend

Debunking 2012

Cool graphic, from Information is Beautiful: click for larger graphic chart courtesy of Information is Beautiful

Category: Film, Weekend

“The Uniqueness of Humans”

Sapolsky’s outstanding Stanford lecture on “The Uniqueness of Humans” Stanford primatologist and anthropologist Robert Sapolsky scores big with this grad lecture on “The Uniqueness of Humans,” a humbling, inspiring and sweet 30 minutes on what it is about humans that makes us unique from our animal cousins, and how many of the seemingly unique features…Read More

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Pigeon Impossible

Awesome 6 minute animation Pigeon Impossible: via boingboing

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Wu Tang Financial

On the flight over, I watched some Chapelle videos. The guy is unbelievably funny, and his show was terrifically ballsy. We met with lots of people this week — maybe that’s why this video resonated. Its an oldie but a goodie — watch the old white lady’s face as she nods in agreement. Chappelle’s Show…Read More

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Chap-Hop History’ by Mr.B The Gentleman Rhymer

Bizarrely amusing: The first installment of Chap-Hop superstar Mr.B the Gentleman Rhymer’s ‘Histories’ series. The history of hip-hop. In five minutes. On the banjolele. Chap-Hop hoorah! Directed by Dave Alexander.

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Jon Stewart Smacks Down Glenn Beck

This is way too funny: > The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c The 11/3 Project www.thedailyshow.com Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor Health Care Crisis

Category: Humor, Weekend

God Hates the Hadron Collider

Apparently, forces of nature and supernature do not like the collider: “The Large Hadron Collider, the world’s most powerful particle accelerator, just cannot catch a break. First, a coolant leak destroyed some of the magnets that guide the energy beam. Then LHC officials postponed the restart of the machine to add additional safety features. Now,…Read More

Category: Science, Weekend

Science: It Works, Bitches!

I don’t recall where I found this (if anyone knows please let me know).

Category: Science, Weekend

Nutters

Tom Toles via WaPo

Category: Humor, Politics, Weekend