Is e-mail becoming obsolete? Some believe that, but there are e-mail newsletters that continue to do the hard work of curation for us. Here are a few I have been enjoying recently:
Everything Changes from the Awl— the theme changes, the frequency changes. You never know what to expect. This week there is a list of “tiny kindnesses” that people noticed. Here are a couple:
Make Your Point — to improve your vocabulary. I posted about this in January.
The Daily Pnut — a daily update of important news, curated for you, from sites like BBC, NYT, the Atlantic,
Elevator Grooves — the name here is still “Sweet Chili” but it’s now called “Elevator Grooves” and is from the Daily Pnut people, a weekly collection of songs you may not have heard. A couple of weeks ago I found some great Cuban music I didn’t know about thanks to them, and was reminded about how perfect for this time of year the Buena Vista Social Club is. The same day I was playing their music again, after forgetting about them for years, this documentary happened to be on TV. Kismet.
This dog has learned more than 1000 words in 3 years.
More about Chaser (both of these articles are a bit old, but still interesting):
Chaser has her own Facebook page, if you want to see how she’s doing now.
And here’s a website with all the background, research, a photo gallery, and more.
For another topic about “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks” see “Dogs, tricks, and trees that bend” from last year.
Some common expressions in the English language came from falconry, via Shakespeare:
Tube Quizard is a collection of YouTube videos with gap-fill quizzes. You can browse in several ways: by level, by language focus, by category, and you can choose either US English or UK English. There are two other options that don’t seem to be available yet (Australian and Indian). Let’s hope this site is just getting started and more options and more videos appear soon.
Click on the empty box and the video will cue to that time. Fill in the blank and check your answer.
You can also search the archives for available quizzes. Just past a YouTube URL into this search box. The YouTube video you use must already have subtitles.
You can also create your own gap-fill quizzes. There’s an explanatory video on the About page.