ask meme: put three things in my askbox that look like they could be part of an ask meme, but in truth are just a string of barely-related words/letters. i will answer them somehow.

some examples:

  • abacus, marigold, january
  • 37, mint chip, periwinkle
  • tesseract, tin can, bulb

i’m writing but if/when i get stuck i’m gonna come do these to clean out my brain

(Reblogged from anastrophic)


In which Ursula K. Le Guin declines to blurb a book by Brian Aldiss because it is “so self-contentedly, exclusively male”

(Source: Hugh D’Andrade via YA Highway)

(Reblogged from malindalo)


La habitación de Fermat (2007) - Luis Piedrahita, Rodrigo Sopeña

You should watch this movie. 

Bonus points for watching it in a group containing at least one mathematician and at least one engineer, and having a heated philosophical schism. 

(Reblogged from razkall)


A loanword is a word taken from another language, such as ‘angst’ or ‘tsunami’ or ‘calque’.
A calque is a literal translation of a word from another language, such as rhinestone (from French caillou du Rhine) or blueblood (from Spanish sangre azul) or loanword (from German lehnwort).


(Reblogged from teajaylore)

At Nine Worlds, I purchased a copy of Zen Cho’s beautiful collection entitled Spirits Abroad, published by the Malaysian press Buku Fixi. I was struck by the publisher’s manifesto, which appears on the back of the flyleaf. In this manifesto, the publisher states:

We will not use italics for non-American/non-English terms.

The publisher then goes on to say: “Nasi lemak and kongkek are some of the pleasures of Malaysian life that should be celebrated without apology; italics are a form of apology.”

Reading this and considering italics as a form of apology, I find myself thinking of writers coming from countries that have endured colonization, from countries where English is an imposed tongue. I find myself asking: do we really need to explain everything to the imagined Western reader? I think of italics, apologies and explanations, and the connecting line between these words.

If we have read and consumed work from writers from the West without complaint, if we have gone that extra step to fully engage with that work, surely we can trust that those who seek out our stories will also take that extra step to meet us halfway.

(Reblogged from waterloggedtomorrow)



I don’t know if anything else has these hangups, but I do, so:

• You are allowed to do school and work projects about things that interest you personally. As long as it fits the project requirements, there is no rule that it only counts if you choose something you don’t enjoy.

• You are allowed to use references when you make art.  There is no rule that it only counts if you start with a blank page and nothing else.

• You are allowed to practice skills before you perform them in public.  There is no rule that it only counts if you can do it the first time you ever tried.

• You are allowed to plan skills before you perform them in public.  There is no rule that it only counts if you can do it 100% spontaneously.

(Reblogged from pervocracy)

I’ve been advised to “revisit Horace as a philosopher” and the burden of formulating my response thus far has helpfully been preempted by British comedy:

Steven: You’d die without the stuff.

Hugh: Yes, but too much is bad for you.

Steven: Well of course too much is bad for you, that’s what “too much” means, you blithering twat. If you had too much water it would be bad for you, wouldn’t it? “Too much” precisely means that quantity which is excessive, that’s what it means. Could you ever say “too much water is good for you”? I mean if it’s too much it’s too much. Too much of anything is too much. Obviously. Jesus.


my roommate is 2 days younger than me so i’ve gotten into the habit of saying “when i was your age..” and then describing what i did 2 days ago

(Reblogged from michaelblume)

"well," thought I with charming naivete, "today is a reasonable Schelling point for giving facebook more information than my birthday," but then — and I’m sure you’re all aware of this, but I had never even looked — orientation is not even a field? there’s just "interested in", with check-boxes for "men" and "women". so there’s not even a list that asexuality is excluded from, there’s actually just no way to express it under the current system. 

(“interested in: no one” would not be a very drastic option for them to offer but it’s really not what I want to convey, though probably some aces would like it) 


How babies are born in Canada. [via]


How babies are born in Canada. [via]

(Reblogged from michaelblume)