Left vs Right infographic.
The word “because,” in standard English usage, is a subordinating conjunction, which means that it connects two parts of a sentence in which one (the subordinate) explains the other. In that capacity, “because” has two distinct forms. It can be followed either by a finite clause (I’m reading this because [I saw it on the web]) or by a prepositional phrase (I’m reading this because [of the web]). These two forms are, traditionally, the only ones to which “because” lends itself.
I mention all that … because language. Because evolution. Because there is another way to use “because.” Linguists are calling it the “prepositional-because.” Or the “because-noun.”"
The Coach Who Never Punts: “Kelley is the coach who never punts and almost always onside kicks. And while he hasn’t converted his high school success into a college gig like fellow prep sensations Gus Malzahn and Hugh Freeze, Kelley has managed something arguably more revolutionary: He’s caused us to question the way the game is played.”
What I found most interesting in the video is when Kelley outlines the source of his innovative football strategy:
I didn’t start out wanting to be a coach when I was in college—I majored in accounting my first two years of college. But then I started reading books that made you think about it. Not football books, but that’s when you started reading books like Freakonomics and you started reading books like Malcolm Gladwell’s Tipping Point and Blink and Outliers and things like that, that make you think a little bit differently. And now I’ve kind of learned to become a contrarian thinker in a lot of aspects.
Pattern recognition! Gotta love students who read analyses, think about their implications, and then apply them to new fields!
Cool Design of the Day: A Comic Book for the Blind
Copenhagen-based interaction designer PhillippMeyer completed a tactile comic book which tells stories through Braille-like raised circles representing different characters that are set in perforated boxes to separate the panels. Titled “Life,” the comic offers a relatively simple narrative of two people falling in love, allowing the reader’s imagination to fill in the details. A digital version of the comic, along with an in-depth white paper on its creation, is available at Meyer’s website.