I’m not going to lie, I’m a HUGE bookworm and my books are often peppered with annotations. While I’m more of a traditionalist in the reading experience (i.e. not a huge fan of e-books), I’d really love to see how you can socialize the experience. A huge plus would be the ability to annotate directly on the e-reader, then have collapsed threads/convos open up either directly on the page or directed to a platform like Good Reads to continue the conversation.
I’m not as up to speed on digital publishing so feel free to let me know if this idea already exists! Would definitely be tempted to buy an e-book reader if that’s the case.
Um. Why do you "die a little inside whenever Burma is referred to as Myanmar"? I mean. Burma IS Myanmar. Myanmar is the new name.
Looking at the name face-value, you’re absolutely correct and that the names can be used interchangeably. But Myanmar was the name chosen by the military junta and so I’ve always associated that name with that regime. And obviously that regime has been ruthless in its persecution of monks and political activists as well as committing a horrifying array of other human rights abuses. So you can probably see why I get a little bit rankled..
Kind of a lengthy explanation, but hope that clears things up!
Given the option to save one thing in the event of a disaster, many people will choose something priceless over something of monetary value. Photographs are often at the top of that list.
(Lee Jin-man - AP)
But when an earthquake and tsunami struck Japan on March 11, 2011, citizens of Tohoku had to leave all of their belongings behind to flee. Those priceless photo albums that documented generations of family life were left behind. Many were later found lying ruined in piles of debris and mud. Many more were lost.
Sometimes, I wonder why my interests are do disjointed because honestly, they go something like this:
Who doesn’t crave good content? Your community will thank you.
Alexander McQueen’s Spring/Summer 2005 chess-themed fashion show = DIVINE. Check and mate.
I always have an eye out for international development news and am waiting to see the possibilities of greater economic development for Libya and Tunisia, considering the countries’ recent political changes and upheavals.
Bought a Groupon for a cupcake decorating class and you better believe that I’m (RIDICULOUSLY) excited for it!!
And don’t even get me started on all the design, tech, creative ads, etc that I’m obsessed with either.
“When my confident, curious, adventurous 12-year-old daughter asked if she could go get ice cream by herself (we live in a city) the first thing that I thought of was how to prepare her to hear: “Where’s my smile, baby?” “Wanna go for a ride?” What if she is surprised? Looks down? Doesn’t give the guy speaking to her the positive response that he seems to think he’s entitled to? What hurtful, explicit things will he then say to put her in her place? From now on, she’ll have to be on alert. How many times will she have to go out of her way, take longer routes, not go certain places, alter her clothes? Not forget to hold her keys poking through her fingers? Not take certain buses, and pay for a cab instead of taking a metro? Take her lighthearted moods and tuck them away behind earphones and fake phone conversations? How will it make my daughter feel? Powerless? Angry? Sad? Scared? It’s stressful and depressing to have to acknowledge the underlying threat of violence, especially in a culture that is dedicated to equality for all, a concept predicated on equal and safe access to public space and free speech. Her loss of innocence will have as much to do with the betrayal of this myth of equality and equal access as with understanding her physical vulnerability.”
“What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one. Orwell feared those who would deprive us of information. Huxley feared those who would give us so much that we would be reduced to passivity and egoism. Orwell feared that the truth would be concealed from us. Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance. Orwell feared we would become a captive culture. Huxley feared we would become a trivial culture, preoccupied with some equivalent of the feelies, the orgy porgy, and the centrifugal bumblepuppy. As Huxley remarked in Brave New World Revisited, the civil libertarians and rationalists who are ever on the alert to oppose tyranny “failed to take into account man’s almost infinite appetite for distractions”. In 1984, Huxley added, people are controlled by inflicting pain. In Brave New World, they are controlled by inflicting pleasure. In short, Orwell feared that what we hate will ruin us. Huxley feared that what we love will ruin us.”—