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  • ThomasPowell 3:06 pm on May 10, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: linguistics, twitter   

    Twitter as Record of the Evolution of Language 

    In Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue, John McWhorter presents the case that the Celts were the reason for the introduction of the “meaningless ‘do'” in the English language, and presents other similar implicit influences that have no recorded evolution in formal language. Counterarguments cite that since the evolution wasn’t written down, it didn’t happen that way.

    Twitter may be the first opportunity for us to actually observe a recorded evolution of language as it actually occurs. Twitter is an extension of text messaging, which is a proxy for the bleeding edge evolution of spoken language. With the Library of Congress archiving tweets, we may have the first official and publicly accessible record of the nuances of change in language.

    Before Twitter, most written communication occurred, minimally, in the writer’s best dressed understanding of the language. Some email may be a little bit different, but emails are lost to abandonment of accounts and servers, and still follow etiquette more closely than a medium purposely restricted to 140 characters. I thought about its impact of recording speech usage when I mimicked nonstandard use of “because” and “why is” in my social media posts. Regardless of whether our own language use immediately evolves, we are reflecting the “misuse” of language more than ever before, and possibly as a larger sample of overall recording of language.

    Why not radio and television? Because access to publishing on TV and radio is restricted to a relatively elite class of publishers, just as scribes, as the only literate class, controlled the language that was written. Art and music is more representative, but is still restricted by the boundaries of was is “good” even if a popularity formula is the judge of “good and proper” rather than grammar rules.

    Facebook and other social media have similar impact, but Facebook has privacy controls that limit its visibility and other social media (LinkedIn, Google+, blogging) are prone to professional scrutiny and editing due to longer form.


  • tech0x20 9:16 am on November 3, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , html, modal, problem-solving, twitter   

    Twitter Bootstrap Modal Won’t Load Content from Another (“Remote”) Page 

    Short answer

    You apparently need a skeleton [modal … modal-body … /modal] for your data-target, not just an empty modal with the data-target.

    A Programmer’s False Assumptions – The API is Broken or Old

    Initially, I was concerned that my Rails plugin wasn’t using a version of Bootstrap that didn’t include the remote loading of a page into the modal (via href attribute). That functionality has only existed since 2.0.4.

    However, when I checked the script being loaded into the project against the current bootstrap-modal.js on github, the MODAL DATA-API section was the same. Repeated checks of the javascript being loaded into my project confirmed that the code was up-to-date enough.

    Maybe a Little Too Helpful

    The forums discussing how to load remote content into a Bootstrap Modal suggested that the data-target div could be empty:
    Original calling page sample:
    The contents of the calling page div never changed.


    “Remote” page sample

    ...extra code here...
    ...extra code here...

    What Was Really Happening

    The documentation states that, “If a remote url is provided, content will be loaded via jQuery’s load method and injected into the .modal-body.”

    From there, I put a stub modal-body in my calling page’s modal and discovered that modal-header, modal-body, and modal-footer appeared to be getting replaced now!
    New calling page:

    • xyz 2:33 pm on November 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      still doesn’t work.

      • Thomas Powell 10:01 am on November 8, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        I’m using Bootstrap 2.1.x in this case–it appears older versions may not work.

        Also, the outer modal class should be removed–otherwise the number of backdrops will double every time the modal is shown.

      • stringsn88keys 10:59 am on December 3, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        Just noticed my response is missing. Not sure why, but trying it now with an updated version of Disqus.

        I’m using Bootstrap 2.1.x in this case–it appears older versions may not work.

        Also, the outer modal class should be removed–otherwise the number of backdrops will double every time the modal is shown.

    • nickradford 4:47 pm on March 14, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      This was driving me crazy.
      Thank you!

    • Slavko 7:35 am on August 19, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Txh, finaly great solution.

  • tech0x20 7:50 am on November 12, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: rss, twitter   

    Getting an RSS feed of a user’s Twitter timeline 

    I like to keep a few Twitter feeds in my RSS reader, but can never remember how to get them from Twitter.

    I found “Creating an RSS feed of a users Twitter timeline“…

    However, I found there is a simpler method (for now)–replace USERNAME with the twitter name. This probably fails when a user changes names, but for stable usernames, this seems to work:


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