More Americans Believe the Jews Killed Jesus
The survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press found
The greatest increase was among young people and blacks.
Thirty-four percent of those under age 30 now believe Jews were responsible,
What percentage think Jesus was Jewish?
from the Associated Press
Archive for April 2nd, 2004
The Dowbrigade has been lurking around the premises of
Kinko’s has a dozen computers to rent out, and a single red USB cable which
We just finished delivering our main spiel to the convention. We should
It was a good mile from the main convention site, at the furthest extreme
Last year we presented on a really interesting topic: Moshe Meet Mohammed
Today we were presenting on a rather specialzed and unglamorous topic Balancing
Now that our official duties are done, the Dowbrigade is looking to get
here is the PDF of the slides
Cyber-Journalism is following a promising path from the bottom up and is now percolating into many major Univrsities. Check out this course at New York University. Titled “Digital Journalism” and taught by Christopher Allbritton at NYU’s Journalism School, it features assinments like:
Assignment: There are a lot of different companies out there producing some kind of blogging software. SixApart, Google/Blogger, LIveJournal, Weblogs Inc., and Userland, just to name a few. There are others out there. Contact some of these companies and show me what their vision is for the future of the medium. Where is it going and why? What are some of the uses of the blog that they see but which are not being done now for lack of applications? This is a business story, so look at it from that angle. Find out their business plans, their revenue model, how they plan to stay in business and try to tell me stuff I don’t already know. If they’re based in New York, ask to visit their offices and talk to regular employees. Make this a rich story to tell.
Where do we sign up? Is this guy coming to BloggerCon?
Now, since Bremmer
However, besides the very badass looking weapon in his hands what piqued
photo from Agence Presse France
Story from the LA Times
In a conversation with a fellow language teacher today the following question came up. When one hears one of the increasingly common TV commercials with a voice-over by a famous actor (as we are writing one for a telecommunications company with the voice of Al Gore’s old roomie, Tommy Lee Jones came on, for example), within the first few words, without seeing a face or receiving any additional cues, and going exclusively on memory of recorded, broadcast and poorly reproduced sound, one can identify the person who is talking. This is what the advertisers are counting on. Now, think of how many voices you can do this with. Probably thousands. People you know, actors and singers, people you watch on TV,
The question was, what qualities of a person’s speech make this incredible feat of aural recognition possible? Words like “pitch” and “timber” and “accent” contain some of the answer, although they are hardly scientific. Stress, timing and phrasing are important but inadequate because often the identification can be made on the basis of a single word or syllable. What makes each voice unique?
In part, this phenomenon is a testimony to the incredible audio instrument which is the human ear. In a crowded ballroom with a hundred people involved in fifty conversations, human hearing can pick out and follow any one of those conversations, filtering out the rest in a brilliant feat of semantic cognitive processing.
But it is not simply an exquisitely sensitive and wide-spectrum audio input system. The input device is also connected to a software system (or system software) of deep semantic structures, viral language memes, which allow human beings to exchange data in a multimedia stream so dense and nuanced that the most advanced computers today cannot decode, decipher or independently produce more than a fraction of the content carrying capacity of human speech.
Talking about talking. What a bunch of language geeks we are….