Posts Tagged ‘definition’


December 21, 2008

Maybe it’s just because I enjoy sailing, but this was a cool term.

In modern usage, the loose assemblage of skipper, navigator, tactician and other thinking types in the back of the boat. Generally: The strategic team within the crew, in control of the balance and course of the boat.

Originally, it was the seamanĀ  stationed on the poop or after part of the ship, to attend the after-sails.




December 2, 2008

When marketers and fake “concerned citizens” try to create the impression of spontaneous, grassroots behavior.

Grassroots > Grass > Fake grass > AstroTurf > Astroturfing

Example: “Hey guys, love what you are saying here, but you should really look at the new BlackBerry Storm! It is super cool and loaded with great features such as GPS and a full touchpanel! Go to to check it out.

PS- Don’t do this.



June 30, 2008

Throwing a HUGE amount of information into a computer and letting it figure out all possible problems and solutions. By plotting and analyzing points, computers can find correlations that no human could ever discover. Sounds big brother-like but I was surprised to find out that this is how Google’s translator works:

Google uses the same philosophy of learning via massive data for their translation programs. They can translate from English to French, or German to Chinese by matching up huge datasets of humanly translated material. For instance, Google trained their French/English translation engine by feeding it Canadian documents which are often released in both English and French versions. The Googlers have no theory of language, especially of French, no AI translator. Instead they have zillions of datapoints which in aggregate link “this to that” from one language to another.

~Kevin Kelly


June 20, 2008

The ultimate level of officiality. An event or relationship really only counts if it has been posted to facebook, for all the world to see.


June 10, 2008

A figure of speech defined by the repetition of the initial word or words of a clause or sentence at the end. The beginning and the end are the two positions of stronger emphasis in a sentence; so, by having the same phrase in both places, the speaker calls special attention to it. Nested double-epanalepses form another figure of speech, which is called a chiamus.

  • “I’ve got my mind on my money and my money on my mind”


March 25, 2008

The perception that a person, place, or thing has a mystique that an overexposed, monotonously zapped, natural human curiosity thirsts to explore for no other reason than that mystique possesses enough of a notable difference to commit at least some time to exploring.

Thank you


March 6, 2008

is a derogatory computer jargon term that refers to software noted more for the quantity of what is included than for the quality or usefulness. The metaphor implies that the creators chose the content material indiscriminately, as if with a shovel, rather than hand-picking quality works.

The term “shovelware” has more recently been used in a more general sense by video game reviewers to indicate any product of disappointingly low quality due to a lack of time and effort by the developers.

From our fiends at Wikipedia

Also see: Aquaman, Shaq Fu