Quote of the Week

Posted: February 21, 2017 in Quotes
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“We like to think of our names as uniquely representing our uniqueness. And yet names are more like rooms in our home, full of both inevitability and choice, uniqueness and convention, but far from inclusive of everything.” – Susan Choi

Following up on Liam Stack’s quote, here is a sample of the use of emojis in translating scripture using the online text translator at http://www.BibleEmoji.com:

 

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There is also a book out Bible Emoji: Scripture 4 Millenials

Does a universal language exist? The ancients had pictographs, we have emojis!

“…emojis are universal in the strictest sense. Emojis have no gender, no race and no agenda.” – Liam Stack is quoted in the NY Times article “Emoji Bible Translates Scripture Into Smileys”

Here’s a new word: “stream cheating”. This is when you can’t wait for your significant other to stream your favorite TV show.

It has also been dubbed by New York Magazine as “Netflix Adultery”. A Harris Interactive survey on behalf of Netflix said that 51% of those in a relationship would do just that. And gasp, some revealed that they would even watch it a second time and pretend they haven’t seen it.

Quote of the Week

Posted: January 31, 2017 in Quotes
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“It’s so hard to say goodbye to yesterday.” – Boyz to Men

The winter 2016 issue of Urban Agenda Magazine had a very interesting article about the then newly completed “Oculus” at Ground Zero. Built in stages, it is NYC’s newest transportation hub, a fact you can really miss if you walk its many confusing passageways. Yes they all lead to the many subway connections (sorry no free transfers) and the NY/NJ Path train but it lacks any of the feel of a train station or airport. White and sterile, when I first visited it I nick named it an inverted whale skeleton. Well the article is this magazine “Inspiration In the Big Apple” goes further with colorful and descriptive phrasing.

The article’s author, Ellen Gilbert gives a good, many paragraph background on the architect Santiago Calarava, but it’s the quotes that produce the phrases that tickled my writer’s funny bone.

Here are some outtakes:

Amy Plitt, writer for nycurbed.com, says “sure to be Instagram catnip” because of its photogenic unique design.

Joan Gonchar, writer for Architectural Digest,is quoted as saying, “this subterranean drama doesn’t translate into coherence above ground.” And goes on to state, “the building which has been likened to everything from a stegosaurus to a porcupine to a Thanksgiving turkey carcass, is ill at ease on its site.”

Calavera is also the architect for the replacement at Ground Zero of the historic St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church that was destroyed on 9/11. Archbishop Demetrios, the primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America, said in this article that he hoped the nondenominational bereavement center in the church would “project something that will open a window to eternity.”

Whether “catnip” or a “window to eternity”, it’s always refreshing to read an article that has fun with words.

 

“If you open your heart to patriotism then there is no room for prejudice” – President Donald J Trump, Inaugural address