Rachel Nelson Archive
Not all of us can make it to South by Southwest (SXSW), one of the hippest conferences of the year and a top convergence for original music and independent films, as well as a premier destination for innovation and emerging technologies.
For those of us who want to follow along virtually, we put together the following guide. First, Screen Geek has compiled a list of must-follow folks on Twitter, and a great SXSW Vine list and Spotify Playlist. If you can’t join them, you can certainly listen to mood music while scanning through the photos and videos. Check out Mashable’s “8 Vines to Follow During SXSW” for a sampling. SXSW’s Pinterest page is also full of fun visuals.
Tomorrow marks a little known holiday – Thesaurus Day – honoring the author of Roget’s Thesaurus, Peter Mark Roget, who was born January 18, 1779. This holiday is of particular interest as I’ve enjoyed learning new words since I was young. Words like “idiosyncratic” and “conscientious” were typical weekly suggestions from my father – words rarely used by children my age – but ones I determinedly, while sometimes erringly, employed.
In a recent blog post Words to Retire in 2013, I humbly echo my colleagues Samantha’s sentiment that we have accepted a decided laziness in writing, reusing clichéd buzzwords rather than searching for more compelling choices. To compound this observance, I am not particularly pleased with the shorthand additions to the Oxford dictionary this year – lolz, mwahahaha, ridic and tweeps.