Presentation commandments

•2010/05/10 • Leave a Comment

If you’ve never killed an afternoon watching TED talks, go there and come back here tomorrow. Keyword search something and just clickdrift.

Okay, back? TED’s put up a list of 10 presentation commandments. I’ll include them, since it’s good advice for any sort of presentations. Continue reading ‘Presentation commandments’

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Old Spice Commercials and suffix-fail

•2010/05/07 • Leave a Comment

So I finally figured out why the new Old Spice commercial “Freshershist” bothers me. To quote, it uses a comparative/superlative pattern that follows: “Fresh” -> “Fresher” -> “Freshest” ->”Freshershist”

It’s the last one that bothers me. There’s a random ʃ insert in between the comparative suffix and the superlative – /frɛʃ/ + /ər/ + /ɛst/, but [frɛʃ +ər +ʃɨst]. Where does the fricative come from? It’s a contrastive articulation from the rhotic, so it’s not laziness.

Never mind that conceptually, it makes more sense to me to hear /frɛʃ/ + /ɛst/ + /ər/ – “freshester” (more freshest), since we’re comparing the freshest options.

Apple’s newest salvo at Adobe.

•2010/04/29 • Leave a Comment

Steve Jobs: Thoughts on Flash

Infographics list

•2010/04/27 • Leave a Comment

10 Tips for (journalists) Designing Infographics – if you ever have to design an infographic, read these ten tips (and browse the rest of the site)!

And for today’s entry in “Every page has bias”…

•2010/04/23 • Leave a Comment

Senator pushes CDC to disclose experts’ conflicts

Protip: Calendar

•2010/04/19 • Leave a Comment

From Merriam Webster Online:

Calendar:

1 : a system for fixing the beginning, length, and divisions of the civil year and arranging days and longer divisions of time (as weeks and months) in a definite order — see month table

2 : a tabular register of days according to a system usually covering one year and referring the days of each month to the days of the week

3 : an orderly list: as a : a list of cases to be tried in court b : a list of bills or other items reported out of committee for consideration by a legislative assembly c : a list or schedule of planned events or activities giving dates and details

4 British : a university catalog

Calender:

1: to press (as cloth, rubber, or paper) between rollers or plates in order to smooth and glaze or to thin into sheets

2: a machine for calendering something

3:a member of a Sufic order of wandering mendicant dervishes

…just saying.

Petabyte chart awesomeness

•2010/03/05 • Leave a Comment

From the backup artists at Mozy.com, they have a phenomenal post and infograph on How much is a Petabyte on their blog.

For you students following along at home, something to understand about your instructor is that when I took JOUR2200 was at the beginning of that chart, in ~2000. Now, project those trends forward another ten years and ask me again why technology awareness matters for journalists (even if you project linearly, the numbers are impressive).