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Technological Imperialism: Nastaliq vs Google and Apple

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Our very first Op/Ed from author and poet Ali Eteraz on the casual censorship of Google and Apple vs language and identity

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We are very happy to inaugurate our Opinion column with this piece by Ali Eteraz on the casual censorship of Big Technology, and its effect on language and identity.

I’m a Bay Area based writer who has gotten fed up with the disregard that Google and Apple have shown to the languages of hundreds of millions of people, especially Persian, Punjabi, and Urdu. That is at least 200 million people, if not more.

Basically, Apple & Google both treat these languages as “Arabic.” Even though Urdu has twelve more letters than Arabic, Apple thinks that Urdu speakers can use the Arabic keyboard.

Imagine your foreign phone maker expecting you to write without a letter as ubiquitous as E.

That’s what Apple demands from Urdu and Punjabi speakers. As for Google, it’s imposing an Arabic Naskh Script on these languages, which have traditionally been written in a cursive cascading script called…

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So, this happened

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Andrew WK is a fan of The Cryptosphere. Well, of course he is. He has taste!

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The drumroll at the end of the internet

The drumroll at the end of the internet

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Spreaker of the House: introducing The Cryptosphere on AnonUKRadio

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The Cryptosphere

I’m a bit behind on my publicity stunting for my new news site TheCryptosphere, but here’s some! I know!!! Aren’t you excited?

Last week, which is to say July 6, 2014, I appeared as a guest on Topman‘s AnonUK radio show, which (particularly since Lorax got v&) is one of the most popular Anonymous podcasts in the world. Here’s their YouTube introduction to the concept of Anonymous itself:

And here is the podcast, featuring moi, Sue Crabtree of FreeAnonsd00minator, and more:

Friday Movie and Cocktail Pairing: Topper and the Pink Lady

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I’ve been wanting to write up this pairing for some time.

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Look at poor Toppy. He needs help!

Look at poor Toppy. He needs help! Or at least another drink.

The breathtaking Cary Grant at his jealous, raging hottest. The stunning, seductive Constance Bennett. The hilarious (and too much forgotten) physical comedian Roland Young. Topper is a screwball comedy for the ages, but unlike most screwball comedies, the screwball in this case is also the straight man: Young, as the uptight banker Cosmo Topper (they should have expected some fireworks, with the name Cosmo!). His descent, or rather, evolution, from stick up his ass pillar of society to notorious and seductive society figure is engineered by two of his least-best friends: George and Marion Kerby, a high-living couple of swells whose hedonistic lifestyle eventually costs them their lives.

Not to worry. They get over it.

Once they get over it, they pick the straight laced Cosmo Topper to be their special pet project. In order for…

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Arthur: the Maritime Edition

that's all CGI

that’s all CGI

You know what the cushiest job in the world is? The cushiest job in the world is the Vancouver television weather presenter. You put on a Gore-tex jacket, stand in front of a green screen and intone, “Partly overcast, with chance of precipitation.” One take and you’re done. The wizards in IT swap in a different background every day, but until it actually snows, and you have to do another take wearing polar fleece, you’re done for the year.

By way of contrast, you know who’s the hardest-working personality in the weather video world?

FRANKIEEEE MACDONALD from SYDNEY NOVA SCOTIA!!!

Here he is in July 3rd video predicting today’s shitstorm in New Brunswick. You can’t say that man doesn’t put his heart into it and cover all the bases. Repeatedly. With Chinese Food and Coke. And Chinese Food and Coke. And Pepsi.

And for bonus points, check out how swiftly the commenters see off the haters. Truly, if YouTube comments having you doubting for the future of the human race, read some of the comments on Frankie’s vids to have your faith restored.