Posts Tagged: LANGUAGE IS A VIRUS
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How I Got My iPhone to Finally Let Me Swear

I was on vacation last week (while apparently you all fell for some app that just sent the word "yo" to each other, and also all suddenly became soccer fans? Great work!) and I took the opportunity to handle all those little annoying tasks that you never get to. For instance: iPhone autocorrect is the most horrible thing in the world. For years, my phone has been typing "ducxking" for me when clearly I intend to type… not that. It's easy to fix!

Go to Settings.

Go to General.

Scroll down for Keyboard.

Hit Shortcuts.

There you can add a "shortcut" but that is actually a dictionary of [...]

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Why Are We So Terrible At Contacting Aliens?

In Stanislaw Lem's 1968 novel His Master's Voice, a message bubbles up from an underground fringe community that comes to be regarded as a message from an alien civilization.

A group of scientists are secretly assembled by the United States government to crack the message. For the most part, they fail. They run through some math, come up with a genome, use it to pop out a useless goop that can sort of kind of teleport things with absolutely no precision, and continue to search for meaning in the message. They fail.

The book served as a sort of treatise on the problem of communication with an extraterrestrial society. Such [...]

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Design Hipster Kicking It Too Old School With His Chic Tools

A local importer of high-end, hand-made axes from Maine, who then paints them and sells them for $180, is concerned about being perceived as, he said, "just some design hipster kicking it old-school selling some chic tools to a handful of other hipsters." How so? Whatever do you mean? Tom Scocca notes that "his website also sells a $165 leather sling for wearing an ax on one's back and a $35 metal whistle."