My media week 07/06/09

ABC’S By Design meets Hervé This, one of the two men who coined the term “molecular gastronomy.” This is a physical chemist who works at the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique: Molecular Gastronomy with Hervé This



In this article libertarian journalist John Stossel  looks at people who take stupid risks and then expect someone else to pay for their mistakes. Stossel quotes Herbert Spencer: The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools.”  John Rushenberg is one such fool.  He had to berescued  while hiking a canyon – in flip-flops. Stossel’s conclusion is clear: “If we start by billing drunken rock climbers who need rescuing, maybe we can convince Congress and the president to stop bailing out failed banks, insurance companies and automakers. I won’t hold my breath.”  Pay for Your Own Rescue.



NPR’S Fresh Air has an interview with Linguist Geoff Nunberg, whose new book, The Years of Talking Dangerously, analyzes the buzzwords, stock phrases and metaphors that were made popular during the Bush administration’s tenure. Linguist Reflects On ‘Years Of Talking Dangerously.’



Simon Winchester celebrates English as the one millionth word enters the lexicon: 1,000,000 words! These are the finalists for the one millionth English word:

Chengguan Urban management officers, a cross between mayors, sheriffs and city managers.

Jai Ho! From the Hindi, “It is accomplished”; achieved English-language popularity through the Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire.

Mobama Relating to the fashion sense of the US First Lady, as in “that is quite mobama-ish”.

Noob From the gamer community; a neophyte in playing a particular game; used as a disparaging term.

Phelpsian The accomplishments of Michael Phelps at the Beijing Olympics.

Quendy-Trendy British youth-speak for hip or up-to-date.

Wonderstar As in Susan Boyle, an overnight sensation, exceeding all reasonable expectations.

Zombie Banks Banks that would be dead if not for government intervention.


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