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It’s December 29th, “Move Your Domain Day”

In case you’ve not been following the drama, GoDaddy came out and said they support SOPA, which is a very bad thing. Reddit responded by proposing a boycott of GoDaddy, which was successful, and a larger boycott day was arranged for today, December 29th. GoDaddy backpeddled and said they no longer support SOPA, but this is too little too late. This is especially true since it is just a calculated PR move, and they still support SOPA. So far, today’s boycott seems to be going well, and even NPR reported on it.

Why is SOPA so bad? CNET has a rather lengthy–and informative–article on the matter, which I recommend reading. As for me, my domains are hosted at GoDaddy, and today, I moved them over to Namecheap. At least, I’m in the process of moving them over. So the site may go down for a bit over the next few hours, but it’ll be back up soon, and then I can keep working on moving my sims stuff to here.

Hooray for boycotting!

LOL and OMG Now Words

Please welcome the English language’s two newest words … according to the Oxford English Dictionary, anyhow:

Love it or loathe it, “lol” is now a legitimate word in our lexicon, says Graeme Diamond, the OED’s principal editor for new words.

“The word is common, widespread, and people understand it,” he explains.

The word serves a real purpose – it conveys tone in text, something that even the most cynical critics accept.

On a side note, I like how the article interviews Ben Huh, the creator of the Cheezburger Network

So what is the definition of lol, exactly?

LOL (ɛləʊˈɛl/lɒl) colloq.

A. int. Originally and chiefly in the language of electronic communications: ‘ha ha!’; used to draw attention to a joke or humorous statement, or to express amusement.

B. n. An instance of the written interjection ‘LOL’.

I’m kind of torn on this. On the one hand, I don’t like silly things like this entering the English language–at least officially. On the other hand, I know that the English language constantly evolves and changes. (Richard Lederer’s book The Miracle of Language is a great starting point if you’re at all interested in this. There are plenty of deep, very scholarly works on the subject, but for everyone else, his book is a great, light way of getting some exposure to the topic.) There’s not much point fighting something like this; it seems like the addition was inevitable. Personally, I will even use it in conversation. Usually, though, I’m being facetious when I do use it.

I don’t know… I guess I have a love-hate relationship with “lol” itself, let alone the idea of it being in a dictionary…

Failure to Communicate and Around the Internet

Sometimes, working with a deaf person is interesting solely because of how other people react. This can range from the normal silly questions (“Oh, deaf people can drive, then?”) to simple confusion on how to interact with a person through an interpreter. The latter point is, I think, a bit more excusable. It’s not everyday that you use an interpreter. Not to mention that ASL Interpretation is simultaneous, so it throws people off.

(By simultaneous I mean that no breaks are necessary for the actual act of interpreting the message. A deaf person can be signing while the interpreter simultaneously gives voice to what they’re saying, or vice-versa. With a spoken language, on the other hand, the audience usually has to wait for at least part of the message to be conveyed in the source language, then listen to the interpretation. Otherwise, the interpreter would be talking over the speaker.)

Anyhow… The point of this story is that sometimes funny things happen between the deaf person and other hearing people who may be around. Yesterday, I was on one side of the classroom, dealing with something else. My deaf student was sitting at the table with a few other kids, doing some work. Suddenly, one of the other boys (autistic) at the table turns to her and speaks to her. Even though I was on the other side of the room, I could catch the conversation:

Autistic Boy: Hi! How are you doing?

Deaf Student: *Gets confused look on her face, looks at him, and almost seems to mouth “what?”*

Autistic Boy: I said how are you doing?

Deaf Student: *Maintains confused look*

Autistic Boy: Good or bad?

Deaf Student: *Finally seems to have had enough of trying to work out whatever it is he is trying to say to her. She smiles and gives a thumbs up, then goes back to doing whatever she was doing.*

Autistic Boy: (To himself, after a time.) She doesn’t talk very good…

I confess: I LOLed.

In other news, I recently discovered MS Paint Adventures. I am absolutely hooked. I am partway through Act 3, though, and still have no idea what’s going on. Still, it is hilarious, regardless. So much geek humor packed into a very interesting format. Check it out!