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Ten Stories We Have Enjoyed This Week

20th November 2015

1) Now this should get a debate going. From Raconteur – Who Are The World’s Greatest Storytellers? ‘An intriguing celebration of Storytellers whether they are writers or actors or directors or poets or musicians‘ HT @brandlearning.

2) This years Word of The Year, is not a word at all. It’s an Emoji – officially called : ‘ Face, With Tears of Joy‘ – Are we moving to a place where where we will communicate more through images than words? Hieroglyphics anyone? HT Miles Hammond.

Durex is getting in on the emoji act too. They think that a condom emoji can help promote safe sex…

3) Always getting your Millennials mixed up with your iGens? This rather handy ‘Generation Gap’ infographic from Vanity Fair will help. Turns out I am a Gen X and not a Baby Boomer so that has made my day! HT to Melina Collie for this.

4) It’s been going this way for a while: Google+ changes direction – revamping into a community platform ‘saying that it’ll be focusing on Communities – public and private discussion boards and Collections, themed groups of posts that others can subscribe to’.

5) Is Hello Barbie every parents worst nightmare? ‘For most children, dolls are constant companions, providing a calming sense of normalcy to a world that’s quickly moving around them. Now imagine that that doll was not only recording every one of your most intimate conversations and curious questions but learning how to respond to you‘.

6) Microsoft Windows has turned 30 –  here is a visual history. Anyone remember MS-DOS that preceded it?

7) Clever and Very amusing. A Translation Site’s Clever Recipe Taste Test Shows How Wrong Google Translate Can Be. The project’s video shows a chef cooking the same Japanese recipe as translated by ElaN’s team of human experts vs. Google Translate’s automated results. HT @itsjimmyb.

8) Beginning to sound a bit like Terminator – “Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies“, argues that true artificial intelligence, if it is realised might pose a danger that exceeds every previous threat from technology – even nuclear weapons — and… risks engineering its own extinction

9) Here are the most viral ads of 2015 (so far). Most worryingly for Ad Agency Creatives, the most shared ad of the year contains nothing but ‘found footage’, rather than original material.

10) World Record Slackline Attempt. 500 metres on a slackline rigged between two towering rocks in Castle Valley, UTAH. He’s tied on, but it still looks terrifying. Especially loving the Ennio Morricone music on this video.

How the Digital Age is changing the way we speak (and why verbs have become so important)

25th Sept 2013

I’m a big fan of Stephen Fry’s : Fry’s English Delight, now in it’s sixth series on Radio 4 . Some of the topics covered in the latest round have been – The culture and history of the ‘F’ Word’, ‘The ever expanding lexicon of the English language’ and ‘How our spelling system has become so chaotic’http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00lv1k1/episodes/guide#b0392gyt

All the talk about language and it’s development, got me thinking about the English language, and how the internet age is changing the way we speak and why verbs are increasingly the most important words that we use.

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