The accidental history of the @ symbol

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From Smithsonian Magazine:

Called the “snail” by Italians and the “monkey tail” by the Dutch, @ is the sine qua non of electronic communication, thanks to e-mail addresses and Twitter handles…The origin of the symbol itself, one of the most graceful characters on the keyboard, is something of a mystery 다운로드. One theory is that medieval monks…

 

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In the United Kingdom texting is now more popular than making phone calls

People in the UK are now more likely to text than to make a phone call, according to new research from Ofcom 다운로드.

While 58% of people communicated via texts on a daily basis in 2011, only 47% made a daily mobile call, said the country’s communications industry regulator 스케치업 보너스팩 다운로드.

It said the shift away from traditional ways of keeping in touch was being led by young people aged 16-24.

The average UK consumer now sends 50 texts per week while fewer calls are being made on both fixed and mobile phones 은전한닢 다운로드.

For the first time, there was a fall in the volume of mobile calls – by just over 1% – in 2011, while landline calls were down by 10% 다운로드.

 

Source: BBC – Texting overtakes talking in UK, says Ofcom study

 

 

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An experiment in Monumenta – art at the Grand Palais in Paris, France

Here is an amazing piece of art from the website designboom 다운로드.

Each year the French Ministry of Culture and Communication invites a leading artist to create a work that responds to the exceptional architectural space of the Grand Palais in Paris 다운로드.

The sheer monumental scale of the building provided the inspiration for a big idea: monumenta.

This year, Indian-born, British-based artist Anish Kapoor created a temporary, site-specific installation inside the nave of the glass-domed hall 다운로드.

The space was originally unveiled at the 1900 universal exhibition.

For its fourth edition Kapoor was asked to meet the challenge with a brand new work for the 13,500 sq meter space 다운로드.


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