The online society as a language group?

I was recently asked a very interesting question via formspring. An anonymous person asked me: I think the ability to “filter” — to absorb information from many sources and produce a useful result, quickly — is what really defines the...

Kiva, revisited

It’s been a few months since I last spoke about Kiva.org, and I wanted to bring it up again. Since writing, I’ve tried out the lending scheme, and am blown away with the ability to make a difference to places where it’s seriously needed. Not only has...

An hour to learn any language?

I have subscribed to Tim Ferriss’ blog for a few weeks, and have found its content enlightening and interesting. Having done a degree in applied linguistics, I found the his item about learning a language in an hour interesting, if slightly mis-named. Tim...