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Wide Urban World: Living the good life in Teotihuacan -
Wide Urban World: Living the good life in Teotihuacan
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"I have written two articles that contain new information about life in ancient Teotihuacan. These are scheduled to be published in November, but in the meantime I want to talk about some of the new findings and their implications. Teotihuacan had a unique form of urban life and society. I don't mean this in the sense that one can claim that every city is unique. What I mean is that Teotihuacan had several features that are VERY unusual for premodern cities. Here I will mention several of these features:" - Maitani from Bookmarklet
Forthcoming: Grammatical theory: From transformational grammar to constraint-based approaches -
Forthcoming: Grammatical theory: From transformational grammar to constraint-based approaches
"This book introduces formal grammar theories that play a role in current linguistics or contributed tools that are relevant for current linguistic theorizing (Phrase Structure Grammar, Transformational Grammar/Government & Binding, Generalized Phrase Structure Grammar, Lexical Functional Grammar, Categorial Grammar, Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar, Construction Grammar, Tree Adjoining Grammar). The key assumptions are explained and it is shown how the respective theory treats arguments and adjuncts, the active/passive alternation, local reorderings, verb placement, and fronting of constituents over long distances. The analyses are explained with German as the object language." - Maitani
"For several millennia, people have worried about whether or not they have free will. What exactly worries them? No single answer suffices. For centuries the driving issue was about God’s supposed omniscience. If God knew what we were going to do before we did it, in what sense were we free to do otherwise? Weren’t we just acting out our parts in a Divine Script? Were any of our so-called decisions real decisions? Even before belief in an omniscient God began to wane, science took over the threatening role. Democritus, the ancient Greek philosopher and proto-scientist, postulated that the world, including us, was made of tiny entities—atoms—and imagined that unless atoms sometimes, unpredictably and for no reason, interrupted their trajectories with a random swerve, we would be trapped in causal chains that reached back for eternity, robbing us of our power to initiate actions on our own." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
Behind the Mask: The Life of Vita Sackville-West by Matthew Dennison, book review: Story is as richly full of contradictions as Vita was herself - Reviews - Books - The Independent -
Behind the Mask: The Life of Vita Sackville-West by Matthew Dennison, book review: Story is as richly full of contradictions as Vita was herself - Reviews - Books - The Independent
"In the famous image of Vita Sackville-West, Lady with a Red Hat, the writer is the embodiment of the confident young aristocrat. Exuding a languid elegance, her heavy-lidded Sackville eyes gaze out from beneath the broad brim. But this portrait captures another element of Vita’s persona. It was painted in 1918, shortly after her sexual awakening with Violet Keppel, and beneath the flamboyant clothes and bright lipstick there is an androgynous quality. In Behind the Mask, the first biography of Vita for 30 years, Matthew Dennison focuses on this ambiguity, exploring the duality which was rooted in her genetic inheritance and her eccentric upbringing." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"Vita’s identity embraced masculine and feminine elements; her stiff-upper-lip English ancestry was in conflict with the Latin blood from her grandmother Pepita, a Spanish dancer who was the mistress of Lionel, Baron Sackville. Among their illegitimate offspring was Vita’s mother Victoria, who by marrying her cousin became the mistress of the Sackvilles’ ancestral home, Knole in Kent." - Maitani
“Cleansing the Stock” | George Monbiot -
"To blot people out of existence first you must blot them from your mind. Then you can persuade yourself that what you are doing is moral and necessary. Today, this isn’t difficult. Those who act without compassion can draw upon a system of thought and language whose purpose is to shield them – and blind us – to the consequences." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"The contention by Lord Freud, a minister in the UK’s Department of Work and Pensions, that disabled people are “not worth the full wage”(1) isn’t the worst thing he’s alleged to have said. I say “alleged” because what my ears tell me is contested by Hansard, the offical parliamentary record. During a debate in the House of Lords, he appeared to describe the changing number of disabled... more... - Maitani
"Browsing books at random in Galway, I picked up Shalom Auslander’s novel Hope: A Tragedy because the title caught my eye, and I bought it based on a cursory scan of its contents and reviews. The author’s name was also interesting to me, and the book turned out to be the most entertaining thing I had read in months." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"In the third grade, Rabbi Kahn told me my name was one of God’s seventy-two names, and he forbade me from ever writing it in full. We wrote primarily in Hebrew and Yiddish, so anything on which I wrote my name — God’s name — became instantly holy: tests, book reports, Highlights for Kids — consequently, they could never be mistreated. It was forbidden to let them touch the floor, it was forbidden to throw them away, it was forbidden to place other papers on top of them." - Maitani
The Greatest Ancient Picture Gallery by William Dalrymple | The New York Review of Books -
The Greatest Ancient Picture Gallery by William Dalrymple | The New York Review of Books
"In the winter of 1844, Major Robert Gill, a young British military draftsman, set off from Madras into the independent princely state of Hyderabad to record a major new archaeological discovery." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"Some years earlier, in 1819, a British hunting party in the jungles of the Western Ghats had followed a tiger into a remote river valley and stumbled onto what was soon recognized as one of the great wonders of India: the painted caves of Ajanta. On the walls of a line of thirty-one caves dug into an amphitheater of solid rock lay the most beautiful and ancient paintings in Buddhist... more... - Maitani
Rare Ceramics And Indian Paintings At NY Asian Art Week - Blog and Collectibles
Philosophy Monkey: Steven Pinker - Linguistics as a Window to Understand the Brain -
Philosophy Monkey: Steven Pinker - Linguistics as a Window to Understand the Brain
"One of the things I first enjoyed when I was introduced to philosophy was its recursive nature: we could use thought to investigate the nature, the rules, the structure and the limits of thought itself (and what that could tell us about the human mind). For a very similar reason I have a certain appreciation and fondness for linguistics. Most of our communication takes place through language, and linguists are hard at work trying to understand what they can about human cognition, nature and culture, by paying close attention to the way in which we use language." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"In the following lecture, Steven Pinker provides a fascinating introduction to questions such as how syntax (the study of linguistic structure), phonology (the study of sound), semantics (the study of meaning) and pragmatics (the study of the social and cultural role and context of language), all help us to understand how language works. He also provides a lesson on the nature of the... more... - Maitani
"At first (and at second, and third) glance, the use of spices in the cuisines of the subcontinent is a subtle and mysterious art, full of musty cupboards staffed by aging apothecaries (and grandmothers) and intertwined with theories of humor-balancing and our particular relationship to the gods. Recipes and spice blends are passed on in scribbled old notebooks and on furtive scraps of paper, copied and recopied like the epics, with long lists of spices and proportions, some crossed out and replaced with others for inexplicable reasons. The spices are essential, we are told, the order in which they are added is crucial, the mind of the cook must be perfectly clear, and the incantations must be uttered perfectly resonantly." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"But how to make sense of this confusion if one did not grow up hovering over a mortar and pestle? Or even if one did and was momentarily distracted (perhaps by adolescence)? One route is a close reading of existing recipes and practices, noting patterns, highlighting parsimonious explanations and gradually drawing grander and grander conclusions. Equally useful is naïve... more... - Maitani
Linguistic necromancy: a guide for the uninitiated | OUPblog -
Linguistic necromancy: a guide for the uninitiated | OUPblog
"It’s fairly common knowledge that languages, like people, have families. English, for instance, is a member of the Germanic family, with sister languages including Dutch, German, and the Scandinavian languages. Germanic, in turn, is a branch of a larger family, Indo-European, whose other members include the Romance languages (French, Italian, Spanish, and more), Russian, Greek, and Persian." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"Being part of a family of course means that you share a common ancestor. For the Romance languages, that mother language is Latin; with the spread and then fall of the Roman empire, Latin split into a number of distinct daughter languages. But what did the Germanic mother language look like? Here there’s a problem, because, although we know that language must have existed, we don’t have any direct record of it." - Maitani
"The earliest Old English written texts date from the 7th century AD, and the earliest Germanic text of any length is a 4th-century translation of the Bible into Gothic, a now-extinct Germanic language. Though impressively old, this text still dates from long after the breakup of the Germanic mother language into its daughters." - Maitani
"Like it says on the tin: a collection of Beautiful Maps. I wish there was some attribution attached to each map though. The map above is by Claude Bernou circa 1681. (via @khoi)" - Maitani from Bookmarklet
♡ - elfaxi
Forscherteam identifiziert 3500 Jahre alte Königsstadt - scientists identify 3500-year-old city of the Hittites -
Forscherteam identifiziert 3500 Jahre alte Königsstadt - scientists identify 3500-year-old city of the Hittites
Forscherteam identifiziert 3500 Jahre alte Königsstadt - scientists identify 3500-year-old city of the Hittites
"„Samuha war als bedeutende Metropole bereits seit Längerem aus Schriftquellen anderer Fundorte bekannt“, erläutert Professor Dr. Andreas Müller-Karpe, Direktor des Vorgeschichtlichen Seminars der Philipps-Universität, an dem das Forschungsprojekt angesiedelt ist. „Wo diese Stadt jedoch lag, blieb in der Forschung heftig umstritten.“ Die jüngsten Ausgrabungen brachten nun den Durchbruch: Der Ort befand sich am Nordufer des längsten Flusses Anatoliens, des Kızılırmak (hethitisch Marassantija) in der ostkappadokischen Provinz Sivas." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
Myth-conceptions: How myths about the brain are hampering teaching -- ScienceDaily -
Myth-conceptions: How myths about the brain are hampering teaching -- ScienceDaily
"Myths about the brain are common among teachers worldwide and are hampering teaching, according to new research. The report highlights several areas where new findings from neuroscience are becoming misinterpreted by education, including brain-related ideas regarding early educational investment, adolescent brain development and learning disorders such as dyslexia and ADHD." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"Teachers in the UK, Holland, Turkey, Greece and China were presented with seven so-called 'neuromyths' and asked whether they believe them to be true." - Maitani
Philosophy Monkey: Plato - Apology -
Philosophy Monkey: Plato - Apology
"In ancient Greece, when visitors went to the Temple of Apollo at Delphi, the very first thing they encountered there was an inscription chiseled on the entrance: "know thyself." While many people today think of this as an invitation to meditative self-reflection, this was simply a warning for humans to know their place, to understand that they are mortal, and that any pretension to wisdom, power or hubris would be swiftly punished by the gods." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
" Human beings have the unique ability of contemplating their beliefs, values and choices, and of questioning the established order and trying to come up with novel solutions and alternatives to the reality and the tragedy of existence. " Very well-said and this we call a life. The constant battle - آزاده (Azade)
A history of the blackboard: How the blackboard became an effective and ubiquitous teaching tool. -
A history of the blackboard: How the blackboard became an effective and ubiquitous teaching tool.
"The blackboard is a recent innovation. Erasable slates, a cheap but durable substitute for costly paper and ink, had been in use for centuries. Students could practice reading and writing and math on their slates, in the classroom or at home. But it wasn’t until 1800 that James Pillans, headmaster of the Old High School of Edinburgh, Scotland, wanting to offer geography lessons to his students that required larger maps, connected a number of smaller slates into a single grand field. And in 1801, George Baron, a West Point mathematics teacher, also began to use a board of connected slates, the most effective way, he found, to illustrate complex formulas to a larger audience." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"Although the term blackboard did not appear until 1815, the use of these cobbled-together slates spread quickly; by 1809, every public school in Philadelphia was using them. Teachers now had a flexible and versatile visual aid, a device that was both textbook and blank page, as well as a laboratory, and most importantly, a point of focus. The blackboard illustrates and is illustrated. Students no longer simply listened to the teacher; they had reason to look up from their desks." - Maitani
I'd assumed they'd been around for ever. :) - Ken Morley
Lucky Three Seven for my birthday lunch (& dinner). Shared with my mom & play sister. Got my birthday lunch there last year, too. I wouldn't mind a bit making Filipino food my bday tradition <3
Happy birthday! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
BIRTHDAY BUMP - Spidra Webster
Happy Birthday! - Brent Schaus from iPhone
Perfect timing, eating the last of the gising gising now :-) - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Happy birthday, Mandy! - Anne Bouey
Happppppyyyyyy Biiiiiirrrrrrrtttthhhhhdaaaayyyyyyy tooooooooooooooooo YOOOOOOOUUUUUUUUUU! - vicster: full-bodied
Happy Birthday! - Greg GuitarBuster
Happy birthday! :-) - Maitani
Happy happy find your magic through the year - WarLord
The Linguistics of LOL - Britt Peterson - The Atlantic -
The Linguistics of LOL - Britt Peterson - The Atlantic
"When two friends created the site I Can Has Cheezburger?, in 2007, to share cat photos with funny, misspelled captions, it was a way of cheering themselves up. They probably weren’t thinking about long-term sociolinguistic implications. But seven years later, the “cheezpeep” community is still active online, chattering away in lolspeak, its own distinctive variety of English. lolspeak was meant to sound like the twisted language inside a cat’s brain, and has ended up resembling a down-South baby talk with some very strange characteristics, including deliberate misspellings (teh, ennyfing), unique verb forms (gotted, can haz), and word reduplication (fastfastfast). It can be difficult to master. One user writes that it used to take at least 10 minutes “to read adn unnerstand” a paragraph. (“Nao, it’z almost like a sekund lanjuaje.”)" - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"To a linguist, all of this sounds a lot like a sociolect: a language variety that’s spoken within a social group, like Valley Girl–influenced ValTalk or African American Vernacular English. (The word dialect, by contrast, commonly refers to a variety spoken by a geographic group—think Appalachian or Lumbee.) Over the past 20 years, online sociolects have been springing up around the... more... - Maitani
The other day, Andrew mention how Yelp has it's own sort of language. I thought about the spaces I occupy online and how some of those particular sites or interests have their own language. Even though I don't participate, I can certainly understand what is being said. I found it frustrating trying to explain something to my husand in full English because he wouldn't understand the full slang of the group. - Anika
BBC News - Nobel Prize: How English beat German as language of science -
BBC News - Nobel Prize: How English beat German as language of science
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""If you look around the world in 1900, and someone told you, 'Guess what the universal language of science will be in the year 2000', you would first of all laugh at them. It was obvious that no one language would be the language of science, but a mixture of French, German and English would be the right answer," says Princeton University's Rosengarten professor of modern and contemporary history Michael Gordin." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
""So the story of the 20th Century is not so much the rise of English as the serial collapse of German as the up-and-coming language of scientific communication," Gordin says." - Maitani
There were still a few books on Regelungstechnik floating around my institute when I was in university, but most people of my generation aren't literate enough in German to easily make use such textbooks. - Morgan Fugel
Love me some Beilstein and Gmelin! - Meg VMeg from Android
Morgan Fugel
Happy birthday, my wife, love of my life :*
Happy Natal Anniversary! :) - (Curtis) Alan Jackson
Happy Happy Birthday!!! - Yvonne Renee
Happy birthday, Jenny! - Big Joe Silence
Thank you! :) - Jenny H. from Android
Woo! Happy birthday :-) - Pete : Team Marina from FFHound(roid)!
Happy birthday, Jenny! :) - ma∟ıĸ
Happy Birthday, Jenny Badges! - MoTO: Team Marina from Android
Happy birthday! - John (bird whisperer)
Happy Birthday, Jenny! - Greg GuitarBuster
Happy Jenny Day!!! - Friar Will
Happy birthday, Jenny! - Tamara J. B. from FFHound(roid)!
Happy birthday! :-) - Maitani
Happy day! - LB put a spell on you. from Android
Thank you, everyone! :) - Jenny H. from Android
Have a badass birthday! - Jim: with more caffeine!
Happy birthday, Jenny. I know I'm a few hours behind here but I hope you are still having a great day. - Stephan #TeamMarina from iPhone
Happiest Birthday Jenny! - Janet
It's Jenny Day! Yay! I hope you're having a great day! - vicster: full-bodied
Yay! Happy, happy Jenny Day!!! I'm so glad you were born! I, and MANY others!, could not imagine a world without you. :) - Lisa L. Seifert from iPhone
<3 - Alix May
Happy birthday!!!!! :) - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Happy birthday, Jenny! - Corinne L
Happy birthday, Jenny! Celebrate! - Anne Bouey
I hope you had/have a very pleasant, happy day today, Jenny. - Glen Campbell
Happy Birthday!!!!!! - Katy S from iPhone
Happy Birthday! - Son of Groucho
Happy knitty birthday, beautiful. <3 - Alix May
Happy You Day, Jenny! :D - Michael W. May
Happy birthday Lovely Libra! <3 - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Happy birthday! - Yolanda
Thanks so much, everyone! <3 - Jenny H. from Android
Happy bday! - imabonehead from Android
Happy Birthday, Jenny! - Brent Schaus
Tusen takk, y'all! :) - Jenny H. from Android
Belated happy day to you! - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra from Android
gratulerer med dagen! - Halil
Takk takk! - Jenny H. from Android
EpiDoc: Epigraphic Documents in TEI XML / Home / Home -
EpiDoc: Epigraphic Documents in TEI XML / Home / Home
"EpiDoc is an international, collaborative effort that provides guidelines and tools for encoding scholarly and educational editions of ancient documents. It uses a subset of the Text Encoding Initiative 's standard for the representation of texts in digital form and was developed initially for the publication of digital editions of ancient inscriptions (e.g. Inscriptions of Aphrodisias , Vindolanda Tablets ). Its domain has expanded to include the publication of papyri and manuscripts (e.g. ). It addresses not only the transcription and editorial treatment of texts themselves, but also the history and materiality of the objects on which the texts appear (i.e., manuscripts, monuments, tablets, papyri, and other text-bearing objects)." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
The Ashoka Project on the Bibliotheca Polyglotta -
The Ashoka Project on the Bibliotheca Polyglotta
"This Library contains an edition of Ashoka’s inscriptions ordered into ten types1 as seen in the meny on the left. The texts are so far based upon Hultzsch (1925). The page will also publish the rest of the known inscriptions, and, further, images and secondary materials on the topic for both edicational needs and research. The development of the library is a cooperation between indological milieus at Texas University, Austin, and at Oslo University. Below is a project description which is the basis of the cooperation. Other contacts are also being made to build the site further. The persons involoved so far are: Joel Brereton, Donald R.Davis, Oliver Freiberger, Janice Leoshko, Patrick Olivelle, Texas University; Ute Hüsken, Jens Braarvig, Oslo University." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"The Bibliotheca Polyglotta (BP) is a multilingual corpus of historically important texts. As such it is a resource to access the global history of concepts as displayed in a number of languages, and it demonstrates how concepts diffuse historically into new languages, and thus into new cultural contexts. The BP is in a phase of being constructed, and contains so far the following libraries: - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"The Thesaurus Literaturae Buddhicae (TLB) contains a number of Buddhist multilingual texts (Sanskrit, Chinese, Tibetan, English, etc.). The TLB was the first library to be established under the project; Biblia contains the Biblical Books of the Old Testament in Hebrew, Greek, Latin, English, and the complete New Testament in Greek, Latin, English, etc. More versions will be added with... more... - Maitani
"One can search any word or phrase in the corpus or in a chosen set of texts and have the search results written out, and further access any search result in its sentence by sentence multilingual mode by clicking on the reference in the search result. Every sentence in the BP has a Permanent link as a unique identification. The permanent link may be extracted by clicking on "Permanent link" on the bottom of the screen, and may be used as a reference to access the multilingual record which it refers to." - Maitani
The Outsider Art of Tennessee by Geoffrey O'Brien | The New York Review of Books -
The Outsider Art of Tennessee by Geoffrey O'Brien | The New York Review of Books
"Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh: John Lahr’s subtitle for his biography of Tennessee Williams nimbly fuses madness, spiritual quest, and sexuality in one inextricable formulation. The tone of the phrase alone—it comes from a 1937 diary entry—with its hint of what may now seem self-consciously overripe eloquence, its elusive mix of ironic gaudiness and open-hearted romanticism, already suggests a voice from a past more remote than could ever, to those of us who lived through Tennessee Williams’s era, have seemed possible." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"That voice dominates Lahr’s exuberantly detailed and constantly engaging account: a voice of unabashed truth-telling, frequently hilarious interjections, and a sense of musicality that did not fail him. Its traces are scattered profusely in diaries, letters, memoirs, prefaces, newspaper articles, and interviews, and in the plays, poems, stories, and screenplays in which Williams never... more... - Maitani
Quelques Verbes Français by Tennessee Williams - Maitani
DABIR | Digital Archive of Brief notes & Iran Review -
DABIR | Digital Archive of Brief notes & Iran Review
"The Digital Archive of Brief notes & Iran Review (DABIR) is an open access, peer-reviewed online journal published by the Dr. Samuel M. Jordan Center for Persian Studies and Culture at the University of California, Irvine. DABIR aims to quickly and efficiently publish brief notes and reviews relating to the pre-modern world in contact with Iran and Persianate cultures. The journal accepts submissions on art history, archaeology, history, linguistics, literature, manuscript studies, numismatics, philology and religion, from Jaxartes to the Mediterranean and from the Sumerian period through to and including the Safavid era (3500 BCE-1500 CE). Work dealing with later periods can be considered on request." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
Deep Habits: Conquer Hard Tasks With Concentration Circuits - Study Hacks - Cal Newport -
Deep Habits: Conquer Hard Tasks With Concentration Circuits - Study Hacks - Cal Newport
Deep Habits: Conquer Hard Tasks With Concentration Circuits - Study Hacks - Cal Newport
"Today I needed to finish a tough chunk of writing. The ideas were complicated and I wasn’t quite sure how best to untangle the relevant threads and reweave them into something appealing. I knew I was in for some deep work and I was worried about my ability to see it through to the end." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"I call this approach the concentration circuit as it cycles you through a circuit of locations to keep your concentration levels elevated. To be clear, most of my deep work sessions are decidedly less interesting. They take place in my office with the door closed. But sometimes I need something extra. If I’m feeling uninspired or the task is particularly complicated, I look for ways to... more... - Maitani
The Horticultural Roots of Joseph Breck | The Metropolitan Museum of Art -
The Horticultural Roots of Joseph Breck | The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Horticultural Roots of Joseph Breck | The Metropolitan Museum of Art
"Recent posts by Michael Carter and a special seventy-fifth anniversary Bulletin by Timothy B. Husband introduced readers to a pivotal yet seldom-recognized figure in the formative years of The Cloisters museum and gardens—Joseph Henry Breck (1885–1933). The basic layout of the galleries and gardens of The Cloisters is primarily due to Breck's close collaboration with the architect Charles Collens, and their final plans provide coherence when the museum and gardens are seen as a whole. Sadly, Breck died suddenly in 1933 and never saw his plans realized. In addition to his formidable talents as an art historian, Breck was also a skilled artist, contributing many illustrations to the Harvard Lampoon during his undergraduate years. His watercolors and pencil sketches serve as visual evidence of his inspirations and thought processes while planning The Cloisters. While Breck's curatorial training and career are well documented, his interest in gardens is not." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
Turmeric and Saffron: Ash-e Haft Daneh - Persian Seven Bean Hearty Soup - Mehregan Festival Recipe -
Turmeric and Saffron: Ash-e Haft Daneh - Persian Seven Bean Hearty Soup - Mehregan Festival Recipe
Turmeric and Saffron: Ash-e Haft Daneh - Persian Seven Bean Hearty Soup - Mehregan Festival Recipe
"Mehregan/Mehr is an ancient Iranian festival celebrating the start of the beautiful fall season. With its vibrant foliage, crisp days, and harvesting of crops, مهرگان (Mehregan) is traditionally celebrated a few days after the first day of fall (Autumnal Equinox) on the 10th day of  (Mehr) (the seventh month of the Iranian calendar). In the past, festivities would last for several days. Opinions about the exact date of Mehregan may differ since the historical records show that the date has been changed a few times throughout history. The wordمهر "Mehr" in Mehregan means 'sun, kindness, love and friendship' in Persian. جشن مهرگان Jashn-e Mehregan is attributed to Mithra/Mehr, the goddess of the sun and brightness and also the angelic divinity of friendship, justice and oath dating back to the ancient religion of Zoroastrianism. One of the most valuable lessons of prophet Zartosht (Zoroaster), that is still cherished today, is his teachings of good thoughts, good words and good deeds." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"I chose to call it a seven bean soup but this is more than just a soup and it's more than just beans. آش هفت دانه - Ash-e haft daneh is a combination of beans, seeds, whole wheat and some vegetables. The main ingredients in the original recipe were listed as wheat, barley, rice, chickpeas, lentils, mung beans and millet. There are many different variations of this traditional ash... more... - Maitani
Could a Newly Launched Metaphorical Search Engine Really Work? | Big Think | Neurobonkers -
Could a Newly Launched Metaphorical Search Engine Really Work? | Big Think | Neurobonkers
Could a Newly Launched Metaphorical Search Engine Really Work? | Big Think | Neurobonkers
"When I first heard of Yossarian Lives, a website that bills itself as the metaphorical search engine, I thought "no way!" Good metaphors are inherently artistic and depend on a nuanced understanding of related topics, both very human qualities. Indeed, when I had a chance to fool around with the alpha version of Yossarian Lives it seemed to function as a glorified "random" button on your average stock photo library." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
I am not yet sure how this is supposed to work. I think I'll check it out. - Maitani
Stephen Mack
How to get the FF bookmarklet working in Chrome again (thanks to user "sizofroid")
EDIT: Forget these steps, just go to - Stephen Mack
1. In Chrome, open the page 2. Copy the entire text from that page by hitting Ctrl+A and then Ctrl+C - Stephen Mack
3. Show your Chrome bookmarks by hitting Ctrl+Shift+B (if they're hidden) - Stephen Mack
4. Right-click on an empty area of Chrome's bookmark bar, then select "Add page..." from the shortcut menu. - Stephen Mack
5. Under "Name", put in whatever you want the button to appear as (such as "FF+" or "Share on FF"). - Stephen Mack
6. Under "URL", press Ctrl+V to paste in the text you just copied. - Stephen Mack
7. Click Save - Stephen Mack
8. Bookmark stuff. Happy FriendFeeding! - Stephen Mack
Credit to user "sizofroid" ( due to his comment on a post from Amit Patel here: - Stephen Mack
I don't know if sizofroid fixed this code or not (since both the github repository here and the code it calls on Google Drive are anonymously contributed), but whoever wrote this and fixed it, THANK YOU! - Stephen Mack
Per sizofroid in that comment, this replacement bookmarklet works on Safari as well (but I haven't tested that). My instructions are from the perspective of a Windows Chrome user; if I need to modify any of these instructions for MacOS, please let me know. - Stephen Mack
I don't see anything dangerous in the code ( but bear in mind that in theory whoever created this could change the code to be malicious in the future, and in theory possibly add a keyboard logger or blah blah blah so caveat emptor. - Stephen Mack
The code was written by Bret or Paul, no diff from, It's literally just a rehost. My guess is the only thing that needed changed was http://friendfeed to https://friendfeed in the bookmarklet, as has been required for Firefox for 2 years. - NOT THE CRICKET
Just checked and there is a diff, at line 300 iframe.location has been changed to iframe.src (in the working version). - NOT THE CRICKET
Ah, I see -- thanks for checking, Jimminy. - Stephen Mack
Thanks VERY much all -- it works! Reposted to Quora friendfeeders: TLDR for Firefox: go to your Bookmarks library, and manually edit the entry for the Friendfeed bookmarklet --change the part of the one-line javascript code from "http://friendfeed" to "https://friendfeed". - Adriano
Adriano, interestingly, just changing the http to https alone doesn't solve it for Chrome, it looks like the other change listed by Jimminy is needed to solve it on Firefox. - Stephen Mack
I backed up both the bookmark code and the bookmarklet code here: - Stephen Mack
Thank you, Stephen. \\ Also, the code for rendering embedded YouTube videos is not part of the bookmarklet. It's on the Friendfeed server side, so hopefully a kind FF engineer will fix the problem to work with the current YouTube API. - Adriano
Hmm, for YouTube, I just manually change the URL to http instead of https, and it usually works. - Stephen Mack
THANK YOU - lris
Mike Tyson does not work :( so wondering what works consistently for YouTube. - Adriano
Youtube, has to be posted manually or while not logged in to google. Friendfeed's linkify on the backend only handles http:// links. Google forces https:// on all pages while logged in. - NOT THE CRICKET
Or you can just delete the pesky "s" before posting. - lris
Iris, when posting from the bookmarklet, it doesn't let you modify the URL. And Google will automatically redirect to the secure protocol, so you can't open the bookmarklet on a non-secure page. - NOT THE CRICKET
Ah, my bookmarklet has been kaput for so long I'd forgotten that. :) - lris
So being logged into Google has a hidden side effect, wow, thx. - Adriano
Asking from ignorance: does this work on Macs? - bentley
Adriano, well not all pages, just Google owned sites, like Youtube and stuff. It's pretty common to force logged-in users into using a secure protocol while logged-in as best practices. - NOT THE CRICKET
true, and for Quora pages one must manually append "?share=1" to URL for the benefit of non-Quora viewers. - Adriano
Betsy, it's not a machine problem, merely some bookmark code in the browser one uses. - Adriano
From what I can tell, the iframe.src is a recent Webkit change (effecting Chrome & Safari), and the protocol issue has been prevalent for all mainstream browsers for a few months, due to blocking Mixed Active Content (trying to access HTTP content on an HTTPS page [images get a pass, due to common caching systems]). - NOT THE CRICKET
This is great, thanks Stephen. I've posted an alternate hosting solution for those who want to use dropbox (or extrapolate the idea to other platform to self-host and control one's version of the code) - Micah
Thanks, Adriano. - bentley
Thanks for this useful info :) - Ozgur Uckan
Thank you!! - Amit Patel
Thank you, Stephen! - Maitani
You guys, use Micah's version! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Thank you! :) - Pea Bukowski
Just updated! I can't use Micah's version because dropbox is blocked at work. :( - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
I self hosted the target javascript, works like a charm. - Andy Bakun
For the interested, I added a feature to make it work with flickr (SEE ) - Micah
Very good - Thank You - YoNews
\o/ - nomnomski
up - ebru
Hmm... did this stop working in Chrome again? Doesn't seem to work w/Version 37.0.2062.124 m. - rönin
Bump: -- version 1.03 by Micah from June, now a draggable image - Stephen Mack
Thank you very much! - pm10
How I Rewired My Brain to Become Fluent in Math - Issue 17: Big Bangs - Nautilus -
"I was a wayward kid who grew up on the literary side of life, treating math and science as if they were pustules from the plague. So it’s a little strange how I’ve ended up now—someone who dances daily with triple integrals, Fourier transforms, and that crown jewel of mathematics, Euler’s equation. It’s hard to believe I’ve flipped from a virtually congenital math-phobe to a professor of engineering." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"One day, one of my students asked me how I did it—how I changed my brain. I wanted to answer Hell—with lots of difficulty! After all, I’d flunked my way through elementary, middle, and high school math and science. In fact, I didn’t start studying remedial math until I left the Army at age 26. If there were a textbook example of the potential for adult neural plasticity, I’d be Exhibit A." - Maitani
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