Deep Habits: Read a (Real) Book Slowly - Study Hacks - Cal Newport - http://calnewport.com/blog...
Deep Habits: Read a (Real) Book Slowly - Study Hacks - Cal Newport
"There was a time when intellectual engagement necessarily included long hours reading old-fashioned paper tomes. But in an age when a digital attention economy is ascendant, it’s now possible to satisfy this curiosity without ever consuming more than a couple hundred highly digested and simplified words at a time." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"There’s nothing intrinsically wrong with this new form of lightweight information consumption — the problem is the behaviors it tends to replace." - Maitani
"Reading a hard book, we must remember, is an experience that returns many rewards not generated by a pithy blog post (ahem) or online magazine." - Maitani
I think I would have got more out of this article if it were longer and more complex. - Todd Hoff
Agreed, there is not much to learn here. I posted it mostly as a reminder for myself. :-) - Maitani
3quarksdaily: Typical Dreams: A Comparison of Dreams Across Cultures - http://www.3quarksdaily.com/3quarks...
3quarksdaily: Typical Dreams: A Comparison of Dreams Across Cultures
"Have you ever wondered how the content of your dreams differs from that of your friends? How about the dreams of people raised in different countries and cultures? It is not always easy to compare dreams of distinct individuals because the content of dreams depends on our personal experiences. This is why dream researchers have developed standardized dream questionnaires in which common thematic elements are grouped together. These questionnaires can be translated into various languages and used to survey and scientifically analyze the content of dreams. Open-ended questions about dreams might elicit free-form, subjective answers which are difficult to categorize and analyze. Therefore, standardized dream questionnaires ask study subjects "Have you ever dreamed of . . ." and provide research subjects with a list of defined dream themes such as being chased, flying or falling." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
I have the strangest dreams every night. I don't understand why, but my brain loves to play while I sleep. I wish I could turn it off every once in awhile. - Jenny H. from Android
"Happy New Year and happy sixth birthday to AWOL, which launched 6 January 2009.  During those six years I have written and edited 3913 entries." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"AWOL passed the three million page views threshold this autumn (with 3,126,777 page views recorded as of today, to be exact), and now has more than 7400 subscribers by email. I'm gratified that such a large number of you find AWOL interesting enough to voluntarily add another piece of email to your busy queues each day." - Maitani
"AWOL' s Alphabetical list of Open Access Journals in Ancient Studies currently includes 1447 titles. I continuously edit and revise the list as URLs change, titles go offline, and so on." - Maitani
Well done! Congratulations. - آزاده
Agreed, absolutely. Mr Jones has done an excellent job, and I hope he'll carry on. :-) - Maitani
Murty Classical Library Catalogs Indian Literature - NYTimes.com - http://www.nytimes.com/2015...
Murty Classical Library Catalogs Indian Literature - NYTimes.com
Murty Classical Library Catalogs Indian Literature - NYTimes.com
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"When the Loeb Classical Library was founded in 1911, it was hailed as a much-needed effort to make the glories of the Greek and Roman classics available to general readers." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"Now, Harvard University Press, the publisher of the Loebs, wants to do the same for the far more vast and dizzyingly diverse classical literature of India, in what some are calling one of the most complex scholarly publishing projects ever undertaken." - Maitani
"The Murty Classical Library of India, whose first five dual-language volumes will be released next week, will include not only Sanskrit texts but also works in Bangla, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Persian, Prakrit, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu and other languages. Projected to reach some 500 books over the next century, the series is to encompass poetry and prose, history and philosophy, Buddhist... more... - Maitani
"The Murty Classical Library of India, whose first five dual-language volumes will be released next week, will include not only Sanskrit texts but also works in Bangla, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Persian, Prakrit, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu and other languages. Projected to reach some 500 books over the next century, the series is to encompass poetry and prose, history and philosophy, Buddhist... more... - Maitani
This is a spectacular, very important project, which has been long overdue. I am excited! I hope the editors/publishers will be in a position to follow through on it. - Maitani
It would be lovely, though we still have the "Sacred Books of the East", edited by Max Müller, that covers some very important books from India. - Haukr
Sure, but the scope of this series is different and much wider, as to the intention of the editors. The "Sacred Books of the East" series focuses on ancient religious texts, it is undispensable, of course, and precious, but what about secular literature, later works, works written in languages that are not Indo-Aryan? - Maitani
Sacred Books of the East http://www.sacred-texts.com/sbe... - Maitani
yes, of course, that's why we're all looking forward to this new catalog :) - Haukr
I am not sure about that. In German schools, we learn next to nothing about the political or cultural history of South Asia (and other regions) before colonialism. I don't know who will be interested in these works other than indologists. - Maitani
The situation's not different in Italy, but I have a personal interest in India and such books can be very difficult to find (even more with a translation). I suppose that the translation itself and the ebook format might help to create a greater audience, or to allow more studies and papers on the subject of the said books. - Haukr
Do you have special spheres of interest related to India? - Maitani
mostly myths and religions. - Haukr
Babel's Dawn: Signaling the Intent to Signal - http://www.babelsdawn.com/babels_...
Babel's Dawn: Signaling the Intent to Signal
"Before I get distracted by too much nit-picking, let me get to the summary paragraph: Thomas Scott-Phillips' book, Speaking Our Minds, contributes seriously to the study of language origins. First and foremost, it demands that pragmatics—the study of language in its social context—be included in the effort to understand language origins. What's more, it makes good on its case. Pragmatics has been underplayed and anybody who thinks about language origins should read and study the book. If the book were not so danged expensive, I would even urge you to buy a copy. (By the way, I've mentioned Scott-Phillips before—see Reality Blogging—and I remember him as a promising fellow at the Barcelona Evolang conference of 2008.)" - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"The case for pragmatics rests on its special view of language as an ostensive-inferential communications system. Sorry, I'd like to use some other term, but that is the one used by the author and others, so we might as well hold our noses and roll with the bandwagon. You can understand it by imagining the archetypal scene in which Homo erectus A points toward a charging sabertooth... more... - Maitani
SARIT: Search and Retrieval of Indic Texts - http://sarit.indology.info/
SARIT: Search and Retrieval of Indic Texts
"Welcome to the SARIT website. Here you will find electronic editions of Sanskrit and other Indian-language texts. These are documented, dated and have embedded notes about their change history, so that they can be publicly cited and used with confidence as scholarly sources. The editions in the SARIT library currently include these works. This website also currently offers tools for text search, retrieval and analysis of the works in the SARIT library. You can search for a single word, phrase, words that occur in the same paragraph, and so forth. You can generate an index of terms, a KWIC index, and word-frequency lists. You can download all the texts at SARIT. They are licensed under a Creative Commons license. Once downloaded, you can use services such as OxGarage to convert the files to a format that is useful to you, for example PDF, HTML, or for reading on an ebook like the Kindle." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
Kumbh Mela: The Greatest Gathering or People on the Planet ~ Kuriositas - http://www.kuriositas.com/2015...
Kumbh Mela: The Greatest Gathering or People on the Planet ~ Kuriositas
"Kumbh Mela is a Hindu pilgrimage which attracts, each year, the greatest peaceful get together of people in the world.  The  Maha Kumbh Mela of 2013 saw over 100 million people gather to bathe at dawn in the sacred Ganges River." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"Time-lapse Photography and Adventure Filmmaker Rufus Blackwell was there and captured these astounding time-lapse images." - Maitani
A Calendar Page for January 2015 - Medieval manuscripts blog - http://britishlibrary.typepad.co.uk/digitis...
A Calendar Page for January 2015 - Medieval manuscripts blog
A Calendar Page for January 2015 - Medieval manuscripts blog
A Calendar Page for January 2015 - Medieval manuscripts blog
"Regular readers will know that one of our blog traditions is to highlight a calendar from a particular medieval manuscript throughout the course of the year.  Past manuscripts have included the Isabella Breviary, the Hours of Joanna the Mad, the Golf Book, and the Huth Hours.  In 2015 we are pleased to present a manuscript that has featured on our blog before, the London Rothschild Hours.  Confusingly, this manuscript is often also called the Hours of Joanna the Mad (or the Hours of Joanna I of Castile), as it has been suggested that the manuscript belonged to that famous lady." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"Evidence that the book was Joanna’s is tantalising, but inconclusive. The repeated presence of Joanna’s name saint, John the Evangelist, is a potential clue, and the presence of a number of Spanish saints in the calendar suggests that it was probably produced for a member of the Spanish aristocracy." - Maitani
This Year in Philology 2014 | Memiyawanzi - http://memiyawanzi.wordpress.com/2014...
"It occurs to me that music bloggers typically make year-end ‘best of’ lists for the best new music they’ve heard this year.  Why shouldn’t I make a post to highlight the most interesting things I’ve read this year that were published this year?  Thanks to my obsessive cataloging of my reading with EndNote, compiling a list is actually not so hard, so without further adieu, and in no particular order (aside from alphabetically, as every good bibliography should be) is my selective list of my philological favourites of 2014:" - Maitani from Bookmarklet
TYWKIWDBI ("Tai-Wiki-Widbee"): The giant ash trees of Tasmania - http://tywkiwdbi.blogspot.de/2014...
TYWKIWDBI ("Tai-Wiki-Widbee"): The giant ash trees of Tasmania
"The trees in question are mountain ash, the tallest flowering trees in the world. They are not quite the tallest trees of any kind: that record belongs to the coast redwoods of the western US. But that might be because things have been skewed against the mountain ash..." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"...the tallest trees can suffer from "xylem cavitation", in which gas bubbles form in the cells carrying water up the trunk. These tiny gas embolisms [sic] can prevent water from moving up the tiny conduit cells, much like a pulmonary embolism can stop blood flow to the lungs in humans. To avoid this, the tree regulates how much water is lost through its leaves by closing down the tiny... more... - Maitani
Fwd: White Wine In The Sun by Tim Minchin - YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/watch... via Eivind http://friendfeed.com/eivindn
Fwd: White Wine In The Sun by Tim Minchin - YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCNvZqpa-7Q via Eivind http://ff.im/OoVPD
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"It's December. Let the season begin. :)" - Maitani
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up :-) - Maitani
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<3 - Maitani
up! - Maitani
:) (We're drinking prosecco in the warm apartment.) - Jenny H. from Android
While it's -16C outside :) - Eivind from Android
It's on Spotify now! :) - Eivind
? - Maitani
It's a music streaming service. :) - Jenny H. from Android
up!!! :-) - Maitani
"Unfortunately, this video is not available in your country..." Is Spotify available to me? - Maitani
I think Spotify is available all over. Maybe not the free version, but at least the subscription one. - Eivind from Android
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:))) - Jenny H. from Android
\(^_^)/ - Eivind
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Christmas Tree 2014
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Merry Christmas, Maitani! :) - Jenny H. from Android
Merry Christmas to you too, Jenny! :-) - Maitani
Merry Christmas! - Greg GuitarBuster
Merry Christmas, Greg! - Maitani
Merry Christmas! - Son of Groucho
Merry Christmas Maitani :-) - Sepi ⌘ سپی
Merry Christmas, Maitani! - Anne Bouey
Merry Christmas, Gordon, Sepi, and Anne! :-) - Maitani
Merry Christmas :) - Eivind from Android
Eivind! Merry Christmas, I hope the two of you are having a wonderful holiday season. :-) - Maitani
Maitani Good happy new year and merry christmas - ramazan cekic
Merry Christmas, dear Maitani! - mina_sydney from iPhone
A Christmas tree with real candles! Beautiful! :-) - Amira
Merry Christmas, Mina and Ramazan! - Maitani
Thank you, Amira. In our family we always have had real candles. :-) - Maitani
Maitani çok merci merry christmas - ramazan cekic
19 Amazing Sites To Get Free Stock Photos » SideJobr: Labor for your neighbor - http://sidejobr.com/help...
19 Amazing Sites To Get Free Stock Photos » SideJobr: Labor for your neighbor
"In this post, we’ve created a list for you of awesome websites that have free stock photos. This is not the end all – be all of sites and if you find others, please feel free to list them in the comment section. Note: Most of these images fall under a creative commons license (just make sure you attribute properly) or are old enough that the photos have returned to the public domain. (This happens once the copyright on an image expires.)" - Maitani from Bookmarklet
Found via Another Word For It http://tm.durusau.net/?p=59044 - Maitani
December Darkness Across the Universe - Out There - http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/outther...
December Darkness Across the Universe - Out There
"During the darkest days of December, it makes me feel better to think about all the other, more profound darknesses out there in the universe. A little dose of the old perspective, you know. And boy, there are a lot of them–not just a lot of dark places, but a lot of different forms of darkness out there. In fact, there’s a lot more darkness than most of us realize, for an obvious if easily overlooked reason: Space images are calibrated to highlight faint or even invisible detail, making the universe seem like a much brighter place than it really is." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"Consider, for instance, Comet Churyumov–Gerasimenko, the now-famous comet being explored by the Rosetta spacecraft (and home to the intrepid, hibernating Philae lander). In all the images you see online, it looks brightly lit. Even the allegedly “true color” image, which is supposed to show what the Comet C-G would look like to the human eye up close, is a bright green-tinged gray. Here’s the truth: The comet is blacker than coal." - Maitani
Kazuo Ishiguro: how I wrote The Remains of the Day in four weeks | Books | The Guardian - http://www.theguardian.com/books...
Kazuo Ishiguro: how I wrote The Remains of the Day in four weeks | Books | The Guardian
"Many people have to work long hours. When it comes to the writing of novels, however, the consensus seems to be that after four hours or so of continuous writing, diminishing returns set in. I’d always more or less gone along with this view, but as the summer of 1987 approached I became convinced a drastic approach was needed. Lorna, my wife, agreed." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"Until that point, since giving up the day job five years earlier, I’d managed reasonably well to maintain a steady rhythm of work and productivity. But my first flurry of public success following my second novel had brought with it many distractions. Potentially career-enhancing proposals, dinner and party invitations, alluring foreign trips and mountains of mail had all but put an end... more... - Maitani
Families in Literature: the Flytes in Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh | Books | The Guardian - http://www.theguardian.com/books...
Families in Literature: the Flytes in Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh | Books | The Guardian
"If you read Brideshead Revisited for the first time in your teens (as so many of us do) you can come away with the idea of a Cinderella story: middle-class Charles is scooped up by the happy aristocracy – the deserving poor boy looking longingly through the window is allowed in, gawps at the magnificence, is grateful for the attention, and of course falls in love with Sebastian." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"But when you read it again, you see that Brideshead is not a book about Oxford, or homoerotic love, or social climbing: it’s a book about religion – and about families. It is Sebastian who is in love with Charles, jealously wanting to keep him to himself:" - Maitani
Facts about the winter solstice | OUPblog - http://blog.oup.com/2014...
Facts about the winter solstice | OUPblog
"The winter solstice settles on 21 December this year, which means it’s the day with the least amount of sunlight. It’s the official first day of winter, although people have been braving the cold for weeks, huddled in coats and scarves and probably wool socks. It’s easy to pass over the winter solstice because of the holidays; however, many traditions center around the solstices and equinoxes, and even Christmas has borrowed some ideas from the midwinter celebration. Below are a few facts about the winter solstice and the influence it has had on religion." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
Thanks for sharing this, Maitani. :) - Jenny H. from Android
You're welcome, Jenny. It is beautiful, isn't it. :-) - Maitani
The Oxford Linguistic History of English series lives on - Christopher Culver - http://www.christopherculver.com/languag...
"Back in 2006, Oxford University Press published Don Ringe’s From Proto-Indo-European to Proto-Germanic, which was billed as the first volume in a new OUP series called A Linguistic History of English. That particular book wasn’t so much a history of the English language that we know as a reconstruction of Proto-Indo-European. Don Ringe is a major figure in Indo-European studies (as well as historical linguistics in general), and it was great to get a state-of-the-art reconstruction from his perspective." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"After enjoying that first volume, I would impatiently check the new arrivals shelf at the university library so I could read the second volume straightaway. Years passed, however, and nothing ever appeared. I had wondered if the series had been canceled, but now Oxford University Press finally unveiled the second volume: The Development of Old English, this time by Don Ringe and Ann Taylor." - Maitani
Ancient, hydrogen-rich waters deep underground around the world: Waters could support isolated life -- ScienceDaily - http://www.sciencedaily.com/release...
Ancient, hydrogen-rich waters deep underground around the world: Waters could support isolated life -- ScienceDaily
"A team of scientists, led by the University of Toronto's Barbara Sherwood Lollar, has mapped the location of hydrogen-rich waters found trapped kilometres beneath Earth's surface in rock fractures in Canada, South Africa and Scandinavia." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"Common in Precambrian Shield rocks -- the oldest rocks on Earth -- the ancient waters have a chemistry similar to that found near deep sea vents, suggesting these waters can support microbes living in isolation from the surface." - Maitani
Volume of world's oldest water estimated http://www.bbc.com/news... - Maitani
10 quotes to inspire a love of winter | OUPblog - http://blog.oup.com/2014...
10 quotes to inspire a love of winter | OUPblog
"Winter encourages a certain kind of idiosyncratic imagery not found during any other season: white, powdery snow, puffs of warm breath, be-scarfed holiday crowds. The following slideshow presents a lovely compilation of quotes from the eighth edition of our Oxford Dictionary of Quotations that will inspire a newfound love for winter, whether you’ve ever experienced snow or not!" - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"The first fall of snow is not only an event, but it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of world and wake up in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment, then where is it to be found?" It snowed here last night :) - Eivind
Language Log » Mother Tongue: lost and found - http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll...
"The idea of a "Mother Tongue" has long preoccupied me, and I once wrote a lengthy paper about the relationship between Taiwanese and Mandarin entitled "How to Forget Your Mother Tongue and Remember Your National Language"." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"The topic has now come back to me from a different angle, one that I might title "How to Remember your Mother Tongue and (Temporarily) Forget Your Global Language"." - Maitani
"The occasion for these reflections was a letter that I received from a Mexican scholar named Soledad Jimenez Tovar who spent the last five years in Germany at a Max Planck Institute and in Kazakhstan doing fieldwork. In Germany she spoke German and lots of English, and in Kazakhstan she spoke mostly Russian and some Mandarin which she used when trying to converse with the Dungans there." - Maitani
Tips from professional proofreaders | Sentence first - http://stancarey.wordpress.com/2014...
"Proofreading is a recurring theme on Sentence first, with regular posts looking at particular items of usage and examples of where proofing fell short. But although it’s part of my day job, I haven’t written often about the act itself." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"I was recently approached by Maggie Biroscak at Jimdo for some thoughts on the subject. Maggie’s article has now been published, and offers great tips on proofreading your own text, while acknowledging the limitations of this approach. It features quotes from Dawn McIlvain Stahl, online editor of Copyediting.com, and me." - Maitani
The strangest and least strange French words according to n-grams - Antoine Amarilli's blog - http://a3nm.net/blog/ubac.html
"The (multi)set of (character-level) n-grams of a word consists of its sequences of n consecutive characters. For instance, the 2-grams of "gram" are "gr", "ra", and "am". Duplicates are counted, e.g., for "toto" the 2-grams are "to", "ot", "to". Given the dictionary of all words in a language, we can compute the multiset of all n-grams." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"It turns out that this multiset is quite characteristic of the language. For instance, to identify the language of a piece of text, it is often enough to compute its n-grams, normalize it as a frequency distribution, and compare it to the distribution of known languages: usually the closest distribution is that of the language in which the text is written." - Maitani
3quarksdaily: Ian McKellen analyzes Macbeth speech - http://www.3quarksdaily.com/3quarks...
Why the ‘Coffee’ Words Are Not Cognates - Languages Of The World | Languages Of The World - http://languagesoftheworld.info/bad-lin...
Why the ‘Coffee’ Words Are Not Cognates - Languages Of The World | Languages Of The World
"A former student of mine drew my attention to a recent article in Slate written by Alyssa Pelish and titled “The Stimulating History of Coffee: Why You Hear This Word Around the World” (the image on the left is reproduced from the article). Pelish starts with a little thought-experiment about how one would order a coffee while travelling around the world: Kaffee in Berlin, caffè in Rome, kofi in Lagos, Nigeria, kŏfī in Delhi, India, and кофе (pronounced /’kofè/) in St. Petersburg, Russia. She correctly points out that these words sound alike in many languages, describing these words very poetically as “the two reliable syllables, the seesaw of vowel sounds punctuated by velar stops and fricatives”. I am not sure about the reliability of syllables or how one would go about measuring it, or whether the alternating consonant-vowel-consonant-vowel (CVCV) pattern can be called a “seesaw”. But the explanation Pelish provides for why these ‘coffee’ words are so similar the world over is entirely wrong and ignorant." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
Interesting idea. Jynnan tonix all round while we discuss. - Technodad from iPhone
Distraction, if consistent, does not hinder learning -- ScienceDaily - http://www.sciencedaily.com/release...
Distraction, if consistent, does not hinder learning -- ScienceDaily
"A new study challenges the idea that distraction is necessarily a problem for learning. Researchers found that if attention was as divided during recall of a motor task as it was during learning the task, people performed as if there were no distractions at either stage." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
AWOL - The Ancient World Online: New and Forthcoming from De Gruyter Open - http://ancientworldonline.blogspot.de/2014...
AWOL - The Ancient World Online: New and Forthcoming from De Gruyter Open
AWOL - The Ancient World Online: New and Forthcoming from De Gruyter Open
AWOL - The Ancient World Online: New and Forthcoming from De Gruyter Open
"New and Forthcoming from De Gruyter Open New in 2014 from De Gruyter Open" - Maitani from Bookmarklet
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