Jolie Holland Interview (video)

Here’s an interview with Jolie Holland I bookmarked from GoogleVideo ages ago and then completely forgot about. It’s worth a peak if you’re curious what she looks and sounds like when she’s not singing — when she’s just sitting there combing her hair.

And here’s a bootleg video of her playing “Catalpa Waltz.”

New English Words

Oxford English DictionaryThe OED (Oxford English Dictionary) has added some new words to their famous publication, including:

  • bada-bing, int.
  • beer pong, n.
  • Disneyfication, n.
  • Emily’s List, n.
  • GIF, n.
  • treeware, n.

The OED is known for their inclusion of quotes that illustrate a word’s meaning:

For each word in the OED, the various groupings of senses are dealt with in chronological order according to the quotation evidence, i.e. the senses with the earliest quotations appear first, and the senses which have developed more recently appear further down the entry.

I wonder what they used for bada-bing.

By the way, if you have any interest in the English language, grammar, or writing, I highly recommend Simon Winchester’s books “The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary” and “The Meaning of Everything: The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary”.

Anyone wanna buy me The Oxford English Dictionary? Only $999 Canadian! That’s, what, 50 bucks American. Free shipping!

“What Button Do I Press?”

A recent phone conversation:

Mom: How do I play a DVD?
Me: Did you put it in? What’s on the screen?
Mom: A TV channel.
Me: Change to channel three.
Mom: Okay, I see “Play movie” and other stuff now.
Me: Good. Press “Play” or “Enter” on the remote.
Mom: The remote has no labels. The buttons are all shaped like arrows.
Me: Press the one that looks like a Play button, or it could be a button bigger than others.
Mom: I’m afraid to press something in case I mess it all up.
Me: You want me to go to your house to press one button on your remote?
Mom: No. Never mind. Thanks. Bye.

A Cassette And Record Player For Your Computer

cassette deck for pcA cassette deck for the PC:

The PlusDeck 2c is a full-logic cassette deck for your PC. Use it to archive your old cassette tapes of 80s hair bands into digital media files for playback on your PC.

And, a turntable with a USB interface:

…the first USB turntable for converting your old vinyls directly to CD or MP3 with the included recording software (No special drivers needed!). It includes Audacity software for Mac/PC for recording and a trial of Bias Soundsoap 2 for cleaning and restoring vinyl quality.

I got rid of all my vinyl, but I still have lots of cassettes gathering dust. I’ll probably throw them out soon.