Whoops, I wasn’t looking

So I apparently got tagged by a blog carnival!  Yay!  I’m always in favor of that.  This one is Medicine 2.0, a blog carnival focused on integration of the web and the practice of medicine.  Check it out!  It’s got lots of technology links and posts about privacy issues.

Humanities v Science: let’s rename it Humanities & Science

Following a post by Dr. Orzel on the divide between the humanities and the sciences, there was a flurry of stuff over at Science Blogs, including stuff from Dr. Free Ride (who, by the way, is my life guru, blogger AND tenured prof in philosophy of science, her posts are always reasoned and thoughtful and interesting…sigh…someday I’ll get her autograph), and others, but I can’t find the links right now because they’re gone from my google reader.  Anyway.  Continue reading

Musings of the Week

1) Having seen this article in the NY Times, “R U really reading?” on internet reading, as well as reading some opinions on it from Prof. Orzel, and I was reminded of a conversation I had recently on the evolution of language.  Forget the phrase “R U really reading?”  R U really writing?  Or talking?  The advent of LOLspeak (or L33tspeak, or whatever you call it) has become a force of nature on teh intarwebs.  Everyone agrees it’s terrible grammar (my grammar is certainly not the best, but I know better than “I can has?”), and terrible spelling.  Some think it’s harmless and funny (who doesn’t love LOLcats?).  But some people consider it a threat to the current English language.  As to the article above, I think she IS indeed reading, but I don’t think she will learn to write from it.  Perhaps her mother would have a better time directing her toward fan fiction sites that at least have proper spelling.

Is change to the current english language actually a bad thing?  Evolution of language occurs over time, there’s no question of that.  Consider how many people out there can still understand Shakespeare, let alone Beowulf or the Canturbury Tales, yet we all classify them as English.  In history, it appears that this change in language has been pretty gradual, with occasional jumps, as when, say, England was invaded by the Saxons, and then again by the Normans, who of course brought changes to the language with them.

But this change in internet language has happened very quickly, almost as as fast an an invading force.  Is it here to stay?  Is I gonna haf 2 strt riteing all my posts liek this?  And is this an acceptable change to the language?  Are these new grammar and spelling rules that we should teach in the schools as evidence of language evolution? 

Some people would say that, though these changes are happening, they should not be taught, because they do not inherantly add to the language.  In fact, in many cases, they take away nuances of expression.  But it is bad to “streamline” a language in this manner?  Does LOLspeak interfere with transmission of ideas?  And if it does, how should it be dealt with?  I can easily see both sides of this issue, and I’m interested in other people’s opinions as well.

2) Everyone in the W.O.R.L.D. has been linking to this, about time I did, too, I suppose.  I LOVE Joss Whedon’s Firefly, though I’ve actually never really been a fan of Buffy (don’t hit me!!!).  But Joss Whedon is now out with a sing-along musical blog about the trials and tribulations of being an evil genius.  It’s fantastic.  And I can kill you with my brain.

3) Jurassic Fight Club.  The first rule of Jurassic Fight Club is, no dinosaurs talk about Jurassic Fight Club…

4) Where do trendy chunky layers stop and a mullet begin?  I really would like to know.  With pictures, if you have any.