August 20, 2014

tempurafriedhappiness:

Here are some dogs enjoying Popsicles. 

(Source: Flickr / dynamutt)

August 17, 2014
This week’s Sunday Sumerian cuneiform sign is šu, which means hand. The image represents four fingers and a thumb.
As always, the cuneiform comes courtesy of the Pennsylvania Sumerian Dictionary.

This week’s Sunday Sumerian cuneiform sign is šu, which means hand. The image represents four fingers and a thumb.

As always, the cuneiform comes courtesy of the Pennsylvania Sumerian Dictionary.

August 10, 2014
This week’s Sumerian cuneiform sign is šeĝ3, which means rain. It’s a combination of two signs: a, meaning water, and an, meaning sky. So the sign is “sky water”, or rain.
As always, the cuneiform comes courtesy of the Pennsylvania Sumerian Dictionary.

This week’s Sumerian cuneiform sign is šeĝ3, which means rain. It’s a combination of two signs: a, meaning water, and an, meaning sky. So the sign is “sky water”, or rain.

As always, the cuneiform comes courtesy of the Pennsylvania Sumerian Dictionary.

August 8, 2014

mumblingsage:

blue-author:

sixpenceee:

Another way to present the 9 types of intelligence as exemplified by my How Do We Measure Intelligence post.

The basic idea is that different people are good at different things. These 9 probably don’t cover the wide range of smarts we all possess, but it’s a start.

As Albert Einstein said, ”Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

So, which form of intelligence is responsible for choices of font and color against various backgrounds?

According to the post, I think that might go under spatial intelligence? (Clearly I’m trying to flaunt whatever linguistic intelligence I have). 

Did anybody else spot the misspelling (“biten”) in the Linguistic Intelligence panel?

August 8, 2014
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dandelionofthanatos:

thebigblackwolfe:

wretchedoftheearth:

i hate when people criticize my personal views of forgiveness

for one, i’m not a christian, never have been and never will be, so i don’t even have any reason for christian views of forgiveness to influence me. the…

Strongly agree. I hate how people try to manipulate you into forgiveness before you’re ready by suggesting that your failure to forgive (rather than the asshole’s failure to not be an asshole) is what’s causing  trouble. They’re using self-help language to try to guilt you into suppressing your legitimate feelings in order to avoid tension. The idea is to make yourself quietly uncomfortable so that everyone around you can feel more comfortable.

And then they might say, “Look, by forgiveness, I don’t mean you have to let him off the hook for his bad behavior…” when, technically, that is one of the dictionary definitions of forgiveness. If that’s not what you mean, then use a different word or phrase! Say, “move on” or “let go” or something like that. Both those phrases carry the idea of releasing your bitterness and anger and directing your energy toward something else, but they don’t suggest that the slate has been wiped clean.

August 5, 2014
volatileflame:

Today is #LegDay

uh guys seriously i know that it’s important to get yourself pumped up and motivated to work out and push yourself but if you exercise too hard when your body is collapsing you can cause serious injury that will render you unable to exercise in the future
seriously pain and physical exhaustion are not “in your head” they are not moral weakness or lack of motivation they are physically real and a sign that maybe you should take a breather
it is not tough or noble to injure yourself

volatileflame:

Today is #LegDay

uh guys seriously i know that it’s important to get yourself pumped up and motivated to work out and push yourself but if you exercise too hard when your body is collapsing you can cause serious injury that will render you unable to exercise in the future

seriously pain and physical exhaustion are not “in your head” they are not moral weakness or lack of motivation they are physically real and a sign that maybe you should take a breather

it is not tough or noble to injure yourself

August 5, 2014

medievalpoc:

[TW: harassment, threats, stalking, violence, slurs, racism]

So, someone decided to post this submission with a link to medievalpoc to a subreddit called “Tumblr In Action” this morning.

I’ve posted about this before.

Let’s stop pretending we have no idea where this comes from:

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And can we stop pretending as if these supposed “rules” actually mean anything, or are ever actually enforced:

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Medievalpoc has received tens of thousands of hits from this particular subreddit from more than 60 separate threads, some of which have hundreds of derogatory comments, using slurs, threats, and racist ‘jokes’.

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And it is somehow a “coincidence” that I have had to speak to police four times and make official reports due to threats, stalking, harassment, and other nastiness? That people have followed me around in person without my knowledge or consent because of this? People have circumvented the “ignore” function by creating accounts just to send racial slurs and threats.

The rest of this is going under a cut, because it is truly horrific. Please proceed with caution.

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TLDR: Redditors are doing what they do best and stalking/threatening the person who runs Medievalpoc.

They want this person to die simply for posting pictures of people of color.

That’s it.

That’s what offends these people.

That’s what makes these people angry enough to become completely obsessed and violent. Posting picture of old-timey artwork.

This is how hypersensitive they are. This is how delicate their sensibilities are. They get violently angry simply for being reminded that people who aren’t exactly like them exist.

August 4, 2014

johnbonhamburger said: Hi there! I've been trying to teach myself some Sumerian for a while. Your sunday sumerian posts were SO HELPFUL how the hell did you manage to learn it so well? WOW respect. Anywhom, do you have any resources or something you can recommend me? xx

Haha, well actually my Sumerian is pretty bad (I’m a curious amateur, really), but thanks! I started the Sunday Sumerian thing as a way to help me learn some cuneiform. Many Sumerologists, it seems, study the language without really learning cuneiform. I can understand why (a writing system is NOT a language, and if you’re a linguist you might choose to focus on the grammatical structure on the language), but cuneiform is so damn cool.

Learning Sumerian is tough. Usually, the way it works in college/grad school is that you start by learning Hebrew or Arabic, then you learn Akkadian (an Arabic language that also uses cuneiform and existed alongside Sumerian), and THEN at long last you learn Sumerian. So you sort of go back in time, and a lot of instructors assume that you already know a bit of cuneiform by the time you start studying Sumerian. Very, very few people ever start by studying Sumerian without first studying Akkadian.

The book I used to start learning was A Manual of Sumerian Grammar and Texts by John Hayes. It’s the closest thing I’ve seen to an introductory Sumerian textbook. Most of the other books are reference manuals, not very good for learning on your own. Sumerian grammar is really tough to wrap your brain around, especially if your native language is Indo-European.

There are a lot of internet resources, too.

For a sign dictionary, check out MUGSAR. You can look up signs based on the number of lines in each one. Very handy if you’re trying to learn cuneiform.

There’s a fantastic corpus of Sumerian literature online here. It includes transliterations (Sumerian texts converted from cuneiform to a sort of phonetic lettering) and translations, but no cuneiform. They have all kinds of original texts: myths, poetry, letters, hymns, dialogs and a great list of proverbs, like this gem: “Something which has never occurred since time immemorial: a young woman did not fart in her husband’s embrace.”

There’s neat stuff at sumerian.org, too.

And, as always, there’s the Pennsylvania Online Sumerian Dictionary.

August 3, 2014
This week’s Sunday Sumerian is ur-saĝ, ,which means hero. It’s a combination of saĝ, which you may recall means head/top (used here as a modifier), and ur, which means dog (in a complimentary way, like “faithful companion” or “loyal servant”). So, a hero is a god or king’s top dog.

This week’s Sunday Sumerian is ur-saĝ, ,which means hero. It’s a combination of saĝ, which you may recall means head/top (used here as a modifier), and ur, which means dog (in a complimentary way, like “faithful companion” or “loyal servant”). So, a hero is a god or king’s top dog.

August 1, 2014
This kind of architecture always looks amazing in theory but is horribly suited for actually accommodating human occupants.
Any toddlers, klutzy friends, excitable pets, and/or drunken party guests will fall right the hell off of that railing-free deck.
Accidentally put your car in Drive instead of Reverse? You’ll reenact the “You killed the car!” scene from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Also, where the hell are your guests supposed to park if you have more than 3 people over? Rich folks don’t car pool!
The massive glass windows offer no privacy, so anyone nearby can see right into your bedroom when you change clothes or have sex.
Unless all of your friends have gorgeous bodies, their legs will look terrible in that transparent pool. Being in the water is supposed to cover up your imperfect bikini body.
Seriously how the hell are you supposed to clean those ultra-tall windows?
Guys, weather exists. Wind and rain exist. Sometimes simultaneously. The outdoor plasma screen TV is not a great idea.

This kind of architecture always looks amazing in theory but is horribly suited for actually accommodating human occupants.

  1. Any toddlers, klutzy friends, excitable pets, and/or drunken party guests will fall right the hell off of that railing-free deck.
  2. Accidentally put your car in Drive instead of Reverse? You’ll reenact the “You killed the car!” scene from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Also, where the hell are your guests supposed to park if you have more than 3 people over? Rich folks don’t car pool!
  3. The massive glass windows offer no privacy, so anyone nearby can see right into your bedroom when you change clothes or have sex.
  4. Unless all of your friends have gorgeous bodies, their legs will look terrible in that transparent pool. Being in the water is supposed to cover up your imperfect bikini body.
  5. Seriously how the hell are you supposed to clean those ultra-tall windows?
  6. Guys, weather exists. Wind and rain exist. Sometimes simultaneously. The outdoor plasma screen TV is not a great idea.

(via ch4mber-of-secrets)

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