Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Vocabulary Lesson: "Splatter Platter"

Today's lesson is brief, and not modern, but I just can't help myself.

SPLATTER PLATTER is an antiquated term for the teenage tragedy songs of yore. My mom loves a few of these songs (and I do too!). I heard this colorful term on Minnesota Public Radio's The Current last month.

Some popular splatter platters include "Teen Angel," "Tell Laura I Love Her," "Dead Man's Curve," "Last Kiss," and "Seasons in the Sun." Except for the late '90s cover of "Last Kiss," none of these songs were released after 1976! Which is for the best, because we can't spend all of our days listening to morose ballads about teenage tragedy, can we? (No, we can not.)

Additional Resources:
Teenage tragedy songs, Wikipedia

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Technology Lessons: Top Stories vs. Most Recent

When you log in to Facebook, you have two options for viewing your newsfeed. The (seemingly) default option is Top Stories. The other option (which I prefer) is most recent.

I'll let Facebook explain how Top Stories works:
When you sort by top stories, we'll try to show the most relevant news since you last checked Facebook.

We determine whether something is a top story based on lots of factors, including your relationship to the person who posted the story, how many comments and likes it got, what type of story it is, etc. For example, a friend’s status update that isn't normally a top story may become one after your other friends comment on it. 

This means that a post with many likes, shares, or comments, is likely to dominate the conversation. It may be from fifteen minutes ago, but it is probably much, much older.

My personal recommendation is to toggle your view to Most Recent. This will make it easier to make sure that you don't miss any updates. This is VERY easy to do.

Click SORT at the top of your newsfeed. A box will drop down:

Click MOST RECENT. The posts on your feed should reset. You can always return to Top Stories if that's what you'd prefer, or you want to know what is popular.

Additional Resources:
What's a top story?, Facebook

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Culture Lesson: YOLO

YOLO is a Young People aconymn. It stands for "YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE."

Carpe diem for a new generation, the term ("YO-LOW") is generally reserved for assinine situations. Young people often yell it out as a reason or insurance against repercussions for doing something stupid.

The fad is attributed to Drake (some older young people may remember Drake as Jimmy on the new generation of Degrassi), who uses both the acronymn and the phrase in his song "The Motto." (Purists will point out that the general principle, "You only live once!" has been around longer than Drake has been alive.)

I like to use YOLO when it is least appropriate. "I think I'll take a nap. YOLO!" "I can't go to the bar, I have all of these books to read. YOLO!" I also like to use mundane situations (because napping and reading are undoubtedly awesome) as well. Part of the reason is because I like the rise the hackles of young people.

Old People are encouraged to follow my lead.

Additional Resources:
"The Motto," Wikipedia
#YOLO: The newest acronym you’ll love to hate, The Washington Post
YOLO: The Evolution Of The Acronym, The Huffington Post