Language is Data, Too — Don’t Mind It Too Much

RogersCreations has created this delightful animation of Stephen Fry’s essay, “Don’t Mind Your Language“, called “Stephen Fry Kinetic Typography“. Fry decries pedants in this essay.

I enjoyed this video. As an academic, I both wish my grammar were better, yet at the same time know that language is a fluid and living beast. Ah! the contradictions.

Do you have any comments on the video or essay that you’d like to share?

What Religion Are You?

We are told that religion and politics are the two topics that one should avoid discussing. I’m going to ignore that advice today — sort of.

When religion and politics travel in the same cart, the riders believe nothing can stand in their way. Their movement becomes headlong – faster and faster and faster. They put aside all thought of obstacles and forget that a precipice does not show itself to the man in a blind rush until it’s too late (Bene Gesserit proverb).

What if you are having a spiritual crises and you want to quickly know what religion you are? How would you visualize a spiritual crises as a workflow?

Holy Taco has come up with this nifty quick-and-easy flowchart to help you with your religious dilemma.

A Flowchart to Determine What Religion You Should Follow

Source: Holy Taco.

Did the flowchart take you to the religion you thought it would?

For a more “scientific” assessment of your religious beliefs, take the Belief-O-Matic test at BeliefNet.com.

[Via Noel. O.]

Save the Data

Welcome to my own version of NIMBYism (Not In My Back Yard-ism).

Yes, I know the US federal budget needs to be cut, but not my programs.

Seriously. :)

The Sunlight Foundation writes:

Some of the most important technology programs that keep Washington accountable are in danger of being eliminated. Data.gov, USASpending.gov, the IT Dashboard and other federal data transparency and government accountability programs are facing a massive budget cut, despite only being a tiny fraction of the national budget. Help save the data and make sure that Congress doesn’t leave the American people in the dark.

The video below provides a brief overview of some of the benefits the open data movement has provided.

If this issue is of concern to you, please sign a petition, write your Congressional Representative or Senator, write a letter to the editor, of just spread the word online via resources such as Twitter or Facebook.

[Via Citasa.org.]