July 27, 2014
This week’s Sumerian sign is saĝ, meaning head. The sign is meant to resemble a man’s head. Earlier versions looked much more head-like, but by the Ur-III period the cuneiform had gotten pretty abstract.
The word is often used figuratively to mean the most important or the best in compounds.
The cuneiform comes from the Pennsylvania Sumerian Dictionary.

This week’s Sumerian sign is saĝ, meaning head. The sign is meant to resemble a man’s head. Earlier versions looked much more head-like, but by the Ur-III period the cuneiform had gotten pretty abstract.

The word is often used figuratively to mean the most important or the best in compounds.

The cuneiform comes from the Pennsylvania Sumerian Dictionary.

July 23, 2014

thelovelysouls:

i should not be laughing this hard

hey there argus panoptes lookin good bro

(Source: epiphanyvisuals, via korraphobia)

July 21, 2014

Anonymous said: why do black people use you in the wrong context? such is "you ugly" instead of "you're ugly" I know u guys can differentiate, it's a nuisance

prettyboyshyflizzy:

you a bitch

It’s called copula deletion, or zero copula. Many languages and dialects, including Ancient Greek and Russian, delete the copula (the verb to be) when the context is obvious.

So an utterance like “you a bitch” in AAVE is not an example of a misused you, but an example of a sentence that deletes the copular verb (are), which is a perfectly valid thing to do in that dialect, just as deleting an /r/ after a vowel is a perfectly valid thing to do in an upper-class British dialect.

July 20, 2014
This week’s Sumerian word is šum2, which means garlic. The Sumerians were quite fond of garlic and onion-y things. In Inanna’s Descent, the goddess Ereshkigal’s hair is described as bunched-up “like leeks”.
As always, the cuneiform comes from the Pennsylvania Sumerian Dictionary.

This week’s Sumerian word is šum2, which means garlic. The Sumerians were quite fond of garlic and onion-y things. In Inanna’s Descent, the goddess Ereshkigal’s hair is described as bunched-up “like leeks”.

As always, the cuneiform comes from the Pennsylvania Sumerian Dictionary.

July 13, 2014
Sumerian Sundays are back, after a teensy-weensy two-year absence. I blame the nation of China, personally.
This week’s word is da, which means “side.” The character is supposed to represent a person’s hand, arm and shoulder (the hand is on the left, and the shoulder is on the right).


The cuneiform comes courtesy of the Pennsylvania Sumerian Dictionary.

Sumerian Sundays are back, after a teensy-weensy two-year absence. I blame the nation of China, personally.

This week’s word is da, which means “side.” The character is supposed to represent a person’s hand, arm and shoulder (the hand is on the left, and the shoulder is on the right).

The cuneiform comes courtesy of the Pennsylvania Sumerian Dictionary.

July 12, 2014
Smoke

There was a fire here a few days ago.

Near Wuyi Square, a popular shopping area in downtown Changsha, a building caught fire. Smoke snaked upward and could be seen for miles, even through the haze of pollution.

The papers don’t mention the fire. It wasn’t in the news—-on television or the radio or the internet.

That’s typical in China. Anything that makes the people in power look bad cannot be written about in the news.

A few years ago, there was a horrible train accident. The government didn’t allow reporters to cover the event, fearing that news would make the ministry of transportation lose face. Local officials even went so far as to try to literally bury the evidence, piling dirt over the mangled train cars.

This is part of why corruption is so widespread. It’s much more tempting to be shady when you know you won’t get caught.

Nobody knows what started the fire.

July 11, 2014

seriously what is even the point of little minifridge freezers

like,

oh thank heavens i desperately needed to freeze HALF an ice cube tray

July 10, 2014

The oldest song in the world

July 10, 2014
"Shall I compare thee to a Summer’s Eve?
Thou art more churlish and intemperate.
Fine words don’t camouflage a nasty peeve,
and someone here is past their sell-by date.
Sometime puffed-up a head too far refined,
and charm supplanted by a deathly prim;
and civil words that cloak a heart unkind
by chance (and nature’s winnowing) too dimmed.
So thou, eternal bummer, can go fade
just like the reverence you think we ow’st;
as those you would have led now throw you shade
for every portion of manure you throwest
so long as lungs can breathe, or eyes can see,
and you post tweets in insipidity."

— Chris Clarke, “A Sonnet for Dawkins

July 8, 2014

owlturdcomix:

We go forward.

Not going to lie. This affected me much more than I expected it to.

(via solarpillar)

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