Burial Plots: Robert Aickman’s Eerily Ordinary Stories

Burial Plots: Robert Aickman’s Eerily Ordinary Stories | The New Yorker

Burial Plots: Robert Aickman’s Eerily Ordinary Stories | The New Yorkerhttps://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/burial-plots-robert-aickmans-eerily-ordinary-stories?mbid=nl_Daily%20050718&CNDID=50268964&spMailingID=13459185&spUserID=MjA0NTE2Mjc4MjE5S0&spJobID=1400626123&spReportId=MTQwMDYyNjEyMwS2Not a lot tends to happen in a story by Robert Aickman. Two young women picnic near a country churchyard. A newly elected councillor is appointed to a committee that oversees maintenance of the local cemetery. Somewhere on a Mediterranean-seeming island, an English couple buys a parcel of land. But, quietly, and at an unhurried pace, these modest scenes are infected by miasmas that feel both existential and supernatural, and which linger, for the reader as much as for the characters, like the ineradicable tint of certain dreams.

What “Isle of Dogs” Gets Right About Japan

What Wes Anderson’s “Isle of Dogs” Gets Right About Japan | The New Yorker

What Wes Anderson’s “Isle of Dogs” Gets Right About Japan | The New Yorkerhttps://www.newyorker.com/culture/cultural-comment/what-isle-of-dogs-gets-right-about-japan?mbid=nl_041418_Daily&CNDID=50268964&spMailingID=13315425&spUserID=MjA0NTE2Mjc4MjE5S0&spJobID=1381232165&spReportId=MTM4MTIzMjE2NQS2To say that the film dehumanizes the Japanese is to assume the primacy of an English-speaking audience.

Why Asian Countries Are Investing So Heavily In The English Language

Why Asian Countries Are Investing So Heavily In The English Language

Why Asian Countries Are Investing So Heavily In The English Languagehttps://www.forbes.com/sites/anismuslimin/2017/11/30/why-asian-countries-are-investing-so-heavily-in-the-english-language/#28e4f7075e85There’s a very clear correlation between English proficiency and economic competitiveness both at the country and individual levels for all Asian countries. Singapore leads the pack followed by Malaysia, the Philippines, India and Hong Kong, while South Korea settles in sixth. Economic powerhouse China isn’t too far behind in eighth, followed by Japan and Indonesia.

My Incredibly Simple Guide To Stoicism — Learn Wisdom You Can Practically Use

My Incredibly Simple Guide To Stoicism — Learn Wisdom You Can Practically Use

My Incredibly Simple Guide To Stoicism — Learn Wisdom You Can Practically Usehttps://medium.com/the-mission/my-incredibly-simple-guide-to-stoicism-learn-wisdom-you-can-practically-use-67a0195298eeThe problem I’ve had is that it’s one of those topics that people love to complicate. The reason for the complication is that many of the teachings that come from Stoicism are spoken in English from a long time ago.

 

“Everyone is preaching advice, but no one is sharing wisdom — that’s what Stoicism is”

Tom Holland plays the web-slinging hero in this summer’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming”

Tom Holland plays the web-slinging hero in this summer’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming”https://www.cnet.com/special-reports/tom-holland-spiderman-homecoming/he English actor and dancer is the new Spider-Man, a high school honor student who becomes a superhero when he’s bitten by a radioactive spider. After playing the friendly neighborhood web slinger in last year’s “Captain America: Civil War,” Holland returns to tell the origin story of Peter Parker in “Spider-Man: Homecoming.” The movie opens in July.

A Developer’s Guide To Emoji

by Jackie Luo @ nylas.com

It’s a big time for emoji. The character 😂 (“Face with Tears of Joy”) was named Oxford Dictionary’s 2015 Word of the Year. The first Emojicon was held in San Francisco last year. Sony Pictures started production on a movie about emoji called Emojimovie: Express Yourself. And we came together as a society to emphatically decide what peaches really look like. 🍑

Trump’s rhetoric: a triumph of inarticulacy

His spelling and grammar are disastrous, he contradicts himself, trails into incoherence, never sounds dignified or recognisably presidential – but none of it does him any harm. In fact, it seems to help

by Sam Leith @ theguardian.com

Public oratory has been at the centre of the American project from the time of its founders. The framers of the constitution gave themselves classical noms de plume in their correspondence, and consciously modelled their new nation on the Roman republic. Every presidency is punctuated with set-piece speeches, and its historical turning points have been marked by historic speeches. In Donald J Trump, though, we have a presidential communicator who is quite unlike the other ducks.

11 Beautiful Japanese Words That Don’t Exist In English

Untranslatable words from Japan, the polite and nature-loving country.

by Marie Sugio @ theodysseyonline.com

In Japanese culture, people have a lot of appreciation towards nature and it is very important to be polite towards others. That politeness and the nature appreciation reflected on to its language and created some beautiful words that are not translatable to English.

LG made a couple of robots just for airports

by Nicole Lee @ engadget.com

Get ready for some friendly robots in your airport. LG made two different ones — one is the Airport Guide Robot while the other is a Cleaning Robot. The Airport Guide robot, well, guides you through the airport. Simply feed it your boarding pass and it will tell you how to get to your gate and when your flight is going to take off. It can also respond to your voice, tell you the weather of your destination, and offer directions in one of four languages: English, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese and Korean.

Robot Vacuum from Hitachi

i4u: Hitachi presents (English translation ) a new, extremly small (250mm), Home Cleaning Robot Prototype. The robot can chart out a room automatically and vaccuums the floor when cruising around. The robot automatically empties the dust container in the loading station and also goes back to the loading station when it’s battery starts to get low on power.