Tag Archives: 2015

November 24, 2015

Mapping the United Swears of America

Helldamn and bitch are especially popular in the south and southeast. Douche is relatively common in northern states. Bastard is beloved in Maine and New Hampshire, and those states – together with a band across southern Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas – are the areas of particular motherfucker favour. Crap is more popular inland, fuck along the coasts. Fuckboy – a rising star* – is also mainly a coastal thing, so far.

Who knew?

November 18, 2015

The Oxford Dictionaries Word of The Year 2015

It’s 😂, the “Face with Tears of Joy” emoji.

This year Oxford University Press have partnered with leading mobile technology business SwiftKey to explore frequency and usage statistics for some of the most popular emoji across the world, and 😂 was chosen because it was the most used emoji globally in 2015. SwiftKey identified that 😂 made up 20% of all the emojis used in the UK in 2015, and 17% of those in the US: a sharp rise from 4% and 9% respectively in 2014. The word emoji has seen a similar surge: although it has been found in English since 1997, usage more than tripled in 2015 over the previous year according to data from the Oxford Dictionaries Corpus.

I know the choice has received its fair share of flak on account of it not being a word but a pictograph, but I like it. Languages evolve naturally and it’s refreshing to see this acknowledged.

July 13, 2015

Satoru Iwata has passed away

Nintendo Co., Ltd. deeply regrets to announce that President Satoru Iwata passed away on July 11, 2015 due to a bile duct growth.

Truly a great man. In an industry of rife with cynicism, he always came of as a sincere person who genuinely loved games and the joy they bring. Rest in peace.

June 15, 2015

Random thoughts on Microsoft's E3 media briefing

  • I have a weird feeling that because publishers must approve games, backward compatibility with Xbox 360 won’t live up to its full potential.
  • Rare Replay, a compilation of 30 classic Rare games, looks sweet. If done right, it will offer some incredible value.
  • First thought on Rare’s new game: it looks beautiful. Second thought: oh, it’s an MMO.
  • I like Halo but I don’t love Halo. It looked pretty, I guess.
  • The new controller that was announced at the beginning of the stream looks really nice. Sell it for under 90€ and I’ll buy it.
  • Don’t end a show with a remaster. It sort of deflates the entire thing.
May 27, 2015

2015 Internet Trends Report

KPCB’s Mary Meeker presents the 2015 Internet Trends report, 20 years after the inaugural “The Internet Report” was first published in 1995.

197 slides but, as always, well worth it.

April 9, 2015

Stack Overflow Developer Survey 2015

26,086 people from 157 countries participated in our 45-question survey. 6,800 identified as full-stack developers, 1,900 as mobile developers, 1,200 as front-end developers, 2 as farmers, and 12,000 as something else.

Always a good read.