Gallimaufry

a miscellany notebook

Michael Hartford

Michael Hartford
Location
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Birthday
July 22
Bio
Author of "Dad's Eye View: 52 Family Adventures in the Twin Cities," available May 15 from Minnesota Historical Society Press. Writer, photographer, programmer, dad.

MY RECENT POSTS

APRIL 15, 2012 10:20PM

Evening Harvest: April 15, 2012

Rate: 0 Flag

John Gallagher on Secret Languages

In 1680, as Moroccan troops besieged the short-lived British city of Tangier, Irish soldiers manning the walls resorted to speaking as Gaeilge, in Irish, for fear of being understood by English-born renegades in the Sultan’s armies. To this day, the Irish abroad use the same tactic in discussing what should go unheard, whether bargaining tactics or conversations about taxi-drivers’ haircuts.

Read the full story …

I remember you – Roger Ebert’s Journal

That is what death means. We exist in the minds of other people, in thousands of memory clusters, and one by one those clusters fade and disappear. Some years from now, at a funeral with a slide show, only one person will be able to say who we were. Then no one will know.

Read the full story …

E-book price-fixing: Amazon is the real bad guy.

The DoJ’s action effectively robs publishers of the ability to price their own products and robs other retailers of any hope of competing effectively with Amazon. Hence the DoJ has all but guaranteed a future in which readers end up with fewer well-edited books—both physical and electronic—and in which writers feel less free to speak against concentrated power.

Read the full story …

How Much Should Sex Matter?

On the Internet, we frequently interact with people without knowing their gender. Some people place high value on controlling what information about them is made public, so why do we force them, in so many situations, to say if they are male or female?

Read the full story …

Why don’t Americans walk more? The crisis of pedestrianism.

In other words, not to be on a horse, flying or otherwise, was to be utterly unremarkable and mundane. To this day, Ronkin was intimating, the word pedestrian bears not only that slightly alien whiff, but the scars of condescension.

Read the full story …

Your tags:

TIP:

Enter the amount, and click "Tip" to submit!
Recipient's email address:
Personal message (optional):

Your email address:

Comments

Type your comment below: