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1 Jul 2015: The title of Viacom Velocity's three-minute music video "The Fat Jewish Is Big Data Featuring Todrick as Hadoop" pretty much says it all. What don't you understand?

  • Social media star/E! Channel interviewer Josh Ostrovsky—better known as "The Fat Jew," but just feeling vaguely Jew-ish here, I guess—stars as the burly, bearded, rapping personification of Big Data. Singer/dancer Todrick Hall, whose MTV docu-series drops in August, appears as the rapping personification of Hadoop, the open-source software framework.
  • M.C. Python's in there too, also rapping, along with Kern Schireson, Viacom evp of data strategy and consumer intelligence, who keeps his mouth shut.



      At any rate, this extremely silly clip works hard to generate some laughs as it promotes the integrated marketing, branded content and insights unit of Viacom's ad sales operation, stressing, in cheeky hip-hop fashion, the ways in which Viacom Velocity employs data to solve clients' problems.

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about 12 hours ago

1 Jul 2015: The oral history of pie predates its written record, and cooks across the country swear by family secrets scrawled on stained index cards. Today, pie is eaten for breakfast, with lunch, and for dessert after dinner. It’s also often its own occasion. It’s rarely a celebration-worthy dessert — that’s what cake is for — but in many ways it’s more prized. (Because it takes time and will, a slice of pie carries more importance than a cookie, but is less fussy than cake.) So how did it earn its place at the American table? Here now, a guide to sweet American pie styles, from crust to shape to filling, with a dollop of history on top.

about 20 hours ago

Interactive visualizations based on the Eigenfactor® Metrics and hierarchical clustering to explore emerging patterns in citation networks.

about 22 hours ago

This online version enables users to pinpoint the range of meanings of a word throughout its history, their synonyms, and their relationship to words of more general or more specific meaning. In addition to providing hitherto unavailable information for linguists, historians of language, authors, students of English, and textual scholars, the Historical Thesaurus is a rich and unparalleled resource for investigating social and cultural history, showing the development of concepts through the words that refer to them.

Jul 01, 15

This circle represents all of knowledge in English: every word in every sense in the English language for over a millennium.

Jun 30, 15

30 Jun 2015: The Chinese have a way of reminding foreigners that they’ll never quite fit in. Because certain vegetables, fruits, and spices were introduced into the Middle Kingdom at a time when the entire non-Chinese world was considered downright uncivilized, the plant names quite literally include the Chinese characters for “barbaric” or “exotic.” Many are now staples of Chinese cuisine, but are nevertheless forever branded linguistically as Western interlopers. Here, we take a quick tour of the origins of some of them, and the degree to which they’ve assimilated into modern Chinese cooking.

    literally: “Wallace melon”
     华来士瓜 Hua lai shi gua
  • Honeydew is the only ingredient on this list to have been imported to China not by land or by sea, but by air—and via Air Force Two, no less! In 1944, Henry Wallace, FDR’s vice president, presented the governor of Gansu with seeds of the honeydew melon, which the agriculturally-savvy Wallace and botanist friends believed would be a good crop for the drought-stricken area. The fruits helped transform the local economy and became known colloquially as “Wallace melons.” The region still hosts an annual Wallace Day festival, where crowds gather to participate in melon tastings, gawk at melon exhibits, and play melon games.
Jun 27, 15

29 Jan 1984: This week sees a welcome new edition from Atheneum of ''Jiggery-Pokery'' (paper, $6.95), the ''compendium of Double Dactyls'' edited and in many cases written by Anthony Hecht and John Hollander. The Double Dactyl is a verse form that obeys very strict rules. Two quatrains, the last line of the first rhyming with the last line of the second; all the lines except the rhyming ones composed of two dactylic feet; the first line of the poem, a nonsense line like ''Higgledy-piggledy,'' the second line a proper name, at least one of the subsequent lines only one word long - but like most metrical matters, the form is easier (and more fun) to illustrate than to describe. An example by Mr. Hollander should make things clear: Higgledy-piggledy, Benjamin Harrison, Twenty-third President, Was, and, as such, Served between Clevelands, and Save for this trivial Idiosyncrasy Didn't do much.

Jun 27, 15

With backing from Atari's cofounder, an engineer-navigator brought high-tech driving directions to cars—during the Reagan Administration.

  • To appreciate just how amazing the concept of car navigation was in 1985, you need to recall that the Global Positioning System—the constellation of satellites operated by the U.S. government—didn't come fully online until a decade later, in 1995. Even then, the feds crippled GPS to be no more accurate than within 100 meters to ensure it wouldn’t help bad guys aim guided missiles. In 2000, that restriction was lifted, allowing a new era of consumer GPS navigational gadgets to flourish.
  • Etak beat modern GPS systems to market by a decade and a half. It was so early that its inventors had to digitize their own maps and figure out how to get them into an automobile in an era before solid-state mass storage, optical discs, or wireless Internet was available to do the job. (The solution: special tape cassettes.)
  • The team needed a rugged way of storing the map data for the navigation computer to use. The storage medium had to be resistant to shock and vibrations, and able to withstand the heat of a closed car on a hot day. The team focused on a specialized cassette-tape drive, which proved far more rugged and less expensive than a floppy-disk mechanism.


  • The gentle heat of early summer has me seizing every opportunity to dine outside on Tokyo’s terraces. One recent afternoon in Tokyo’s Hiroo neighborhood, I stumbled across the wonderfully rustic Hawaiian chain restaurant Aloha Table (2F 5-15-14 Minami-Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo; 03-6447-7360; Though it offers a number of healthful options, such as avocado eggs benedict or the Detox Bowl with a “superfood” topping, and also serves pancakes, rice plates and vegetable tapas (there’s a more extensive dinner menu with some veggie options), I only had time for a juice.
  • While getting the check, I noticed a pamphlet near the cashier for Island Veggie (CAS Bldg. 1F 5-3-9 Hiroo, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo; 03-6277-0962;, an all vegetarian burger place that I’d been meaning to try for a while, which was just around the corner and run by Zetton Inc. (, the same company that manages Aloha Table.
  • I went with the daily special, the miso konnyaku (devil’s tongue jelly) burger (a steal at ¥780): a slab of konnyaku basted in tangy and spicy miso sauce, with the rest of the usual burger toppings, which left me wondering why I had never thought to make it for myself. The simple texture of konnyaku — whether you’re a fan of the jelly substance to begin with or not — fits perfectly in a burger format.
Jun 27, 15

25 Jun 2015: Imagine a civilization one million years old. As Nick Nielsen points out in today’s essay, the 10,000 year span of our terrestrial civilization would only amount to one percent of the older culture’s lifetime. The ‘zoo hypothesis’ considers extraterrestrials studying us as we study animals in controlled settings. Can a super-civilization study a planetary culture for the whole course of its technological development? Nielsen, an author and strategic analyst, runs a thought experiment on two possible courses of observation, asking how we would be perceived by outsiders, and how they might relate us to the history of their own development.

Jun 26, 15

25 Jun 2015: The transformation of a large country house from cosy old backwater into an ultra-trendy Postmodern, NYC-star-interior-designer-concept contemporary home -and the ensuing horror of the still resident ghosts of the previous owners- forms a central thread around which the film Beetlejuice weaves its manic energies.

Jun 25, 15

18 Jun 2015: I don’t pretend to have an answer, nor do I even have the right to explain the artistic inclination of Providence artists. But I would like to offer a peek into the local culture that has inspired my work. Our point of entry: A local news story featuring a couple from Fall River, Mass., who claimed to have been attacked by a sea creature at a Rhode Island beach. The segment, which appeared on Channel 12’s Eyewitness News, begins with newscaster Sean Daly addressing the public: “Imagine swimming mindlessly in the late afternoon sun when out of nowhere a huge, horrifying creature, roughly 15 feet long, rocks your world.”

  • I’ve often thought of playing this news segment to people when asked about the uniqueness of Providence bands. I think it eloquently demystifies the environment where the art is created. The news piece is a perfect snapshot of a very distinct culture. The cigarette dangling out of Dennis’ mouth, his creepy moustache, earing in only one ear and Roman Catholic-looking cross around his neck and Rachel’s similarly raspy non-rhotic accent and gold jewelry make the heroes of this news story basically interchangeable with any of my own aunts and uncles.


  • I grew up in an atmosphere of hard drinking, hard cigarette smoking and hard working New Englanders. My family and their friends were all angry, anxious and beautiful. They struggled with money, depression and substance abuse but none of it was recognized as a problem—it was just living. Now, I don’t know for a fact that Dennis, Rachel and Joey struggle with any of these issues, but I do know that I felt like my 5-year-old self at a clam bake when I watched this video.
  • The other members of the bands I’ve played in have all recounted very similar childhood experiences. We all share this New England way of being and we refuse to be anything but. Like most New Englanders we are stubborn. Despite the fact that in the past 20 years new industries have moved in to Rhode Island, the economy still relies heavily on manufacturing jewelry, electrical equipment and silverware—industries that have been largely forgotten in most American cities.

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Jun 24, 15

24 Jun 2015: PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- It would be easy to miss Ebisu, located on a side street where Providence joins Cranston. And it would be a shame if you did, because the menu at this restaurant that opened in 2008 has some wonderful soupy Japanese fare as well as innovative options, especially in the list of appetizers.

Jun 24, 15

Welcome to, home of E,
the secure distributed persistent language
for capability-based smart contracting.

Jun 24, 15

Jun 2015: The web was originally imagined to be a simple distributed document retrieval system. It is now being used for applications that go far beyond the system's original capabilities and intentions. We have found ways to make it work, but they are difficult and far too fragile. Many times companies have offered to replace the web with superior proprietary systems, but we rejected them. We have been adding features to the web, but this does little to correct the deep underlying deficiencies, increasing instead of reducing its complexity.<br /><br />

Jun 24, 15

1 Apr 2015: Even in today’s high-minded restaurant culture, staging has continued to run like an old-world speakeasy of free labor. So we decided to ask those in the know—past and present stages, plus chefs—to share their firsthand experiences with this niche culinary tradition. One hundred and eighty-three of you responded, with incredible earnestness.

Jun 24, 15

22 Jun 205: THE intensity of Philip Larkin’s poetic genius was matched only by his political bile. Immigrants were scum; prisoners were swine; trade-unions were filthy moneygrubbers. But this lack of charity, together with the author’s mistress-strewn life and scornful views on religion ("It's absolute balls," he said on reading the Bible. "Beautiful, of course. But balls."), are now being overlooked by the Dean of Westminster. Larkin, it was announced last week, will soon have a flagstone at Poets’ Corner in Westminster Abbey, near the tombs of fellow literary luminaries Geoffrey Chaucer, Charles Dickens and the memorial of Ted Hughes.

  • Chaucer, the first poet to be buried in Poets’ Corner, may be regarded as the greatest poet of the Middle Ages, but Larkin’s attitude to him was more mocking than reverential. As an undergraduate at Oxford, he drew satirical cartoons to poke fun at "The Canterbury Tales", in which he said, “we do not find any great striving towards artistic greatness.” He found Chaucer too sanguine, too lacking in “tragic intensity" to have written "Macbeth”. A few years later, while hurrying down a dusty narrow stack in a library, he chanced upon “an anonymous book of drivel dated 1895”, which, he said maliciously, he’d “sooner pore over than over Chaucer, Spenser, Shakespeare, Milton, Dryden, Pope, Blake, Keats, Shelley, Byron or AE (George Russell).”
  • He was far ruder about Dickens, whose “queer names, queer characters”, “aggressive rhythms”, and “piling on of adjectives,” was like a spur to his spleen. Larkin’s reading habits were irrevocably shaped by his father, whose excellent library contained “the principal works of most main English writers” with the curious exception of Dickens. “He cannot be considered a real writer at all; not a real novelist,” Larkin wrote to Monica Jones. “His is the garish, gaslit, melodramatic barn where the yokels gape.” As for the Victorian novelist’s “irrepressible vitality,” Larkin wasn’t impressed. “It strikes me as being less ebullient, creative, vital, than hectic, nervy, panic-stricken…How serenely Trollope, for instance, compares.”
  • But he didn't let this soften his unfavourable view of Dickens. He dismissed Herman Melville’s "Moby-Dick" as “fishy Dickens”, and in 1955 he mused, “As for people who may come to mean more to me—Dickens perhaps? I don’t think so.” Not surprisingly, he felt rather smug on discovering that Samuel Butler, a novelist he admired, was equally sniffy about Dickens. “Apparently Handel is buried next to Dickens in W. Abbey!” he wrote to Monica. “B disapproves of this. Of course B is rather a nasty old woman in some ways, but I always liked him.”

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Jun 24, 15

Dear Madam, I am only one, only one, only one. Only one being, one at the same time. Not two, not three, only one. Only one life to live, only sixty minutes in one hour. Only one pair of eyes. Only one brain. Only one being. Being only one, having only one pair of eyes, having only one time, having only one life, I cannot read your M.S. three or four times. Not even one time. Only one look, only one look is enough. Hardly one copy would sell here. Hardly one. Hardly one. Many thanks. I am returning the M.S. by registered post. Only one M.S. by one post.

  • Below, we've excerpted the letter from Bad Days in History: A Gleefully Grim Chronicle of Misfortune, Mayhem, and Misery for Every Day of the Year by Michael Farquhar, published April 21, 2015 (National Geographic):
  • 1912 A Snub Is a Snub Is a Snub

    The acclaimed but often impenetrable author Gertrude Stein received the following rejection letter -- cruelly mocking her eclectic writing style -- from London publisher Arthur C. Field, dated April 19, 1912:

  • Dear Madam, I am only one, only one, only one. Only one being, one at the same time. Not two, not three, only one. Only one life to live, only sixty minutes in one hour. Only one pair of eyes. Only one brain. Only one being. Being only one, having only one pair of eyes, having only one time, having only one life, I cannot read your M.S. three or four times. Not even one time. Only one look, only one look is enough. Hardly one copy would sell here. Hardly one. Hardly one. Many thanks. I am returning the M.S. by registered post. Only one M.S. by one post.
Jun 23, 15

Two - YES TWO - matching manifolds for one low price! The Moebius Scarf works symbiotically with the matching Klein Bottle Hat to keep you toasty warm. Each is one-sided, but together, they protect both your outside and your inside from the chilly winds of winter. Cliff Stoll

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