This week, The World in Words podcast tries to figure out how an illegible book with no clear meaning became something of a classic.
Deciphering the mysterious encyclopedia known as the Codex Seraphinianus | Public Radio International
It works so hard, for so little recognition.
The Svalbard Global Seed Vault preserves the world’s agricultural heritage | Public Radio International
Cary Fowler, founder of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault and the author of a new book documenting its story and its treasures, explains why humanity needs a seed vault at the top of the world to ensure the genetic diversity of our agricultural heritage.
While some kids are selling lemonade, 11-year-old Mira Modi is selling cryptographically smart passwords for two dollars each.
Frank Chimero is a NYC-based designer, illustrator, and author of the Kickstarter-funded The Shape of Design, a book that investigates the influence of design on our lives and the world. Earlier this year, Frank co-founded Abstract, a secret company making a pretty neat thing.
Recorded in September 2016 at XOXO, an experimental festival celebrating independently produced art and technology in Portland, Oregon. For more, visit http://xoxofest.com.
Introductory music: "Flaws Run Deep" by Jim Guthrie. Video production by brytCAST. Video thumbnail by Searle Video. Captions by White Coat Captioning.
“I’m not rich, but I have a rich life.” – Chris Coyier
What we talked about:
The story of CSS-Tricks
Blogging as a business (advertising)
Building an audience with a blog
Staying up to date on tech
Having a clear value proposition
A day in the life of Chris…
We deconstruct and reconstruct the recent release “Arrival,” staring Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, and Forest Whitaker, and based on a story by Ted Chiang that we discussed nearly 300 episodes ago. There’s praise for the story’s restraint, quiet tone, beautiful scenes of solitary obelisks in remote cow pastures, and realistic portrayal of its main characters. We also enter a spirited debate about the film’s sci-fi plot mechanism, the way its aliens (and alien language) are portrayed, and the morality of a choice that one character may—or may not—have made.
As a new “Star Wars” movie nears its release, we turn our attention to some of our least favorite features of this franchise we love. Our panelists draft our least favorite Special Edition changes, retcons, Original Trilogy and “Force Awakens” elements, and more. Plus we each pitch a new “Star Wars” movie that can right a wrong in the existing canon.
Part two of our oral fixation: How to talk to your doctor, marine regurgitations, and texting. The panel:
Frank Delaney, novelist, podcast host, and “the world’s most eloquent man.” May or may not have had untoward interactions with a horse.
John McWhorter, Columbia University linguist and host of the Lexicon Valley podcast. Working on his 20th book.
Mehmet Oz, better known as Dr. Oz, Columbia professor of surgery and TV host; knows how to treat his own bee stings.
A phrase with roots in Ancient Rome has confounded English speakers for centuries.
Mike Vuolo and Bob Garfield discuss the etymology and history of the phrase with a grain of salt with Wall Street Journal language columnist Ben Zimmer
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