Nyquist (13), Exaggerator (11), Destin (9), Mohaymen (14)
A running catalog, until I go insane. Not even really gonna try to go back and catalog anything before May 3, 2016, the day Donald J. Trump clinched the GOP nomination at the Indiana primary. Not even going to try to catalog the daily reversals on policy (this would be a category error: policy for Trump is just a means of generating media attention). This is not at all comprehensive: Donald Trump says way too many bizarre, ignorant, or offensive things to fully keep track of.
Go Maggie Go (4), Cathryn Sophia (12), and Dothraki Queen (15).
Dothraki Queen scratched, so Rachel’s Valentina (11).
Long thought that electoral fusion was better than proportional representation for enabling third parties in the US because there’s historical precedent and tradition for electoral fusion. But the US also has a tradition of proportional representation—it’s just in the presidential primaries.
Democratic Party presidential primaries, 2016 (Wikipedia)
Read more fiction than nonfiction last year, and the novel I’d most recommend is Philip K. Dick’s The Man in the High Castle.
Edit to say that the runner-up is definitely Fritz Leiber’s The Big Time. I’m not a fan of time-travel stories in general, but that one really sticks with you.
This last week or so I’ve been looking at and assessing notable apps for language learning (Czech). These are really awesome, probably the best way to study a language on your own—fun, engaging, and easy to get into. They include lots of spoken content, start at a basic level, elicit positive knowledge in a variety of ways, and used spaced repetition and other cognitive techniques. All of these are better for absolute beginners intereted in self-study than nearly any book, podcasts, CD, or other software I have seen. They are heavily gamified, and are relatively fun and easy to come back to, an ideal way to study a few minutes a day or more. This is a relatively new format, though, with a bunch of competition, and there is a lot of variety.
So far I’ve tested these with languages that I have some knowledge of (French, which I studied in high school/college, or Czech, which I have been learning over the summer), so they are very easy for me at present. However, I would like to also test them with languages that I am unfamiliar with, such as Irish or Indonesian. I avoided tools that didn’t have Czech (such as Babbel and Busuu, which offer other popular European languages as well as Indonesian and Turkish/Arabic respectively), except Duolingo, which I had an old French account for from some time ago.
AFTER A WEEK
After a week, Duolingo remains very good. Mondly’s problems are increasing. Mondly’s execution is not as good: Mondly’s content more closely resembles a phrasebook, and the learning curve a few lessons in goes up quite steeply. Mondly also doesn’t have a clear interface to review old material. And for exercises that require the user to speak speak a phrase, Mondly’s speech recognition is very frustrating for more complex words and phrases. Memrise is the only one that doesn’t require any speaking (only headphones). Memrise is probably better, at least until Duolingo Czech comes out.
All of these are essentially old-fashioned translation exercises dressed up in interactive, gamified apps with audio.