Friday, June 29, 2012

Regional names for common things

Here's a link I found a long time ago.  I was reminded about it and had to search through old email to find it, so I'm posting it here for easy future access.  Also every time I start reading old emails I spend 3 hours, and then ask 'why in the world did I just spend 3 hours reading random old emails?'.

http://www4.uwm.edu//FLL/linguistics/dialect/maps.html

Here are two similar ones:
http://www.commoncensus.org/maps.php

http://www.popvssoda.com/countystats/total-county.html

Now back to old emails.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Psychic made me perform like a porn star to contact my dead father

‘This meant I had to get naked and perform a bit like a porn star. He said the more outrageous I performed, the stronger I would become.’

The woman, who first visited Lang when she was 19, carried on the sessions for more than three years, during which time she was instructed on reaching higher levels of ability, described in terms of ‘levels’ and ‘colours’.

She said: ‘If you didn’t dance to his tune, all hell would break loose. Bad things would happen. I’d lose my colours if I didn’t do what he wanted.’

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Bias and the Big Fingerprint Dust-Up

http://www.psmag.com/legal-affairs/bias-and-the-big-fingerprint-dust-up-3629/
Mayfield, 37, an Oregon lawyer and Muslim convert, was arrested as a material witness after the devastating terrorist train bombings that rocked Madrid in March 2004. The FBI’s Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System turned up 20 possible matches to a partial print on a plastic bag of detonator caps found nearby. Three FBI agents were certain that Mayfield’s prints, in the system after a teenage arrest, were a match. Mayfield’s court-ordered, independent expert concurred.