Friday, January 03, 2014

January 3rd, outsourced

Admit it - whenever you hear "thesis defense," you kind of think of a scenario like this. [HT Lucia]

A thesis, in a sentence. [HT Missy]

This guy took $25k of the promotional budget for a movie and went to the Philippines. Well done.

Bangladesh is one of the lowest-lying countries in the world, and drownings are the top accident-based killer of kids.

We have some Canadian friends here, and their affection for the world "tuque" (meaning a hat, like a wool hat that covers your ears and maybe has a pom-pom on top - wow, Americans need to figure out a word for that!) is hard to resist. This article about other Canadianisms is interesting, and then the comments are interesting for the incredibly wide brush with which they paint us Americans!

Babies riding on Roombas is what our family has been laughing at this week. (I just love envisioning the moment that some dad - you know it was a dad - realized that a Bumbo is the same diameter as a Roomba.) [HT Jeremy]

A techno-panic timeline. [HT Andrew]

2013 was the year we broke the internet. Maybe this makes me a jerk, but it is a fact that if I see a contrived, CLICK MEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!! headline pop up on fb or wherever, I will often Google the key words to find the original source of the news rather than give the third-party website the satisfaction of my click.

New Year 2014, around the world. In Dubai, well, we know how to do fireworks: Palm Jumeirah (world-record-breaking show) and Burj Khalifa.

This correction about a Middle Earth-related story is awesome. [HT Andrew]

National Geographic is following this man's retracing of ancient migration routes. [HT Kathy]


Myrna said...

I would argue that toque is the preferred spelling over tuque, since "It came through the Medieval French toque (15th century), presumably by the way of the Spanish toca "woman's headdress", from Arabic *taqa'طاقة' 'Opening'." Just saying.
My back-up:
I do not know any Canadians who spell it "tuque" unless they are poor spellers. And I am a Canadian.

Susanne said...

We have a word for that kind of hat where I live. Or at least I grew up with a word for it. Can't speak for all North Carolinians.

Kathy Haynie said...

Mark and I especially enjoyed the thesis spoofs and the Walter Mitty promotional film. Also the babies on roombas. With grand baby #25 on the way this month, we may need to purchase one for when the little kiddos come to visit.

Merkley Jiating said...

We called them beanies. I had a Canadian roommate who called them tuques though.


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