Friday, June 07, 2013

June 7th, outsourced

Lines (the kind you wait in...or not) really are amazing, aren't they? [HT Sarah]

Mormon myth-busting. [HT Shannon]

I found this article about wedding photography (something I have minimal interest in) to be very worth the read. It speaks to our larger tendency as a society to document EVERYTHING. Jeremy and I are sometimes guilty of this since we live far away from our extended family, and we want them to be able to experience our girls growing up, too. But there is really something to be said for just experiencing an event in the moment, not through a camera lens, and it's something Jeremy and I are doing more often. Yes, this means there are more posts on the girls' blogs that say something like, "sorry, we did this, but no pictures because we were just enjoying it," but I'm happier that way (even if our families are sadder, sorry!). More to the point of the article, some of those professional photos really were ruined! [HT Crys]

An article about a common Middle Eastern spice recently prompted an all-out internet war. I saw the same thing happen a few years ago to a lesser degree on Smitten Kitchen's recipe for "Israeli Salad" (= Palestinian/Lebanese fattoush, but honestly, it doesn't matter what you call it, that salad is DELICIOUS).

This is for you, Jeremy: it's not about the nail, OK? [HT Tyler]

In map nerd news, here is a map of Pangea with modern political borders. [HT Erin]

In linguist nerd news, here are phonetic descriptions of annoying noises teenagers make. [HT Andrew]

In map AND linguist nerd news, here are lovely new visualizations of Vaux and Golder's American dialect survey from a few years back. The new maps are prettier and show the major data trends better, but some of the oddball pronunciations don't show up well as the old ones (like my dialect soul mate in Portland who also pronounces "crayon" as "crown." Solidarity!!!). See here for more about the history behind these maps. [HT Yvonne and Kristi, within minutes of each other]


Jeremy Palmer said...

So do you have a problem I need to fix or something? Why else would you want me to watch the nail video?

Alanna said...

I thought I was the only one who called them "crans"-- my husband has been teasing me about that for years now! I sent him that link. Thanks for sharing-- I always love your outsourced stuff!

Merkley Jiating said...

Was that phonetic description of annoying noises teenagers make in English? I hardly understood anything he said! I really liked the wedding photography article. I always take pictures at receptions. Hopefully I didn't make any photographers cry. I am not usually taking pictures of the couple but mostly of my kids playing around.

Liz Johnson said...

I am crazy concerned about the mass of people who say "carmel" instead of "caramel." Seriously. I can stomach basically any pronunciation of any word EXCEPT THAT ONE. It has THREE SYLLABLES, people!


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