Multimediocrity. Admirer of Romanian movies, civil engineering and Necco wafers. Can open any jar with simple wrist action. Opinions are somebody else's.

Two-Headed Goat: The Podcast

mediapost.com — In a world of fragmentation, aggregation, plummeting CPMs, ad avoidance and audience parsimony -- in other words, amid the most chaotic media scenario in 300 years -- there are actually ways to build an audience and turn a buck. I refer, of course, to "The Adam Carolla Show."

English grammar quirk in which an infinitive morphs into the Latin rhetorical device hendiadys.

slate.com — Listen to Lexicon Valley Episode No. 56: And Infinitum: Subscribe in iTunes ∙ RSS feed ∙ Download ∙ Play in another tab Slate culture editor Dan Kois notified his colleagues recently that he was "getting offline for a bit to try and write." Try and write.

The etymology and history of the word carnival with lexicographer Ben Zimmer.

slate.com — Listen to Lexicon Valley Episode No. 55: Where Does the Word Carnival Come From? Subscribe in iTunes ∙ RSS feed ∙ Download ∙ Play in another tab Mike Vuolo and Bob Garfield discuss the etymology and history of the word carnival with Wall Street Journal language columnist Ben Zimmer.

Anne Curzan on the etymology and history of feminine designations in the English language.

slate.com — Listen to Lexicon Valley Episode No. 54: Sex Workers Subscribe in iTunes ∙ RSS feed ∙ Download ∙ Play in another tab Listen to Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss the history and etymology of feminine suffixes-including -ess, -ette, and -trix-with University of Michigan professor Anne Curzan.

Lord, Blessed Is The Man Who Trusts in You. Forbes, Not So Much

mediapost.com — News item: Forbes Cover Features Native Ad for Fidelity Investments Well, I suppose I've lost. Despite years of crusading -- in print and onstage and even before a major, major government agency -- I have proved pathetically impotent against the forces of so-called "native advertising," which is so called only because "Three Card Monte in a Bordello" might raise the suspicions of regulators.

Will Your Thermostat Destroy Your Life? It Might. It Just Might

mediapost.com — New from Samsung: SmartAleck TV - yes, a television that eavesdrops on your conversations, then sells the gossip to outsiders. You are being monitored, like Winston Smith, by your telescreen.

The etymology and history of the word quiz with lexicographer Ben Zimmer.

slate.com — Listen to Lexicon Valley Episode No. 53: LinguaFile VIII Subscribe in iTunes ∙ RSS feed ∙ Download ∙ Play in another tab Mike Vuolo and Bob Garfield discuss the etymology and history of the word quiz with Wall Street Journal language columnist Ben Zimmer. For more on quiz (and quoz!), visit Zimmer's Word Routes column...

On the Anti-Vax Non-troversy

onthemedia.org — (Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images) In the wake of a US measles outbreak, the media, politicians, and even celebrities have quarantined the country in a vortex of paranoia and fear. The combination of false science and government distrust has given a pedestal to the irrational, and the self-evident necessity of vaccines has come under attack.

Top 7 Things Nobody Will Miss When The Internet Disappears

mediapost.com — The Internet will fade into the background, says Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google. Yes, it will just vanish, like Amelia Earhart or state anti-gay marriage bans or NBC's "Bad Judge." Poof. Up in smoke. Now there will be things I'll miss, but there are other things that the Internet has perpetrated that we can simply do without.

Masha Gessen on the many translations of Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina.

slate.com — Listen to Lexicon Valley Episode No. 52: The Many Lives of Anna Karenina Subscribe in iTunes ∙ RSS feed ∙ Download ∙ Play in another tab Last November saw the publication of two new translations-by Marian Schwartz with Yale University Press and Rosamund Bartlett with Oxford University Press-of Leo Tolstoy's epic love story Anna Karenina....
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Mar 26, 2015

RT @SQFI: Attending #VivaFreshExpo? See our very own Bob Garfield speaking on the #SocialResponsibility panel this Friday CAN'T WAIT!

Mar 24, 2015

RT @draxtor: ahhhh feels so good to have nuanced long-form / radio reporting go the route of BOXING till death ;)_ I KNOW, RIGHT?

Mar 24, 2015

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Mar 24, 2015

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Mar 23, 2015

When McAfee fails to block a virus (which is often does) it CHARGES YOU TO REMOVE IT. refund, please. #mcafishy

Mar 23, 2015

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