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Using WikiHow to practice languages

I recently discovered that WikiHow articles are often available in other languages - and now they're my favorite source of dual-language practice.

I can bring up an article in the target language (Spanish, French), and read it to practice comprehension and find new vocabulary words. It's terrific for the specialized vocabulary that goes with a particular hobby or daily activity, like playing the piano or making an omelet.

Letter from the Lincoln Project's Lawyers to Rudy Giuliani, January 30, 2021

The Lincoln Project's lawyers have demanded that Rudy Giuliani retract his false statements.

The letter was posted to Twitter as image files, which are okay for reading but difficult to quote.

For anyone who'd like to quote some of these succinct and powerful sentences, I offer the barely-corrected output of my OCR software.

January 30, 2021

The Lincoln Project Letter to Rudolph W. Giuliani, Caplin & Drysdale, January 30, 2021

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A few weeks ago, I watched City of Gold, a great documentary about Jonathan Gold, a groundbreaking food critic who wrote about food and music in Los Angeles.

I was fascinated by the footage of the big pizza-like things with the long shreds of what looked like cheese.

a great comment on Pixar from Letterboxd

I just rediscovered Letterboxd via a post on MetaFilter, and found a delightful take on Pixar movies over the years as a review of Soul.

Dr. Rebecca Hong, Lick Wilmerding High School Graduation Speech, 2013

A recent interesting post on MetaFilter let me to this great speech by Dr. Rebecca Hong.

Unfortunately, the original version posted online is in a terrible format - extremely difficult to read and with poor accessibility.

I'm posting the text here to make it easier for the community to read and discuss.

Here's the text of the speech:

Prof. Michael Sandel on Populism - rough transcript

The following is an EXTREMELEY rough transcript of a talk by Harvard Professor Michael Sandel. You can watch the full talk, "Michael Sandel: Populism, Trump, and the Future of Democracy" on Youtube.

I used youtube-dl to download the subtitles from Youtube and did some extremely basic reformatting.

turtles and butterflies

I love turtles, and I love butterflies.

This 2019 WikiMedia Picture of the Year gives me both.

A butterfly feeding on the tears of a turtle in Ecuador.jpg

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