Language in Danger

Our world’s cultural richness is being diminished by the ongoing success of English, an English supported by international communications technology and the success of the American way of life. In other words, we have finally built the Babel tower after all, and it broadcasts “The Simpsons.” Discuss.

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So much to say, so little time

Or is that, so little to say… Other than going to see the Matrix Reloaded again last night, much better the second time around. Ohhh and I’m midway through jotting down some thoughts, but as usual I have stalled about a paragraph in. Anyone got any suggestions to remove this mental block I have? Sledgehammer? TNT?

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One of those web things you do

Unconscious Mutterings (via Alex (via Anne)) – it’s free association time folks… 1. Badminton :: Smash2. Obsessive compulsive :: Terminology3. Prosthetics :: Scary4. Sophistication :: Restaurant5. Hiphop :: Bass6. Stammering :: Embarassment7. Property taxes :: Unfair8. Lowrider :: Bellybutton9. Blowtorch :: Torture10. Formality :: Religion Now I’ve just got to figure out what all that says about me… hmmmm

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We should be dead

According to today’s regulators and bureaucrats, those of us who were kids in the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s probably shouldn’t have survived, because…… Our baby cots were covered with brightly coloured lead-based paint which was promptly chewed and licked.We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, or latches on doors or cabinets and it was fine to play with pans.When we rode our bikes, we wore no helmets, just flip flops and fluorescent ‘clackers’ on our wheels.As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags. Riding in the passenger seat was a treat.We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle – tasted the same.We ate dripping sandwiches, bread and butter pudding …

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Dumb and dumber

Interesting article: Is technology making us dumber?. “When you can always dash off another follow-up e-mail at no cost, you don’t need to be careful to get your thought clearly and fully expressed in a letter,” Again it’s one of these discussions that I can always, in my head at least, rationalise by stating that whilst, yes, I use and rely on technology (I can’t remember my best friends phone number either), I am not governed by it, as I choose not to remember the numbers. That is my choice, to allow my phone to play that part in my life, but at what point does it stop being a choice? Hmmmm, this all sounds vaguely familiar… and that reminds …

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Stop

Vaughan points out what we all know but rarely accomplish, and manages to remind me of this well known poem: What is this life if, full of care,We have no time to stand and stare? No time to stand beneath the boughsAnd stare as long as sheep and cows. No time to see, when woods we pass,Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass. No time to see, in broad daylightStreams full of stars, like skies at night. No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,And watch her feet, how they can dance. No time to wait till her mouth canEnrich that smile her eyes began. A poor life this if, full of care,We have no time to stand and stare. W. …

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Advantage of being a man

Standing up to pee.Not having to worry too much about which ‘outfit’ to wear (hmmm trousers and a shirt then…)Not having that messy period thing to worry about (ohh no I can’t wear my white trousers today…)Not getting pregnant and having our bodies and hormones all screwed up for 9 months. And whilst I am all for men getting in touch with there feminine side, I think the The Empathy Belly Pregnancy Simulator is possibly taking things a bit too far.

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Michael Moore

It appears that Michael Moore.com was hacked. Yes, the Oscar award winning documentarist is a victim of something he, in times past, may have attempted. The hacked page can be seen here. Whether you are a fan of his or not, and personally I’m not sure either way, you have to admit that, by speaking up and challenging things, he is at least making some people think about things in a different light. Trouble, I’m never sure who to believe these days.

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