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In 2015, we’ll need different words to talk about the future - Quartz
"But “hackers,” “algorithms,” and to some extent “robots,” sit behind metaphorical — or actual — closed doors, where obscurity can benefit those who would like to use these terms, or exercise the realities behind them to their own benefit, though perhaps not to ours. We need better definitions, and more exact words, to talk about these things because, frankly, these particular examples are part of a larger landscape of “actors” which will define how we live in coming years, alongside other ambiguous terms like “terrorist,” or “immigrant,” about which clear discourse will only become more important.

Language is power—power that often implies, or closes down knowledge and understanding, both of which we need to make informed decisions about individual and collective futures. Everyone doesn’t need to become a technical expert, or keep a field guide to drones and robots handy (though it might be useful sooner than later), but, as I’ve pointed out in the case of complex systems and supply chains, we might all benefit from having a clearer understanding of how the world is changing around us, and what new creatures we’ll encounter out there. Perhaps it’s time we all start wielding language with greater clarity. I’m sure the robots will."
words  power  hacking  language  robots  algorithm  scottsmith  2015  knowledge  transparency  definitions  technology 
january 2015 by robertogreco
fey - definition of fey by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.
"1.
a. Having or displaying an otherworldly, magical, or fairylike aspect or quality: "She's got that fey look as though she's had breakfast with a leprechaun" (Dorothy Burnham).
b. Having visionary power; clairvoyant.
c. Appearing touched or crazy, as if under a spell."

[via: http://www.ribbonfarm.com/2014/02/27/demons-by-candelight/ ]
words  language  scotland  definitions  magic  fairies  fey 
march 2014 by robertogreco
anoesis - Wiktionary
"The reception of impressions or sensations (by the brain) without any intellectual understanding."

[Or http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/anoesis ]

"a state of mind consisting of pure sensation or emotion without cognitive content."

[See also: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/2805318/posts ]
words  definitions  impressions  feelings  sensations  understanding  sensing  anoesis  via:felipemartinez  cognition  inputs  intuition 
march 2014 by robertogreco
floccinaucinihilipilification - Wiktionary
"(often humorous) The act or habit of describing or regarding something as unimportant, of having no value or being worthless."

[via: https://twitter.com/tejucole/status/441397146227834880 ]
words  humor  pointlessness  definitions 
march 2014 by robertogreco
The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows — onism
"n. the frustration of being stuck in just one body, that inhabits only one place at a time, which is like standing in front of the departures screen at an airport, flickering over with strange place names like other people’s passwords, each representing one more thing you’ll never get to see before you die—and all because, as the arrow on the map helpfully points out, you are here."
onism  words  time  place  dictionaryofobscuresorrows  definitions  airports  temporality 
january 2014 by robertogreco
cartocacoethes
"n.— Note: Related to cacoethes. «Indeed, many prehistoric “maps” may be the result of cartocacoethes—a mania, uncontrollable urge, compulsion or itch to see maps everywhere. Map simulacra like chipped paint: a stone China: a mud puddle Australia: and “geographic tongue:” —a medical condition that “looks like a map.”» —“Cartocacoethes: Why the World’s Oldest Map Isn’t a Map” Making Maps: DIY Cartography Oct. 13, 2008. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)"

[via: https://twitter.com/meetar/status/332245421990756352 ]

[See also: "Cartocacoethes: Why the World’s Oldest Map Isn’t a Map" http://makingmaps.net/2008/10/13/cartocacoethes-why-the-worlds-oldest-map-isnt-a-map/ ]
maps  mapping  perception  cartocacoethes  manias  pareidolia  words  definitions  simulacra 
may 2013 by robertogreco
Dysphemism - Wikipedia
"In language, dysphemism, malphemism, and cacophemism refer to the usage of an intentionally harsh (rather than polite) word or expression; roughly the opposite of euphemism.[1]

Examples of dysphemisms are (1) referring to the paper version of an online magazine as the dead tree edition" and (2) referring to conventional postal mail as "snail-mail"."
snailmail  cacophemisms  malphemisms  dysphemisms  euphemisms  definitions  language  words  english 
june 2012 by robertogreco
Take ‘Em To Task - Smiley & West
"A minister from Ventura, CA takes West to task on the terms "progressives" vs "liberals"."
cornelwest  travissmiley  liberalism  progressivism  liberals  progressives  definitions  language  politics  economics  2011 
august 2011 by robertogreco
Newswordy: Word of the day
"Buzzwords are frequently used in news media. These are words that do not typically occur in everyday speech, but are common among newscasters, talking heads, and pundits on cable news.

These ‘news words’ are accepted by audiences for their implied meaning. But often loaded words are misused or used out of context. The actual definitions can be different than what is implied.

Newswordy is a growing collection of these words, updated every weekday. Along with each word is a definition, a quote with its use (or misuse) in the media, and a news and Twitter feed on the subject."
education  media  language  misuse  outofcontext  writing  journalism  classideas  wcydwt  english  news  twitter  definitions  vocabulary 
august 2011 by robertogreco
Urban Dictionary: Fhtagn
"Word which roughly translates to waits/dreams/sleeps in a long forgotten tongue."

[via: http://twitter.com/agpublic/status/101644269621747712 ]
fhtagn  cthulhu  hplovecraft  dreams  sleeping  sleep  waiting  dreaming  language  words  definitions 
august 2011 by robertogreco
prepone - Wiktionary
"1. (India) To reschedule to a time earlier than the current scheduled time."

[Also listed here (worth mining): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_English ]

[Related, also interesting: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hindi_English and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hinglish ]
prepone  words  india  english  indianenglish  language  definitions  time  meetings  scheduling  adelanto 
august 2011 by robertogreco
Anagnorisis - Wikipedia
"Anagnorisis ( /ˌænəɡˈnɒrɨsɨs/; Ancient Greek: ἀναγνώρισις) is a moment in a play or other work when a character makes a critical discovery. Anagnorisis originally meant recognition in its Greek context, not only of a person but also of what that person stood for. It was the hero's sudden awareness of a real situation, the realisation of things as they stood, and finally, the hero's insight into a relationship with an often antagonistic character in Aristotelian tragedy."
culture  writing  language  literature  realization  anagnorisis  aristotle  plays  drama  theater  discovery  insight  definitions  greek  via:rodcorp 
june 2011 by robertogreco
William Gibson says cyberspace was inspired by 8-bit videogames
"I was walking around Vancouver, aware of that need, and I remember walking past a video arcade, which was a new sort of business at that time, and seeing kids playing those old-fashioned console-style plywood video games. The games had a very primitive graphic representation of space and perspective. Some of them didn’t even have perspective but were yearning toward perspective and dimensionality. Even in this very primitive form, the kids who were playing them were so physically involved, it seemed to me that what they wanted was to be inside the games, within the notional space of the machine. The real world had disappeared for them-it had completely lost its importance. They were in that notional space, and the machine in front of them was the brave new world."
williamgibson  cyberspace  definitions  neologisms  vancouver  britishcolumbia  games  videogames  sciencefiction  scifi  bc 
june 2011 by robertogreco
Lebenskünstler « Lebenskünstler
"The word is “Lebenskünstler.” It is a German word and connotes a person who approaches life with the zest and inspiration of an artist, although he or she may not be working recognizably as an artist.

Lebensfreude = joy of living
Lebenskunst = art of living
Lebenskünstler = master of the art of living

* Lebenskünstler (“life artist”, someone who masters life in a somewhat eccentric way)
* -meister (primarily satirical usage)

connoisseur of the art of living – Lebenskünstler {m}

Imagine making art, not with paint or clay, but with life itself as your medium. A “life artist,” or “Lebenskuenstler” as the Germans would say, is someone who finds beauty in the colors life puts at their disposal, someone who makes do with the brushes they’ve got and doesn’t pout over a few mistaken strokes."
randallszott  art  artofliving  life  german  words  definitions  lebenskünstler  joyofliving  living  well-being  language 
may 2011 by robertogreco
Adoxography - Wikipedia
"Adoxography is a term coined in the late 19th century, and means "fine writing on a trivial or base subject." It was a form of rhetorical exercise “in which the legitimate methods of the encomium are applied to persons or objects in themselves obviously unworthy of praise, as being trivial, ugly, useless, ridiculous, dangerous or vicious” — see Arthur S. Pease, ‘Things Without Honor’, Classical Philology Vol. XXI (1926) 27, at 28-9. Pease surveys this field from its origins with the defence of Helen ascribed to Gorgias, and cites De Quincey’s On Murder Considered as one of the Fine Arts and Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass as modern examples. Pease suggests that the skill was taught in ancient Greece, where the matters known to have been praised included gout, blindness, deafness, old age, negligence, adultery, flies, gnats, bedbugs, smoke, and dung."
writing  words  wikipedia  literature  definitions  arthurpease  lewiscarroll 
april 2011 by robertogreco
Frank Chimero - Designer’s Poison
"1. lack of definition for design…ironic that group of communicators can’t summon definition for their practice…2. public’s general understanding of design as noun…many clients believe value of designer is things that they make…designer, meanwhile, believes that core of their value comes from process, strategy…3. Not considering design a liberal art, & entrenching ourselves in opinion that this is craft for few, rather than skill for many…4. miseducation of a designer…Schools would be wise to focus activity around objectives rather than tasks…5. Asking the wrong questions.…How, the other on Why…6. Designers wanting a seat at table, but frequently not inviting clients…7. The self-serving nature of design…8. Villainizing criticism…9. Undervaluing philosophy…The core question of Aristotilian philosophy and ethics is “What is the good life?” How is such a desirous question not brought up more frequently…10. Our cognitive bias towards uniqueness of our challenges."
frankchimero  cv  advice  design  communication  why  how  craft  tasks  objectives  business  clients  criticism  philosophy  happiness  well-being  meaning  values  clarity  ethics  bias  cognitivebias  definitions  2011  thisishuge  practice  holisticapproach  authority  dicussion  aiga  work  glvo  twitter 
april 2011 by robertogreco
Power « Adam Greenfield's Speedbird
"To me, power is…

- an ability expressed within an immanent grid of relations superimposed on the phenomenal world, from which it’s effectively impossible to escape;

- the ability to shape flows of matter, energy and information through that grid of relations, and most particularly through bodies situated in space and time (including one’s own);

- the ability to determine outcomes where such bodies are concerned;

- this ability consciously recognized and understood.

By this definition, power can be exerted locally or globally, at microscale or macro-."

[See also the comments, including further reading and a definition of lines by Fred Scharmen.]
power  adamgreenfield  definitions  richarddawkins  buddhism  feminism  anarchism  deleuze  guattari  davidharvey  gayatrispivak  naomiklein  antonionegri  michaelhardt  matter  energy  relationships  body  space  time  spacetime  scale  fredscharmen  lines  adamkahane  paultillich  foucault  zygmuntbauman  modernism  johnruskin  gillesdeleuze  michelfoucault  félixguattari  bodies 
march 2011 by robertogreco
Beyond the “smart city,” part II: A definition | Urbanscale
"What do we call places where the above things apply? In recognition of the increasing ubiquity, everydayness and unremarkability of the technologies involved, we call them cities."
data  cocities  sustainability  adamgreenfield  smartcities  urbancomputing  definitions  2011  networkedobjects  services  efficiency  mobility  enhancedmobility  transparency  information  access  urban  urbanism  everyware  resources  urbanscale  serendipity  delight  citymagic  socialequity  inclusion  citizenagency  inclusivity  inlcusivity 
march 2011 by robertogreco
Dear EDUPUNK, | bavatuesdays
"…last straw has been your indecent exposure in the title of yet another book by Anya Kamanetz…

I mean, when did you stop dating journalists and start dating advocates for a mechanized vision of DIY education? You and I had deep institutional roots, and I am still proud to serve the public mission, why have you turned from this vision? I don’t know, EDUPUNK, I’m confused. I know I don’t own you, I know I have to let you go, but damn it….I loved you once! And I have a feeling your new lovers have moved away from any pretense of “reporting the state of education” and into the realm of advocating for a new corporate ed model. What’s more, I’m afraid they might continue to pimp out your good name—so be careful out there–it is a money hungry world. It might seem all fun and good right now, but just wait until they stick you in a cubicle and have you cold calling kids for that much needed education insurance they’ll need when corporations control the educational field."
jimgroom  edupunk  education  highereducation  highered  forprofit  anyakamenetz  unschooling  deschooling  words  meaning  definitions  money  billgates  gatesfoundation  khanacademy  salkhan  culture  edupreneurs  salmankhan 
february 2011 by robertogreco
The Anarchist Tension by Alfredo M. Bonanno [via: http://elisesninja.tumblr.com/post/3243827407]
"Anarchism is not a concept that can be locked up in a word like a gravestone. It is not a political theory. It is a way of conceiving life, and life, young or old as we may be, whether we are old people or children, is not something final: it is a stake we must play day after day. When we wake up in the morning and put our feet on the ground we must have a good reason for getting up, if we don’t it makes no difference whether we are anarchists or not. We might as well stay in bed and sleep. And to have a good reason we must know what we want to do because for anarchism, for the anarchist, there is no difference between what we do and what we think, but there is a continual reversal of theory into action and action into theory. That is what makes the anarchist unlike someone who has another concept of life and crystallises this concept in a political practice, in political theory."
anarchism  anarchy  definitions  philosophy  life  theory  practice  values  principles  action  alfredobonanno 
february 2011 by robertogreco
Anarchism and Other Essays: Anarchism: What It Really Stands For
"A practical scheme, says Oscar Wilde, is either one already in existence, or a scheme that could be carried out under the existing conditions; but it is exactly the existing conditions that one objects to, and any scheme that could accept these conditions is wrong and foolish."

"Destruction and violence! How is the ordinary man to know that the most violent element in society is ignorance; that its power of destruction is the very thing Anarchism is combating?"

"Someone has said that it requires less mental effort to condemn than to think."

"Anarchism urges man to think, to investigate, to analyze every proposition; but that the brain capacity of the average reader be not taxed too much, I also shall begin with a definition, and then elaborate on the latter.

ANARCHISM:--The philosophy of a new social order based on liberty unrestricted by man-made law; the theory that all forms of government rest on violence, and are therefore wrong and harmful, as well as unnecessary."
politics  philosophy  anarchism  anarchy  emmagoldman  definitions  ignorance  pragmatism  liberty  freedom  government 
february 2011 by robertogreco
The Best Language Tools for Geeks
"No matter your command of the English language, we all have trouble defining, pronouncing, or even remembering certain words, which makes writing tough. Here are some of the best tools to help you out.

We talked about online language tools for nerds a couple years ago, and today we're revisiting it with newer and better options. This list isn't exhaustive, but it's some of our favorite tools we've found—and even make use of on a daily basis—to help in our writing."
dictionary  language  lifehacker  reference  classideas  english  vocabulary  tools  research  wolframalpha  search  definitions  wordsearch  pronunciation  phrases  spelling  grammar  thesaurus  dictionaries  definition  words  via:robinsloan 
november 2010 by robertogreco
Synecdoche - Wikipedia
"Synecdoche (pronounced /sɪˈnɛkdəkiː/; from Greek synekdoche (συνεκδοχή), meaning "simultaneous understanding") is a figure of speech[1] in which a term is used in one of the following ways:

*Part of something is used to refer to the whole thing (Pars pro toto), or
*A thing (a "whole") is used to refer to part of it (Totum pro parte), or
*A specific class of thing is used to refer to a larger, more general class, or
*A general class of thing is used to refer to a smaller, more specific class, or
*A material is used to refer to an object composed of that material, or
*A container is used to refer to its contents."
synecdoche  metaphor  grammar  linguistics  literature  words  writing  philosophy  metonymy  language  communication  definitions  english  relationships  containers  rhetoric  device 
october 2010 by robertogreco
A family resemblance of obsessions « Snarkmarket
"Blogs — the best blogs — are public diaries of preoccupations. The reason why they are preoccupations is that you need someone who is continually pushing on the language to regenerate itself. The reason why they are public is so that those generations and regenerations and degenerations can find their kin, across space, across fame, across the likelihood of a connection, and even across time itself, to be rejoined and reclustered together.

Because that is how language and language-users are reborn; that is how the system, both artificial and natural, loops backward upon and maintains itself; because that is how a public and republic are made, how a man can be a media cyborg, and also become a city. That’s how this place where we gather becomes home."
timcarmody  language  blogs  blogging  definitions  cyborgs  regenerations  degenerations  connections  neologisms  words  time  etymology  ego  cv  obsessions  obsession  snarkmarket  robinsloan  timmaly  family-resemblance  ludwigwittgenstein  meaning  conversation  gamechanging  perspective  learning  understanding  misunderstanding 
october 2010 by robertogreco
Ochlophobia - Wikipedia ["Ochlophobia, enochlophobia & demophobia are terms for types of social phobia or social anxiety disorder whose sufferers have a fear of crowds.…"]
"In severe cases it manifests itself as a paralyzing fear that results in the sufferer avoiding anxiety-raising situations (running from the situation), having tantrums, crying, excessive sweating, freezing, excessive blushing, or stammering continuously. Sufferers may offer various rationalizations of the phobia, such as the fear being trampled in a crowd, getting a deadly disease from people w/in the crowd, getting lost in crowd, or feeling insignificant when surrounded by crowd.

People who are shy & introverted are most likely to experience ochlophobia. But not all introverted people have anxiety problems. Most people with the phobia feel unsafe around a lot of strangers, are just naturally very shy individuals, are afraid of being hunted by the news media, or feel the emotions of the people around them. Ochlophobic people are usually unable to handle situations involving 2+ other people, dating, parties, going to theaters, movie theaters, sports games, or the mall."
fear  phobias  crowds  themall  introverts  anxiety  definitions  ochlophobia  enochlophobia  demophobia  empathy  emotions  people 
september 2010 by robertogreco
for the love of learning: Accountability
Comment from John Spencer: "I use the word accountability in my class, but I define it as "mutual trust." We keep each other accountable by giving an account of what we're learning - conferences, portfolios, informal meetings.
accountability  definitions  johnspencer  joebower  trust  tcsnmy  teaching  learning  relationships  transparenchonesty  punishment  rewards  finland  portfolios  informal  conferences  lcproject  unschooling  deschooling  transparency  honesty 
july 2010 by robertogreco
Maybe it’s because I’m a Calcuttan….. – confused of calcutta
"To me, collaboration is more than just “working together” (in fact, far too often, colleagues who “work together” can be seen working against each other, not everyone has grasped the concept that the competition is best kept on the outside); collaboration implies that multiple people produce something that the individuals involved could not have produced acting on their own. In its simplest sense, a collaborative act is a bit like making a baby. It takes two people with somewhat different characteristics and abilities to produce one. Neither is capable of producing the output without the assistance of the other. Technology advances have meant that some level of time-shifting and place-shifting is now possible, reducing the simultaneity inherent in the original scenario."
jprangaswami  collaboration  definitions  tcsnmy  time-shifted  place-shifted  complementary  facebook  work  classideas 
july 2010 by robertogreco
Quisby - Semantic Satiation
""Semantic satiation (also semantic saturation) is a cognitive neuroscience phenomenon in which repetition causes a word or phrase to temporarily lose meaning for the listener, who can only process the speech as repeated meaningless sounds."

[See also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Semantic_satiation ]
repetition  meaning  speech  words  listening  semanticsatiation  semanticsaturation  neuroscience  sounds  definitions 
july 2010 by robertogreco
Evolution or Revolution... or something else - Practical Theory
"perhaps we don't have word we need. Because even "evolution" suggests natural progression, & that's not what I'm calling for. I want to see us change, grow, evolve, so that all kids can have schools they need. But I also want adults to be smart & wise & kind in desire & quest for that change. I want them to be respectful & understanding of how difficult that change is. I want them to celebrate the incremental changes those around them make while never stopping to work for greater change. & I want the (r)evolution to be done in a way so that it doesn't require proverbial bloodshed, & I want it done in a way that does take the best of what we have been, the best of what we are... & marries to the the potential of what we can be.

I don't know that "revolution" gets us there...I think we we're trying to do might be harder than that. But...if we strive for this kind of purposeful evolutionary change, we might get there in a way that is healthiest & sustaining for all involved."
chrislehmann  change  revolution  evolution  schools  policy  education  us  words  definitions  respect  tcsnmy  2010  comments 
july 2010 by robertogreco
Idioglossia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Idioglossia refers to an idiosyncratic language, one invented and spoken by only one or a very few people. Most often, idioglossia refers to the "private languages" of young children, especially twins. It is also known as cryptophasia, and commonly referred to as twin talk or twin speech.

Children who are exposed to multiple languages from birth are also inclined to create idioglossias, but these languages usually disappear at a relatively early age, giving way to use of one or more of the languages introduced."
idioglossia  language  twins  communication  childen  cryptophasia  definitions  words 
april 2010 by robertogreco
Capicúa - Wikipedia
"La palabra capicúa (en matemáticas, número palíndromo) se refiere a cualquier número que se lee igual de izquierda a derecha y de derecha a izquierda (Ejemplos: 212, 7.540.550.457). El término se origina en la expresión catalana cap i cua (cabeza y cola)."
palindromes  numbers  math  mathematics  español  definitions  words  spanish 
april 2010 by robertogreco
The words David Foster Wallace circled in his dictionary. - - Slate Magazine
"Below you'll find the complete list of words that David Foster Wallace circled in his American Heritage Dictionary. Many thanks to the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas-Austin for providing us with the list. (To learn more about the Ransom Center's Wallace archive, click here.)

Most words are hyperlinked to the American Heritage definition (available online via Yahoo). In a few cases, we couldn't find the definition on Yahoo, so we just left those words in bold."
words  english  davidfosterwallace  dictionaries  definitions  dictionary 
april 2010 by robertogreco
Let's Play "Name the Atheist” - Uncategorized - GOOD
"While I embrace (and occasionally spoon) atheism, I sympathize with others who would like a different word but aren’t comfortable with the ultra-hesitant "agnostic" label either. Fortunately, the English language has a rich history and ever-evolving present. In the spirit of previous columns on economic pickles and rampaging Romeos, here’s a guide to old and new terms for non-believing, heretical blasphemers—because godless doesn’t have to mean synonym-less."
religion  atheism  language  english  words  definitions 
april 2010 by robertogreco
The Danish Art of Hygge - Denmark - VisitDenmark
"The Danes have a word that's hard to translate, and no foreigner can hope to pronounce, but it's as Danish as pork roast and cold beer. It's hygge, and it goes far in illuminating the Danish soul. The closest we can come phonetically is "hooga," if we try forming our mouths for "ee" while saying "oo." It doesn’t translate directly into any other language but we can illustrate it in action."
hygge  hyggelig  denmark  culture  copenhagen  words  meaning  definitions  language  danish  coziness  tranquility  peacefullness  definition  comfort  peacefulness 
february 2010 by robertogreco
when richard feynman (3 January 2010, Interconnected)
"When Richard Feynman refuses to explain how magnets work he fidgets and bounces and puffs in a way I recognise from a friend with long-term mental illness, who does this when he gets excited and gets really into explaining a topic. ... The repulsion of magnets is the same as the repulsion you get when you push your hand against the sofa and it pushes back.
richardfeynman  physics  magnets  definitions  explaining  magneticforce  brain  excitement  mattwebb  mentalillness  2010  mentalhealth 
january 2010 by robertogreco
Small batch businesses
"A few weeks ago, Matt Linderman asked the readers of 37signals' Signal vs. Noise blog for suggestions for a word or phrase to describe a certain type of small, focused company. ... Boutique was deemed too pretentious...small, indie, and QOQ didn't cut it either. Readers offered up craftsman, artisan, bespoke, cloudless, studio, atelier, long tail, agile, bonsai company, mom and pop, small scale, specialty, anatomic, big heart, GTD business, dojo, haus, temple, coterie, and disco business, but none of those seems quite right.

I've had this question rolling around in the back of my mind since Matt posted it and this morning, a potential answer came to me: small batch. ... The term is most commonly applied to bourbon whiskey: ...but can also be used to describe small quantities of high quality products such as other spirits, baked goods, coffee, beer, and wine."

[see also: http://37signals.com/svn/posts/1807-seeking-a-less-pretentious-boutique ]
glvo  names  naming  language  smallbusiness  kottke  business  boutique  bespoke  startups  words  definitions  neologisms 
september 2009 by robertogreco
Marginal Revolution: What is conservatism?
"8. Fiscal conservatism is part and parcel of conservatism per se. A state wrecked by debt is a state due to perish or fall into decay. This is a lesson from history. States must "save up their powder" for true crises and it is a kind of narcissistic arrogation to think that the personal failures of particular individuals -- often those with weak values -- meet this standard. [...] 10. Responsibility is a more important value than either liberty or equality."
conservatism  via:kottke  tylercowen  us  marginalrevolution  politics  policy  philosophy  ideology  definitions 
september 2009 by robertogreco
Constructivism as a Paradigm for Teaching and Learning
"Constructivism is basically a theory -- based on observation and scientific study -- about how people learn. It says that people construct their own understanding and knowledge of the world, through experiencing things and reflecting on those experiences. When we encounter something new, we have to reconcile it with our previous ideas and experience, maybe changing what we believe, or maybe discarding the new information as irrelevant. In any case, we are active creators of our own knowledge. To do this, we must ask questions, explore, and assess what we know.

In the classroom, the constructivist view of learning can point towards a number of different teaching practices. In the most general sense, it usually means encouraging students to use active techniques (experiments, real-world problem solving) to create more knowledge and then to reflect on and talk about what they are doing and how their understanding is changing..."
pedagogy  constructivism  tcsnmy  definitions  education  learning  teaching  writing  philosophy  classroom  classrooms 
july 2009 by robertogreco
Thinking about "Design Thinking" | Manage by Designing | Fast Company
"So if thinking is at the center of the activity that we want to encourage, it is not the kind of thinking that doctors and lawyers, professors and business people already do. It is not a feet up, data spread across the desk to be absorbed kind of thinking. It is a pencil in hand, scribbling on the board sort of thinking. And while that may be obvious to those close to the process already, I am afraid it is not what folks conjure up when they first hear the phrase design thinking."
design  designthinking  thinking  terminology  definitions  process  making  doing  brucemau  billbuxton 
july 2009 by robertogreco
Scope (Schulze & Webb) [Slide 43 is his "100 hours challenge"]
"Design, culture, scale, space, superpowers. Key concepts: design and contributing to culture; ourselves as individuals and the big picture; taking action." From slide 43: "put aside 100 hours over this summer...Now for the next two days, go to talks and start conversations with people you don’t know, and choose what to spend your 100 hours on. I guarantee that everyone in this room can produce something or has some special skill, and maybe they’re not even aware of it. Ask them what theirs is, find out, because you’ll get ideas about what to learn yourself, and decide what to spend your 100 hours on. Do that for me. Because when you contribute, when you participate in culture, when you’re no longer solving problems, but inventing culture itself, that is when life starts getting interesting."

[video here: http://video.reboot.dk/video/486775/matt-webb-scope ]
mattwebb  design  culture  glvo  cv  schulzeandwebb  superpowers  imagination  creativity  tcsnmy  make  do  diy  definitions  books  wholeearthcatalog  stewartbrand  brunomunari  macro  bigpicture  generalists  risk  macroscope  ideas  thinking  designthinking  jackschulze  change  gamechanging  invention  futurism  reinvention  perspective  johnthackara  iterative  victorpapanek  informallearning  learning  zefrank  cognitivesurplus  plp  berg  berglondon 
june 2009 by robertogreco
Eli Gerzon - Writer, Traveler, Worldschooler | Worldschooling
"Worldschooling — This is a new term coined by Eli Gerzon that is essentially a more descriptive and positive version of unschooling that can apply to anyone even those beyond school age. Gerzon defines it by saying, "It's when the whole world is your school, instead school being your whole world." Eli Gerzon has "unschooled through college" mainly by learning from his international travels but the term does not require you to travel the world, just as unschooling doesn't forbid making use of school resources. Instead, it's when one actively experiences and learns from the world around one: the home, family, friends, strangers of all backgrounds, libraries, parks, sports, forests, schools, towns, and of course the world and the world wide web. It also emphasizes that there is always more to learn from this wonderful, complex world regardless of whether one has a high school degree, is a doctor, or is solely self-educated."
unschooling  deschooling  worldschooling  homeschool  schooling  schools  education  learning  definitions  lcproject  tcsnmy 
may 2009 by robertogreco
Una palabra | Blog de Viajes
"Me gusta descubrir palabras nuevas. En particular, aquellas que resumen de manera muy sintética un concepto para el cual antes necesitaba usar varias palabras. En Perú hay al menos dos ejemplos que siempre me han parecido muy interesantes. La primera es “caleta“. Denomina a algo “difícil de encontrar”, o “poco conocido”, o “que no llama la atención”. Muchas veces asociado, por ejemplo, a grupos de rock que no conoce todo el mundo. A tal punto que en los 90’s había una revista de rock en Perú que se llamaba “Caleta“, y que hoy es continuada en otra publicación llamada 69.
words  definitions  language  spanish  español  caleta  brichero  peruanismos  perú 
march 2009 by robertogreco
accismus - Wiktionary
"Feigning disinterest in something while actually desiring it."
definitions  words  english  interest  desire  disinterest  etiquette  social 
october 2008 by robertogreco
petrichor - Wiktionary
"The scent of rain on earth after a dry spell"
words  smells  senses  rain  definitions  english 
october 2008 by robertogreco
BBC NEWS | Magazine | The man who reads dictionaries [I need to think about how these quotes settle with "Seeing is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees"]
""Knowing what to call something makes me more aware of that thing. For instance, it's not terribly useful for me to know that [the sound of] leaves rustled by the trees is a psithurism. "I don't want to walk down the street with my girlfriend saying: 'Listen, there's a psithurism.' But knowing it means I pay more attention to it." Similarly, knowing that "undisonant" is the adjective to describe the sound of crashing waves and that "apricity" is the warmth of the winter sun brings these things more often to mind."

[See also: http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/books/article4878295.ece ]
words  language  english  observation  via:blackbeltjones  dictionary  dictionaries  oed  books  culture  definitions  meaning 
october 2008 by robertogreco
Ammon Shea left with onomatomania after reading Oxford dictionary from A to Z - Times Online
"By any sane reckoning Ammon Shea is a vocabularian – one who pays too much attention to words. In a single, gruelling year, the sometime furniture removal man, busker and gondolier from New York has read the entire 20-volume Oxford English Dictionary from cover to cover. He has returned from his adventure in the far reaches of the English language with a rich harvest of obscure and forgotten words to share: indispensable gems such as “deipnophobia” (fear of dinner parties) or “apricity” (the warmth of the sun in winter). In return he suffered back pain, problems with his sight and constant headaches. As his book, Reading the Oxford English Dictionary, makes clear, Mr Shea’s feat failed to make him a better person, improve his conversation or make him appear more intelligent. Rather it turned him into a mafflard (a stuttering or blundering fool), bedevilled by onomatomania (vexation at having difficulty in finding the right word)."

[See also the list of words at the end of the article and http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/7654511.stm ]
books  writing  words  reading  linguistics  dictionary  vocabulary  oed  definitions  via:russelldavies  dictionaries 
october 2008 by robertogreco
Redefine the dictionary - wordia
"We’re a team of language enthusiasts and general word nuts who have joined forces to create a new kind of dictionary - a democratic ‘visual dictionary’. A place where anyone with a video, webcam or mobile phone can define the words that matter to them in their life.
language  dictionary  encyclopedia  crowdsourcing  video  definitions  thesaurus  reference  learning  classideas  dictionaries 
september 2008 by robertogreco
zeugma: Definition from Answers.com
"A construction in which one word or phrase is understood to be related to two or more other words or phrases, while being grammatically consistent with only one of them, as with subject-verb agreement in She was upstairs, and her children downstairs."
language  english  grammar  figureofspeech  definitions 
september 2008 by robertogreco
What does design mean to you? - Core77
"Matt Balara interviewed eleven "smart people" at Reboot10 in Copenhagen, Denmark, asking the same question: what does design mean to you?"
design  definitions  julianbleecker  howardrheingold  stoweboyd 
august 2008 by robertogreco
Eidetic memory - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Eidetic memory, photographic memory, or total recall is the ability to recall images, sounds, or objects in memory with extreme accuracy and in abundant volume. The word eidetic (pronounced /aɪˈdɛtɨk/) means related to extraordinarily detailed and vi
words  memory  psychology  mind  definitions  eidetic 
july 2008 by robertogreco
Ask H&FJ | Hoefler & Frere-Jones - grawlix
“grawlix, n. A string of typographical symbols used (especially in comic strips) to represent an obscenity or swear word.” I don’t think I’ll ever look at a character set quite the same way again"
typography  language  swearing  punctuation  comics  linguistics  characters  words  definitions  english  h&fj 
july 2008 by robertogreco
Mamihlapinatapai - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - "word from the Yaghan language of Tierra del Fuego, listed in The Guinness Book of World Records as the "most succinct word"
"describes a look shared by 2 people with each wishing the other will initiate something that both desire but which neither one wants to start...more succinctly "eye-contact implying 'after you...'... "ending up mutually at a loss as to what to do about e
via:kottke  language  words  definitions  precision  emotion  translation  linguistics  vocabulary  communication 
july 2008 by robertogreco
contrapposto: Definition and Much More from Answers.com
"The position of a figure in painting or sculpture in which the hips and legs are turned in a different direction from that of the shoulders and head; the twisting of a figure on its own vertical axis."
art  italian  words  language  english  definitions 
july 2008 by robertogreco
Debate: Science Versus Magic -- Is There a Difference in the World of Fiction?
"We talked to five authors whose fiction blurs the line between magic and science to find out what they thought of the difference between the two. Here's what they said."
magic  science  scifi  sciencefiction  fantasy  writing  definitions 
july 2008 by robertogreco
Skunk Works - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"term first coined in 1943 by Lockheed, currently trademarked by Lockheed Martin and widely used in business, engineering, and technical fields to describe a group within an organization given a high degree of autonomy and unhampered by bureaucracy, taske
innovation  skunkworks  engineering  design  definitions  language  management  administration  change  learning  experiments  development  productivity  organization  leadership  research  autonomy 
june 2008 by robertogreco
Out-of-place artifact - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"OOPArt is a term coined by American zoologist Ivan T. Sanderson for a historical, archaeological or palaeontological object found in a very unusual or seemingly impossible location. The term covers a wide variety of objects, ranging from material studied
artifacts  curiosity  fiction  history  mystery  society  archaeology  paleontology  words  glvo  definitions  antarctica  antarctic 
june 2008 by robertogreco
girish: Brian Eno's Diary
"One of the reasons I'm attached to this idea is that it is capable of dignifying many more forms of human innovation under its umbrella than the old idea of genius, which exemplifies what I called the “Big Man” theory of history—where events are ch
brianeno  scenius  definitions  genius  innovation  invention  community 
june 2008 by robertogreco
A Game by any other Name… | Mssv
"In time, better sub-classifications will crystallise out of our experimentation, and genres of ARGs will emerge, just as the genres of videogames are now well-known. For now, though, we should recognise and savour the happy confusion that exists, and emb
arg  definitions  games  gaming  language  culture 
june 2008 by robertogreco
Unschooling Undefined - Jon's Homeschool Resources
"Unschooling is a word coined by negating the idea of schooling; it starts off with a negative definition. What, specifically, is it about schools that unschoolers want to do without?"
unschooling  learning  homeschool  education  deschooling  glvo  parenting  schooling  alternative  definitions  reform 
june 2008 by robertogreco
Flexknowlogy » Defining “Creepy Treehouse”
"A place, physical or virtual, built by adults with the intention of luring in kids...Any institutionally-created, operated, or controlled environment in which participants are lured in either by mimicking pre-existing open or naturally formed environment
education  twitter  learning  elearning  technology  academia  connectivism  myspace  walledgardens  facebook  edtech  definitions  neologisms 
may 2008 by robertogreco
Republicrat - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Republicrat" or "Demopublican" are portmanteaus of the names of the two main political parties in the United States, the Republicans and the Democrats. The terms are used pejoratively by those on both the right and left who allege the policies of the two
politics  wikipedia  words  definitions  us  elections 
may 2008 by robertogreco
“Information architecture” « Adam Greenfield’s Speedbird
better defined as "…the existence of another, more all-encompassing way of working and making: a yet-un-named field that comprises the kind of systems-level thinking that architecture itself might be a subset of."
adamgreenfield  design  informationarchitecture  systems  gamechanging  designandtheelasticmind  definitions  future  architecture  making  work  ux 
may 2008 by robertogreco
geophagy: Definition and Much More from Answers.com
"The eating of earthy substances, such as clay or chalk, practiced among various peoples as a custom or for dietary or subsistence reasons."
food  words  definitions  poverty 
may 2008 by robertogreco
borborygmus: Definition and Much More from Answers.com
"A rumbling noise produced by the movement of gas through the intestines."
digestion  glvo  anatomy  words  definitions 
may 2008 by robertogreco
frisson: Definition and Much More from Answers.com
"A moment of intense excitement; a shudder: The story's ending arouses a frisson of terror."
words  definitions  emotions  english  language 
april 2008 by robertogreco
My Strategic Boredom talk at IxDA's Interaction 08 on video - active social plastic
"talk I gave at IxDA's Interaction 08 conference, titled Strategic Boredom. Some of what I had to say I'd published in an earlier blog post"
boredom  history  definitions  sociology  society  time  cedricprice  luxury  philosophy  interaction  design  culture 
march 2008 by robertogreco
Absurd Entries in the OED: An Introduction To Ammon Shea : OUPblog
"Absurd Entries...certain class of definition...rarer than mistakes,more fun to read...moments when OED does something so inexplicable you have to close the book & check cover to make sure that it is indeed the same book that you thought."
oed  humor  dictionary  lexicography  language  english  definitions  literature  words  writing  dictionaries 
march 2008 by robertogreco
World Wide Words: Panjandrum: A mock title for a person, real or imaginary, who has or, claims to have, great influence or authority.
"Most of Foote’s invented words in this piece vanished as quickly as they appeared, but grand panjandrum survived to become a part of the language, no doubt because of its cadence and internal rhyme, and was later shortened just to panjandrum."
words  definitions  history  literature  english  language  glvo 
march 2008 by robertogreco
bissextile: Definition and Much More from Answers.com
"# Of or relating to a leap year. # Of or relating to the extra day falling in a leap year."
words  definitions  calendar  time  leapyears  english 
february 2008 by robertogreco
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