(via: the Daily What)
There are many ways to communicate. Pictograms were the first forms of written communication. The unfortunate thing about that type of communication is that without the language culture and environment the images have lost nearly all context. As such this style of communication is best used on the fly to help people better understand and share complex ideas. Not as a form of record keeping.
Enter Codecademy, a social networking, coding 101, online course. Instruction is broken down into bite sized pieces and you win badges for all to see by completing these sections. This theoretically provides a drive element to the learning process.
I just recently found this Charlie’s youtube channel and I think He is hilarious. I am a terrible procrastinator and it is a constant struggle for me and I think most people.
Neil deGrasse Tyson is awesome. What he’s talking about here is how culturally, Americans hold on to old number traditions that don’t make sense any more. Not when it’s supposed to be a progressive society.
Alfred Sirleaf is a man with a chalk board which he calls Daily Talk. Since 2000 in the Liberian capitol of Monrovia, he has been curating Daily Talk since 2000. Right in the middle of a second civil war.
I find all languages fascinating. English being my native language, is especially interesting to me. Unlike Klingon, or Toki Pona or most of the other created languages, English has developed over thousands of years and has gone though many changes.
Ever heard of Toki Pona. It’s a language created by translator and linguist Sonja Elen Kisa, and was first published online in mid-2001.
Inspired by Taoist ideals, Toki Pona was designed to express maximal meaning with minimal complexity by making use of only 14 letters and 120 root words. It’s structure is based on the Sapir–Whorf hypothesis, which states that the structure of a language affects the ways in which its speakers are able to conceptualize their world.
This is the Amazing Screw on Head. A pilot made for the sci-fi channel that didn’t get picked up.