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"The humblest text can be a fruitful hunting ground." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"This napkin is 100% recyclable (Pret’s sustainability department is militant, we’re making headway). If Pret staff get all serviette-ish and hand you huge bunches of napkins (which you don’t need or want) please give them the evil eye. Waste not want not’" - Maitani
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The Grand Budapest Hotel (The Republic of Zubrowka, Hungary) - Hotel Reviews - TripAdvisor - http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_R...
The Grand Budapest Hotel (The Republic of Zubrowka, Hungary) - Hotel Reviews - TripAdvisor
"When we arrived we had some problems with the tram that leads to the main building, but it was quickly fixed by the highly efficient lobby boy. Out of all the common areas the one you should give special attention to is the Turkish bath and the Greek spa. Food was excellent, and on our first day there were regional sweets from the Mendl's bakery in our bedroom out of courtesy -- that was really nice and they tasted delicious. Staff was particularly kind and helfpul. Next season we'll certainly go back!" - Maitani from Bookmarklet
via kottke.org http://kottke.org/14... - Maitani
aaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwwww - LauraD in Something
Sean McBride
Google is by far the most powerful tool ever created for honing and refining one's writing skills.
Check definitions, spelling, grammar, usage and style; retrieve and verify facts and quotes; consult original texts; translate text. - Sean McBride
I use Google dozens of times a day to check points on writing that would have been uncheckable pre-Google. - Sean McBride
I spend little time posting here -- perhaps I think and type faster than you realize. Friendfeed provides a convenient dropbox/notebook for storing bits and pieces for future reference while doing other things. - Sean McBride
Has Google changed your writing habits at all? Writing issues that I have previously wondered about but couldn't take time to track down through print resources can now be resolved instantly. Basically, Google provides numerous capabilities for sharpening one's thinking and writing with little effort. - Sean McBride
Well, Fargo struck me as high comedy -- that is how my sense of humor tends. Your sense of humor may inhabit a higher, more esoteric plane. - Sean McBride
Now that's funny. - Sean McBride
Seriously, I use Google to check my English writing/conversation (which takes place only in written form) all the time. I am often uncertain as to which idiomatic phrase would be correct and appropriate to use in a given context. I type the phrase I want to write in quotation marks and check a few of the results the search engine provides. I can't think of a better or faster method for... more... - Maitani
Maitani -- I am a native English speaker and I still use Google to confirm my understanding of the fine shadings of English idioms, just as you do. It's also invaluable for resolving subtle capitalization issues and questions about competing spellings for compound nouns -- do I use a space, a hypen or no space or hyphen (closed/solid)? I also use Google Fight to check out which competing and legal spellings for a word are most common. Google is a revolutionary tool for writers. - Sean McBride
And of course while learning foreign languages I can acquire translations in either direction by typing directly into the Google main search box. - Sean McBride
Unfortunately, Google translate doesn't help with writing, not even in English. - Maitani
Google Translate needs work -- it is not always reliable. - Sean McBride
I just had to use Google to look up "on the fritz" -- sometimes expressions that you rarely use sound strange to your ears -- you need to verify that you are getting them right. - Sean McBride
The backgrounds and etymologies of words and expressions -- now instantly accessible. - Sean McBride
Maitani
What do you call a group of... | OxfordWords blog - http://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/2014...
What do you call a group of... | OxfordWords blog
What do you call a group of... | OxfordWords blog
What do you call a group of... | OxfordWords blog
"Did you know that there are collective nouns for many different groups of animals? Some you may well be familiar with (such as a litter of kittens or a pride of lions). Others are used less often, but would still be recognized by many people; in this category fall a gaggle of geese and a murder of crows. And then there are those words which you probably haven’t heard – did you know about a crash of rhinoceros, or a descent of woodpeckers?" - Maitani from Bookmarklet
I really like this part of English. "A superfluity of nuns" and "an unkindness of ravens" are among my favorites :) - Eivind from Android
They left off a bunch of people ones: A lot of parking attendants, a ring of jewelers, a great deal of used car salesmen (etc.). - Stephen Mack
Stephen :) - Eivind from Android
Maitani
"The philosopher John Gray, in his review of my book The Quest for a Moral Compass, claimed that I ‘airbrush, Soviet-style’ all ‘repugnant and troubling elements of rationalism’ that I ‘prefer not to know’ about ‘sleazy side of rationalism’, such as racial science or the history of slavery. It is a strange claim given that the thread that runs through virtually all my work has been the paradoxes of modernity, and the contradictions within rationalism and liberalism. Hence two books of the history of the idea of race and another on the difficulties faced by science in making sense of the human. (My response to the Gray review is here.)" - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"The difference between my view of rationalism and modernity and that of John Gray is not that one recognizes the ‘dark side of modernity’ and the other airbrushes it away. It rests, rather, on how we view the roots of the problem. For Gray, and for thinkers like him, the problem lies in human nature. Humans, he argues in his book Straw Dogs, ‘cannot be other than irrational’ but delude... more... - Maitani
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Successful Secale | The Metropolitan Museum of Art - http://www.metmuseum.org/visit...
Successful Secale | The Metropolitan Museum of Art
"In the Middle Ages, the diet of the wealthy, while plentiful, was nutritionally bereft compared to that of the common people. Those with the means feasted on meat seasoned with exotic and costly spices and wheat bread. The lighter and fresher the bread, the higher one's station in life. High-protein, low-gluten rye bread made from rye (Secale cereale) was fit only for the lowest. Rye was considered such humble food that Carthusian monks would take as a penance a hard tort made of the poorest-quality rye to symbolize their station in life as "Christ's beggars" (Henisch, 158); it was considered second rate to wheat and barley. Nonetheless, and despite its inauspicious beginnings, rye went from minor cultivation in the early Middle Ages to a staple food of temperate Europe in the ensuing centuries." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"Visitors to the Bonnefont Herb Garden this spring encountered a particularly vigorous strand of rye. Planted last fall as a cover crop, it protected the soil from the leaching of valuable nutrients and compaction. The value of managing soils was appreciated by the medieval agriculturist, who followed careful systems of crop rotations. Typically, cover crops are turned into the soil... more... - Maitani
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Judith Butler reviews ‘The Death Penalty’ by Jacques Derrida, translated by Peggy Kamuf · LRB 17 July 2014 - http://www.lrb.co.uk/v36...
"‘Whence comes this bizarre, bizarre idea,’ Jacques Derrida asks, reading Nietzsche on debt in On the Genealogy of Morals, ‘this ancient, archaic (uralte) idea, this so very deeply rooted, perhaps indestructible idea, of a possible equivalence between injury and pain (Schaden und Schmerz)? Whence comes this strange hypothesis or presumption of an equivalence between two such incommensurable things? What can a wrong and a suffering have in common?’ By way of an answer, he points out that ‘the origin of the legal subject, and notably of penal law, is commercial law; it is the law of commerce, debt, the market, the exchange between things, bodies and monetary signs, with their general equivalent and their surplus value, their interest.’" - Maitani from Bookmarklet
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This Is Not a Vermeer ™ — The Message — Medium - https://medium.com/message...
This Is Not a Vermeer ™ — The Message — Medium
"Can anyone own a masterpiece? In part one in this series about artistic authenticity, five very dissimilar people share a common desire: To own a Vermeer." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
Uber for Art Forgeries https://medium.com/message... - Maitani
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One secret of ancient amber revealed -- ScienceDaily - http://www.sciencedaily.com/release...
One secret of ancient amber revealed -- ScienceDaily
"The warm beauty of amber was captivating and mysterious enough to inspire myths in ancient times, and even today, some of its secrets remain locked inside the fossilized tree resin. But for the first time, scientists have now solved at least one of its puzzles that had perplexed them for decades." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
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Babel's Dawn: Forget Communication; Study Cognition - http://www.babelsdawn.com/babels_...
"Leonard Talmy is an interesting fellow who has spent the past several decades exploring the way languages express thoughts. Can we have thoughts that we cannot express verbally? Many poets spend their lives trying to express the inexpressible. We know too that there are many ideas which can be expressed mathematically, but not verbally. How about the reverse; are there things we can think in words but not in other ways?" - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"For instance, language allows us to think it terms of what grammarians call mood. Talmy calls this a topic's "reality status." That's something not included in mathematical expressions. English allows us to distinguish between, "As I am king, I will name an aircraft carrier after you," and, "If I were king, I would name an aircraft carrier after you." Equations, by contrast, are all in a neutral mood, meaning they may or may not assert something true about the world." - Maitani
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Scenes from the Odyssey in Ancient Art | OUPblog - http://blog.oup.com/2014...
"The Ancient Greeks were incredibly imaginative and innovative in their depictions of scenes from The Odyssey, painted onto vases, kylikes, wine jugs, or mixing bowls. Many of Homer’s epic scenes can be found on these objects such as the encounter between Odysseus and the Cyclops Polyphemus and the battle with the Suitors. It is clear that in the Greek culture, The Odyssey was an influential and eminent story with memorable scenes that have resonated throughout generations of both classical literature enthusiasts and art aficionados and collectors. We present a brief slideshow of images that appear in Barry B. Powell’s new free verse translation of The Odyssey." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
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AWOL - The Ancient World Online: Alphabetical List of Open Access Journals in Ancient Studies - http://ancientworldonline.blogspot.de/2012...
AWOL's full List of Open Access Journals in Ancient Studies lists 1382 titles today. - Maitani from Bookmarklet
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"The Historical Thesaurus of English is a unique resource charting the semantic development of the huge and varied vocabulary of English. It is the first historical thesaurus ever produced for any language, containing almost every word in English from Old English to the present day. Of major interest to historians, philologists, linguists, and the general reader, the Thesaurus is an unrivalled resource for the historical study of the language. It is based on a comprehensive analysis of English as found in the second edition of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) and A Thesaurus of Old English (for words restricted to the Old English period of c.700-1150 AD). All these words and their dates of recorded use are displayed within a detailed semantic framework, offering a fascinating picture of the development of the vocabulary of English from its origins in Anglo-Saxon times to the present." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
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"Those familiar with T S Eliot’s poem ‘The Waste Land’ will know that many of its lines echo earlier writers. For example,..." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
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13-Year-Old Charlotte Brontë & Her Brother Wrote Teeny Tiny Adventure Books, Measuring 1 x 2 Inches | Open Culture - http://www.openculture.com/2014...
13-Year-Old Charlotte Brontë & Her Brother Wrote Teeny Tiny Adventure Books, Measuring 1 x 2 Inches | Open Culture
13-Year-Old Charlotte Brontë & Her Brother Wrote Teeny Tiny Adventure Books, Measuring 1 x 2 Inches | Open Culture
"So you consider yourself a reader of the Brontës? Of course you’ve read Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre, and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. (Find these classics in our collection of Free eBooks and Free Audio Books.) You’ve probably even got on to the likes of The Green Dwarf and Agnes Grey. Surely you know details from the lives of Charlotte, Emily, and Anne. But have you read such lesser-known entries in the Brontë canon as Scenes on a Great Bridge, The Poetaster: A Drama in Two Volumes, or An Interesting Passage in the Lives of Some Eminent Personages of the Present Age? Do you know of Brontë brother Branwell, the ill-fated tutor, clerk, and artist, and have you seen his own literary output? Now you can, as Harvard University’s Houghton Library has put online nine very early works from Charlotte and Branwell Brontë — all of which measure less than one inch by two inches." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
vay cimcimelere bak sen yav - Alfonker Tapir
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"Lahvová pošta, a message in a bottle. It seems almost absurd that such a term has been also coined for it in a language where you can never meet such a thing. Nature has refused a sea to Czechia. So it was up to literature to bestow one upon her: Shakespeare in The Winter’s tale, and Radek Malý in his recently published children’s poetry book Moře slané vody, Sea of salty water." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
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"In June 2014  UNESCO's World Heritage Committee announced the new inscriptions for the World Heritage List. This year 26 new sites made it into the list, making the current number of World Heritage Sites 1007, with two sites delisted. To celebrate this year's event, we built this portal which anyone can use to quickly visualize facts and stats about UNESCO's World Heritage database. A few things you can do: Search through the current World Heritage Sites, look at their geographical distribution, size, and year of inscription in the list. Discover the locations that are in danger, and the most common threats that menace their conservation. Browse through all the sites that are part of each State's tentative lists but didn't make it to a World Heritage status yet. Read overviews for each UNESCO Member State." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
via Free Technology for Teachers http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2014... - Maitani
I recommend exploring the portal, despite the boring picture I posted. It is an excellent site that contains maps, images, data sets, and data visualizations about all of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, but is focused on the sites added to UNESCO's list in 2014. - Maitani
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"For a long time French and English novels were content to borrow their titles from the names of their chief characters, and this is how readers first learned of Robinson, Moll, Pamela, Jacques, Tom, Humphry, Tristram, Émile, Evelina, Emma, Oliver, David, and many others. Starting in the late eighteenth century, titles took a descriptive or even predictive turn. There were dangerous liaisons, prides and prejudices, lost illusions, great expectations, crimes and punishments, and other moral or legal considerations. These titles didn’t tell us much, but they hinted at risk and comeuppance, seemed to profess a large wisdom readers might share with the author at the expense of the characters. The novels themselves were not half as moralizing as their titles suggested—most of them were not moralizing at all—but they did seek collusion, appealing to what we thought we knew. We knew, for example, that expectations are great but rarely met. That’s what expectations are; otherwise they would... more... - Maitani from Bookmarklet
Eivind
Nithing pole - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki...
"A nithing pole (Old Norse: níðstang), sometimes normalized as nithstang or nidstang, was a pole used for cursing an enemy in Germanic pagan tradition. A nithing pole consisted of a long, wooden pole with a recently cut horse head at the end, and at times with the skin of the horse laid over the pole.[1] The nithing pole was directed towards the enemy and target of the curse. The curse could be carved in runes on the pole." - Eivind from Bookmarklet
I'd like to know the meaning/etymology of níð-. - Maitani
I can't find an equivalent word in Norwegian or English that covers all it seems to have meant in Old Norse. A stain on your (and your family's) honor, a social stigma, and also poems and prose talking smack about someone. In Norwegian we still have the term 'nidvise' (nid song) which these days means any text from the talking-smack-about-someone-else department. We no longer have any honor that can be stained :) - Eivind
I guess the whole concept has sort of died out around here. Maybe there are roughly equivalent words in existence in the languages of tribal societies where honor/family honor is still the main social currency? - Eivind
Thank you for your explanation. Having read it, I wonder whether the element níð- might be related to our "Neid" - "envy, grudge". I'll look it up. :-) - Maitani
It is likely that the two words are cognates, phonetically, the German "ei" originates from OHG "i", and the "d"/"ð" may both originate from PIE *-t-. Plus, as you explain the meaning of the Norwegian word, the words may be related semantically. - Maitani
This article took a turn I didn't expect: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki... - Stephen Mack from iPhone
What "unexpected turn" did you mean, Stephen? - Maitani
So the Corleones were Germanic pagans. Interesting. - Hot Bubba. 114F Hot.
Maitani, I wasn't expecting all the sexual connotations! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Heh, yeah, I think I had the same reaction Stephen did. I'd never really imagined Vikings made distinctions between bottoms and tops :D - Victor Ganata
Neat, clean, modern day equivalent, sold here: http://www.toysrus.com/family... (it was the first thing that popped into my head) - April Russo
Ach so, Stephen. :D I overread that part. :-) - Maitani
The Normans ruled Sicily for a while, Bubba. Maybe that part of their culture has been thrown into the mix :) - Eivind
Maitani
BBC News - English explodes in India - and it's not just Hinglish - http://www.bbc.com/news...
BBC News - English explodes in India - and it's not just Hinglish
"Anyone who travels beyond Delhi and Mumbai to India's provincial cities will notice English words cropping up increasingly in Hindi conversation. While some of these terms fell out of use in the UK decades ago, others are familiar, but used in bold new ways." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"Picture the scene. I'm chatting to a young man named Yuvraj Singh. He's a college student in the Indian city of Dehra Dun. We're talking in Hindi. But every so often there's an English word. It's Hindi, Hindi, Hindi, and then suddenly an English word or phrase is dropped in: "job", "love story" or "adjust"." - Maitani
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Europe's migrant influx: 'we need help but we don’t know where from' | World | The Guardian - http://www.theguardian.com/world...
Europe's migrant influx: 'we need help but we don’t know where from' | World | The Guardian
Europe's migrant influx: 'we need help but we don’t know where from' | World | The Guardian
"Like almost 60,000 others this year, Brahana decided to brave the Mediterranean sea in order to reach Italy, and therefore Europe. She paid people-smugglers $1,600 (£950), she says, to board a boat packed with more than 300 people. “It’s really hard with a small baby,” she says stoically of a journey that has proved deadly for thousands over the past 20 years. Her boat was intercepted by an Italian navy ship last week and all its passengers taken to safety. The question for them now is what comes next. Brahana, like many of the refugees and migrants landing in Italy, has not yet requested asylum and is not in the care of an official structure. She is waiting for the bus to Rome, where her aunt lives. And then? “I don’t know,” she admits. “I want to work. I can’t live in my country because of the government. We need help but we don’t know where from.”" - Maitani from Bookmarklet
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A Calendar Page for July 2014 - Medieval manuscripts blog - http://britishlibrary.typepad.co.uk/digitis...
A Calendar Page for July 2014 - Medieval manuscripts blog
A Calendar Page for July 2014 - Medieval manuscripts blog
"The aristocratic pleasures of April and May have been left far behind in these pages for the month of July.  Set amongst a riot of red flowers (perhaps characteristic of this month) is a roundel in which two peasants are kneeling and harvesting the wheat crop.  Behind them is a peasant’s hut and what may be a cathedral in the background, while overhead, lightning strikes as a summer storm rolls in.   On the next folio, beneath the continuation of saints’ days for June, is a roundel containing a bushy-tailed lion, for the zodiac sign Leo, within a frame of similarly-threatening clouds.  Below him is a shepherd, standing in a rather downcast manner among his flock (he is not as unlucky as our April shepherd, however), which his dog relaxes in the foreground." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
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What do you really want to know about the past? « Heavenfield - http://hefenfelth.wordpress.com/2014...
"When you think about the past, what do you really want to know? Do you want to know what people thought and felt, their philosophy or understand their spin? Or, do you really want to know what really happened? What was their world really like, not what they said it was like? Sure we are all a little curious about both, but when push comes to shove, what do you want to know the most? Where will you invest your time?  These are really two very different approaches. I’ll soon be reviewing two books here that both look at nature in the Middle Ages and take opposite approaches." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"The best example I have found of these diametrically opposed approaches is on medieval epidemics. Some historians will argue that it doesn’t matter what the disease was, all that matters is its demographic effect. Scientists will argue that you can’t really know anything about the epidemic without trying to characterize it medically/biologically, if not identify it. For many... more... - Maitani
I want to know all of it! I love the multidisciplinary approach to uncovering history :) What I DON'T want is for my ancient history books to focus too much on the history of uncovering the history. I've read a few books with a huge focus on small technical details about different digs, intrigues and scandals in archaeological circles, and the life story of the idle rich patrons. That stuff isn't ancient. It's 200 years old, at most. - Eivind
Agreed. To me it is also important that historians publish the sources of their knowledge, and lay out the uncertainties and limitations that result from limited access or from the nature of the sources. - Maitani
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"Each year at the Homer Multitext Summer Seminar we introduce a new group of students to the scholarly principles that underlie the Homer Multitext project, which are grounded in the research and fieldwork of Milman Parry and Albert Lord on oral poetry. In addition to talking in a broad way about how the Iliad was composed and transmitted over time, we also think out loud about how our understanding of Homeric poetry as an oral traditional system affects how we interpret the poetry. And each year we ground that discussion by focusing on a particular book of the Iliad. The students create an XML edition of the text and scholia for that book in the Venetus A manuscript, and in a series of sessions we talk as a group about the poetics of that book. This year's book is Iliad 12 and it has led us to discuss such topics as the building of and battle before the Achaean wall (which caused such consternation among Analyst scholars in the 19th and early 20th centuries), the poetics of battle... more... - Maitani from Bookmarklet
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"Why We Can't Learn Like Kids Most of us English speakers can't tell the difference between Seung, Seong and Sung now, but back when we were babies we could. A large body of work shows that babies possess a remarkable ability to distinguish all sounds in all languages. But between six and 12 months of age, they begin homing in on their native language's sounds. They become experts in their own language, and as a consequence they lose their facility with the unfamiliar sounds of foreign languages. As it turns out, it's challenging to regain that ability." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"Some of the best data on this phenomenon come from studies of Japanese adults learning to hear the difference between r and l. Why the Japanese? For one, because the r-versus-l problem is notorious; Japanese speakers tend to do little better than chance when attempting to tell their rocks from their locks. Second, they know they have this difficulty, and many will happily volunteer to... more... - Maitani
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3quarksdaily: Gavrilo Princip, Conspiracy Theories and the Fragility of Cause and Effect - http://www.3quarksdaily.com/3quarks...
3quarksdaily: Gavrilo Princip, Conspiracy Theories and the Fragility of Cause and Effect
"Ashutosh Jogalekar in Scientfic American (Achille Beltrame's illustration of the June 28, 1914 assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand by Gavrilo Princip (Image: Wikipedia)):" - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"When you read the story of the shots that led to World War 1, what strikes you is how staggering the gulf between cause and effect was, how little it takes for history to change, how utterly subject to accidental and unlikely events the fickle fortunes of men are. Reading the story of Princip and the Archduke, one sometimes gets the feeling of being no more than wood chips being cast adrift on the roaring river of history." - Maitani
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Mineral fodder - We may think we are the first organisms to remake the planet, but life has been transforming the earth for aeons http://aeon.co/magazin...
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"One could easily be forgiven for thinking that life bears little connection to rocks. From high-school science curricula to Wikipedia, the institutional separation of geology and biology seems as ingrained today as when the 18th-century Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus first distinguished animals, vegetables, and minerals. After all, what could be more different than a fragrant rose and a cold chunk of granite?" - Maitani
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"As university students today well know, power-point obsessed lecturers have internalized the idea, drawn from evolutionary biology, that the primary mode of perception for primates is vision. As university students today also well know, this modern pedagogical axiom can suck the life right out of a room. Back in ancient times, or in the 1980s when I first attended university, only the dullest of lecturers required anything so fancy as plastic slides on an overhead projector. Everything was oral, chalkboards were sufficient, and it was wonderful. Or at least I thought it was, the occasional droning aside. My how things have changed. Today it would be unthinkable to deliver a lecture without the aid or crutch of power-point. If the slides are especially busy, students need pay no mind to the babbling person, or reader, who advances them." - Maitani
"Those who study traditional cultures in general and hunter-gatherers in particular are no doubt aware of these issues, but awareness and understanding are two different things. I’ve been groping toward some understanding, inspired in this task initially by Jack Goody’s Domestication of the Savage Mind (1977). While Goody’s classic opened my eyes to these issues, my ears were not opened... more... - Maitani
Walter J. Ong, Orality and Literacy http://occupytampa.org/files... - Maitani
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"...during the floods papyrus swamps provided a larder of fresh food (birds, fish and game). In the modern world papyrus swamps are key to the development and sustainability of many areas in Africa where the swamps today act as sewage filters." (comment by http://www.salon.com/profile... on the article posted here http://friendfeed.com/history... )
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I have had a papyrus for years, and I keep the pot in standing water. I was really astonished by the fact that water and soil never developed that rotten smell (like other plants when getting too much water), they don't smell at all. - Maitani
Sean McBride
Google's Knowledge Graph Is Showing Step By Step Instructions: Here Are Some Examples - http://searchengineland.com/googles...
Google's Knowledge Graph Is Showing Step By Step Instructions: Here Are Some Examples
"Earlier this year, Google began offering much more detailed answers in the top Knowledge Graph box. Shortly after that was introduced, Google also began expanding those answers into a bulleted list format. We’ve been seeing these bulleted lists, especially in “how-to” like queries for months now and here are some interesting examples." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
Interesting. If I make similar queries, I don't get any detailed answers like that yet, don't know whether that generally applies to users in European countries or whether it depends on particular countries. I hope the search expansions will soon be available in Germany. - Maitani
The sample searches worked for me here in the United States -- perhaps this feature is being gradually rolled out around the world. - Sean McBride
For instance, this works: [Google; how to boil eggs http://www.google.com/#q=how+...] - Sean McBride
It works! I just happened to type in the "wrong" questions. "Make French toast" works, and many more, even "make sauerkraut". :-) - Maitani
Looking at the instructions to boil eggs: "Set your timer for the desired time." To find out the desired time, you have to click through. So how does this help? - Betsy
Betsy: the feature needs to be refined, but it's 80% of the way there. - Sean McBride
Professor A.I.: 1. Let DARPA continue to fund hundreds or thousands of projects at the cutting edge of machine intelligence, deep learning and cognitive computing. 2. Shake vigorously. - Sean McBride
As long as everyone means the exact same boiled eggs, we're set. - Meg VMeg
They intend to make sure users have to click through now and again, don't they? http://searchengineland.com/google-... - Maitani
Important issue. But the bottom line: Google's empire is going to vastly expand. There is no legal basis on which to prevent Google from presenting universal facts about the world to its users in the most efficient way possible. - Sean McBride
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