Sunday, February 23, 2014

Resources for February 23, 2014

The Host (South Korea: Bong Joon-Ho, 2006) Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Archive)

Merriam-Websters' Word-of-the-Day

teem \TEEM\

verb 1 : to become filled to overflowing; 2 : to be present in large quantity


By mid-morning the theme park will already be teeming with visitors.

"Dispensing with the last installment's cumbersome mythology, this one gets back to basics, dumping the hero on a desert planet teeming with lethal critters and determined bounty hunters." — From a movie review by Tom Russo in The Boston Globe, January 12, 2014

The verb "teem" and the noun "team" are not just homophones, they are also etymological kin. "Teem" is derived from Old English "tīman" or "tæman," which originally meant "to bring forth offspring" or "to become pregnant" and which is related to the ancestor of "team," the Old English noun "tēam," meaning "offspring, lineage, or group of draft animals." "Team" can still be used to refer to a brood of young animals, especially pigs or ducks, but both "teem" and "team" have otherwise largely left their offspring-related senses behind.

Rothrock, Kevin. "Pro-Maidan Video Goes Viral Thanks to Pavel Durov, Russia's Zuckerberg." Global Voices (February 22, 2014)

Bohdanova, Tetyana. "#EuroMaidan Medic Shot in Neck Lives to Tweet: 'I Am Alive!'” Global Voices (February 22, 2014)

In The Nation an audio commentary by Charles Grodin: "How to Offend Corporations by Just Doing Your Job" ["What happens when the media is either owned by big corporations or reliant on those corporations for advertising dollars? Unobstructed, honest commentary tends to be the first casualty."]

Chutkan, Robynne. "The Future of Probiotics." The Atlantic (December 12, 2013) ["Hippocrates said that all disease begins in the gut. A gastroenterologist's predictions on how new treatments will begin there, too."]

Ford, Matt. "A Dictator's Guide to Urban Design." The Atlantic (February 21, 2014)

Walker, Shaun. "Ukraine's former PM rallies protesters after Yanukovych flees Kiev: Yulia Tymoshenko addresses crowd in Kiev after release from prison, as MPs vote to impeach Viktor Yanukovych." The Guardian (February 22, 2014)

Proyect, Louis. "The gangster billionaire behind Ukraine’s president." The Unrepentent Marxist (February 19, 2014)

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