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Why the OED are right to purge nature from the dictionary - http://www.theguardian.com/science...
Why the OED are right to purge nature from the dictionary
If the pen is mightier than the sword then words are probably more lethal than bullets, and that makes Oxford Dictionaries the most powerful military force in the world. This metaphor helps explain two things: why I’m not a very successful writer, and why a group of authors are so concerned that a variety of words relating to nature were culled from the Oxford Junior Dictionary. - Halil from Bookmarklet
the job of a dictionary is to document words and usage, not dictate them. The Oxford English Dictionary is a historical record, analyzing contemporary writing and parsing the results according to strict guidelines to provide its users with an accurate depiction of how language is used. - Halil
Attacking a dictionary for removing these words is like punching your thermometer when it’s too cold, or shouting at journalists because you don’t like the news from Syria. They’re simply reflecting reality, and if that troubles you then maybe you should be out confronting these issues in the real world rather than in the pages of a book. It isn’t the job of the OUP to get kids to play outside: that’s called parenting, and maybe that’s where campaigners should be focusing their attention. - Halil
Wow. Looking at the list of culled words, I'm a little surprised. There are still plenty of words left in that junior dictionary that are used far less than words like fern, acorn, adder, or dandelion. But then, maybe we need to take a hard look at what we're raising our kids with that these kinds of words fall to the wayside while tech words take their place. - Hookuh Tinypants
I'm surprised to see acorn and dandelion dropped given their ubiquity. - John (bird whisperer)
Using Google's ngram viewer to state one's case seems inaccurate at best. Google Books has a fairly low percentage of total published works scanned. Besides which, published works leave a whole lot of spoken and class work language unrepresented. I am certain my six and twelve year old nieces have used the words acorn, beech, dandelion, fern, heron, ivy, mistletoe, otter, pasture and willow, and probably a couple more, and not rarely. - Michael W. May
Whoa. This is all kinds of messed up. Our kids use those words plenty. - Big Joe Silenced from iPod
Wait, wait, wait. They took me out of the dictionary? WTF. But seriously, at least half of those are common words. I don't understand this at all. - Heather
That moment when someone walks in the door and you just can't.
I know I'm so incredibly lucky to have a place to say. I know I'm so incredibly lucky to not pay rent. I know I'm so incredibly lucky to have someone else paying all the bills. But holy shit I cannot stand when the whole house seems to be taken up by this annoying, loud, rude, little man. - Heather
Now Chris has to wait for Mr. Rude to pick out a movie, because his mom is incapable of putting the tv on DVD. I swear if we didn't live here they would have to pay someone to come out weekly to make the electronics work. - Heather
Michael W. May
I've had to cancel multiple times of friends I hadn't seen in a while. In both cases I ended up just not seeing them. - Heather
Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
RT @andyglockner: Holy crap, University of Oregon. http://chronicle.com/article... http://t.co/bcWSw8MBQ1
RT @andyglockner: Holy crap, University of Oregon. http://chronicle.com/article/Raped-on-Campus-Don-t-Trust/228093/ http://t.co/bcWSw8MBQ1
Jesus Fucking Christ. - Kirsten
Wow - Heather
Mark H
25% of the people have a 4th cone and see colors as they are - https://www.linkedin.com/pulse...
25% of the people have a 4th cone and see colors as they are
"The color nuances we see depend on the number and distribution of cones (=color receptors) in our eye. You can check this rainbow: how many color nuances do you count?" - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"You see less than 20 color nuances: you are a dichromats, like dogs, which means you have 2 types of cones only. You are likely to wear black, beige, and blue. 25% of the population is dichromat." - Mark H
"You see between 20 and 32 color nuances: you are a trichromat, you have 3 types of cones (in the purple/blue, green and red area). You enjoy different colors as you can appreciate them. 50% of the population is trichromat." - Mark H
"You see between 33 and 39 colors: you are a tetrachromat, like bees, and have 4 types of cones (in the purple/blue, green, red plus yellow area). You are irritated by yellow, so this color will be nowhere to be found in your wardrobe. 25% of the population is tetrachromat." - Mark H
Tested; wife could see 24 colours, I could see 35. - Mark H
36 colours, and it's true. I HATE YELLOW! :D - Deli Bedri from iPhone
39, but I actually do like yellow (I just look terrible in most yellow/orange, so I don't wear it.) - Jennifer Dittrich
I will admit that the yellow band is the one where I see the least variance - I know there are probably additional different shades, but don't distinguish as many. The blues? All over that. - Jennifer Dittrich
Here is another similar test http://www.xrite.com/online-... interesting to do and it tells you what range you have trouble with. A low score it good. I got a 4 and my poor range is in the greens which surprised me. I would have guessed the reds. - Shannon - GlassMistress
^ Eek Shannon, this one is hurting my head! - Heleninstitches #teamff
i saw 38. - grizabella
I bet everyone's 4chromat ^^ - Alice Cooper
Interesting but not true. 3 cone enough to count 16 millions (2^24) colours. - ParaBellum from Android
Most People have 4 cones. 1 for grey, 1 for blue, 1 for green and 1 for red. Some people's red and Green cones mixed, so they can not recognize red and green. - ParaBellum from Android
37. By the way yellow is my favourite colour:) - mina_sydney from iPhone
33. Not a fan of yellow for clothing, but I do have yellow items in my kitchen and a few other places. Orange, on the other hand...ew. ETA: viewed the spectrum again on my tablet & got 39. Hmm. - Corinne L
My understanding is that you see greys with rods, color with cones. (Interesting: Wikipedia's article doesn't include a mention of a fourth cone variety, and since Wikipedia's always right...) [36, for what it's worth, and my wife says I have lousy color discrimination. No yellow in my wardrobe; that's for flowers.] - walt crawford
36, though since we can infer where a different color would be I'm not sure how accurate that is. - Todd Hoff
I saw about 37 bands, but "Professor" Diana Derval is an expert in "neuromarketing", aka "marketing". It's worth nothing that even though it's a PNG, there's what looks like JPG compression artifacts which introduce additional, unintended colors about a pixel wide. </grump> - Andrew C (✔)
Then again, she may have uploaded it as a PNG and LinkedIn's crappy CMS auto-converted it to a JPG, since the filename is "png" but it's actually a JPG anyways. - Andrew C (✔)
36. And that yellow is awfully bright. - bentley
BTW, wikipedia says maybe 2-3% of the population are tetrachromats, not 25%. </continued-grump> - Andrew C (✔)
2%, 25%... close enough, right? :P - Jennifer Dittrich
I see about 34, and I hate yellow! - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
38, but I love yellow. - Heather
I'm sorry but some of you have been had: http://www.snopes.com/politic... - Stephen Mack from iPhone
"some of you have been had" -- I think you mean we've been neuromarketed. - Andrew C (✔)
I figure any of this stuff is likely to be in the same bucket with the "learn your Meyers-Briggs Horoscope in 4 questions" and "Your IQ: BEST TEST EVER" tests. - Jennifer Dittrich
39? I wear grey. It's soothing. - Meg VMeg
39 shades of grey? - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Andrew, are you neuromarketing me right now? - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Book me as a headlining speaker to find out! - Andrew C (✔) from Android
Jennifer+++ - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Hey man, don't harsh my superiority buzz. - Meg VMeg
History used to be about Hitler, but that was before
I love this guy. - Heather
Wait, now they're saying Hitler WASN'T an alien?! - Micah from iPhone
walt crawford
Ya' gotta love a Web Test that claims to guess your level of education based on 20 questions...almost all of which would be easy on Are You Smarter Than A Third-Grader, much less PhD level. http://www.playbuzz.com/korypea...
Yeah, that was stupid. - bentley
It's almost as if it were ... "bait", if you will. To attract people to click on the link. We could call it "linky traps." - Andrew C (✔)
I wonder when I got a PhD. O.o - Heather
I have a BA (admittedly from UC Berkeley but I had mediocre grades) and got PhD. Make of that what you will. So far, all the commenters on one FB post have also gotten PhD. - walt crawford
I'm a high school dropout & also got PhD. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Starmama: Yeah, but you're one hell of a smart high school dropout. - walt crawford
Aw, thanks Walt :-) - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
So, today I read a short post about a woman being approached by a man, her discomfort with him, and her strong response. Most of the comments were supportive of her standing up for herself but eventually there were negative comments. Some of the negative comments wanted more detail on the interaction to judge if her reaction was proper.
What really struck me was that she described him as creepy and his tone aggressive. Why couldn't people accept that she felt uncomfortable and responded accordingly? - Heather
Agreed Heather - RetiredTeacherD
I can't even believe how heartbreaking this is. She just posted again about being harassed. This time she was more polite, and the situation escalated immediately. - Heather
Fuck being polite. FUCK IT. Your first and most important responsibility is to keep yourself safe. If that means being "rude" and hurting someone's feeling, do it. Do it every time. - Heather
True. The times I was raped, it was because I was caring more about being polite and not hurting the other person's feelings once I saw red flags... - Spidra Webster
Can I recommend reading Gavin de Becker's Gift of Fear? Being polite leading to being hurt is exceedingly common, and yet exactly what we tell women to do.... and then when something happens they either a) weren't polite enough, or b) should've fought back. It's a fucking double bind. - Alix May
Andrew C (✔)
Not that I've done the exhaustive research, but in the lore, not nearly enough vampires are staked by holy water icicles. Please fix.
Oooooh. Holy water icicles with sawdust in them. - Jennifer Dittrich
That poses an interesting related question: how much wood content is required in chipboard type products to qualify as a "wooden stake"? Surely at some point it's more binder/non-wood than wood. - Andrew C (✔)
Idea: an army of Slayers suffers a major defeat when their new stake supplier substitutes cheap plywood or chipboard stakes for their regular weapons. - Andrew C (✔)
Also, what is the minimum size for a stake? Could a toothpick suffice? It's wood, it's basically a miniature stake. If it pierces the vamp's heart, isn't that enough? - Andrew C (✔)
Pfft, hunters know you have to cut the head off. - Heather
Oh yeah, I always forget that one, or think that one's for werewolves. - Andrew C (✔)
Went to urgent care for my weird headaches (triggered by laying down). The conclusion is that I have 100 things slightly wrong.
Oooof :( - Jennifer Dittrich
sorry any baby steps to help them? - Steve C, Team Marina
A bunch. Aleve 2x daily, drink lots of water, saline spray, work on my posture (already PT homework), and my least favorite is to wear my glasses regularly. - Heather
Bah. It sounds like you have all the kinds of headaches. - Alix May
Lol seriously. - Heather
Andrew C (✔)
Has anyone ever written a plausible theory for how all the animals on the Na'vi planet evolved the brain connection system?
Their evolution was influenced by Unexplainium. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Maybe the brain connection system is from an ancient common ancestor. - Heather
Of course there is a wiki about Avatar, and this reminded me -- I'd completely forgotten -- that the system even allowed Na'vi-to-plant mindmelds: http://james-camerons-avatar.wikia.com/wiki... - Andrew C (✔)
Joe Biden Gets Too Close To Anime Girls http://kotaku.com/joe-bid...
Joe Biden Gets Too Close To Anime Girls http://kotaku.com/joe-biden-gets-too-close-to-anime-girls-1688860574
it was inevitable. - Big Joe Silenced
I almost spit on my computer. Lmao - Heather
Shannon - GlassMistress
Confession: I just had to try making a black and white tree bead. It's a stolen concept but I couldn't resist
*adds more beads to wishlist* - Hookuh Tinypants
Great artists steal :-) - Todd Hoff
I couldn't help it .. I just couldn't ....but I'm thinking the judge isn't gonna buy that. I don't know if I can sell these in good conscious or not. I certainly wouldn't sell them anywhere that was in direct competition with the original maker. - Shannon - GlassMistress
Those are lovely. - SAM
Here's the original and its a gazillion times lovlier https://www.facebook.com/photo... - Shannon - GlassMistress
omg, I want one!! are they on your etsy? (I like your shapes better) - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
Really nice S! - VALZONE#SCREWED
Stephanie I haven't posted them anywhere. I'm on the fence whether selling them is really ethical or not ... in the same breath I want to make more of them because I enjoyed the challenge. - Shannon - GlassMistress
lovely! - ~Courtney F
Can you contact the person you got the idea from, and ask their blessing to sell yours? - Jenica
Do you have a e-newsletter that you send out to regular customers with updates on your bead show appearances, new beads, special deals/Etsy coupon codes, etc.? This may be an item that your regulars would be interested in purchasing privately. - Corinne L
^ This. I mean, even if you feel like this is something you can't publicly sell, believe us when we say we love it and would totally buy (but keep it on the DL) your awesome beads. Honestly, I think that taking inspiration from someone's design and then working it to be your own style isn't unethical at all. Art begets art. You could do a whole series of these with different silhouettes...like ginko leaves, maple leaves, owls, animal paw prints, etc. I would kill for a bead like this of a giant redwood. :) - Hookuh Tinypants
If you were directly copying, I could see not competing, but yours are different. (I like them better.) I think it's fine to sell them wherever, lots of people take inspiration from others. - Heather
Why is it that every time I legit hurt myself, it's something incredibly lame?
Looks/feels like I did some damage to my next to littlest toe. And how did I damage the side of my foot? It makes no sense that one spot is swollen and painful. Ugh. - Heather
Bah... - Michael W. May
Bad shoes? Snagged it on something? - John (bird whisperer)
I wear sneakers indoors I am way too adept at stubbing injuring toes. - Mike Nencetti
I'm barefoot inside all the time. My lame story for this injury was smashing into a folding chair multiple times because I couldn't catch my balance (narrow space between the back of a couch and the rabbit cage). It could have been worse, a few more stumbles and I would have hugged the Christmas tree at high speed. - Heather
Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
No one could see the color blue until modern times http://www.businessinsider.com/what-is... via @BI_Science
No one could see the color blue until modern times http://www.businessinsider.com/what-is-blue-and-how-do-we-see-color-2015-2 via @BI_Science
define "modern". there's more than a little ancient art with blue in it. - Big Joe Silenced
I wonder if a person could learn to see a color that they didn't previously recognize. - Heather
Latin does have a word for blue: caerul(e)us, which means blue like the sky (caelum). So presumably people could distinguish blue by Roman times. - John (bird whisperer)
The article mentions that ancient Egyptian art is an exception in using blue pigments and lapis lazuli. Mainland Greek art mainly used reds, browns, and black, at least in pottery. However, Minoan artists did use blue. For example: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki..., http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki..., and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki.... - John (bird whisperer)
hrm....something seems weird about this to me. - Sir Shuping is just sir
You're seriously debating the factuality of a BI piece? It really is a slow Saturday, isn't it? Next up: The cosmic significance of Buzzfeed. - walt crawford
Sacré bleu! - Jenny H. from Android
My jeans are literally falling off my hips and even my leggings have gotten loose.
Stress diet. I do not recommend. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Boo, stress. - Kirsten
:( - Yolanda from Android
:( - Heather
Sorry, boo. The stress and depression diets are terrible. :( - AHnix (Anna Haro)
RT @peterhartlaub: Boomers: Where were you when JFK was shot? Gen X: Where were you when Challenger exploded? Generation Llama: Where were you when #TheDress?
Where werye you when FriendFeed broke? - L'Andre from iPhone
Right here. :) - Micah
On the floor crying? - Heather
Shannon - GlassMistress
I rushed home last night to make donation beads for the Iditarod / Beads of Courage. In my haste I didn't actually read the instructions. So the beads are wrong (should all match), and the bead holes are wrong (too small), but I'm sending them anyway. If they don't like it they can bite me - how's that for charity - HAH!
Oh, and it looks like I was supposed to do 12 beads ... oops. - Shannon - GlassMistress
love the eyes and the medals. and the arrangement - the one on the left leaning and looking away. *dead* - Kevin Johnson
I like how #3 is giving #4 the hairy eyeball, LOL - Shannon - GlassMistress
Soooo it looks like I'll be remaking the lot but all the same. #2 is my favorite ... yours? - Shannon - GlassMistress
#2. Absolutely. - Kevin Johnson from Android
#5 - Heather
I need a hug right now in the way that some people often say they need a (stiff) drink.
{{hugs}} I'd give you a real one if I could. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
{hug} - Joe
Hugs, Julian - maʀtha
(hugs) - bentley
*hugs* - vicster.
Hugs to you! - Meg VMeg
{{Julian}} - Kirsten
*hugs* - Heather
It's been five hours since you posted. Are you still accepting hugs? Because {{{hug}}} - Marie
*hugs* - lris
Another *hug* - Anne Bouey
The hugs helped. Thank you. - Julian
more hugs - maʀtha
Window cat is happy.
man that looks like some good sleep. - MoTO Boychick Devil
She was actually wiggling around and doing barrel rolls. It was ridiculous and she almost fell behind the couch. I've never seen her that goofy. - Heather
oh. well even better. - MoTO Boychick Devil
Lawmaker Asks If Women Can Swallow Camera... For Gynecological Exams - http://io9.com/lawmake...
Lawmaker Asks If Women Can Swallow Camera... For Gynecological Exams
"During a debate over abortion legislation Monday between Idaho lawmakers, Republican state representative Vito Barbieri asked whether it would be possible for a woman to swallow a small camera, so that doctors might perform a remote gynecological examination (presumably, à la capsule endoscopy). According to the Associated Press, Barbieri's question "came as the House State Affairs Committee heard nearly three hours of testimony on a bill that would ban doctors from prescribing abortion-inducing medication through telemedicine."" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
" Dr Julie Madsen was testifying in opposition to the bill when Barbieri asked the question. Madsen replied that would be impossible because swallowed pills do not end up in the vagina. "Fascinating. That makes sense," Barbieri said, amid the crowd's laughter. " - Jessie
Well. - joey
Yep. - Jessie
Arg. Ugh. Blerg. - Heather
...... - Alix May
At least, he's thinking outside the box... - Michael W. May
You'd have to be thinking outside something if you think that's the way to get that information. - Katy S
lololol @mwm - Meg VMeg
... I... Uhm... But.... Ah hell, I got nothin' - MoTO Boychick Devil from Android
They wanna regulate the coochie but they don't even know how it works. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
And Mandy nails it. - MoTO Boychick Devil from Android
Mark H
Illustrator Creates Pop-Culture Doodles In His Moleskine Notebook - http://designtaxi.com/news...
Illustrator Creates Pop-Culture Doodles In His Moleskine Notebook
Illustrator Creates Pop-Culture Doodles In His Moleskine Notebook
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"Philippines-based illustrator Kerby Rosanes is back with more of his amazing black ink doodles. Drawn in his trusty Moleskine, his new works feature various pop-culture characters such as Loki, The Joker, and Venom—as well as wild animals like a sabretooth tiger, a fox, and an owl." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
If that's a doodle... - Heather
Andrew C (✔)
RT @wesleylowery: Head of Cleveland police officer's union: "Tamir Rice is in the wrong...He’s menacing" http://www.politico.com/magazin... http://t.co/smzVfsPmjs
RT @wesleylowery: Head of Cleveland police officer's union: "Tamir Rice is in the wrong...He’s menacing" http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/02/tamir-rice-cleveland-police-115401_Page3.html#.VOu_-vnF-So http://t.co/smzVfsPmjs
"those people" - Spidra Webster
So, his existence is menacing. WTF are people supposed to do about existing? - Heather
Katy S
I'm half-watching. How about you?
Yup. Also remembering why we usually DVR. - Heather
I often "watch" while reading. - Katy S
at work as normal. Dvring, but now that my daughter has lost interest I'm not sure I will watch this season. - Alan
Has anyone had laying down trigger migraines? #Halp
Like when you lay down, then you get one? - Jennifer Dittrich
Yeah, it's happened the past 3-4 nights and when I went to PT. Within 10 minutes of laying down I have a bad migraine. At PT it almost totally went away when I sat up. - Heather
Huh. That's one I'd at least call my doctor about, especially since you can recreate it. Do you get the same thing if you lay your head down while staying seated (like at a table?) - Jennifer Dittrich
Maybe a pinched nerve. - Johnny from iPhone
I just tried it and nothing happened. But I laid down and the pounding came back. Plus I had some floaters in my peripheral vision. I took sudafed, hopefully that helps. I'm used to sinus shenanigans. - Heather
I don't care how inane it is, I freaking love movies with explosions and massive destruction. Godzilla is king!!!!!
I haven't watched the whole movie yet, just the train/bridge scene. But OM_*{^>*,€|\'ggggggg! - Heather
I was in a "massive destruction" mood last night. http://friendfeed.com/bentley... - bentley
badda beeg boom! - Joe "The Anvil" Pierce
Shannon - GlassMistress
Ok FF, I need a little input. Bead show is in two weeks. I have no partner this time so its full table fee $250. I cannot fill an 8' table but I believe I can make it appear mostly full if I work like a mad woman for the next two weeks. Previous shows earnings have ranged from $300 to $1000 (the high show was my first show, the next closest was
about $600). I just tanked my glass account and savings accounts on truck repairs and sewer fees and the connection costs for the sewer are looming. Given the show's downward slide I'd be tempted to pass on it but with those costs looming and no 'cushion' to speak of I'm not sure what to do. So what do you think? Yea or nay? - Shannon - GlassMistress
If you can cover the cost of the table (and your time manning it), I'd say go for it. Even if you don't sell a ton that day, you'll build up shop inventory and get some exposure. Or do you think the show just won't be well attended? - LB needs a break.
If the show has been a steady decline, I'd be tempted to skip. If it's up and down, you've always profited so I'd say it's a fairly safe move. - Heather
questions about the intangibles: how far is the show, how much trouble to get to it? will there be people there that you like? (or hate?) do answers to those questions help? - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
The show is local but not in the best or most traveled part of town which I suspect affects attendance though I never participated in the show in its previous location. Personal expenses to do the show aren't too bad, about 15 miles worth of gas, and lunch which I bring with me. The other participants are a range of personalities there are some I like and some I avoid but once the show starts I'm more focused on my task than them anyway. - Shannon - GlassMistress
I'd ask myself: "if I made nothing; if I didn't sell a single thing, would it still be worth it?" and decide based on that answer. - t-ra needs this place
One of my main thoughts watching action movie battles scenes is "No, not the architecture! Oh no, that brickwork is so beautiful. And there goes the one with the fancy windows."
It was Avengers, so outside the battle scenes I was drooling over Tom Hiddleston. But man, how many of those buildings will never be rebuilt in their original glory? - Heather
Andy Bakun
Why dad humor is having a moment right now - http://www.dailydot.com/lol...
Why dad humor is having a moment right now
i do that to my kids sometimes. they pretend to strangle me. pretend SO FAR. - Big Joe Silenced
The best thing about dad jokes is that as we grow up, they always stay the same. - Heather
Anxiety attack :(
:( - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Chris is up with me, poor thing. I hate this anxiety spiral. - Heather
*hugs* to you both - Sir Shuping is just sir
:-( - vicster.
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