First and foremost as a way of using language

Weird Al Yankovic – White and Nerdy Live

Mary Bucholtz, a linguist at the University of California,
Santa Barbara, has been working on the question for the last 12 years.
She has gone to high schools and colleges, mainly in California, and
asked students from different crowds to think about the idea of
nerdiness and who among their peers should be considered a nerd;
students have also “reported” themselves. Nerdiness, she has concluded,
is largely a matter of racially tinged behavior. People who are
considered nerds tend to act in ways that are, as she puts it,
“hyperwhite.” […]

That's how Benjamin Nugent's New York Times essay "Whos [sic] A Nerd?" begins.

Where’s a Venn diagram or mapmaker when you want one?

  1. Oklahoma City
  2. Birmingham
  3. Memphis
  4. Indianapolis
  5. Columbus
  6. Kansas City
  7. Cincinnati
  8. San Antonio
  9. Charlotte
  10. Salt Lake City
  11. Nashville
  12. Atlanta
  13. Cleveland
  14. St. Louis
  15. Milwaukee
  16. Dallas-Fort Worth
  17. Jacksonville
  18. Houston
  19. Detroit
  20. Austin

"Where to Rent Cheap: Some rents in major metropolitan areas rose more than 10% this year, but apartments in the Midwest and South remain easy on the pocket," Business Week, Maya Roney, January 10, 2007

  1. Jacksonville, FL
  2. Columbus, OH
  3. Indianapolis, IN
  4. Charlotte, NC
  5. Dallas, TX
  6. Nashville, TN
  7. Houston, TX
  8. Raleigh-Durham, NC
  9. Washington, D.C. Metro

"10 Best Cities for African-Americans," Black Enterprise, earlier this year.

  1. New York, NY
  2. San Francisco, CA
  3. Fort Collins, CO
  4. Raleigh-Durham, NC
  5. Chicago, IL
  6. Portland, OR
  7. Boise, ID
  8. Salt Lake City, UT
  9. Miami, FL
  10. Austin, TX
  11. Madison, WI
  12. Tucson, AZ

U.S. cities listed in "30 Fastest Cities to Live, Work, and Play" slideshow in "Fast Cities 2007," Fast Company, Andrew Park, July/August 2007

Tabs and tabs

Unk vs. Avril Levigne – walk it out MASHUP HOUSE PARTY

Got a MySpace friend request for Plastic Operator, a band I've never heard of. I figure I'll give "Peppermint" a listen. It's cute, like Alan Parsons Project vs. The Postal Service. "Folder" is cuter, like Kings of Convenience or Phoenix vs. Kraftwerk. Sorry, fellas, I'm still not friending you, but you've checked and mated me into finding your full album on The other was for Angie Mattson (whose "Drive" is frenetic and intense and whose "We're All We've Got Now" induces reflection).

“People I, going in, would never have expected were from the library
field. Smart, well-read, interesting, funny people, who
seemed to be happy with their jobs.”
vs. “The users of our products don’t really care about the
technology. They just have a job they’re trying to
do. We bridge the gap between what technology is capable of doing and
what users want to achieve.”

"[O]ur research has found that readership among women with children is
significantly lower. We are forming a committee to study the research,
assess our content and make recommendations. Volunteers and thoughts
about this are welcome."

Kevin Smith vs. Anita Modak-Truran (via C.): See, now, this is why Everyone Hates Newspapers.

James Knox hipped me to the singalong for "The Wiz" at the Parkway, so you know where I'll be August 16th. (Only Nipsey himself can handle how I roll with "Slide Some Oil to Me," I'm just sayin'.)

I completely missed walking it out and I should know better than to try to play catch-up, but one utterly delightful Felicia find merits another — hence the video.