Ancient Assyrians still used clay markers, 2K years later
‘These days, not too many people use or even own typewriters. Those clunky machines have almost entirely been replaced by a smoother model: the modern computer. Imagine, however, that thousands of years from now people were still clinging to their typewriters, ignoring all the technological advances that developed along the way. It seems illogical, but this is pretty much what ancient Assyrians did, according to new research.
‘Archaeologists digging in Ziyaret Tepe in Turkey recently uncovered a mess of clay tokens made in various geometric shapes. Prior to the advent of writing around 3,000 BCE, the people living in the region that eventually formed the kingdom of the ancient Assyrians used the tokens as primitive record-keeping tools…’
60 new abbreviations that an internet savvy should know
‘According to a social media marketing agency Wearesocial.com.au, the ordeal of new meanings have grown from the simple abbreviation like LOL (Laughing out Loud) to a complicated ICYMI (In Case You Missed It). And more users adapt these and use every day.
‘A university professor of linguistics said that internet savvy people use the abbreviations for faster text communication while some use it as codes so older people cannot understand it. It is like using Morse code or secret codes so only a few can understand.
‘The managing director of WeAreSocial.com.au Julian Ward revealed that the abbreviations range from the compassionate to the more profane shortcuts. The simple ILY (I Love You) to the irreverent WTF (What the F***) are basic internet lingo nowadays…’
British blogger Brown Moses launches new site to train others in crowdsourced reporting
‘A little over two years ago, the blogger known as Brown Moses was an unemployed father of one, with no journalistic training and no expertise in military weaponry or the Arab world, living in his flat in Leicester, a small town in northern England. Since then, Moses — whose real name is Eliot Higgins — has become a key source of information about the conflict in Syria and elsewhere, information he gathered by spending thousands of hours combing through YouTube videos and social-media accounts. Now he is launching a Kickstarter campaign to jump-start a dedicated website to teach others how to do the same.
‘The site is called Bellingcat, a name derived from an old fable about a group of mice, and Higgins said the idea behind the venture is twofold: to provide an online home for the work that he does in fact-checking reports about terrorist activity in Syria and elsewhere — as well as the work done by a small team of fellow citizen journalists such as Jonathan Krohn and Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi — and to help provide the resources for others to learn the same kinds of techniques…’