Archive for May, 2013

“That is, ‘LOL’ no longer ‘means’ anything. Rather, it ‘does something’ — conveying an attitude — just as the ending ‘-ed’ doesn’t ‘mean’ anything but conveys past tense. LOL is, of all things, grammar.”

–John McWhorter, in “LOL Isn’t Funny Anymore

Nope, not another article lamenting the decline of modern language.

Happy Mothers’ Day, Mum

Happy Mothers' Day to my sweet mom, who builds backyard forts, never gives up, grows flowers in what is basically the desert, and supports her kids always and forever. Love you, mum.

“I’m in a minority of reporters and editors who are genuinely excited to be working at this moment in history and not in the past. Again and again, I found myself playing the role of cheerleader, trying to convince tired and broke journalists to get excited about the future of media.”

–Ann Friedman, in “This Is the Best Moment to Be in Journalism

“As the militias poured into his city, Haidara knew he had to do something to protect the approximately 300,000 manuscripts in different libraries and homes in and around Timbuktu…. ‘When I thought of something happening to the manuscripts, I couldn’t sleep,’ he told me later.”

–Yochi Dreazen in “The Brazen Bibliophiles of Timbuktu