1. Waldeinsamkeit (German): the feeling of being alone in the woods
2. Ilunga (Tshiluba, Congo): a person who is ready to forgive any abuse for the first time, to tolerate it a second time, but never a third time
3. Taarradhin (Arabic): a way of resolving a problem without anyone losing face (not the same as our concept of a compromise – everyone wins)
4. Litost (Czech): a state of torment created by the sudden sight of one’s own misery
5. Esprit de l’escalier (French): a witty remark that occurs to you too late, literally on the way down the stairs…
6. Meraki (Greek): doing something with soul, creativity, or love
7. Yoko meshi (Japanese): literally ‘a meal eaten sideways’, referring to the peculiar stress induced by speaking a foreign language.
8. Duende (Spanish): a climactic show of spirit in a performance or work of art,which might be fulfilled in flamenco dancing, or bull-fighting, etc.
9. Guanxi (Mandarin): in traditional Chinese society, you would build up good guanxi by giving gifts to people, taking them to dinner, or doing them a favour, but you can also use up your guanxi by asking for a favour to be repaid.
10. Pochemuchka (Russian): a person who asks a lot of questions
11. Tingo (Pascuense language of Easter Island): to borrow objects one by one from a neighbour’s house until there is nothing left
12. Radioukacz (Polish): a person who worked as a telegraphist for the resistance movements on the Soviet side of the Iron Curtain
13. Selathirupavar (Tamil): a word used to define a certain type of absence without official leave in face of duty
Click the link above to purchase this single from iTunes, as the net proceeds from its sale will go toward the Emergency Relief Fund of the international independent medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders.
— *editors note: I have deleted our earlier post of this and replaced it with this link, as this track has been released for charity and while in theory you can only stream from our site, it was suggested to us that perhaps we shouldn’t post it. I agree, so here you are, a link, to a cover, for a good cause. —IndieAndyy
The Gizmodo/iPhone 4G/Apple saga has only gotten more fascinating, at least to me — especially in light of the San Mateo County police seizing Gizmodo editor Jason Chen’s computers last Friday night, while he and his wife were out to dinner.
One question I’ve been asked repeatedly since this story broke last week, ‘would The New York Times have published pictures of the phone?’
George Freeman, assistant general counsel for The Times, told me the paper would have published images of the phone. “It’s legal to publish information you shouldn’t have as long as it’s newsworthy, it’s accurate and you didn’t do anything illegal to obtain it,” Mr. Freeman said. But, he said, The Times would not have paid for the phone.
“Paying for journalism has a stigma attached to it that might color the case in an unfavorable way,” he added, “but it doesn’t mean it was illegal.”
“Some parts of this case falls [sic] into uncharted territory,” Mr. Freeman said.
Last week in Los Angeles I participated in a live Q&A as part of an ASCAP expo on songwriting. When the topic of Twitter came up, I explained my waning interest in it being part of my daily life. By no means do I think it’s over as a medium altogether, but I do think that the days of “Twitter: The…
Yeah…even as a marginally known quantity on these here Interwebs, I get a fair amount of feedback from random folks who probably wouldn’t say those things to my face. But hey, when you say things on the Internet, it’s not like actually saying them, right?
I’ll continue to use Twitter, though, because I do enjoy the conversation that I can have with folks there, and because it’s a great conduit for “interesting things you should see.” In fact, Twitter is now the interface through which I browse the web, because if there is some cool shit du jour — whether it’s breaking news, a funny webcomic, videos of cats playing with electronics, deals on video games, magazine features, or just about anything else worth a look (along with plenty of stuff not worth seeing — someone will have linked it on Twitter (or Tumblr).
It’s almost become a joke: Facebook makes a change to its privacy settings that opts you in to a bunch of scary stuff, the entire Internet flips out about it, it rolls back the change, and then a few months or years later, it makes the same or a very similar update, opting you in to it again. It would be funny, if it weren’t getting so damned insulting.
Seriously. I only heard about this because I saw someone on Facebook mention the new setting, saying something like “MAKE SURE YOU GO IN AND UNCHECK THE BOX.”
What are you doing at 12:08 AM EDT/PDT (11:08 PM CDT) tonight? I’ll tell you what you’ll be doing: watching Spike, because you looooove sports video games!
Seriously, though, here’s the deal: tonight, at the times I specified above, Spike is airing a half-hour special called “GameTrailers TV Presents: EA Sports Season Kickoff.” Basically, it’s an exclusive first look at this year’s upcoming EA Sports games. For specifics, go here:
But the reason I’m hoping (some of? a few of? one of?) you will suffer through the sports stuff is that I’m in it! The day after I got back from PAX East, Spike invited me to their NYC offices to ask me some questions about said EA Sports games (Madden, NCAA Football, Tiger Woods PGA Tour, and MMA), and they used the footage in the show.
It’s going to be my television debut, so I do hope that if you don’t care about the sports, you at least care about me (or Destructoid!) enough to watch the show. One thing: I’m a bit worried about how I’m going to look — apparently, my glasses were fucking with their green screen, so they made me take them off. I think I look really weird without glasses, but I guess we’ll find out just how weird pretty soon.
Remember, folks: 12:08 AM EDT/PDT (11:08 PM CDT)! Man, I hope I don’t sound stupid on it…
This Web-2.0-social-networking shit is a mindfuck sometimes.
I think that by now, we’ve all had — at one time or another — a strange experience with the internet and the ways in which it brings us information. My strange experience came last night, thanks to Facebook.
One of my high school classmates was a guy named Chris Fiorenti. He wasn’t a close friend, or even a friend, really; I hadn’t seen him or talked to him (in person or online) since we graduated in 2004. Hell, I hadn’t even heard anything about him in six years — I had no idea what he was up to. But I had played on his baseball team for three or so years, and for at least two of them, his father, Tony, was our coach.
Chris wasn’t the sharpest tool in the shed (okay, that’s an understatement), but he always seemed like a nice guy. I have a vague memory of helping him with some chemistry homework once. I remember him repeating me when I said the word “oxygen,” except the way he said it made it sound like it was a completely foreign term to him, like he’d never heard it before in his life.
Apparently, Chris died (of a heroin overdose, as one of my best friends informed me when I called him incredulously last night) a month ago. After a quick Googling, I discovered that he had been living in Naples, Florida, and that his life had apparently gone into something of a downward spiral since we had last seen each other: he had been arrested twice (one time for a DUI, and the other for breaking into someone’s apartment with an accomplice and stealing a computer monitor).
But as much as you might think that a certain person might not ever amount to anything — not that I necessarily thought that of Chris, mind you — I don’t think you’re ever really prepared for news like this. I hadn’t had a real connection to Chris for a long time, so I didn’t feel any deep personal grief, but it’s still unfortunate for people to die young, and especially due to drugs. Hell, the more saddening thing for me was to see his obituary and read the phrase “Christopher is survived by his mother, Donna Fiorenti of Naples and his father, Anthony Fiorenti of New Hyde Park, NY.” I couldn’t help but think of Chris’ parents, and what they’re going through right now. It’s also just weird to think that someone I went to school with from 7th through 12th grade is, well, dead. I guess there’s nothing more to say except that it’s a damn shame.
As I mentioned, Chris passed away a month ago, and when I talked to a bunch of my close friends last night, they all told me that they had known about his death for a while (since Easter or thereabouts).
I found out last night… when I got a Facebook invite to a memorial service that’s being held this weekend.
The future scares me, man.
RIP Christopher A. Fiorenti (May 27, 1986 – March 18, 2010)
That’s where to go if you’re interested in following TJS and its related thingies. I haven’t quite decided what to do with this Tumblr yet. Maybe I’ll use it to post blurry, fake polaroid photos of household objects with phrases like “I remember every word…” pasted on them in Photoshop. Seems to be the cool thing to do.
“High and Dry” was recorded during the Pablo Honey sessions but was dismissed by the band, who thought that it sounded like a Rod Stewart song. However, during the sessions for The Bends it was rediscovered and remastered, as it was felt that it worked well with the rest of the album’s content. The version that appears on the album is the original demo; it was never re-recorded.
One of my favorite Radiohead songs. I love the way Yorke’s voice trembles on “high” and “dry.”
At the time of this writing, Gizmodo’s story alone is bordering on 2 million page views.
Now word is leaking out that Gizmodo paid a cool 10 grand for the iPhone prototype, which all things considered, seems like a bargain given Apple’s typically tight rein on product leaks.
$10,000 has undeniably diverted a ton of eyeballs to Gizmodo’s site, and the surge in web traffic probably has Gizmodo editors jumping for joy. But you have to wonder if Gizmodo, in the grand scheme of things, tarnished their “relationship” with Apple for a short term spike in pageviews.
Think about it - Steve Jobs is probably livid right now, and what are the odds that Gizmodo, going forward, gets invited to Apple’s always popular “special events.” And what are the odds now that Gizmodo will get a review unit of the upcoming iPhone 4G? Though, to be fair, they apparently already have one.
Note from Ron: Journalism has evolved into this. Seriously. When you chase a story proper, you get bashed because of your diligence. The author here also doesn’t understand that blogs really don’t have the positive PR power we often think that they do. They do however have a negative PR power. So Apple not inviting them to an event would cost Apple far more in negative PR when compared to a positive reviews impact on sales (which isn’t much).
How deep does this Gizmodo/Apple/iPhone 4G rabbit hole go?
I was reminded of their existence today. And being reminded of their existence, I was subsequently reminded of the existence of the general public’s tendency to pronounce it “Reesee’s Peesees.” Let me say this in no uncertain terms:
Incidentally, the name Pineapple Soda is changing to Rockmelon Soda. Why? Because some dickface is squatting on pineapplesoda.com and wants obscene amounts of money for it. As I am not in the business of rewarding scumbags for being scumbags, I just changed the name of my company altogether. If you see that guy on the street, please feel free to set him on fire.
Anyway, rockmelonsoda.com will soon be the place to go for new episodes, wallpapers, downloads, character profiles, forums, all that fun stuff. Bookmark it, tell your friends, etc. :3