Then Everything Looked Like Facebook, And We Collectively Yawned

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Selena Larson, writing for ReadWrite, hits the nail on the head in her post, “The Unbearable Sameness of Social Networks.” She shows screencaps of her profiles on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and LinkedIn, all of which have embraced the “cover photo” (to put it in FB language). Maybe this explains my recent disenchantment with social networking sites; and the increase in social media “hiatuses” I’ve seen popping up from “friends” and “follows.” Or maybe we’re seeing an acceptance of the visual. But more likely we’re seeing a troubling uniformity in how we engage with one another on social networking sites.

Embroidery Stop Motion Music Video. Say What?

Throne, a London-based metal band, recent video for their song, “Tharsis Sleeps,” is a visually stunning stop motion masterpiece created entirely with embroidery. ::insert sound of record scratch:: Come again? Metal band…stop motion music video…embroidery. Yes, indeed!

Here’s some of the mindblowing stats: “3,000 hand-drawn frames, 250 square metres of denim, 12 million stitches, 40 days of animation, 1,800 hours of digitizing, 3,500 hours of embroidering, 500 hours of capturing.” About halfway through the video you forget this is all done in embroidery because it looks more like animation, but then you remember and are amazed at the craftspersonship required for such a production. Stunning. Watch the video below, then have a look at some behind the scenes pics on The Creators Project.

Txting and Spellng

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You’re looking down at your phone, sending your one-hundredth text of the day to your best friend, and an older individual shakes their head. They lament, “Oh, you kids nowadays. You never talk anymore; all you do is text. Worst of all, it’s hurting your ability to write.”

I guarantee you’ve heard someone say something similar to that before, but according to researchers at Coventry University, students of ages eight to sixteen were found to have a better understanding of grammatical rules and spelling. The students tended to send 3,900 texts per month, and apparently, the frequency of texting is conducive of better writing. The one aspect of writing that suffers is punctuation, but commas and semi-colons aren’t exactly the easiest things for users to remember.

Plz reed ths Rticle & thnk abowt how grmmr & spllng help peeple wright. Lol thx ttyl brb.

The Speed of Listening

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A common complaint issued by learners of foreign languages surrounds the perceived speed of the non-native tongue. But, are foreign languages really more rapid? Does German have more syllables per word? Is Chinese really leaving English speakers in its dust?

This helpful infographic, in conjunction with an informative article on speaking comprehension, explains that not everything you hear is as it seems. Fret not, foreign language legionnaires!