Paraphrased: “If you look at the numbers, you soon realize that a huge portion of the population apparently have only read two books in the last year; Harry Potter and The DaVinci Code. They only use two websites; Google and Facebook. They only eat at McDonalds.”
“The Sullivan nod is a sales technique used to create a subconscious suggestion to a customer to purchase one particular item out of a list. It is used frequently by bartenders and waiters when reciting lists of items (such as alcohol or wine) in the hopes of getting the customer to select a particular brand. Studies have concluded that 60–70% of the time, a Sullivan nod will result in the customer choosing the ‘recommended’ item.”—Wikipedia
You’re surfing around and you come across something you know you’ll want to read later. Click the bookmark from Instapaper, and it adds the link to your “to read” list with a cute “SAVED!” blurb. Done.
Maybe not too useful for people who actually turn their computer off or only surf a few times a week. But for chronic surfers (and those who have more than one computer) it’s a great way to eat through window upon window of never-ending tabs.
I’ve been using it for a few hours and my list is already over 100 200 items long. It’s the proverbial inbox of would-be bookmarks.
“In his mind, dance music is a weirdly prescriptive thing — it has a specific sound, purpose, and context. It is a thing that is governed by rules, and those rules are primarily dictated by random people in Germany.”—
Much of it is common sense (“My taste isn’t your taste, dance to what you like,” to paraphrase) but sometimes completely sane and self-evident things like this essay need to be said since some people can’t think or accept tastes outside of their own proverbial box.
Gayelle (gā-L) adj. adv. 1. gay (the feminine form of gay meaning homosexual).
Some women (in the US?) are pushing for being called gayelle instead of lesbian. Their motives for this isn’t really clear, aside from “a long-standing and persistent distaste for the word lesbian.”
They go on to state that since lesbian is often used as a derogatory term and “antiqued” by having a varied history of application, a new word is needed. The definition seems to be more or less the same as before, though without the link to the island of Lesbos. I’ll get back to that.
I find this really interesting since gays in Sweden have taken back the derogatory slang-words (much like the n-word has been). The equivalents of fag and dyke are used without malice interchangeably with the terms gay and homosexual. Seems strange that ‘lesbian’ (if so heavily drenched in hatred and historical implications) couldn’t also be taken back.
They go on to point out that both “homosexual” and “gay” are strongly associated with gay men (in the US) with gay women getting “…and lesbians.”
That last part seems out of place in the argument. Replacing one word for gay woman with another word for gay woman because of a distaste for having a separate word for gay woman to begin with… It doesn’t make sense.
Something they mention in passing, which seems to be a central tenant of the name-change, is the association to the island of Lesbos. Since the meaning of gayelle and lesbian are both (essentially) “homosexual woman”, with gayelle being touted as more modern, it doesn’t come across clearly why Lesbos plays a part in the decision. I’m not familiar enough with the origin of the term lesbian to delve into that, suffice to say that “fag” means ‘something to be burnt’ (more or less) and we’re starting to move away from that as an insult. Once again; why not try to do this for lesbian?
Having read the site I’m left with more questions than answers. I’m not arguing against the new term; it’s not an issue for me to argue. I’m just intrigued about what the thought process was here. And even more interested in seeing if we’ll see women actually adopting the term instead of lesbian.
“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.”—Lazarus Long (fictional) via Jason Kottke.