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The Smart Set: Into the Black - May 21, 2014 -
The Smart Set: Into the Black - May 21, 2014
"Until an illness drove him mad, Goya was simply a Spanish court painter. But in his portraits of the Altamira family, had the darkness already begun to stir?" - By Morgan Meis - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"Francisco Goya was felled by a mysterious illness in 1792. He didn’t die, he just fell. The illness made him dizzy and disoriented. Goya stumbled; he teetered. He was nauseous. Voices sounded in his head. He was frequently in terror. His hearing began to fail. Soon, he was completely deaf. By all accounts, he was temporarily insane at points. Then he recovered, though he would never regain his hearing." - Maitani
"Before the illness, Goya had been a successful painter for the Spanish court. He was good, but unremarkable. After the illness, Goya became the extraordinary artist whose paintings — like The Third Of May 1808 — are among the most celebrated works in the history of art. In the late 1790s, Goya began working on a series of prints known as Los Caprichos. The Caprichos are commonly... more... - Maitani
You’re probably using the wrong dictionary « the blog -
"Webster’s dictionary took him 26 years to finish. It ended up having 70,000 words. He wrote it all himself, including the etymologies, which required that he learn 28 languages, including Old English, Gothic, German, Greek, Latin, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Welsh, Russian, Aramaic, Persian, Arabic, and Sanskrit. He was plagued by debt to fund the project; he had to mortgage his home." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"In his own lifetime the dictionary sold poorly and got little recognition. Today, of course, his name is so synonymous with even the idea of a dictionary that Webster is actually a genericized trademark in the U.S., so that other dictionaries whose contents bear no relation to Webster’s original can use the name just to have the “Webster” brand rub off on them. [1]" - Maitani
lovely article - Maitani
James Somers provides this link to Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913 + 1828) - Maitani
The site has plugins to add it to Firefox's search box: - John (bird whisperer)
Sentence first | An Irishman's blog about the English language. -
"In his excellent natural history of language, The Power of Babel, linguist John McWhorter describes dialects – and it’s all dialects – as “developed far beyond the call of duty”. He’s referring to the way languages tend to become structurally and idiosyncratically baroque:" - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"Left to its own devices, a human language will tend to elaborate into overt expression of subdivisions of semantic space that would not even occur to many humans as requiring attention in speech and become riddled with exceptions and rules of thumb and things only learnable by rote. This process tends to achieve its most extreme expression among groups long isolated, but any language... more... - Maitani
Review on LINGUIST List - Maitani
Stephen Mack
How to get the FF bookmarklet working in Chrome again (thanks to user "sizofroid")
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? - Betsy
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. - Betsy
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
A Calendar Page for June 2014 - Medieval manuscripts blog -
A Calendar Page for June 2014 - Medieval manuscripts blog
A Calendar Page for June 2014 - Medieval manuscripts blog
"In these calendar pages for the month of June, the agricultural labours for the summer are beginning in earnest.  In the first roundel of our calendar pages, we see a peasant at work scything in grass in a field surrounded by a wattled fence (beautifully highlighted with gold paint).  Behind him a man and a woman are similarly employed, while in the background there is a gorgeous landscape characteristic of Bruges illumination of the period, with a peasant’s hut, spired buildings, a manor house, and even a windmill.   On the facing folio, below a lobster-like crab for the zodiac sign Cancer, there is a charming summer scene.  Four young boys have cast their clothes aside and are swimming and playing in a local river." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
[Very cool test] Which of the world's Englishes do you speak? Take this quiz, and our computer algorithm will try to guess.
Our top three guesses for your English dialect: 1) Singaporean 2) American Standard 3) US Black Vernacular / Ebonics (LOL) - Silent
Our top three guesses for your native (first) language: 1) Spanish 2) German 3) Finnish - Silent
Finnish??!!!!!??!??!???! - Silent
Ero sorpresa dal Singapoeran, ma poi spiega che è molto difficile distinguerlo da American Standard, quindi ha abbastanza senso. - Silent
Our top three guesses for your English dialect: 1. Singaporean 2. English (UK) 3. Australian; Our top three guesses for your native (first) language: 1. Spanish 2. German 3. Dutch - Valentina Quepasa
"Scientists have discovered that many of the 'rules' taught in school are wrong anyway." - naltro from Android
Our top three guesses for your English dialect: 1. Singaporean 2. American (Standard) 3. Australian - naltro from Android
Our top three guesses for your native (first) language: 1. German 2. English 3. Finnish - naltro from Android
Mi sa che sto test non funziona moltissimo: come fa a supporre che io sia inglese e poi dirmi che parlo un inglese singaporeno o americano? - naltro from Android
English dialect 1. English (UK) 2. Singaporean 3. Scottish (UK) native language: 1. German 2. Spanish 3. Finnish - Chiaracaffè from YouFeed
questa cosa di parlare scozzese e di sembrare tedesca secondo me non depone a favore del mio inglese ^^ - Chiaracaffè from YouFeed
Mi è uscito 1) Singaporean 2) American Standard 3) Australian. E ci sta. Terzo posto Italiano, ma che ci vuole dopo che te l'ho detto? - Haukr certificato
Ma la domanda sulla nazionalità viene dopo - naltro from Android
Our top three guesses for your English dialect: 1. Australian 2. Singaporean 3. Welsh (UK) Our top three guesses for your native (first) language: 1. English 2. German 3. Spanish - zisho
uh hai ragione naltro *va a prendere dell'altro tè per svegliarsi* - Haukr certificato
Our top three guesses for your English dialect: 1. English (UK) 2. Singaporean 3. Scottish (UK) Our top three guesses for your native (first) language: 1. Finnish 2. Italian 3. English - Julian Khazzouh (A_G)
Mi stupisce molto la cosa dell'australiano, ho sempre pensato parlassero un inglese assurdo. Fichissimo il gallese, I left my heart in Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwyll-llantysiliogogogoch - zisho from FFHound(roid)!
1. Welsh (UK) 2. Australian 3. Canadian e 1. Portuguese 2. Spanish 3. Finnish come lingua materna. - Ivo Silvestro (L'estinto)
Singapore, Australia e UK. Però ha indovinato italiano. - FrancescoT from FFHound!
siamo tutti di singapore? 1. Singaporean 2. South African 3. Australian lingua materna 1. Portuguese 2. Finnish 3. Italian - mumucs brittany
Australian, Singaporean, English (UK) - Italian, English, Finnish. - manuela
Singapore, Australian, Welsh - Spanish, English, Portug. - CaramellaMenta from BuddyFeed
1. Welsh (UK) 2. English (UK) 3. Singaporean - 1. Spanish 2. English 3. Finnish - non so se sia bello o brutto che non abbia pensato che io sia italiofono - .mau.
1. Australian 2. Singaporean 3. English (UK) - Maitani
1. Spanish 2. German 3. English - Maitani
Singaporean/englishUK/AmericanStandard - Spanish/Portuguese/Italian. - simoneb
ci vedo un certo bias verso il singaporeano. - simoneb
Ci prende abbastanza: 1. English (UK) 2. Scottish (UK) 3. Australian [ha beccato la nazionalità dei miei tre insegnanti al british council). Quanto alla provenienza, mi dice portoghese, italiana o finlandese. - PaperDoll
sarà interessante riprovare tra un mesetto e vedere se é migliorato - simoneb
1. English (UK) 2. Singaporean 3. South African - 1. German 2. Finnish 3. Portuguese - Hiraedd
naltro, abbiamo un dialetto molto simile <3 - Silent
Sì, chiaramente è imperfetto perché sta ancora "apprendendo". - Silent
Rido perché al mio ragazzo, che ha imparato l'inglese relativamente tardi (dopo i 25 anni), è uscito "native English speaker" al primo posto. - Silent
mi ha quasi beccato: 1. Singaporean 2. Australian 3. South African - 1. Portuguese 2. Italian 3. Finnish - degra
Il Finnish esce fuori a troppi italiani. Chissà a cosa è dovuto il bias. - Silent
magari i finlandesi parlano male l'inglese come noi :D - degra
Magari in realtà l'italiano e il finlandese sono similissimi e non ce ne siamo mai accorti. (Vera Gheno confermerà senz'altro) - Silent
italia finlandia una faccia una razza - naltro
mi scambiano sempre per finlandese, non ve l'avevo mai detto? - Silent
a proposito, vedo adesso che la finlandese dei linguaggi finti ha fatto un nuovo video (attenzione, pericolo di Orghl eccessivo) - naltro
l'ho rifatto cambiando leggermente, ora secondo il test il mio linguaggio nativo e' il russo :) - Hiraedd
(naltro, lei è <3) - Silent
comunque quello che mi perplime di 'sto test è che mi sarei aspettato più domande su modi di dire, o su determinate parole, mentre dal punto di vista grammaticale, o addirittura logico, in moltissimi casi mi sembrava che ci fosse una sola risposta possibile. - naltro
(madonna, sì) - naltro
Più che altro 1/3 delle domande era sulla distinzione soggetto/oggetto. Mi sembravano tutte uguali. - Silent
Ma non sono una linguista del MIT. Magari è giusto così. - Silent
io ho sempre visto una sola risposta possibile, ma vedendo la spega dei risultati si legge che in certi paesi è accettata anche una di quelle che non sembrano giusta. - degra
1. English (UK) 2. Singaporean 3. Irish (Southern) A parte il singaporean (che non so da dove sia saltato fuori), sul munster irish c'ha preso benissimo - ((°}
dice che il singaporean è simile all'inglese US. - degra
Sì degra. Io non ho risposto in base a quello che penso direbbe un manuale, ma quello che potrei dire io / quello che non mi suonerebbe male se usassero gli altri - Silent
Il Singaporean secondo me esce fuori perché siamo tutti molto esposti all'American English per via di film e serie tv, ma al tempo stesso si capisce che non siamo madrelingua. Apparentemente, la cosa più simile all'American English senza essere American English è il Singaporean. - Silent
Our top three guesses for your English dialect: 1. Singaporean 2. Irish (Southern) 3. English (UK) Our top three guesses for your native (first) language: 1. Italian 2. Portuguese 3. Finnish - See more at: - Valentina*
veramente un bel test. fatelo tutti. - Valentina*
A me dice che sono britannico, finnico o italiano. Come dialetto mi dice Welsh... Ho sentito parlare qualche gallese, credo di aver bisogno di un bel corso di inglese :-) - misterpinna from FFHound(roid)!
(io sono rimasta ovviamente molto male che non mi sia uscito "oxbridge". :) ma com'è il singaporeano?) - Valentina*
L'insegnamento che si può trarre: parlate tutti un po' come cazzo vi pare, ci sarà un posto nel mondo in cui è corretto - Silent
mah, io frequento tanto il brit eng (comunque top three guesses for native language: 1. Finnish 2. Italian 3. English) - ((°}
Sì, ma è chiaro che è ancora abbastanza sballato. Più persone lo fanno e più dovrebbe migliorare e diventare accurato. - Silent
(Mia cugina che vive in UK da 30 anni è uscita fuori anche lei Singaporean. Bene) - Silent
bah. che poi onestamente, dopo sei mesi di follia con inglese lingua franca ho capito che me ne facevo 'na pippa di conoscere bene (decentemente, via) l'inglese uk superstandard tra indiani, orientali assortiti e americani molto confusi (per non dire degli ispanofoni) - ((°}
non so se vi è mai capitato di trovarvi a chiacchiera, in inglese, con peruviani, messicani, cinesi, indiani. e avere i brividi. tutto il tempo. - Valentina*
1. Singaporean 2. American (Standard) 3. Australian - 1. Italian 2. Finnish 3. Portuguese - Borgognoni
(Naltro: "Oh my god. Sorry, I was not intending to make fun of anyone. I love every language in the world. Except Dutch. Dutch is cancer" ahahah). - Borgognoni
[Dutch is not a language. It's a throat disease (semicit. da Sooshee)] - Silent
mi sorprende il "native english speaker" del tuo ragazzo. ci deve essere un qualche errore che facciamo grossomodo tutti, e che è del singaporeano. a questo punto sarei anche curiosa di sapere quale. - Valentina*
A me sorprende relativamente, nel senso che avendolo studiato in tarda età, probabilmente si attiene di più alle regole da manuale, e quindi a un inglese standard. Io l'inglese non l'ho mai "studiato" perché sono stata catapultata in una scuola internazionale da piccola e l'ho imparato parlandolo, slang e forme colloquiali incluse. - Silent
Infatti parlo lo US black, YO! - Silent
(Questo in realtà non me lo spiego. Saranno i pezzoni rap che mi ha fatto sentire punkwithgun in questi giorni) - Silent
Interessante che il test ti chieda i posti dove hai abitato per almeno 10 anni, ne deduco che e' il periodo necessario per assorbire un linguaggio. - Hiraedd
figurati io, che l'ho "imparato" leggendo su internet (prima) e dalle serie tv (dopo). - degra
1. American (Standard) 2. Singaporean 3. Canadian / 1. Portuguese 2. Spanish 3. Italian - eslr
no, ma è chiaro. dicevo "mi sorprende" perché è evidente, se è uscito a lui, che il test è settato sullo standard, ed è curioso che non sia uscito a nessun'altro. siamo un ammasso di capre. - Valentina*
(vado ad abbracciare i miei C2 e Celta e a farmi consolare pei risultati assurdi dei test onlain) - ((°}
Per i preoccupati del Singaporean: tutti i singaporesi che ho conosciuto parlavano un inglese impeccabile. Una era addirittura insegnante di inglese. (L'intonazione è un po' come quella indiana, vabbè) - Silent
Our top three guesses for your English dialect: 1. South African 2. Singaporean 3. English (UK) Our top three guesses for your native (first) language: 1. English 2. Russian 3. Finnish - frugola
Singaporean - Italian anche qui. - miki
Che poi pare che vivere a Singapore non sia affatto male. ffeeders, pensateci. - Silent
Niente singapore, mi sento esclusa. - PaperDoll
Our top three guesses for your English dialect:1. Scottish (UK) 2. English (UK) 3. Australian Our top three guesses for your native (first) language: 1. Finnish 2. English 3. Portuguese - l'ombroso e 'l vulcano
praticamente mi danno dell'alcolista - l'ombroso e 'l vulcano
siamo tutti singaporeani: Our top three guesses for your English dialect: 1. Singaporean 2. English (UK) 3. Scottish (UK) // Our top three guesses for your native (first) language: 1. Finnish 2. Italian 3. English (però mi sembra stiano migliorando... ) - Guiseppe
(sì, saranno tutti i test da qui :D) - Haukr certificato
Singapore , Canada, Nuova Zelanda ; Inglese , Russo , Spagnolo - van der Baarft from FFHound(roid)!
1. Singaporean 2. Australian 3. English (UK) 1. Spanish 2. Italian 3. English - astridula
english dialect english welsh irish - native spanish italian finnish - djangol judas from iPhone
Our top three guesses for your English dialect: 1. Singaporean 2. American (Standard) 3. Australian - Our top three guesses for your native (first) language: 1. Italian 2. Finnish 3. Portuguese - Sara T.
bello comunque. l'ho messo tra i bookmark così ci ritorno tra un po' di tempo :)) grazie silent - Sara T.
Our top three guesses for your English dialect: 1. Australian 2. Singaporean 3. American (Standard) - Our top three guesses for your native (first) language: 1. Italian 2. Spanish 3. Finnish - Selkis
io ho Singapore, Australia e GALLES. Sono poi evidentemente portoghese, finlandese e ultimo, italiana. - Deianira
Deianira, non ci resta che migrare a Lisbona. Però, come dice una collega spagnola, i portoghesi sono tristi (e gli spagnoli drammatici, aggiunge). - PaperDoll
L'ho rifatto e mi ha detto di nuovo che sono nativo inglese, ma è sparita Singapore e favore di American english. #fluent - zisho from FFHound(roid)!
Dialect: 1. American (Standard) 2. Singaporean 3. Canadian / Native: 1. Portuguese 2. Spanish 3. English. Vabbè, c'erano frasi tipo ''take down the dog that I piss it'' - Alez☭
1 American (standard) 2 English 3 Australian native languages 1 Portoguese 2 Finnish 3 Spanish - Ubikindred
1 Australian 2 Singaporean 3 English UK - 1 Spanish 2 Italian 3 German - Tony Maestri from iPhone
Ubi non è singaporean, uccidiamolo - Alez☭
1. Singaporean 2. English (UK) 3. Australian Non lontano, visto che l'inglese l'ho praticamente imparato in Australia. Lingua madre stimata: 1. Spanish 2. German 3. English - AndreaR
pure a me Singapore come dialetto, italiano lingua madre - thomas morton ☢
1. Singaporean 2. South African 3. English UK. Lingua madre 1. Portuguese 2. Italian 3. Finnish - laragazzablu reloaded from Android
1. North Irish (UK) 2. Scottish (UK) 3. Irish (Southern) | 1. English 2. Finnish 3. German . Ok, è fatto corcù - kc from FFHound(roid)!
con me ha azzeccato in pieno. sono rimasta davvero a bocca aperta :) - sooshee
Our top three guesses for your English dialect: 1. Singaporean 2. English (UK) 3. Australian Our top three guesses for your native (first) language: 1. Portuguese 2. English 3. Spanish - Sei Dee già Pulp
Our top three guesses for your English dialect: 1. Singaporean 2. Australian 3. English (UK)---Our top three guesses for your native (first) language: 1. Italian 2. Spanish 3. Finnish - YeridianA
A Master List of 1,000 Free Courses From Top Universities: 30,000 Hours of Audio/Video Lectures
"Right now you’ll find 113 free philosophy courses, 78 free history courses, 100 free computer science courses, and 54 free physics courses in the collection, and that’s just beginning to scratch the surface. You can peruse sections covering Astronomy, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Economics, Engineering, Literature, Math, Political Science, Psychology and Religion." - Maitani
Awesome. Thanks for sharing! - Jenny H. from Android
"The early books of famed Urdu satirist Mustaq Ahmed Yousufi (b. 1922), Chiragh Talay (1961) and Khakam-e Badhan (1969), functioned in the college space for us in Lahore as cigarettes function in a prison camp – a currency, a momentary respite, a surge, and a day dream. We used to crack jokes from his oeuvre claiming them as they were uttered. He was not very well liked by my elders, however. They found him a poor replacement for the other satirists at play, Pitras Bukhari or Mustanssar Hussain Tarad or often Ibn-e Insha. Yet he was beloved by us near-adults as a rock star." - Maitani
"In 1929, anthropologist and linguist Edward Sapir wrote: “Few people realize that within the confines of the United States there is spoken today a far greater variety of languages … than in the whole of Europe. We may go further. We may say, quite literally and safely, that in the state of California alone there are greater and more numerous linguistic extremes than can be illustrated in all the length and breadth of Europe”. Today, it is safe to narrow down Sapir’s observation even further to Northern California or even just San Francisco Bay area, one of the most linguistically diverse areas in the United States. And while Sapir was only thinking of indigenous Native American languages, we will examine linguistic diversity in terms of “heritage languages”, an umbrella term for both immigrant languages and those of Native Americans." - Maitani
"For many of the four hundred years since the death of Domenikos Theotokopoulos, the artist known to his Spanish neighbors as El Greco, his work was regarded with the same disdain as that of his younger contemporary Caravaggio. If Caravaggio’s detractors vowed that, as Poussin put it, he had “come into the world to ruin painting,” the Greek who made his career in the land of Don Quixote was “contemptible and ridiculous, as much for the disjointed drawing as for the insipid colors.” In the nineteenth century, El Greco’s monumental Burial of the Count of Orgaz lay rolled up and despised in a basement of the Toledan church of Santo Tomé, the venue for which he had painted it in 1586–1588 (and where it hangs again today in glory)." - Maitani
Figure out German animal names with this handy flow chart
"Thanks to German’s propensity for compounding words, the name of most any animal is easily deducible…" - Maitani
From now on I shall use the term "shield toad" to describe tortoises. - Mark H
Should I be afraid that some of this made sense? - Betsy
Absolutely. It's our way to name things. :-) - Maitani
Our names for body parts are even weirder: uterus: Gebärmutter (giving-birth-mother), pancreas: Bauchspeicheldrüse (belly-spittle-gland), duodenum: Zwölffingerdarm (12-finger-gut), colon: Dickdarm (thick- gut)appendix: Blinddarm (blind-gut)... - Maitani
That mostly goes for Norwegian, as well. We feel the dugong look more like a sea /cow/, though, and we don't see a pig in the porpoise. On the other branch, Turkey has a completely different name in Norwegian and we named the squid (and octopus. We separate them by saying how many armed they are) "ink squirter" :) (The Swedes also thinks it's an ink /fish/, btw.) - Eivind
For the body parts we are in agreement, except we feel "life mother" is a better term for the first one :) - Eivind
I think it's due to the fact that English and German use different lexical layers for naming these items. As to the words for animals and plants we have been familiar with from our ancient farming and pastoral living environment, we all use the old Germanic names, mostly simplicia. The same holds for the body parts that were familiar to us before "modern" medicine discovered more. The... more... - Maitani
In German (and in Norwegian as well, obviously), we tended to coin new names by combining native German words to form compounds, which is partly due to the ease with which we are able to do that. At least in German, it is also due to a tradition. I don't know when it began, I think with the monastic scribes translating religious scripts into Old High German and thereby creating German words for abstract notions. One more recent creator of German compounds for Latin words was Philip von Zesen..... - Maitani
The "tradition" isn't mainly about compounds, but about creating neologisms from native word stems, e.g. "Bücherei", which was coined after Graeco-Latin "bibliotheca" by Philip von Zesen. - Maitani
Compounds like those mentioned above sound perfectly normal to native speakers of German because we rather perceive them as a whole, less as a combination of the meanings of their elements. Children who hear them for the first time often find them funny and weird. - Maitani
Joel Kotarski
RT @cyetain: A simple reflection before beginning … How many other things will I leave incomplete when starting this? Do I want this more than those?
Good to be reminded of this. :-) - Maitani
"Fragmentary Latin Grammarians (FLG) is a project dedicated to gathering, for the first time, all Latin grammatical texts which are preserved exclusively in fragmentary form. Our primary purpose is to compile a complete list of the authors of such texts, be they grammarians, teachers, erudites or any other author who may have written works on grammar, regardless of their position in society or their literary activity. These authors have been frequently quoted by late Latin grammarians and their ideas contributed to the evolution of ancient linguistic thought. In recent years, there has been increasing interest in this field, but a complete corpus is not available and modern editors are confronted with the daunting task of locating the quotes within texts, delimitating them and only then analysing them." - Maitani
Deep Habits: My Office in the Woods
"Case in point: I recently found a new hidden work location here on the Georgetown campus that I think trumps any previous spot I’ve found in terms of its ability to eliminate distraction and foster depth:" - Maitani
Where have all the craters gone?
"Impact craters reveal one of the most spectacular geologic process known to human beings. During the past 3.5 billion years, it is estimated that more than 80 bodies, larger than the dinosaur-killing asteroid that struck the Yucatan Peninsula 66 million years ago, have bombarded Earth. However, tectonic processes, weathering, and burial quickly obscure or destroy craters. If Earth weren't so dynamic, its surface would be heavily cratered like the Moon or Mercury." - Maitani
"Why do words change their meaning?" - Maitani
"To answer this question I need a thick volume titled Historical Semantics. Unable to provide such a volume in the present post, I’ll give two examples from our recent experience. Everybody knows that kid is a young goat and a child. The sense “child” appeared much later. It was first slang and then became a regular item of everyday vocabulary, though we still say that so-and-so has no... more... - Maitani
Michael W. May
Married people #weddingday (@ Raceway Rotary Park w/ @ambertides)
Married people #weddingday (@ Raceway Rotary Park w/ @ambertides)
Yay! Congratulations! <3 - Jennifer Dittrich
Congratulations, to you both! <3 - Jenny H. from Android
<3 You two!!!! :))) Congratulations!!! - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Congratulations! - Spidra Webster
Congratulations! I'm very happy for the two of you! - Stephan Planken from iPhone
Congratulations! - John (bird whisperer)
Congratulations! - Anne Bouey
Yay! Congrats :) - Eivind
Congratulations! - Anika
Felicidades! Yay! Boom! - t-ra: WeirdnessSandwich from Android
Congrats guys! - Slippy: Potato Croquette
Congratulations! I love you, guys! - Tamara J. B. from FFHound(roid)!
Congrats - obe
w00t! :) - Steven Perez
Congratulations! - Corinne L
Congratulations! Mazel tov! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Congrats! - Yolanda from Android
:D❤ thanks, /all/ y'all; without FF and Friendfeeders, it would have been so much harder to find one another - Michael W. May from Android
<3 <3 <3 Thank you for letting me be part of your wonderful day!! - Laura
Congratulations! <3 <3 <3 - AJ Batac
bless you - ...Virüs...
Congratulations! - Maitani
Congratulations!!! - Katie
:))) <333 - AHnix (Anna Haro)
The Roman conquest of Greece, in pictures | OUPblog -
The Roman conquest of Greece, in pictures | OUPblog
"This sequence of photos roughly outlines the progress of the Roman takeover of Greece, from the first beginnings in Illyris (modern Albania) in 230 BCE to the infamous “destruction” of Corinth in 146 BCE. The critical figures of this swift takeover were two Macedonian kings, Philip V and Perseus, who were determined to resist Roman aggression. Many famous generals of the middle Roman Republic were involved with the Greek states as generals and diplomats, but the most critical of them was Titus Quinctius Flamininus. And then off in the wings, especially when he was fighting the Romans in Italy itself and monopolizing their resources, was Hannibal, the Carthaginian general. But Carthage too was destroyed in 146 by the Romans. Their grip on the Mediterranean was secure." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
Vikings: Life and Legend – Review | res gerendae -
Vikings: Life and Legend – Review | res gerendae
"...I’d still encourage anyone who likes Vikings (and who doesn’t like Vikings?) to go along to this – the cultural contact section in particular really is very interesting, and in general there are some amazing objects you won’t get to see again any time soon without going to Denmark. Plus while you’re there you can check out the excellent new Sutton Hoo and Europe (AD 300–1100) Gallery, which, as well as the spectacular finds from the Sutton Hoo ship burial, contains my favourite object of the whole day: a sword with the Futhark (runic alphabet) inlaid on it in gold. Swords, runes, and swords with runes – what more can you really ask for from a day out at the museum?" - Maitani from Bookmarklet
Subject List - Maitani
To explore the site, librarians are encouraged to sign up for free institution-wide trials, and anyone can search, browse, and view the opening sections of every article currently available. - Maitani
Peshawar: Ghosts of a Frontier City
"A single feather, milky blue, just fallen on my threshold, is from a Turkestan hill dove flying south from China to Peshawar, I imagine, though it is more likely to have been shed by a buttonquail which is common in these parts." - Maitani
"Made from melting the musk of each passerby with protolithic time, this threshold is neither a construction or a destruction but a slow composite of both. Along the Silk Road— the moving marketplace across Asia, Africa and Europe— Peshawar has been an important outpost: here, what is stolen by opium, is filled back in by shady trees planted by pilgrims; what is healed and made whole... more... - Maitani
Adam Gopnik: How Much Really Gets Lost in Translation? : The New Yorker -
Adam Gopnik: How Much Really Gets Lost in Translation? : The New Yorker
Adam Gopnik: How Much Really Gets Lost in Translation? : The New Yorker
"Once, in a restaurant in Italy with my family, I occasioned enormous merriment, as a nineteenth-century humorist would have put it, by confusing two Italian words. I thought I had, very suavely, ordered for dessert fragoline—those lovely little wild strawberries. Instead, I seem to have asked for fagiolini—green beans. The waiter ceremoniously brought me a plate of green beans with my coffee, along with the flan and the gelato for the kids. The significant insight the mistake provided—arriving mere microseconds after the laughter of those kids, who for some reason still bring up the occasion, often—was about the arbitrary nature of language: the single “r” rolled right makes one a master of the trattoria, an “r” unrolled the family fool. Although speaking feels as natural as breathing, the truth is that the words we use are strange, abstract symbols, at least as remote from their objects as Egyptian hieroglyphs are from theirs, and as quietly treacherous as Egyptian tombs." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
sunu ikidir "adam gopnik abi ne diyon sen" tonlamasiyla okuyorum. - seyif
"The book’s presupposition is that there are significant, namable, untranslatable differences between tongues, [...] The editors, propelled by this belief, also believe it to be wrong. In each entry of the Dictionary, the differences are tracked, explained, and made perfectly clear in English, which rather undermines the premise that these terms are untranslatable, except in the dim... more... - Maitani
What is often untranslatable: flavor, taste, color, texture, sonics, rhythm, intonations, connotations, etc. -- all of which add to the rich semantics of expressions. - Sean McBride
Important peculiarities of memory
"A slide from what looks like a fascinating talk by memory researcher Robert Bjork is doing the rounds on Twitter." - Maitani
"The talk has just happened at the Association for Psychological Science 2014 conference and it describes some ‘Important peculiarities of memory’." - Maitani
A Troublesome Racial Smog
"Nicholas Wade’s book, A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race, and Human History, is what the title suggests: a troubling view of human history. A Troublesome Inheritance is troublesome, but not for the reason he proposes: his courageous telling of hard truths about genetic differences among races." - Maitani
"Rather, Wade’s lack of understanding of history, the social sciences, population genetics, and the scientific process is troublesome. Not getting the basics right leads to his linking of all manner of lived inequalities to genetic differences among races. His logical errors set the clock back more than a century on public understandings of human genetic variation." - Maitani
And if you don't agree with my 18th century typological, pre-evolutionary, way to arrange that data to make the races, you're a naive, PC Marxist. - Eivind from Android
Tracing Indo-European Languages Back to Their Source—Through the False Mirrors of the Popular Press Read more:
"A recent article “Mapping the Origins and Expansion of the Indo-European Language Family” published in Science (vol. 337, pp. 957-960) by a team of evolutionary anthropologists and biologists headed by Dr. Quentin D. Atkinson has created an uproar both in the popular media and the blogosphere.* This article purports to supply novel quantitative evidence for the Anatolian hypothesis, which locates the Indo-European homeland in what is now the Asian part of Turkey, as opposed to the more commonly accepted Kurgan theory, which places it in the Pontic-Caspian steppes of southern Russia and eastern Ukraine. Before I continue with our detailed critique of the Science article itself, I must first examine the media reports on the supposed findings of Atkinson and his colleagues. It is one thing for an unconvincing, error-filled report to appear in an academic journal, and quite another for it to be immediately trumpeted in the major newspapers and magazines as constituting nothing less than a major scientific breakthrough." - Maitani
Jenny H.
wait, what?? congrats!!!!!!!!!!! - Sir Shuping is just sir
Congratulations!!!! - Janet from FFHound!
Congrats!!!!! - Amir
Congratulations! - Maitani
Congratulations! <3 - Tamara J. B. from FFHound(roid)!
Thanks!!! :) - Jenny H. from Android
<pipe> Well Done </pipe> - Pete
Congratulations! - Anika
Takk! :D - Jenny H. from Android
Congrats!!!!!!! - Katy S from iPhone
woot! - Betsy
Congratulations!!! - Xabaras (G.O.)
Congratulations! <3 - Anne Bouey
Thanks, friends! <3 Nevermind the terrible photo I took. >_> - Jenny H. from Android
Woot!! *throws confetti everywhere* :-) - Heleninstitches
YAY! CONGRATS!!! - Georgia
CONGRATS! - MoTO: Tufted Coqeutte
Yay! Congrats Eivind! Best wishes, Jenny! - Mary B: #TeamMonique from iPhone
Congrats! Yes, two married people is indeed less than three. <3 - Joe
Yay is right! We're very happy! *celebrates* - Jenny H. from Android
Yay!! Congratulations! Love the rings. <3 - Yvonne from FFHound!
congratulations, you two! :D - Big Joe Silence
congrats!! - imabonehead
Congratulations! <3 <3 - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
OMG! YAY!!!!!!!!! Wuv, twue wuv! - Glen Campbell
Congratulations, you crazy kids! - Spidra Webster
Congratulations!!! - Elena from iPhone
Congratulations! - Jessie
Congratulations!!! <3 - Jennifer Dittrich from FFHound!
Holy wow! Congratulations, you two! - laura x
Beautiful!!! Gratz to you two. Love you. - Lnorigb from FFHound!
Congratulations!!! <3 <3 - vicster: full-bodied
Squeeeeeeee! - t-ra: WeirdnessSandwich
Congrats! - Soup in a TARDIS
Thank you so much, everyone. We're having a lovely day :) - Eivind from Android
So excited for you both! Congrats! - Shannon - GlassMistress
Thanks, errybody! We're pretty stoked. :D - Jenny H.
congrats to you two! that's so great. all the love. ALL THE LOVE. - kendrak
CONGRATS! - Stephen Mack
Oh, that's lovely!! Congratulations!! :) - Laura
Congratulations! Wooot *fist pump* - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Yay! Congrats, Eivind, and very best wishes to Jenny! - Mary B: #TeamMonique from iPhone
Congrats to you lovely people. - SAM
w00t! :) - Steven Perez
Congratulations!! - joey
Friendfeed strikes again. - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
Gratulerer! (did I say that right?) - Slippy: Potato Croquette
Wonderful! - Steve C
Congrats! =) - rönin
Congrats! - Mary Carmen
Good Fortune! - Joe Hardy
congrats! - ellbeecee
awwwwwww.. COn'grats !! - Peter Dawson
YOU GUYS!!!!! Yay :))))) - WoH: Professor MOTHRA from iPhone
Whoa! That's awesome! Congrats! - Corinne L
Congratulations! - John (bird whisperer)
Thank you all sooooooo much! It's been a long time coming and a beautiful day. <3 - Jenny H. from Android
Congratulations <3 - Sepi ⌘ سپی
Takk igjen, alle sammen. It was a great day :) - Eivind from Android
Congratulations, wonderful news! - Halil
I missed this! Congrats to you both; very happy this came to pass :D - Michael W. May from Android
Congratulations to you both. - Eithne Herd
*smooches* to you both - #cryptic from FFHound(roid)!
On the madness and charm of crushes | Philosophers' Mail -
On the madness and charm of crushes | Philosophers' Mail
On the madness and charm of crushes | Philosophers' Mail
"You are introduced to someone at a conference. They look nice and you have a brief chat about the theme of the keynote speaker. But already, partly because of the slope of their neck and a lilt in their accent, you have reached an overwhelming conclusion. Or, you sit down in the carriage – and there, diagonally opposite you – is someone you cannot stop looking at for the rest of a journey across miles of darkening countryside. You know nothing concrete about them. You are going only by what their appearance suggests. You note that they have slipped a finger into a book (The Food of the Middle East), that their nails are bitten raw, that they have a thin leather strap around their left wrist and that they are squinting a touch short-sightedly at the map above the door. And that is enough to convince you. Another day, coming out of the supermarket, amidst a throng of people, you catch sight of a face for no longer than eight seconds and yet here too, you feel the same overwhelming certainty – and, subsequently, a bittersweet sadness at their disappearance in the anonymous crowd." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"Crushes: they happen to some people often and to almost everyone sometimes. Airports, trains, streets, conferences – the dynamics of modern life are forever throwing us into fleeting contact with strangers, from amongst whom we pick out a few examples who seem to us not merely interesting, but more powerfully, the solution to our lives. This phenomenon – the crush – goes to the heart... more... - Maitani
Sean McBride
Corpus linguistics - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia -
"Corpus linguistics is the study of language as expressed in samples (corpora) of "real world" text. This method represents a digestive approach to deriving a set of abstract rules by which a natural language is governed or else relates to another language. Originally done by hand, corpora are now largely derived by an automated process." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
"Corpus linguistics adherents believe that reliable language analysis best occurs on field-collected samples, in natural contexts and with minimal experimental interference. Within corpus linguistics there are divergent views as to the value of corpus annotation, from John Sinclair advocating minimal annotation and allowing texts to 'speak for themselves', to others, such as the Survey... more... - Sean McBride
[set; NSA experts on corpus linguistics] - Sean McBride
[sort; NSA experts on corpus linguistics by importance] - Sean McBride
[set; Google experts on corpus linguistics] - Sean McBride
[sort; Google experts on corpus linguistics by importance] - Sean McBride
Recently I attended a lecture by the renowned German Linguist Peter Eisenberg, who conducted a research project on anglicisms in the German language, based on carefully selected electronic corpora. The researchers analyzed and compared data from the beginning, middle and end of the 20th century. A really impressive work that yielded important results. The reason I am mentioning this... more... - Maitani
Cristo -- hope everything is going well with you. - Sean McBride
Maitani -- one presumes that increasingly this work will be automated as the result of advances in natural language processing and text mining. - Sean McBride
3quarksdaily: Why Noam Chomsky Is One of America's Great Public Intellectuals -
3quarksdaily: Why Noam Chomsky Is One of America's Great Public Intellectuals
"Noam Chomsky is a world-renowned academic best known not only for his pioneering work in linguistics but also for his ongoing work as a public intellectual in which he has addressed a number of important social issues that include and often connect oppressive foreign and domestic policies, a fact well illustrated in his numerous pathbreaking books. Chomsky’s oeuvre includes too many exceptionally important books to single out any one of them from his extraordinary and voluminous archive of work. Moreover, as political interventions, his many books often reflect both a decisive contribution and an engagement with a number of issues that have and continue to dominate a series of specific historical moments over the course of 50 years." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
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