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  1. Dec 2020
    1. One trick is to do a joint “premortem” exercise. Get together in a room, and imagine that you’re six months into the future. The feature has been built and launched and isn’t doing well. What went wrong?
  2. Nov 2020
    1. Oyster eggs, having become larvae, attach themselves to rocks, or to whatever ‘culch’ or artificial surface human beings lay down for them – old roof-tiles were used as a traditional oyster-base in Arcachon.
  3. Mar 2020
    1. BA Reader Rick Kopp suggested “portmantwo”, which I love, but is slightly edged out by Theodore Hunter suggesting “portmandeux”.
    2. I came up with metaportmanteau, which isn’t quite right, and even progénituremanteau — literally a portmanteau of portmanteau and progéniture.
    3. And here we are now with blazar, which is a combination of blazing and quasar.
    4. I even came up with my own coinage for a kind of word I called a contaphonym, for two words that sound similar.
    5. Needing a new name for this class of quasar, astronomers cheekily called them blazars.
    6. Quasar was coined in the 1960s, and is a combination of the words quasi and stellar; when first discovered these objects were seen to be powerful sources of radio waves but look like stars, so they were called quasi-stellar radio sources.
  4. Jan 2020
    1. For them, the "midlife crisis" (a term coined by psychoanalyst Elliott Jaques in a 1965 journal article) usually involves busting stuff up—marriages, mostly—but also careers, norms, reputations.
  5. Dec 2019
    1. So we coined a scientific term for it, ‘kama muta’, borrowed from the ancient Sanskrit where it meant ‘moved by love’, written in the beautiful Devanāgarī script as काममूत.
  6. Nov 2019
    1. In addition to periodically stuttering or blocking on certain sounds, he appears to intentionally not stutter by switching to an alternative word—a technique called “circumlocution”—­which can yield mangled syntax.
  7. Aug 2019
    1. “Scrollytelling” is an online storytelling technique in which more and more content is revealed as the user scrolls down the page.
  8. May 2019
    1. Circlusion means pushing something – a ring or a tube – onto something else – a nipple or a shaft.
    1. “Microchimerism” is the scientific term for the cross colonization that takes place in pregnancy, whereupon the pieces of DNA left behind by the fetus float around the adult’s body for the rest of their life.
  9. Feb 2019
    1. In 2016, the top seven advanced to the grand championship finale, where they’d need to enter a full cyber-reasoning system—one that would not merely notice a problem but could also infer its nature.
  10. Jan 2019
    1. It’s also common to see getters being used with Promises, since Promises are known to not be reusable computations, so that wrapping a Promise constructor in a getter (also known as “factory” or “thunk”) makes it reusable.
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  13. Jan 2018
    1. Brief polemics such as Graeber’s “bullshit jobs” have been followed by more nuanced books, creating a rapidly growing literature that critiques work as an ideology – sometimes labelling it “workism” – and explores what could take its place.
  14. Sep 2017
  15. Oct 2013
    1. As Steve Lohr has written in The New York Times about the MIT economist Erik Brynjolfsson, “data measurement is the modern equivalent of the microscope.” Sean Gourley, cofounder of a company called Quid, calls this new kind of data analysis a “macroscope.”

      Are We Puppets in a Wired World? Sue Halpern November 7, 2013

    1. Bolving is unique to Exmoor for what is known elsewhere as the belling or roaring of red deer stags at rutting time. Adrian Tierney-Jones described it in the Daily Telegraph in 2007 as “a mix of roaring lion, bellowing cow, chainsaw and someone severely constipated”.

      World Wide Words Newsletter 855 Michael Quinion October 26, 2013

    1. He had read about an advertising technique called astroturfing in which one person can impersonate hundreds of social media accounts to make it look as if there were grassroots support for their cause.


    1. The head of the International Maritime Organization, the United Nations agency in charge of marine regulations, warned in 2000 of the growing hazards of building larger ships and called for a comprehensive review of safety rules, known as Safety of Life at Sea, or Solas.

      Too Big to Sail? Cruise Ships Face Scrutiny Jad Mouawad October 27, 2013

    1. All of this has shaped the new work, which she calls a “choreoessay,” in the same way that “For Colored Girls” was a “choreopoem,” said Claude Sloan, a longtime friend and director who shares a brownstone with her in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.

      A Poet With Words Trapped Inside, John Leland, October 25 2013

    1. But the inquiring reader can always follow the bridge of transclusion to see the original as formatted by the author.


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