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Literary Prowess Lost: On Mo Yan’s ‘Frog’ and the Trouble with Translation

It's a catch-22: To be proficient enough in the language to be an accurate translator requires a high level of education, but just such an education can cripple the ability of the translator to render the text accurately.

How to Create a Daffodil Text Effect for Spring in Adobe Illustrator

What You'll Be Creating In the following steps you will learn how to create a daffodil text effect in Adobe Illustrator. For starters you will learn how to set up a simple grid and how to create your own art brush. Using this art brush,...Show More Summary

Newsletter #1030: The “Lessons from Blue Bottle Coffee” Issue

[Welcome back to the Damn, I Wish I’d Thought of That! newsletter. This is text of the great issue all of our email subscribers just received. Sign yourself up using the handy form on the right.] Blue Bottle Coffee isn’t your average coffee shop. They take pride in being coffee snobs who take extreme measures to make […]

Follies of Denial: Jihad and the Islamic State

Western leaders who deny the religious foundation of the jihadist group Islamic State are blind to its raison d'être, which is firmly grounded in Islamic texts and the concept of offensive jihad. Furthermore, models for militias such...Show More Summary

Tucker Carlson’s brother’s sexist, vulgar reply-all wasn’t the worst part

3 days agoNews : ComPost

It’s rare that you get to see an e-mail’s text and subtext lined up so neatly next to each other. In an e-mail exchange heard ’round the Internet (you can read it in full, without euphemisms, at BuzzFeed, where it was first reported), Tucker Carlson wrote to a Bill de Blasio spokeswoman who had requested […]

More Messages Are Now Sent on Apps Than Through Text

The ten most popular messaging apps have a total of more than 3 billion accounts

Please Remove Me From This Group Text Because It Is Slowly Destroying My Sanity

“Please remove me from this group text!” What does that even mean? Remove me from this text? Who? Who’s supposed to do the removing?

How Facebook Plans To Turn Shopping Into Texting

If Facebook Messenger has its way, retailers will have a very intimate platform to talk to you, and sell you more. Today, online shopping is a cold experience filled with sterile UI. You add something to a "shopping cart" that's really just a list of stuff. Show More Summary

Bill Hines is still slinging lead at age 93

3 days agoVehicles / Cars : Hemmings.com

Bill & The Buddha Buggy during restoration. Photos and text by Anna Marco. Editor’s note: This piece comes to us from Anna Marco, senior feature editor at Koolhouse Publishing and a personal friend of hot rod legend Bill Hines. Among many other projects, as “Anna Octane,” she leads vault tours at the Petersen Museum in […]

An App That Turns Your Texts To Songs Is A Wonderful Disaster

What if the worst possible text messages you could receive were delivered as singing telegrams? We decided to use an app that turns text into song to find out. More »      

Is Regurgitated Ecommerce Content Throttling Your Profit Potential?

Cookie cutter, boilerplate, scraped, copied… whatever you call it, ecommerce content provided by manufacturers and suppliers has been regurgitated all over the Internet. Using this copied text means that your search engine rankings could be suffering, your conversion rate could certainly be improved, and your profits are ultimately suffering. 

This App Is Like Instagram, but for the Bible

The Bible—that is, the YouVersion app—has been downloaded nearly 175 million times in 780 languages. In addition to providing the text of the Bible, the app does everything from sending you a push notification if you go to a strip club to helping you form a Bible reading plan. Show More Summary

Congress wants to open up vast troves of federal airwaves for your cell phone

Every time you send a text or receive a mobile phone call, you're using wireless spectrum — invisible airwaves that transport all those bits and bytes from local cell towers to people like you and me. As more Americans become data-hungry...Show More Summary

What it feels like when you see your face plastered on Glenn Beck's creepy chalkboard

Glenn Beck's ridiculous Ferguson chalkboard Last Tuesday, March 17, I received a text message from my friend DeRay McKesson with a YouTube link. Deray asked me to check out the video. I had no idea that I was about to be featured inShow More Summary

Chicago-area Sprint customers experience outage

Wireless provider Sprint is handling an outage that's affecting customers in the Chicago area, according to a company spokeswoman. The outage, which began at about 6 p.m. Wednesday, continued to affect  Sprint customers' texting and voice calling capabilities as of 8 p.m., spokeswoman Yuy Namiki said. Show More Summary

Oh the Irony: NYTimes Finds America's Cuba Media Service to Lack 'Balance, Fairness and Objectivity'

The front page of Wednesday's New York Times featured Lizette Alvarez's "Out of Cold War Past, Broadcasts to Cuba Face an Uneasy Future." For conservative fans of hypocritical liberal media irony, the text box is a keeper: "Accusations of a lack of balance, fairness and objectivity." This from the liberal fortress known as the Times.

Browns, Falcons punishments to be announced soon

It’s been known for weeks that the Browns and Falcons violated league rules via sending in-game texts to the coaching staff and using artificial crowd noise, respectively.  By next week, the punishments will be known publicly. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that both teams were informed during the league meetings that the discipline is expected…

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