TED Talk: Gerard Ryle and the Panama Papers

Oh, my poor neglected little blog…I’ve missed sharing things here.  I don’t know about you, but this year has been a crazy one for me.  After finishing up my MLIS I could barely stand to look at the computer for months, and I’m finally starting to feel almost normal again. Now I’m just looking for libraryland jobs and enjoying post-grad life.

I heard this great TED Talk on my commute to work this morning by Gerard Ryle on “How the Panama Papers journalists broke the biggest leak in history.”  A great insight into a collaboration between journalists around the world to ensure access to information.


The transcript can be found here.

The Panama Papers database can be accessed here.


TED talk: Everyone around you has a story

I love oral history projects of any kind because they give a voice to the everyday person.  And I love, love, love StoryCorps.  I don’t cry very easily, but every time I listen to one of those stories I tear up.  StoryCorps now has an app!

Check out this recent TED Talk by StoryCorps founder and TED Prize winner, Dave Isay, “Everyone around you has a story the world needs to hear.”  Over 100,000 of these stories have now been saved.

Currently reading: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

TED Talk What makes a word real

I’ve been trying to listen to more TED talks on my commute to work and came across this fascinating and funny talk by language historian Ann Curzan on “What makes a word ‘real’?”  Curzan gives some great insight into the human decisions behind creating dictionaries.  When was the last time you checked to see who authored a dictionary?  I admit I never have, but I will now.