by La Santa Cecilia [more inside]
posted by Dip Flash at 4:58 AM - 1 comment
is the idea that the language people use affects or even limits the way that they can think. This idea was developed in the early 20th century, and continues to be a matter of disagreement among linguists and cognitive scientists
. The Cambridge and Oxford university presses are even publishing dueling upcoming books on the subject, The Bilingual Mind
, which examines linguistic relativity in the context of people who speak more than one language, and The Language Hoax
flatly denies that it exists.
posted by grouse at 4:25 AM - 52 comments
If you have been one of the thousands of tourists drawn in every day to San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf
, you may have been walking down past Tarantino's restaurant, taking in the tourist-trap sights, when one of the bushes on the sidewalk -- come to think of it, the only bush on the sidewalk -- suddenly jumps at you while growling. Congratulations; you are the most recent wharf-goer to fall victim to The World Famous Bushman
. [more inside]
posted by Homeboy Trouble at 1:18 AM - 19 comments
"I wasn't drawn to Worf at first... it was just another job."
A quarter century after Star Trek Next Generation closed shop, what remains? Worf, that is what
. Appearing for seven seasons in Next Gen, and another four in Deep Space Nine, Michael Dorn's Worf
appeared in more Star Trek episodes than any other character. Infinitely quotable , a fine singer
, and handy with romantic advice
, Worf was a complete badass with a bat'leth
. Except when he got his ass kicked
. There are rumors of a Captain Worf Star Trek show--but those rumors all seem to be started by Michael Dorn
Even though everyone thought he was wrong
, his fame endures.
posted by LarryC at 12:18 AM - 83 comments
discusses being born into a musical family in a TED talk entitled Music as a Language
. In contrast, Alex Lifeson
as a teenager clashes with his parents
about choosing music over school in an excerpt from the documentary Come On Children
posted by mannequito at 11:49 PM - 15 comments
"And let it be set down, Bob was one of the most amazing composers of the 20th century, and the greatest genius of 20th-century opera.
I don’t know how long it’s going to take the world to recognize that. And it hardly matters. He knew it. That the world was too stupid to keep up was not his problem." Robert Ashley dies at 83
. [more inside]
posted by roll truck roll at 10:18 PM - 14 comments
Fans of both Joy Division
and Star Trek TNG
may be amused by the imposition of the pulsar graph as Worf's ridges
(as well as Peter Hook's Extraordinary Stories
), but they may also be interested in reading one's man attempt
to find out if the image itself is copyrighted or in the public domain.
posted by juiceCake at 9:35 PM - 34 comments
Just some old school ST:TNG for your Tuesday night: "The Worf of Starfleet" [more inside]
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI at 8:47 PM - 47 comments
Shamus Young examines the idea of "story collapse" (the moment where a story reaches a critical point of ridiculousness and causes you to question every other aspect of it) by deconstructing the Thieves Guild quest-line in Skyrim: Part 1
, Part 2
, Part 3
, Part 4
and Part 5
. Entertaining reading for writers, designers and gamers alike.
posted by codacorolla at 6:39 PM - 90 comments
The drama issues from the assailability of vital, tenacious men with their share of peculiarities who are neither mired in weakness nor made of stone and who, almost inevitably, are bowed by blurred moral vision, real and imaginary culpability, conflicting allegiances, urgent desires, uncontrollable longings, unworkable love, the culprit passion, the erotic trance, rage, self-division, betrayal, drastic loss, vestiges of innocence, fits of bitterness, lunatic entanglements, consequential misjudgment, understanding overwhelmed, protracted pain, false accusation, unremitting strife, illness, exhaustion, estrangement, derangement, aging, dying and, repeatedly, inescapable harm, the rude touch of the terrible surprise — unshrinking men stunned by the life one is defenseless against, including especially history: the unforeseen that is constantly recurring as the current moment. Philip Roth on his life as a writer
posted by shivohum at 5:33 PM - 16 comments
Aitken's recent work "The Source
" (2012) explores the root of creativity. Six projections in a pavilion designed by David Adjaye, cycle through many more interviews with artists, architects, and musicians such as Adjaye, Liz Diller, William Eggleston, Philippe Parreno, Paolo Soleri, Tilda Swinton, and Beck among others. Wikipedia [more inside]
posted by QuakerMel at 4:10 PM - 0 comments
Zombies occupy a variety of liminal spaces wherein contemporary social tensions are reflected and refracted. These tensions, however, have historical and ongoing parallels with images of "Indians." Zombies reveal societal ambivalence about race, class, gender, ethnicity, political power, agency, and other aspects of social reproduction. In other words, zombies touch upon all the anxieties commonly associated with colonialism.
If you only watch one hour-long lecture on the Anthropology of Zombies today, then make it this one
by Native American scholar Chad Uran
posted by Rumple at 3:50 PM - 71 comments
At the conclusion of the 'In Memoriam' segment during the Oscars Sunday, viewers may have noticed a small graphic and photo identifying Sarah Jones
on screen. Not a movie star, famous director or other Hollywood luminary, Sarah was an assistant cameraperson killed in a horrific on-set train accident
two weeks prior. The push to have her recognized at the Oscars was driven in part by the Facebook group 'Slates for Sarah'
, where hundreds of production crews across the globe have posted tribute photos mourning her loss. Her death is being investigated as negligent homicide, and has spurred 'below-the-line' crew worldwide to demand greater set safety protocols
posted by skammer at 3:19 PM - 119 comments
Lip Flip with Jiimmy Fallon & Tina Fey
: After Tina expresses interest in interviewing herself, she and Jimmy swap mouths for an in-depth chat that ends with a duet of Endless Love. [SLYT]
posted by Room 641-A at 2:06 PM - 38 comments
Creative writing professor Hanif Kureishi says such courses are 'a waste of time' [The Guardian]
Buddha of Suburbia author, who teaches subject at Kingston University, added that many of his students could 'write sentences' but not tell stories.
posted by Fizz at 10:52 AM - 123 comments
Earlier this year Tracy Halvorsen wrote an article called Baltimore City, You're Breaking my Hear
It was received
with...uh, mixed results
Now Andy, from the blog B'more Connected has looked at the article from the point of view of statistics.
"I think nearly everybody can agree with the basic premise suggested by Halvorsen’s article. I will paraphrase that premise as:
It is tragic and frustrating when our neighbors, friends, or coworkers are the victims of violent crimes. Violent crime is too frequent in Baltimore. Something needs to be done to decrease that crime.
Beyond that, I think we see Baltimore differently.
posted by josher71 at 10:15 AM - 59 comments
: "One of the more annoying things about Netflix
, Hulu Plus
, and Amazon
's television streaming libraries is the vast difference between the selection available. It would be almost impossible to get a thorough idea of who has the better library without searching for hundreds of TV shows on each service and comparing them manually. So we did just that." [more inside]
posted by Wordshore at 10:02 AM - 105 comments
Molly Lewis' (Previously: 1, 2, 3)
: The Year of the Beard
. Starring a few familiar faces. [more inside]
posted by zarq at 9:20 AM - 5 comments
(Warning: most links contain artistic nudes) In February, Chicago curator Paul-David Young announced a gallery show
featuring found, sometimes nude self portraits from an unknown artist. Claiming to not know the identity of the artist, Young romanticized the unknown origins of the photos, implied the artist was impossible to find, and drew parallels with the Vivian Maier
story. After some light digging, however, Animal New York
was quickly able to identify the subject as digital artist Molly Soda
, who has a popular presence on YouTube
and Tumblr. [more inside]
posted by I Havent Killed Anybody Since 1984 at 8:32 AM - 45 comments
"I will be honest," says Muruganantham. "I would not even use it to clean my scooter."
The incredible and funny story of a man who set out to change the way sanitary pads are viewed and made in India.
posted by secretdark at 8:07 AM - 35 comments
American electronics chain Radio Shack's dismal sales are resulting in a plan to shutter as many as 1100 of its stores
. But let's look back to a happier time for the company, starting with their first catalog in 1939 and continuing through the decades: a fascinating stroll down memory lane at the Archive of Radio Shack Catalogs
posted by flapjax at midnite at 7:40 AM - 131 comments
"There are 274,165 registered voters named Martin, making it the 181st most common name. Compared to other voters, 30.3 % have a more Democratic name than Martin. Probability that voters named Martin:
have a gun in their house: 48.1%
Attend religious services weekly: 49.6%
Have a college degree: 54.0%."
How Democratic or Republican is your first name
posted by MartinWisse at 6:57 AM - 189 comments
There are many, many random numbers involved in the score for the piece. Every time I ran the C-program, it produced a new "performance".... The one we chose had that conspicuous descending tone that everybody liked. It just happened to end up real loud in that version.
James Moorer relates the rather unexpected manner
in which he composed one of the one of the world's best known pieces of computer generated music: "Deep Note" from the THX trailer
. [more inside]
posted by rongorongo at 5:49 AM - 15 comments
Discovering Free Will
, Part III
) - a nice discussion of the Conway-Kochen "Free Will Theorem". [more inside]
posted by Wolfdog at 5:25 AM - 92 comments
Opening Strategy Splits Civ V Studio.
Since the beginning of time, man has been bedeviled by the eternal question: "In Sid Meier's Civilization, is it better to found your first city on the opening move, or move around to find a more advantageous spot?"
posted by Cash4Lead at 7:49 PM - 116 comments
"Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?"
an upcoming graphic memoir from Roz Chast
is excerpted in the New Yorker online.
posted by Obscure Reference at 6:32 PM - 16 comments
China's air pollution is now so bad it "resembles nuclear winter"
, say Chinese scientists
. The pollution is impeding photosynthesis and potentially wreaking havoc on the country's food supply. [more inside]
posted by stbalbach at 5:52 PM - 49 comments
Inside the Nightmare Launch of HealthCare.Gov
- "Unknown to a nation following the fiasco, McDonough's assignment from the President had boiled down to something more dire than how to fix the site. As the chief of staff remembers his mission, it was 'Can it be patched and improved to work, or does it need to be scrapped to start over? He wanted to know if this thing is salvageable.' Yes, on Oct. 17, the President was thinking of scrapping the whole thing and starting over." (previously
) [more inside]
posted by kliuless at 3:45 PM - 117 comments
Where Have All the Lobbyists Gone? (SL The Nation). Daschle, a “policy adviser” to a range of corporate interests and a close confidant of many top Democrats, has become one of the most famous unregistered lobbyists in the city. In fact, his escapades as a consigliere and go-between for business leaders and politicians, including President Obama, are so well known that among ethics watchdogs, the technicality in the law that allows lobbyists to evade registration has become known as the “Daschle Loophole.”
posted by spamandkimchi at 3:21 PM - 11 comments
I believe that there’s a difference between producing evidence of oppression, explaining oppression, and fighting oppression.
One can produce evidence of oppression without being able to explain why oppression happens. My problem with the Jezebels and Racialiciouses of the world...is that they glorify their own capacity to produce evidence about oppression without explaining it.
posted by Catchfire at 2:20 PM - 132 comments
In a new exhibition titled Beautiful Science: Picturing Data, Inspiring Insight, the British Library pays homage to the important role data visualization plays in the scientific process.
The exhibition can be visited from 20 February until 26 May 2014, and contains works ranging from John Snow's plotting of the 1854 London cholera infections on a map to colourful depictions of the Tree of Life. In a Nature Video, curator Johanna Kieniewicz explores some of the beautiful examples of visualizations that are exhibited. [more inside]
posted by infini at 2:00 PM - 1 comment
is a Japanese electro-rap duo. (They don't control the domain charisma.com
.) The lead singles from their debut album are HATE
(tw: cartoon violence/suicide imagery, alternate video
) and GEORGE
. [more inside]
posted by kmz at 1:19 PM - 10 comments
"After all, where would we be without the knowledge that Democrats are pinko-communist flag-burners who want to tax churches and use the money to fund abortions so they can use the fetal stem cells to create pot-smoking lesbian ATF agents who will steal all the guns and invite the UN to take over America? Voters have to decide whether we’d be better off electing Republicans, those hateful, assault-weapon-wielding maniacs who believe that George Washington and Jesus Christ incorporated the nation after a Gettysburg reenactment and that the only thing wrong with the death penalty is that it isn’t administered quickly enough to secular humanist professors of Chicano studies."
The Cato Institute's unique amicus brief
to the Supreme Court in the Dreihaus
political speech case is a defense of "truthiness", mocking and satire which it contends "are as old as America, and if this Court doesn’t believe amici, it can ask Thomas Jefferson, 'the son of a half-breed squaw, sired by a Virginia mulatto father.'”
posted by dios at 12:50 PM - 46 comments
- A film about a sculpture by Chris Burden
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 12:48 PM - 8 comments
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