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[Book] Word by Word by Kory Stamper

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I came across this interesting graphic on the Author's website that will hopefully get you interested in the book - Word by Word by Kory Stamper


There are things around us that we usually don't pay attention to. Things that have a rich and interesting story behind them if we took the time and energy to read up on them. This book, Word by Word, opens up the world of dictionaries, the people who make them and the English language.

Before I talk about the book, let me talk about why I read this book. I've been interested in reading Strunk & White's Elements of Style for a while now. I'm interested in the English language and I'm interested in writing better and Elements of Style is one of the books I've come across a number of times as a good starting point to better my writing.

When I was discussing this with a work colleague (Hi Jonathan!), he recommended that I read Word by Word instead.

Now, coming to the book, it's written by a Lexicographer (Kor…

cowlick

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I'm reading Word by Word by Kory Stomper which is funny, insightful and delightful. I highly recommend it.

One of the words I came across in the book is "cowlick". I didn't know that "cowlick" is actually a word defined in the dictionary. Specfically Merriam-Webster defines "cowlick" as

a lock or tuft of hair growing in a different direction from the rest of the hair This reminded me of the comic strip


Side note : I'm a little sad that images of the comic strip I've come across don't mention the original creator of the strip. I'm not sure if the watermark was stripped (likely) or if the original creator never added the watermark in the first place (highly unlikely.)

Also, a "Tract" is an area of land and one of the examples for usage is
huge tracts of land  which is apparently a reference to the a Monty Python joke -


[Graphic Novel] Andre The Giant

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I read Andre The Giant graphic novel at the Austin Public Library a couple of weeks back and this page made me stop and think. I'm privileged and lucky enough to feel the same way.

[Book] Enduranve by Scott Kelly

I finished reading Scott Kelly's Endurance yesterday. It took me four days to read the whole thing, spending a couple of hours everyday. I picked the book up when trying to buy a few books for friends of mine (Hi Alex & Anna!). If you didn't know, Scott Kelly is an astronaut and being a spacenut, I thought it'd be interesting to read his book.

The book was itself an autobiography which revolves around the path he took to become an astronaut and the year he spent in space aboard the ISS. The flow of the book keeps you interested by alternating between stories of how he became who he is and his year long mission in space.

All in all, I definitely recommend the book to anyone who is interested in space and science. There is some profanity in the book and I came across a young readers version of the book which I guess has been cleaned up.

Moving on, in the book, Scott Kelly paints a picture of the Space Shuttle, the Soyuz, the ISS and more. I have seen a few pictures of t…

Science on ArsTechnica

I love ArsTechnica's reporting, on technology in general, and especially on Science.

To give you an example, here are three recent articles that are from three completely different fields of Science published by ArsTechnica which I loved

Fairy crop circles, termites and resource competition in plants - https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/02/its-not-termites-new-study-gives-fresh-take-on-how-fairy-circles-form/

Particle science using the IceCube Neutrino detector on Antarctica -
https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/03/the-perils-of-upgrading-a-particle-detector-buried-in-antarctic-ice/

Schlieren imagery and studying sonic booms -
https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/03/nasa-visualizes-supersonic-shockwaves-in-a-new-awe-inspiring-way/

In conclusion, you should read ArsTechnica.

Preeti's photoblog on Instagram

Preeti shoots a lot of photographs during her fieldwork. She's an ecologist so she gets to visit pristine wilderness and breathtaking forests.

Do yourselves a favor and follow her account on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/aranyamloki/ .

Here's what you can expect.

Living Root Bridges are handwoven usually made to cross rivers using Ficus roots. While a single root perishes in constant rain, together these possess power to withstand any calamity. Meghalaya is one of the two states in India to have these architectural wonders. - - #incredibleindia #livingrootbridge #livingrootbridges #india #architecturephotography #architecturewonder #communitypower #aranyamloki #ecology #ecologist #intothewild #intothewoods #intothewilderness #biodiversity #greenpeace #landscape #naturelover #earth #planetearth #meghalaya #mawlynnong A post shared by Aranyam_Loki (@aranyamloki) on Feb 23, 2019 at 7:49pm PST
PS : aranyamloki is actually two words - aranyam and loki - which together mean i…

Arrested Development Season 5?!

Why did i not know about Arrested Development Season 5?! Well that pretty much settles how I’ll be spending my day tomorrow. Maybe they’re only available on Netflix US and not yet on Netflix India.

ECT - Know better [Youtube TED-Ed video]

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TED-Ed videos in general are very information and I just came across this one which talks about Electro-Convulsive Therapy (ECT).

ECT is painted in a bad picture, mainly because of movies showing an outdated treatment. While we can't expect the movies to educate us, here's a video which can.


Takeaway - ECT now-a-days is delivered in mild doses and is concentrated to effect certain parts of the brain. ECT isn't the first thing doctors use for brain-related disorders but one of many therapeutic options. ECT might not even be the only solution as it if often paired with medication for long-lasting effect.