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"In 1980, the five most common non-English languages spoken in the United States were (in order): Spanish, Italian, German, French and Polish. Thirty years later, the top five are (in order): Spanish, Chinese, French, Tagalog and Vietnamese." - Maitani
"That change, documented by the U.S. Census and flagged for us by Drew DeSilver of the Pew Research Center, provides a telling window into the demographic changes in the country over the past few decades. Check out this chart that details how the 17 most common non-English languages in 1980 have fared over the past 30 years. (Click the chart for a bigger image.)" - Maitani
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Your face says it all? Not so fast -- ScienceDaily - http://www.sciencedaily.com/release...
Your face says it all? Not so fast -- ScienceDaily
"New research calls into question the very foundations of emotion science. It's a con­cept that had become uni­ver­sally under­stood: humans expe­ri­ence six basic emotions -- happiness, sad­ness, anger, fear, dis­gust, and surprise -- and use the same set of facial move­ments to express them. What's more, we can rec­og­nize emo­tions on another's face, whether that person hails from Boston or Borneo. The only problem with this con­cept, according to new research, is that it isn't true at all. Researchers have found that even basic human emotions are in fact not universally perceived." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"Here's how the fal­sity came to be under­stood as fact. In the 1970s, a young psy­chol­o­gist named Paul Ekman trav­eled to Papua New Guinea to test whether emo­tions were uni­ver­sally expe­ri­enced and expressed as he sus­pected. To test his hypoth­esis, he looked at whether people rec­og­nized the same emo­tions in facial expres­sions around the world. Was a scowling face always clas­si­fied as angry regard­less of the observer's cul­tural back­ground? A pouting face as sad?" - Maitani
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Etymology of 'beggar', part 2: A connection to Beguines? | OUPblog - http://blog.oup.com/2014...
Etymology of 'beggar', part 2: A connection to Beguines? | OUPblog
"The final sentence in the essay posted in January was not a statement but a question. We had looked at several hypotheses on the origin of the verb beg and found that none of them carried conviction. It also remained unclear whether beg was a back formation on beggar or whether beggar arose as a noun agent from the verb. Today we will examine the ideas connecting beggar with the religious order of the Beguines." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"One guess traces Beguine to French beige “gray.” This idea has little to recommend it. Even if the Beguines and Beghards wore gray clothes, this color could not be distinctive enough for giving the name to the orders. Monks (and the Beguines/Beghards were not nuns and monks) and many other people preaching moderation and the virtues of early Christianity, quite naturally, did not... more... - Maitani
potrebbe anche essere - Elia Spallanzani
It is exciting to read how he explores possible explanations that finally turn out to be the wrong track or can't be proved right or wrong. It must be frustrating though that it is often impossible to achieve reliable results. - Maitani
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“Mustard After Dinner”, Or Are Spain’s Mealtimes Climate-Related? | GeoCurrents - http://www.geocurrents.info/cultura...
“Mustard After Dinner”, Or Are Spain’s Mealtimes Climate-Related? | GeoCurrents
“Mustard After Dinner”, Or Are Spain’s Mealtimes Climate-Related? | GeoCurrents
"In a recent article in the New York Times, Jim Yardley discussed the proposal by the Spanish government to end the siesta tradition and switch to a meal- and worktime pattern “closer to a 9‑to-5 timetable”. Such a reform would also “move Spain out of the time zone that includes France, Germany and Italy” and into a geographically more appropriate zone that includes Portugal and Britain. In response, Slate’s L.V. Anderson wrote that, contrary to the Yardley’s assumption, the Spanish mealtime pattern may be better for “personal productivity”, particularly for those who “like to eat” or “are not a morning person”. Both Yardley and Anderson seem to assume that the late-meal pattern is unique to “Spain, Land of 10 P.M. Dinners” (as the New York Times headline calls it) and is due to the country’s climate. This assertion is not entirely true, however, as people in Italy and France traditionally dine relatively late in the evening as well. Rick Steves’ guidebook to Rome tells us that: “[The... more... - Maitani from Bookmarklet
What are the schedules like in Spain for young kids? Do school kids go to school later than the rest of the world, and also have 10pm dinners? Or is that just adults? - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Italian here. Never ever eat dinner before 2030. Actually as a kid also not too often after 2030. We have strong cultural variations across regions, but I think dinner time it's the same for the whole country as TV schedule is based on that. Now I live in Paris and in most of the (hipster) resto in my neighborhood dinner is from 21 to midnight. - d☭snake
(school started 8 or 830 am) - d☭snake
Dasnake, I'd personally much prefer that schedule over the typical American schedule. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Dasnsake, I'm italian too and in Milan we generally eat around 19,30-20 - Ubikindred
in milan they are deluded to be nordic celtics (ok kidding, I was aware of our differences between regions but I didn't think it involved also dinner time .. Ubi but prime TV time is 2030, why?) - d☭snake
Actually prime TV share slowly shifted to be around 21-21.30 (and I hate this!). Concerning dinner time in Turis is typiccaly around 19-19.30. And when I'm visiting my wife's family in Puglia we generally have dinner around 21-21.30 (well, maybe the fact that it happens during summer may affect this scheduling...) - Dario
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Bavarian Palace Department | Würzburg Residenz | Tour | Treppenhaus - http://www.residenz-wuerzburg.de/englisc...
Bavarian Palace Department | Würzburg Residenz | Tour | Treppenhaus
Bavarian Palace Department | Würzburg Residenz | Tour | Treppenhaus
Bavarian Palace Department | Würzburg Residenz | Tour | Treppenhaus
"Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, summoned specially from Venice for the purpose, decorated the vault in 1752/53 with the largest ceiling fresco ever painted. With great artistic sensitivity he depicted the exotic, magical worlds of the continents of America, Asia and Africa, personified by regal female figures. The highlight of the composition is the allegory of Europe with the Würzburg court as a centre of the arts. The painting, which measures around 600 square metres, is fused into a whole with the sky inhabited by the ancient gods in the centre." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
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First Americans Lived on Bering Land Bridge for Thousands of Years - Scientific American - http://www.scientificamerican.com/article...
First Americans Lived on Bering Land Bridge for Thousands of Years - Scientific American
First Americans Lived on Bering Land Bridge for Thousands of Years - Scientific American
"Genetic evidence supports a theory that ancestors of Native Americans lived for 15,000 years on the Bering Land Bridge between Asia and North America until the last ice age ended" - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"The theory that the Americas were populated by humans crossing from Siberia to Alaska across a land bridge was first proposed as far back as 1590, and has been generally accepted since the 1930s." - Maitani
"But genetic evidence shows there is no direct ancestral link between the people of ancient East Asia and modern Native Americans. A comparison of DNA from 600 modern Native Americans with ancient DNA recovered from a late Stone Age human skeleton from Mal'ta near Lake Baikal in southern Siberia shows that Native Americans diverged genetically from their Asian ancestors around 25,000 years ago, just as the last ice age was reaching its peak." - Maitani
If I could live for thousands of years, I might be willing to live on a land bridge. As long as I had access to FriendFeed of course. - Amit Patel
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"Shared Shelf Commons is a free, open-access library of images. Search and browse collections with tools to zoom, print, export, and share images. Institutions that subscribe to Shared Shelf, a Web-based service for cataloging and managing digital collections, can share their images with the world via the Commons." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
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Catalogue of ancient ports antiques - http://www.ancientportsantiques.com/
Catalogue of ancient ports antiques
"This web site presents work done to collect, identify and locate ancient harbours and ports. It is based on a study of existing documentation. The result is a list of around 3000 ancient ports based on the writings of 66 ancient authors and a few modern authors, incl. the Barrington Atlas. A few « potential ancient ports » from a nautical point of view, have been added, based on nautical guides/pilots used by modern sailors. If you are looking for the location of a specific port, use the search engine (top right of this page) that will lead you to the page where this port is mentioned. If you are uncertain about the spelling, you may enter just the part of the name you are certain of into the search engine." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
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200-Year Drought Doomed Indus Valley Civilization - Scientific American - http://www.scientificamerican.com/article...
200-Year Drought Doomed Indus Valley Civilization - Scientific American
"The decline of Bronze-Age civilizations in Egypt, Greece and Mesopotamia has been attributed to a long-term drought that began around 2000 BC. Now paleoclimatologists propose that a similar fate was followed by the enigmatic Indus Valley Civilization, at about the same time. Based on isotope data from the sediment of an ancient lake, the researchers suggest that the monsoon cycle, which is vital to the livelihood of all of South Asia, essentially stopped there for as long as two centuries." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
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Language Log » Please don't do nothing here: a Bengali conundrum - http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll...
Language Log » Please don't do nothing here: a Bengali conundrum
"Before trying to figure out precisely what the Bengali says, I'd like to point out that, in essence, what the English says very politely is "Do not loiter" (not as strong as "No trespassing"). Telling people not to do nothing is not the same as telling them to do something." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"Now, to tackle the Bengali. First of all, I was surprised by the variety of transliterations (not to mention translations) that I received from native Bengali speakers and Indologists. Perhaps this is due to the fact that there is no normative or standard transliteration for Bengali in English (I really don't know if there is or isn't). But I suspect that the differences in some cases... more... - Maitani
I love when stuff is translated poorly into English. I also love grammatically correct word art. That sign, I think, falls into the latter category. I also don't speak Bengali, so that's just a very pretty underline :-) - Steel Penguin Slippy
I guess loitering is frowned upon across the world. "Please conform and be stressed the fuck out like the rest of us." - Eivind
It says, "Don't roam around without reason." - Ruchira S. Datta
binā praẏojane ghurāpherā karabena nā - Ruchira S. Datta
The standard transliteration of Bengali is the one for Sanskrit, which is occasionally a poor fit. I personally add a dot over the y, to distinguish this letter which sounds like English "y" from the one which sounds like the English "j". The system I use is presented here in Bengali alphabetical order: http://nineislandspress.org/ALifeOf... - Ruchira S. Datta
binā praẏojane ghurāpherā karabena nā: binā - without; praẏojan - reason; praẏojane - in reason, i.e., in the condition of having a reason; binā praẏojane - without reason; ghurāpherā - wandering about, roaming around, pacing; karabena - (you) do (imperative); nā - not. Thus, "Don't roam around without reason." - Ruchira S. Datta
"Loitering" can be stationary, whereas ghurāpherā is motion that circles about and doesn't go anywhere. - Ruchira S. Datta
Now I'll finally read the post. :-) - Ruchira S. Datta
Read the post. That repetitive "and stuff" thing is cool, however pherā is not that, it is a verb in itself that means "returning". Literally "ghurāpherā" means "turning and returning." - Ruchira S. Datta
Amazing language! - исус воевал за вас
Ruchira, thank you for parsing the sentence! - Maitani
The formation of the verb ghurāpherā looks particularly interesting to me. - Maitani
According to Colin Masica (plus my Hindi self-instruction guide) words such as ghurāpherā belong to a category "echo words", a formation that is characteristic for South Asian languages. Usually, a word, most often a noun, is followed by a form which "echoes" it, replacing the initial consonant with a standard consonant, which varies according to the language. E.g., Hindi pānī-vānī... more... - Maitani
The meaning of these formations, according to Masica and Bahl, is "the speaker's manifest attitudinal lack of concern or care toward his collocutor or the thing referred to by him", an explanation which is slightly different from that given in the Llog. - Maitani
Certain parts of East and South London have both Bengali and English writing on street signs/names, station names etc, as Bengali is the most spoken Indian language in London, then Urdu is I'm sure a close second and then Punjabi/Gujarati are likely to be third/forth. Oh, Hindi is most likely up there in second place too. - Halil
love they way @Ruchira dissects the language likes it a bit of a programming issue :)- - Peter Dawson
Thanks Peter - Ruchira S. Datta
Maitani, you're welcome. Thanks for the additional references from Masica et al. I don't know that it reflects any lack of concern or care towards the collocutor, other than being an informal construction. The attitude towards the thing referred could be translated by adding "or whatever" to the end, e.g., milnā-julnā would be "to mix or associate or whatever". On the other hand, for... more... - Ruchira S. Datta
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Avant-Garde in a Different Key: Karl Kraus’s The Last Days of Mankind – Critical Inquiry - http://criticalinquiry.uchicago.edu/Avant_G...
Avant-Garde in a Different Key: Karl Kraus’s The Last Days of Mankind – Critical Inquiry
Avant-Garde in a Different Key: Karl Kraus’s The Last Days of Mankind – Critical Inquiry
Avant-Garde in a Different Key: Karl Kraus’s The Last Days of Mankind – Critical Inquiry
"My business is to pin down the Age between quotation marks. What has been proposed here is nothing less than a drainage system for the huge swamps of phraseology.[1]" - Maitani from Bookmarklet
" In This Great Time which I still remember when it was so small; which will become small again if there is enough time, and which, because in the realm of organic growth no such transformation is possible, we prefer to address as a fat time and also a hard time; in this time where the very thing happens that one could not imagine, and in which that must happen which one can no longer... more... - Maitani
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Françoise Sagan: 'She did what she wanted' | Books | The Guardian - http://www.theguardian.com/books...
Françoise Sagan: 'She did what she wanted' | Books | The Guardian
"She took the title from a poem by Paul Éluard and her nom de plume from Proust. Years later, Brigid Brophy would declare that she wrote with "a pen saturated in French literature". But 60 years ago , the publication of a first novel by an 18-year-old author had France's literary establishment in uproar. As a slender volume called Bonjour Tristesse flew off the shelves, Françoise Sagan became a scandalous success, the echoes of which would prove impossible to silence." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"This short novel of barely 30,000 words is a story told by Cécile, a 17-year-old girl holidaying on the Côte d'Azur with her widowed father, a roué who has brought along his young girlfriend. The daughter is exploring her own first sentimental adventure, a swiftly consummated romance with a handsome law student, when the unexpected arrival of an older woman, a friend of her late... more... - Maitani
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Opening Sentences From Great Novels, Diagrammed: Lolita, 1984 & More - Open Culture - http://www.openculture.com/2014...
Opening Sentences From Great Novels, Diagrammed: Lolita, 1984 & More - Open Culture
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"I admit it: I still don’t understand sentence diagramming. Though as a middle schooler I dutifully, if grudgingly, submitted to that classic English classroom exercise, the practice didn’t stick, nor did whatever habit of composition it meant to convey. Some of my teachers tried to make sentence diagramming interesting, but they could only do so much. They could only do so much, that is, without Pop Chart Lab’s “A Diagrammatical Dissertation on Opening Lines of Notable Novels,” a poster that “diagrams 25 famous opening lines from revered works of fiction according to the dictates of the classic Reed-Kellogg system,” with each and every graphic “parsing classical prose by parts of speech and offering a partitioned, color-coded picto-grammatical representation of some of the most famous first words in literary history.”" - Maitani from Bookmarklet
One of many foundational methods for building robust natural language processing systems. - Sean McBride
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BBC News - Can 10,000 hours of practice make you an expert? - http://www.bbc.com/news...
BBC News - Can 10,000 hours of practice make you an expert?
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"A much-touted theory suggests that practising any skill for 10,000 hours is sufficient to make you an expert. No innate talent? Not a problem. You just practice. But is it true?" - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"One man who decided to test it is Dan McLaughlin, 34, a former commercial photographer from Portland, Oregon." - Maitani
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A Calendar Page for March 2014 - Medieval manuscripts blog - http://britishlibrary.typepad.co.uk/digitis...
A Calendar Page for March 2014 - Medieval manuscripts blog
"The agricultural labours of the year are shown beginning in earnest in these calendar pages for the month of March. On the first folio, two men and a woman are continuing the work of vine-trimming that was begun in February, while one man pauses for much-needed refreshment. On the following folio, the listing of March's saints' days and feasts continues. In the roundel below can be found a ram (inexplicably lacking his horns) for the zodiac sign Aries. Beneath him is another well-bundled labourer turning the earth in a field in preparation for planting." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
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Abstracta Iranica - Revue bibliographique pour le domaine irano-aryen - http://abstractairanica.revues.org/
Abstracta Iranica - Revue bibliographique pour le domaine irano-aryen
"Abstracta Iranica est une revue de bibliographie sélective et critique pour le monde irano-aryen, publiée en supplément annuel à la revue Studia Iranica par l’Institut français de recherche en Iran ; elle rend compte des travaux concernant tous les aspects de la culture et de la civilisation iraniennes, des origines à nos jours. Les travaux recensés sont sélectionnés parmi les publications de l’année précédente, et présentés par des chercheurs." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
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A friend of mine belongs to Rock Choir and three of his singing colleagues (as "The Lounge Kittens") have just put together a video for their cover of Limp Bizkit's "Rollin'" - https://www.youtube.com/watch...
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Cool. I really enjoy watching them. :-) - Maitani
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The Past in Pieces: Lego and Lost Civilisations | res gerendae - http://resgerendae.wordpress.com/2014...
The Past in Pieces: Lego and Lost Civilisations | res gerendae
The Past in Pieces: Lego and Lost Civilisations | res gerendae
"As I think I may have mentioned once or twice, I was a Lego-mad child. Of all the things under the tree on Christmas morning, Lego was always the most prized. Like many, I ‘grew out of’ Lego in my teens, only to come back to it as I’ve got older and had more disposable income. That distinctive rattle of a cardboard box full of little plastic bricks still has a Pavlovian effect on me, equal measures calming and relaxing. The cares of the world slip away and the inner ten-year-old is unleashed." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"I’ve always concentrated my Legoine affections primarily on Space and Castle Lego, with occasional forays into Pirates. When I visited my mum last December, I dragged eight boxes of Lego from the shed and spent Christmas afternoon rebuilding a Space-themed Christmas present of 20 years earlier. By last week, the Castle itch was reasserting itself and I decided to indulge. For the first time in many years I bought some new Lego – my first new Castle sets since childhood. And I made a discovery." - Maitani
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The Stunning Symbiosis between Math and Knitting [Slide Show] - Scientific American - http://www.scientificamerican.com/slidesh...
The Stunning Symbiosis between Math and Knitting [Slide Show] - Scientific American
"Truncated Temari. Temari is a traditional Japanese art form that often uses geometrically inspired designs. Yackel's temari balls show spherical versions of geometric shapes based on the five Platonic solids...." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
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International Dunhuang Project - http://idpuk.blogspot.de/
International Dunhuang Project
"The whole text of the earliest dated printed book — the Diamond Sutra — will be on display at the British Library for the first time over a period of eighteen months from March 8, 2014." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"Following extensive conservation, the Diamond Sutra scroll currently remains in separate panels giving the unique opportunity to show all the panels in turn (see timetable below). Each panel will be on display for two months in the Treasures Gallery at the British Library, open to all and with free admission." - Maitani
"The first panel on display (March-April 2014) will be the illustrated frontispiece showing the Buddha with his elderly disciple, Subhūti. The text of the sutra concerns the philosophical discussion between the Buddha and Subhūti." - Maitani
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Pompeii – a Geological Movie-Review : Introducing the Main Character | History of Geology, Scientific American Blog Network - http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/history...
Pompeii – a Geological Movie-Review : Introducing the Main Character | History of Geology, Scientific American Blog Network
"The new movie “Pompeii” reconstructs one of the most famous volcanic eruptions in history with unprecedented “3D” special effects – but even the best visuals can’t help if the science is wrong – so how geological accurate is the movie?" - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"The appearance of Mount Vesuvius and the surrounding area before the catastrophic eruption has been – and still is – a topic debated by geologists and archeologists alike. In case of Vesuvius we not only have some geological clues, but also written descriptions and maybe some contemporary drawings." - Maitani
maitani dur allasen ortalik karisik - Ori
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3quarksdaily: Not thinking - by Rishidev Chaudhuri - http://www.3quarksdaily.com/3quarks...
3quarksdaily: Not thinking - by Rishidev Chaudhuri
"Perhaps a reasonable proxy for wisdom is the ability to stop thinking when you want, to interrupt the tortured spiraling progression of thoughts that serve no function and lead nowhere, the symbolic productions of a machine gone mad. Like much else, this can (and, I think, should) be approached as a skill that can be practiced, as part of a general package of cultivable techniques and approaches that help in being happy, especially for those not naturally gifted in that way and especially for the anxious neurotic, constantly harried by thoughts that something is not right and that it will all come crashing down[1]." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"As a (mostly) former obsessive I'm still not very good at this, but I'm thankful for all the time spent practicing. Obsessions and compulsions take an ordinary pattern (that of a persistent thought or behavior) and, by carrying it to an extreme, reveal a pathology that was always there. Being confronted by a thought that won't leave is a dramatic education in the possibility that... more... - Maitani
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The Smart Set: Vermeer and the Threshold - February 13, 2014 - http://www.thesmartset.com/article...
The Smart Set: Vermeer and the Threshold - February 13, 2014
The Smart Set: Vermeer and the Threshold - February 13, 2014
"They are among the most mysterious paintings. But it is very hard to say why. Nothing much happens in the paintings. People engage in simple tasks. A man and a woman sit at a table and speak. A woman smiles. A woman reads a letter. A girl looks at us over her left shoulder. A woman sews. A woman pours some milk out of a jug. That’s it. One task, one episode, one moment in each painting." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"Vermeer used various painterly tricks to make these moments – these mundane tasks – look special. He expended a great deal of time and energy capturing the effects of light. He studied the way light comes in through a window, bathing a room. He seems to have painted most of his pictures in one or two rooms in his own home. He knew that light well. He analyzed that light, meditated on... more... - Maitani
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What’s Left of My Books by Charles Simic http://www.nybooks.com/blogs...
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"There is nothing more mysterious and wonderful than the way in which some bit of language—a clever quip, a pithy observation, a vivid figure of speech found in a book or heard in a conversation—remains fresh in our memory when so many other things we were at one time interested in are forgotten. These days, I look in disbelief at many of the books on my shelves, from thick novels and memoirs to works of great philosophers, wondering whether it’s really possible that I devoted weeks or even months reading them. I know that I did, but only because opening them, I find passages and phrases I’ve underlined, which upon rereading I recall better than the plots, characters, and ideas I encountered in these books; sometimes it looks to me that what has made the lasting impression on my literary taste buds, to use culinary terms, are crumbs strewn on the table rather than the whole meal." - Maitani
"I recall, for example, Flaubert saying that it is splendid to be a writer, to put men into the frying pan of your imagination and make them pop like chestnuts; St. Augustine confessing that even he could not comprehend God’s purpose in creating flies; Beckett telling about a character in his early novel Murphy whom the cops took in for begging without singing, and who was jailed for... more... - Maitani
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The last post: letters home to India during the first world war | Books | The Guardian - http://www.theguardian.com/books...
The last post: letters home to India during the first world war | Books | The Guardian
"More than a million Indian soldiers fought in the first world war. As the British Library's collection of their correspondence is put online, Daljit Nagra reflects on their horror, heroes and hopes" - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"'Our people have many lice in their clothes, and they bite terribly. They are worse than a rifle bullet. But there are no mosquitoes or other creatures which bite mankind, and no snakes or scorpions at all." This extract is from a letter by an Indian soldier in 1915. He is in France and writing home to a friend. The letter comes from a collection of correspondence copied by British... more... - Maitani
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Wide Urban World: Cities of Tipis? - http://wideurbanworld.blogspot.de/2014...
Wide Urban World: Cities of Tipis?
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"The Native Americans of the North American Plains were some of the better known nomads of recent centuries. Groups like the Crow, Cheyenne, and Sioux took advantage of the horses brought to the New World by Europeans to forge a successful way of life hunting bison on the plains. They moved their settlements of tipis throughout the year, following the requirements of bison hunting. Life alternated between small camps of five or ten tipis and larger camps of up to 100 tipis. Some of the larger camps ("cluster camps" in the language of Banks and Snortland 1995) had an unorganized arrangement of tipis, and some ("circular camps") were ceremonial in orientation and the tipis were arranged in a huge circle." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"Is there anything "urban" about these big circular camps? Archaeologist Alice Kehoe thinks so. In her textbook, North American Indians, she says:" - Maitani
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Carson McCullers Understood Human Nature | New Republic - http://www.newrepublic.com/article...
"Out of the tradition of Gertrude Stein’s experiments in style and the clipped, stout prose of Sherwood Anderson and Ernest Hemingway comes Carson McCullers' "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter." With the depression as a murky backdrop, this first novel depicts the bleak landscape of the American consciousness below the Mason-Dixon line. Miss McCullers' picture of loneliness, death, accident, insanity, fear, mob violence and terror is perhaps the most desolate that has so far come from the South. Her quality of despair is unique and individual; and it seems to me more natural and authentic than that of Faulkner. Her groping characters live in a world more completely lost than any Sherwood Anderson ever dreamed of. And she recounts incidents of death and attitudes of stoicism in sentences whose neutrality makes Hemingway's terse prose seem warm and partisan by comparison. Hovering mockingly over her story of loneliness in a small town are primitive religion, adolescent hope, the silence of deaf mutes—and all of these give the violent colors of the life she depicts a sheen of weird tenderness." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"I don't know what the book is about; the nearest I can come to indicating its theme is to refer to the Catholic confessional or the private office of the psychoanalyst. The characters, Negro and white, are "naturals," and are seen from a point of view that endows them with a mythlike quality. The core of the book is the varied relationships of these characters to Singer, a lonely deaf... more... - Maitani
I read several of her books, and each one was beautiful and movingly sad. Though it was a long time ago, I still remember the characters and their stories. I am in awe that Carson McCullers wrote most of her stories at a very young age. Now I have learned that throughout her life she suffered from strokes and other severe illnesses that began in her youth. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki... - Maitani
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NeuroLogica Blog » Reality Testing and Metacognitive Failure - http://theness.com/neurolo...
NeuroLogica Blog » Reality Testing and Metacognitive Failure
"Imagine coming home to your spouse and finding someone who looks and acts exactly like your spouse, but you have the strong feeling that they are an imposter. They don’t “feel” like your spouse. Something is clearly wrong. In this situation most people conclude that their spouse is, in fact, an imposter. In some cases this has even lead to the murder of the “imposter” spouse." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"This is a neurological syndrome known as Capgras delusion – a sense of hypofamiliarity, that someone well known to you is unfamiliar. There is also the opposite of this – hyperfamiliarity, the sense that a stranger is familiar to you, known as Fregoli delusion. Suffers often feel that they are being stalked by someone known to them but in disguise." - Maitani
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The Man Behind The Dialect Quiz | Here & Now : Bert Vaux - http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2014...
The Man Behind The Dialect Quiz | Here & Now : Bert Vaux
"“It started when I began teaching at Harvard in the mid-’90s. I wanted to be able to figure out where people were from who didn’t have a noticeable accent — and that would include you. So I started researching what people know about dialects of English, and I found out that everything that was available at that time was from the ’30s and ’40s and ’60s and it was largely collected from old white male farmers. And I decided to start collecting material that was relevant to speakers then, especially to students in my class.”" - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"“I put that on my survey originally because many of my students had strong opinions about what dinner and supper meant. But when I actually ran the survey, I found there wasn’t any coherent regional distribution. In both the United States and the United Kingdom, dinner and supper are sort of randomly spread out, with a few exceptions. One is, people in the western U.S. generally only... more... - Maitani
Maitani
Natural News is a Facebook hit: Never click on its stories about cancer, vaccines, conspiracies. - http://www.slate.com/article...
Natural News is a Facebook hit: Never click on its stories about cancer, vaccines, conspiracies.
"Have you heard that eating whole lemons prevents cancer? Or that bathing in Himalayan salt rids the body of harmful toxins? That eating hijiki seaweed can delay hair graying? If you have a few Facebook friends, you’ve probably encountered some of these claims. The website Natural News —which seems like a parody but is unfortunately quite serious—published these preposterous stories, and many others just as silly, last week alone." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"Hokum like this is best ignored, but hundreds of thousands of Americans fail to do so. Natural News has achieved astonishing traction on social media, garnering Facebook shares in the high five and low six figures. These numbers should trouble you—Natural News has an uncanny ability to move unsophisticated readers from harmless dietary balderdash to medical quackery to anti-government zealotry." - Maitani
I'm not on Facebook, but I've still not managed to avoid that site. I'm not surprised it's hugely popular. - Eivind
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