Terezi and Nepeta bitching about people not wanting to roleplay.
aw man. I had to go and look up why Terezi needs a protection week. I haven’t been on Paradox Space since it first launched; had completely forgotten about it actually.
do you fucking know how much it sucks when people do that? Because I do. The very first time I ever tried to DM a game that is what happened.
That was SIXTEEN YEARS AGO.
I haven’t DMed since. Every time I think about it, I flash back to having my players get up from the table to go play video games and watch tv within the first fifteen minutes. That kinda kills your confidence.
and right now I’m about to fucking cry because I’m thinking about it again. Good lord.
World’s languages traced back to single African mother tongue: scientists.
New Zealand researchers have traced every human language — from English to Mandarin — back to an ancestral language spoken in Africa 50,000 to 70,000 years ago.
Scientists say they have traced the world’s 6,000 modern languages — from English to Mandarin — back to a single “mother tongue,” an ancestral language spoken in Africa 50,000 to 70,000 years ago.
New research, published in the journal Science, suggests this single ancient language resulted in human civilization — a Diaspora — as well as advances in art and hunting tool technology, and laid the groundwork for all the world’s cultures.
The research, by Quentin Atkinson from the University of Auckland in New Zealand, also found that speech evolved far earlier than previously thought. And the findings implied, though did not prove, that modern language originated only once, an issue of controversy among linguists, according to the New York Times.
Before Atkinson came up with the evidence for a single African origin of language, some scientists had argued that language evolved independently in different parts of the world.
Atkinson found that the first populations migrating from Africa laid the groundwork for all the world’s cultures by taking their single language with them. “It was the catalyst that spurred the human expansion that we all are a product of,” Atkinson said, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Atkinson traced the number distinct sounds, or phonemes — consonants, vowels and tones — in 504 world languages, finding compelling evidence that they can be traced back to a long-forgotten dialect spoken by our Stone Age ancestors, according to the Daily Mail.
Atkinson also hypothesized that languages with the most sounds would be the oldest, while those spoken by smaller breakaway groups would utilize fewer sounds as variation and complexity diminished.
The study found that some of the click-using languages of Africa have more than 100 phonemes, or sounds, whereas Hawaiian, toward the far end of the human migration route out of Africa, has only 13, the Times reported. English has about 45 phonemes.
The phoneme pattern mirrors the pattern of human genetic diversity as humans spread across the globe from sub-Saharan Africa around 70,000 years ago.
This gives me LIFE from people who insist all languages (ALL no matter what) derive from latin bases.
Reblogging this for three reasons:
1) It’s awesome and worth knowing
2) It makes sense when you think about, you know, the whole history of human development (from a NOT white supremacist perspective at least)
3) To add that if anyone ever tries to say that all languages are derived from Latin [insert choked sound of disbelief and anger] you can inform their ignorant (probably racist) asses of this: Latin, as far as languages go, is an INFANT. It’s part of a subset of Indo-European languages and MOTHERFUCKER EVEN ENGLISH ISN’T ONE OF ITS DERIVATIVES. (French, Spanish, Italian, Romanian, and Portuguese are, as well as lots of their related languages and dialects, that’s it.) Latin isn’t even remotely old enough to be a mother language. It’s like saying alpacas were the original dinosaurs or some bullshit.
HUH! You dont FUCKING SAY?
WILL YOU LOOK THE FUCK AT THAT!
Not surprising, but this is cool information!
That’s the number of arrest warrants issued in Ferguson last year for nonviolent crimes. Compare that to the population of 21,135 people.
"White citizens were stopped less than 13% of the time despite making up 29% of the population"
At some point I’ll stop talking about Ferguson. Today is not that day.
If your count is higher than 719, then divide by 2 until you reach the first number to land in the 1 - 719 range and round up!
I’m currently a Treecko.
Here’s a link to a numerated list of all known pokemon (check the Ndex column-the Sdex refreshes each generation).
#okay i love that data’s programming doesn’t allow him to store idioms as frozen phrases the way that humans do #which means he must process language as its root semantic meanings not as specific vocabulary #which suggests that data’s language center in his positronic brain always goes through a translation matrix #so english slash federation standard is not data’s ‘native language’ as his native language is raw android information #it’s also suggests something interesting about the weighted priority of english vocabulary in data’s translation matrix though #since he chooses ‘ignite’ instead of ‘burn’ and ‘petroleum’ instead of ‘oil’ #’ignite’ instead of ‘burn’ suggests that english words with latinate roots as opposed to germanic roots #seem to be given more weight in the selection process #both ‘oil’ and ‘petroleum’ are latinate words but data’s program has selected the more subjectively formal of the two #uh i just fell down a rabbit hole that looks like the unholy love child of optimality theory and the oxford english dictionary help me #i’m gonna think on this more carry on nothing to see here #tl;dr: data is a computer mylittleredgirl none of this should be shocking yes ok
KIND OF because I am a linguistics degree dropout and am not sure my linguistics thoughts are body-of-post worthy I mean I don’t even know what Noam Chomsky would have to say about any of this.
I think one thing you can do to help your friends who are depressed is to reach out to them not in the spirit of helping, but in the spirit of liking them and wanting their company. “I’m here to help if you ever need me” is good to know, but hard to act on, especially when you’re in a dark place. Specific, ongoing, pleasure-based invitations are much easier to absorb. “I’m here. Let’s go to the movies. Or stay in and order takeout and watch some dumb TV.” “I’m having a party, it would be really great if you could come for a little while.” Ask them for help with things you know they are good at and like doing, so there is reciprocity and a way for them to contribute. “Will you come over Sunday and help me clear my closet of unfashionable and unflattering items? I trust your eye.” “Will you read this story I wrote and help me fix the dialogue?” “Want to make dinner together? You chop, I’ll assemble.” “I am going glasses shopping and I need another set of eyes.” Remind yourself why you like this person, and in the process, remind them that they are likable and worth your time and interest.
Talk to the parts of the person that aren’t being eaten by the depression. Make it as easy as possible to make and keep plans, if you have the emotional resources to be the initiator and to meet your friends a little more than halfway. If the person turns down a bunch of invitations in a row because (presumably) they don’t have the energy to be social, respect their autonomy by giving it a month or two and then try again. Keep the invitations simple; “Any chance we could have breakfast Saturday?” > “ARE YOU AVOIDING ME BECAUSE YOU’RE DEPRESSED OR BECAUSE YOU HATE ME I AM ONLY TRYING TO HELP YOU.” “I miss you and I want to see you” > “I’m worried about you.” A depressed person is going to have a shame spiral about how their shame is making them avoid you and how that’s giving them more shame, which is making them avoid you no matter what you do. No need for you to call attention to it. Just keep asking. “I want to see you” “Let’s do this thing.” “If you are feeling low, I understand, and I don’t want to impose on you, but I miss your face. Please come have coffee with me.” “Apology accepted. ApologIES accepted. So. Gelato and Outlander?”"
P.S. A lot of people with depression and other mental illnesses have trouble making decisions or choosing from a bunch of different options. “Wanna get dinner at that pizza place on Tuesday night?” is a LOT easier to answer than “So wanna hang out sometime? What do you want to do?”
Watching That 70s Show is always amusing because that is my mother’s life. Mom turned 17 in 1976, and lived in the pot capital of Canada. The big difference was that mom had four siblings.
Some of the stories she tells of her teenage years would fit right into the show.
Kelso, I know you’re not the brightest, but you should probably know your girlfriend’s dad’s name.
I still love Jackie’s very first outfit. So bright! So cute! It would look terrible on me, but still. Want.
Still haven’t made it all the way through season six but I think it’s time to rewatch That 70s Show again.
It’s been about six months since I last watched.
I really fucking adore this.
that’s it. I’m doing this story.
When you say “doing” it do you mean a fanfic? I’d love to read it.
By the way, there’s a lot more Sailor Mew art and comics in my Sailor Mew tag. =)