March 25, 2014
kateoplis:

"Big words can be tough on relationships. Messy versus neat, early bird versus night owl—add to this list language junkies versus those with a tweet-ready vocabulary. The problems that big words cause are overlooked. Can people who enjoy using big and obscure words, and those who are annoyed by them, get through to each other? 
Technology is largely to blame for big words’ fade out. We are being conditioned to communicate faster and in shorter bursts. There isn’t room for big words in a text or a tweet or even a quickly dashed-off email. We’re communicating across so many different channels that, by sheer necessity, our language is becoming abbreviated (‘R u with me?’).”
—”We are not all that far away from the time when we communicate solely in GIF form, but until then try to limit yourself to hand gestures and the occasional grunt for emphasis. It is not like you have anything meaningful to say anyway.”

The last time I used “forthcoming” appropriately in a large distribution email, I got a chorus of excited nerd replies about it.
I truncate for no man.
50 CENT WORDS FOREVER

kateoplis:

"Big words can be tough on relationships. Messy versus neat, early bird versus night owl—add to this list language junkies versus those with a tweet-ready vocabulary. The problems that big words cause are overlooked. Can people who enjoy using big and obscure words, and those who are annoyed by them, get through to each other?

Technology is largely to blame for big words’ fade out. We are being conditioned to communicate faster and in shorter bursts. There isn’t room for big words in a text or a tweet or even a quickly dashed-off email. We’re communicating across so many different channels that, by sheer necessity, our language is becoming abbreviated (‘R u with me?’).”

—”We are not all that far away from the time when we communicate solely in GIF form, but until then try to limit yourself to hand gestures and the occasional grunt for emphasis. It is not like you have anything meaningful to say anyway.”

The last time I used “forthcoming” appropriately in a large distribution email, I got a chorus of excited nerd replies about it.

I truncate for no man.

50 CENT WORDS FOREVER

November 15, 2013

odditiesoflife:

The Best Wildlife Photography of 2013

The results of the 2013 Wildlife Photographer of the Year were announced October 17th and a number of phenomenal images made the shortlist of 100 photographs. The annual competition, now in its 49th year, is led by two United Kingdom institutions, the Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide, who collectively received 43,000 photos from 96 countries this year. The photos will begin an international tour in the UK starting in November and you can find exhibition times and dates here.

The second and tenth images shown above, Mother by Udayan Rao Pawar of India and Essence of elephants by Greg du Toit of South Africa are the two grand title winners. The rest of the photographs are a mix of both winners and runner-up selections. You can read much more about each photograph at Wildlife Photographer of the Year. (via Colossal)

  1. Snow moment. Jasper Doest, The Netherlands.
  2. Mother. Udayan Rao Pawar, India. Grand Title Winner Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year (11-14 years), 2013.
  3. Fish-eye view. Theo Bosboom, The Netherlands.
  4. Freeze frame. Etienne Francey, Switzerland.
  5. Lionfish Bait. Alex Tattersall, United Kingdom.
  6. The flight path. Connor Steganison, Canada.
  7. The water bear. Paul Souders, United States.
  8. Feeding of the five thousand. Yossi Eshbol, Israel.
  9. Dive Buddy. Luis Javier Sandoval, Mexico.
  10. Essence of elephants. Greg du Toit, South Africa. Grand Title Winner Wildlife Photographer of the Year, 2013.

My reaction upon seeing that second picture was literally to sing to myself, “ain’t nothin’ but a gator party”

(via odditiesoflife)

November 11, 2013

shamitomita:

brianadeshe:

christel-thoughts:

"Your circle…it’s flawless. Do it again."

what kind of sorcery….

beauty

image

It’s a slayer thing. 

(Source: gellaring, via thegreatflail)

June 5, 2013
Operation Safe Summer: Police Reward Kids For Wearing Helmets With Ice Cream

ourgoatrodeo:

Police officers in Ohio are on a very serious mission this summer and are handing out tickets left and right. Residents of Brimfield, beware.

Police Chief David Oliver wrote his new policy on Facebook last week:

Effective next week, my officers will have a quota for tickets….at least one per shift. We are going to be profiling, too. We will target a specific group, with the express purpose of writing as many tickets as possible. I am strongly encouraging my officers to write as many as they can, every shift, every day…it is called operation Safe Summer…

Officers are targeting kids 12 and under. If a cop spots a child wearing a bike helmet while riding, that suspect will be stopped and issued a ticket. And what is that ticket good for? One free ice cream cone from Franks Drive-in.

(MORE)

So these helmets, do they have just a side of ice cream or is this more of a helmet-smothered-in-ice-cream type situation? What about the kids whose helmets don’t have ice cream? WHO WILL REWARD THEM?!

(Source: supremeruleroftheinternet, via dontbearuiner)

January 8, 2013
Massive Wikipedia Hoax Exposed

"Except none of this ever actually happened. The Bicholim Conflict is a figment of a creative Wikipedian’s imagination. It’s a huge, laborious, 4,500 word hoax. And it fooled Wikipedia editors for more than 5 years."

Is it weird that I’d LOVE the job of combing through articles and verifying sources?

January 3, 2013
summerjames:

tallandbigwords:

First book of the new year. It’s 588 pages with zero pictures. I have 363 days left so that’s like a page and a half a day. I might be able to swing that!

Dear lord, did Jennifer lend you a book? You guys are practically married now.

Book lending is kind of huge for me, you guys. 

summerjames:

tallandbigwords:

First book of the new year. It’s 588 pages with zero pictures. I have 363 days left so that’s like a page and a half a day. I might be able to swing that!

Dear lord, did Jennifer lend you a book? You guys are practically married now.

Book lending is kind of huge for me, you guys. 

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Filed under: nerd alert 
October 10, 2012
pleezwatchthatchild:

rljd:

otomblr:

I K E A

NEO STOCKHOLM IS ABOUT TO E X P L O D E

wump wump wump 

I snorted. 

pleezwatchthatchild:

rljd:

otomblr:

I K E A

NEO STOCKHOLM IS ABOUT TO E X P L O D E

wump wump wump 

I snorted. 

(Source: bflv)

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Filed under: TETSUO! nerd alert akira 
August 23, 2012
Wherein We Are Pleased With Ourselves

Me: We are hilarious. It’s science. 

James: The science of being fucking funny. We are the Einsteins of it. 

Me: e=mc AWESOME

August 22, 2012
We're now facing an epidemic of child eating disorders, yet we're thankful that there was no hyphen in that phrase

summerjames:

Hyphen jokes.

You know what a Script Supervisor loves? Hyphen jokes. 

(Source: fark)

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Filed under: nerd alert 
November 21, 2011

housingworksbookstore:

Game Of Thrones returns with new episodes in April. (via TV TEASER: ‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 2 – Deadline.com)

I’M SO EXCITED.

If you’re not reading these books, I’d recommend checking them out immediately. I’m on the 3rd one now and I’m hooked, and this is coming from a self-aware literary snob. Great storytelling. Now I understand why fans of the books liked the show so much - it really does these characters justice.

October 27, 2011
I just saw my own breath for the first time this season.

I just saw my own breath for the first time this season.

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