I never knew I was an ADR editor and a podcaster


Today’s word is actually just initials. They are A.D.R.. And they have been haunting me for years now. When I see a movie at the theater I like to stay and watch the credits. I think it is interesting to see how many people it takes to make a movie and what interesting jobs they have. Like a gaffer, a best boy or the second assistant to Ms. Jolie’s hairdresser.

Now ADR always comes up with all the audio related jobs, but I have never figured out what they stand for. Well they stand for Automatic Dialogue Replacement. The ADR editor is the person who is responsible for rerecording the dialog tracks in a movie. This is usually done when the original scene was recorded with too much background noise. The actors watch the film and their lips while rerecording their dialog.

This editing it is also done to change the actual dialog or inflection of a line. In these cases the scene probably can’t reveal the actors lips moving to the wrong line.

Next time you are at the movies take an extra five minutes and read the names people who made the movie and see who the A.D.R. editor was.

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An ad hominem argument against wireless ipods? Never.


Ooh. Today we have a Latin term- ad hominem

Ad hominem is an adjective that describes an argument that appeals to personal considerations. It is most commonly used to describe arguments that attack a person instead of their logic. For example- Adam Curry thinks Apple should add wireless capabilities to their iPods. Adam Curry is an idiot, therefore Apple should not add wireless to iPods. This argument is a logical fallacy because it is predicated on Adam is an idiot. It attacks him personally instead of his idea. Therefore it is an ad hominem argument.

Just for the record I don’t think Adam is an idiot and I certainly would like to wirelessly sync my iPod with my computer.

An historical note for the lexophiles. This definition of ad hominem is new. The old, more historically accurate definition describes an argument not designed to attack the opponent but to appeal to the listener’s emotions. For example if I was running for mayor I could argue, “This city needs more playgrounds for the poor, suffering, disabled orphan.” By describing the orphans as poor, suffering and disabled I am appealing to the emotions not to logic. This argument fits the historical definition of ad hominem arguments.

In my experience I have never heard or read ad hominem describe an argument that didn’t attack an opponent. So if you read it or hear it probably means someone is attacking an opponent personally instead of their argument.
In either case these types of arguments, though perhaps effective, are usually a big no-no in formal rhetoric or debate.

Since ad hominem is Latin it doesn’t have an etymology just a translation. Ad means “to” and hominem means “man”. Ad hominem literally means “to the man.”

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Voila a podcast request

Wow. I am only back on the job one day an we already have a request. Voilà! It was suggested by Gary Lapointe. Who sent a nice welcome back message.

Voilà is a interjection like wow, ouch or eureka. It means look I have completed this or here it is. It calls attention to something new or just completed. As in, “You enclose the audio file in the RSS feed and Voilà… you have a podcast.” Sometimes the implication of voilà is this is the result of magic.

Since this is a actually a French word its etymology is just the translation from French- voi meaning “you see” and la meaning “there.” It can be spelled voila or voilà with an accent grave on the a.

I want to thank Gary for the suggestion. And if you want to see a beautiful MovableType layout check out his site at GarySaid.com

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A precocious playmate without a podcast

Today’s word came to me from MindHacks.com. The word is precocious and it appeared in an a post describing Dr. Zdrok who earned her undergraduate degree by the age of 18.

Appropriately, precocious describes exceptionally early development. I often hear it describing particularly mature or bright children. Precocious sometimes has a connotation implying a child is out of line, that the child’s expectations or behavior is out of line with the child’s age.

In the movie Rushmore, the lead character, Max, is a bright precocious high school who attempts to negotiate his way out failing grades. He is bright enough to negotiate with the headmaster, but not mature enough to realize that headmasters don’t negotiate classes and grades.

Precocious originated in the lexicon of biologist where it described plants that bloomed or ripened early. It is a combination of the familiar prefix pre- meaning before and coquere meaning “to ripen” or “to cook.”

Now the precocious Dr. Zdrok who was recently interviewed by MindHacks.com is interesting for a combination of achievements, not just her precocious adolescence. Dr. Victoria Zdrok is a doctor of clinical psychology, a Playboy Playmate, a Penthouse Playmate of the Year (2004) and a member of New York and New Jersey Bar Associations.

To read Dr. Zdrok’s interview visit MindHacks.com.

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The sound of an ephemeral podcast


Welcome back to Today’s Podcast. I am sorry I have been gone for so long. As you may have heard my girlfriend and I just moved to Ohio. That combined with a trip to Boston, a new business and a road trip from Colorado to Ohio I have not made the time to podcast. But fear not I have built up quite a collection of words for future shows.

For today we have the word ephemeral. I came across it on David Allan’s blog. Ephemeral is a noun describing something short lived or fleeting. It can also describe something lasting a single day. For example even the greatest kiss is ephemeral.

Ephemeral is also a noun- something that is short lived or disappears quickly. We could use ephemeral to refer to a kiss, “It is the most sweet ephemeral.”

David Allan uses it in describing his realization that life and health are precious and don’t last forever.

From the same post I have a quote too:

To lose one’s health renders science null, art inglorious, strength unavailing, wealth useless, and eloquence powerless.


Herophilus was a 3rd century BC greek physician. He was the first to base his methods and treatment on actual dissections of the human body.

Ephemeral, like Herophilus, comes from the Greek. Hemera is Greek for day and the prefix epi has a lot of possible translations including- at, close, upon, toward or against.

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