Tag Archives: terminology

Singularities Aren’t Just In the Future

In my first post about the Singularity, I rummaged through various possible definitions for “what the hell does ‘Singularity’ even mean, anyway?” On my list of five options, number 2 was: “A time when when technological progress goes so fast that we people before it can’t predict it (or what comes after it).” But this means that […]

“That’s So… TwenCen”

A couple of weeks ago, on my way to work, my attention was caught by the SF Examiner‘s headline, about a local political scandal. It seemed like something out of The Front Page. Alternative weeklies still seem to have a place (though I can’t put my finger on why), but I suddenly looked at the institution […]

Say It Short

Remember when the movie 2010: Odyssey Two came out? There was a simple, easy way to say it: We all called it “Twenty-Ten”. And for a few decades, folks like Terence McKenna have been warning about what might happen in the year 2012, and we all thought of it as “twenty-twelve”. These things are short, […]

Google+ Doesn’t Want “Real” Names. They Want WASPonyms.

Three pieces of news lately about Google+ make it clear that when Google claims they want you to use your “real” name, it’s a load of hooey. First off, a legally mononymous Australian journalist named Stilgherrian was told he couldn’t use that name — his actual, legal name — on Google+. He was not at all pleased, […]

A “Blog” Is a Whole Bunch of Posts

This is rapidly becoming one of my pet peeves, right up there with misuse of the word “literally”: This thing I’m writing right now? This single entry in my blog? This isn’t “a blog”. It’s “an entry” or “a post”. Sort of like that piece of paper in a book is a page, not a […]