Most used web browser by country, July 2014
I think it’s very interesting to see which countries prefer Firefox- looks like Cuba, Iran, Germany, Indonesia, Cameroon, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Eritrea, Madagascar, and Lesotho.
I was reading a newspaper from one of the small towns in my rural home county, and there was a girl recently born named Jorja (pronounced like Georgia, as they helpfully included in the birth announcement).
In my opinion, Georgia is a perfectly acceptable name for a daughter, albeit somewhat old-fashioned. Jorja, however, offends my eyes, like most innovative modern names with creative (cree8ive?) spelling. Now that I think about it, it looks like a name George R. R. Martin might come up with.
I’ve taken online quizzes that attest I favor “classic” and “old-fashioned” names, which is true. I don’t know if I even want to have kids (if I do, I don’t think I want more than two), and if I have any say in the matter I refuse to allow any child of mine to be named anything with a “unique” spelling. For that matter, I might also avoid names like Abbie, Bailey, and other names that can easily be spelled multiple ways.
Shut up and take my tax dollars!
The one great thing our generation is gifted with is that even once we’ve finished our period of institutional education (after high school, college, or university) we still have pretty easy access to current educational tools and information.
Our parents finished their education and generally they just moved into their lives as adulthood without any easy way of re-checking the information they learned as a child to see if anything they take to be common knowledge has changed. Even if they wanted to find out, like, hey, does the periodic table still look the same? Does the model of the solar system still look the same? Does our understanding of human nutrition still work the same way? it would have been harder for them to seek out this knowledge. It would have been much more time consuming, and they’d just think, well, since I don’t need this information to do my job / live my life, I shouldn’t bother.
But today, almost instantly, we can find out what the major changes to the period table have been in the past 20 years. New elements that have been added, atomic weights that have changed. We know that there are only 8 planets and 1 sun considered to be in our solar system, and that we have 5 currently recognized dwarf planets like Ceres, Pluto, Haumea, Makemake, and Eris. We can find out that the Harvard School of Public Health now recognizes that cow’s milk is not the best source of calcium, and that retinol (vitamin A) which is often fortified in cow’s milk can actually play a part in weakening your bones, not strengthening them.
We have new problems too, like the fact that the internet is so vast and frequently filled with incorrect knowledge, we have to sort through it sometimes at great lengths to find anything resembling the truth, and we can only sort through it using our best judgement. But thanks to the internet and quicker access to information, we’ll never have to stop learning.
Eh, who needs more than 4 hours of sleep anyway.