Friday, November 11, 2011

11/11/11, Outsourced

In case you missed it, I had some photographs featured in a Foreign Policy Photo Essay (A Grand Tour).

I don't know why this video is so funny. It just IS. [HT Eric D. Snider]

Who first used the term 'Arab Spring'?

Turns out, moms feel guilty a lot about untidy houses and neglecting their children. Well, DUH. A few hours after I read that article, we had some people over for dinner. The first thing one of our (male) guests said to me was, "Wow, your house is so clean!" I told him that was the nicest compliment he could have given me (besides "your children are so un-neglected!" I suppose).

Here's the latest flash mob, this time in the Dubai Airport. Jeremy and I are both suspicious of the amount of smiley-dancey people there. They must have been shipped in for the occasion, because there sure aren't that many around town naturally. [HT Mariko]

I swear, years before this article was ever written, I used to tell Jeremy how celebrity cartoon voice-over work didn't used to be a thing, until Robin Williams did the genie in Aladdin. Of course I was right. [HT Jeremy]

How does the world look when you map its languages using Twitter? Pretty dang AWESOME.

The rest of the links today have to do with Republican candidates for President. First, we have Romney looking at a fellow passenger on an airplane "blankly." Now, let's talk about this for a brief moment. On the one hand, I get that this lady was offended when Romney didn't take detailed notes of her health care reform plan. Romney chose to run for President and that means his leisure time is kind of public property. On the other hand, dude, we've all been there: sometimes you just want to sit in your seat and be quiet and still and not talk to your fellow passengers, OK?!!?!?

As for Huntsman, first we have his appearance on The Colbert Report. Then we have an article dissecting how much Chinese he speaks (answer, according to that article: not much). Then we have another article talking about those allegations and wondering if it really matters. I read all of the above and had my indignation all ready to bash out a reply about the improper use of the term fluency, and how proficiency is a better word, and register, and context, and blah blah blah. And then I read THIS article, and now I don't need to write a single word in reply because that article is amazing and everyone in the entire United States should read it forever and ever and commit it to memory. Amen. [HT Jeremy and Ashi]


Liz Johnson said...

I especially loved how that article talked about how most of us aren't fluent in certain areas of our native tongue! Bravo, article.

Also, I really like Jon Huntsman.

Kathy Haynie said...

Congrats on getting the photos published in the Grand Tour! Very cool. Beautiful photos.

Loved all the links, as usual. I especially enjoyed the twitter-language map, and the links to Huntsman / foreign language articles.

Thanks, Bridget!


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