This is only for people who are literally in the middle of having a heart attack and also prefer lemon lime flavor to cherry or grape.
(Also, I have added this powder packet to the mobile pharmacy that is my purse in the hopes of saving a life and appearing on the cover of the New York Post with the word “HERO” next to a flattering photograph of myself, but mostly for the life saving part.)
A year ago, Tumblr did something unprecedented — we created an editorial team of experienced journalists and editors assigned to cover Tumblr as a living, breathing community. The team’s mandate was to tell the stories of Tumblr creators in a truly thoughtful way — focusing on the…
You know what would be awesome? If a company just hired the Storyboard team as a team. Companies have been known to poach teams of people who work well together (The Onion mass exodus to Turner/Thing X piqued my interest in this as a possible trend), so it’s not crazy. If I ran a company and was looking to build an editorial team, I’d be thinking about hiring this award-winning group of four as a whole and skip over all those months of strangers figuring out how to communicate in shorthand.
Either way, I can see companies creating jobs just for these folks.
This pet name is from the This American Life episode “20 Acts in 60 Minutes,” from 2003. Act 8: “The Greatest Dog Name in the World.” It’s hilarious. Listen here. (The Tate Donovan story, Act 1, is also hilarious.)
WORST: Yo Is This Racist? on a Crowded subway platform when I thought my headphones were plugged in and couldn’t figure out why everyone was staring at me for a full minute before I realized what was going on and frantically tried to turn it off for another 20 seconds.
Be careful out there, podcast listeners. I still stand behind both these podcasts, but am a little bit annoyed with Stitcher.
Hey, are you a linguist in need of a dissertation topic? I have one, maybe: “The September 2001 Accent: Generational/Temporal Accents in the 9/11 Tapes.”
The voices in that audio (in the FAA/Norad/AA tapes released by the NY Times in 2011 and also the 911 calls used in Zero Dark Thirty) are a mix of generational accents (from the ’50s-’80s, I think?) with a 2001 temporal spin, and, already, just eleven years later, sound absolutely nothing like the way people talk now. (Note: it’s probably not a good idea to try to listen to them casually, they’re very hard to listen to, obviously, and I’m not suggesting that they be treated lightly.)
But because these tapes are of real people speaking off the cuff (not even just off the cuff - in a highly stressful situation), on one particular day (as opposed to the showbiz/political speech audio we have so much access to), they accidentally provide a unique audio cross-section, a (somewhat) representative snapshot of the American accent as it was in 2001.
There’s probably no way to do it without suggesting (or at least entertaining) the idea that the chaos and fear of September 11th, 2001 and its aftershocks caused us all to start treating declarative and imperative sentences as if they were interrogative, though, whether that’s true or not.