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Isn’t it time we reinvigorate our thinking and start asking more questions? Yes, says The Atlantic. Their refreshing thought initiative, The Atlantic Project, challenges America to Think. Again. 

Get in on the discussion starting with a range of questions such as:

Should women settle? Why do Presidents lie? Which religion will win? Is porn adultery? Is Google making us stupid? When is evil cool?

Each topic is accompanied with sources for more reference (beyond your own opinion and knowledge). Click on an image or topic at the bottom of the page and find either an article, short documentary, video, and/or blog for more information.

Ready. Set. Go.

It was only a matter of time that “Facebook” found its way into the dictionary. Specifically, the 2008 Collins English Dictionary includes it as a noun and verb. I’ve yet to hear anyone say “I Facebooked him because I know he’s a friend of my friend who had a class with him”, but I’ll keep my ears open…

via Mashable via appscout


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PSFK’s recent post on Japanese love hotels brings to light some interesting facts:

  1. There’re approx. 25k love hotels in Japan.
  2. About 2% of Japanese adults visit/day.
  3. The industry generates more $$$ than the UK’s hotel market.

FYI, love hotels are defined on Wikipedia as: a type of short-stay hotel found in Japan operated primarily for the purpose of allowing couples privacy to have sexual intercourse.

I wonder, are most visitors prostitutes and their clients? Young couples who don’t have privacy because they live with their parents? Being there are so many of these establishments, what does this say about Japanese culture, specifically, romantic relationships (or lack thereof?). Ironically, later on yesterday, I read about the new book Consuming Bodies: Sex and Contemporary Japanese Art. Looks fairly provocative, and no doubt sheds a little light on the above questions, but specifically focuses on: “the themes of sex and consumerism in contemporary Japanese art and how they connect with the wider historical, social and political conditions in Japanese culture.”

I was slightly (only slightly) shocked to discover that Turkey has blocked its citizens from accessing WordPress. Through the powers of social networking, specifically Facebook, I’ve had the pleasure of conversing with people from all around the world. One Facebook friend is from Turkey and when I recently posted a question asking people which blog they preferred (Blogger vs. WordPress), I was told by my Turkish acquaintance that he couldn’t see this blog.

This is what he saw when he tried getting here:

“Access to this site has been suspended in accordance with decision no: 2007/195 of T.C. Fatih 2.Civil Court of First Instance. ”

Hopping onto Google, I found this:

“It was revealed later on that the court action was the result of a complaint filed by Adnan Oktar who uses the pseudonym Harun Yahya in his creationist publications. His complaint was on th grounds of slander and defamation by Edip Yuksel who has been attacking him on and off the net on religion and science issues. As part of his crusade, Mr. Yuksel apparently set up several blogs in the wordpress with names containing Harun Yahya and encouraging others to do the same. I do have certain views vis-a vis the evolution-creation issue; and even published a couple of articles here dealing with the matter but that is besides the point.” (Bekir L. Yildirim’s blog)

Apparently, the web (in Turkey) is not the place to freely share your thoughts (no matter the content). I will say I’m a bit confused, because several people have commented on Yildirim’s post (at least one in Turkey) so I’m not sure if this block is throughout the entire country or if it has since been lifted.



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