zooophagous:

North American River Otters

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allthingslinguistic:

hyperboreanhapocanthosaurus:

So you know what I don’t get? Why people repeat words. (x)

Grammar time: it’s called “contrastive reduplication,” and it’s a form of intensification that is relatively common. Finnish does a very similar thing, and others use near-reduplication (rhyme-based) to intensify, like Hungarian (pici ‘tiny’, ici-pici ‘very tiny’).

Even the typologically-distant group of Bantu languages utilize reduplication in a strikingly similar fashion with nouns: Kinande oku-gulu ‘leg’, oku-gulu-gulu ‘a REAL leg’ (Downing 2001, includes more with verbal reduplication as well).

I suppose the difficult aspect of English reduplication is not through this particular type, but the fact that it utilizes many other types of reduplication: baby talk (choo-choo, no-no), rhyming (teeny-weeny, super-duper), and the ever-famous “shm” reduplication: fancy-schmancy (a way of denying the claim that something is fancy).

screams my professor was trying to find an example of reduplication so the next class he came back and said “I FOUND REDUPLICATION IN ENGLISH” and then he said “Milk milk” and everyone was just “what?” and he said “you know when you go to a coffee shop and they ask if you want soy milk and you say ‘no i want milk milk’” and everyone just had this collective sigh of understanding.

Another name for this particular construction is contrastive focus reduplication, and there’s a famous linguistics paper about it which is commonly known as the Salad Salad Paper. You know, because if you want to make it clear that you’re not talking about pasta salad or potato salad, you might call it “salad salad”. The repetition indicates that you’re intending the most prototypical meaning of the word, like green salad or cow’s milk, even though other things can be considered types of salad or milk. 

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naamahdarling:

howtonotsuckatgamedesign:

mirrepp:

Some harsh but very very true words

When people let me review their portfolios (on career day or open days at my game design school) I explicitly ban them from commenting during the review… …because otherwise they will follow the impulse to downplay everything I see in an attempt at being humble."this is an old image…"
"I’m not happy with that one…""this is just a sketch…"
"I did this really quickly…""there is better stuff on later pages…"It’s totally understandable to have those impulses. The quality of art is not empirical data and therefore impossible to measure. Good art, bad art, it all comes down to standards. And you don’t want to come off as naive or self-absorbed.But just don’t do it. Don’t talk yourself down in front of others. In the best case you have someone supportive who now thinks “damn, this person needs to be prepped up all the time. Do I really want to work with somebody like that” or in worst case “now that you say it, yeah, this is kinda lame/rushed/unfinished/lazy, go away.”You can only submit what you have. If that is not enough, then it’s not enough. Your attitude will not change that. But if it is enough, you can do serious harm by not being confident of who you are now.This means appreciating what you are able to do right now and have a clear vision of what you want to learn, be confident that you will learn it in time. Be proud.

This is really important.  Eliminate this urge.  Eliminate it professionally, when having contact with people in a position to buy your work.  Eliminate it socially, when you just share your work for fun.  Destroy this urge as thoroughly as you possibly can.
Because when you have done that, you’ll find that you feel at least 25% less shitty about your own work.  You lose the urge to do it.  You stop reinforcing those negative thoughts, and they retreat.  They may never go away completely (although they might!) but this is good practice for ignoring those thoughts flat-out.
Don’t shit-talk yourself.  Even if you can’t be SO PROUD, don’t ever try to influence anyone’s opinion toward your work in the negative.
Try to love your work.  Try to see what you learned from each piece, even if it’s a failure.  If you feel that you learned nothing, appreciate the fact that just spending time on it is honing your skills and giving you valuable practice.
i used to be super not-confident in my own work.  When I stopped pointing out the flaws in my own stuff, I felt better about it almost immediately.

This is hard. This is why when old college friends mention I used to write, or I used to draw, or your stuff was cool (which they do oddly enough) I look at them blankly and say “Thanks?” but inside I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THEY”RE TALKING ABOUT. Because I downplay the things I do. It IS often just doodles or squiggles. Sometimes, I’m proud of it, but just  as often it was something to occupy my mind and hands while I was waiting for the next thing.
I am pretty sure my inability to rid myself of this impulse toward honesty/humble/downplaying is why I still don’t really see myself as any sort of artist. I am just creative with a variety of mediums, and not very good at any.
tl;dr: ignore what I just said. Read the stuff above because it is true.

naamahdarling:

howtonotsuckatgamedesign:

mirrepp:

Some harsh but very very true words

When people let me review their portfolios (on career day or open days at my game design school) I explicitly ban them from commenting during the review… …because otherwise they will follow the impulse to downplay everything I see in an attempt at being humble.

"this is an old image…"

"I’m not happy with that one…"

"this is just a sketch…"

"I did this really quickly…"

"there is better stuff on later pages…"

It’s totally understandable to have those impulses. The quality of art is not empirical data and therefore impossible to measure. Good art, bad art, it all comes down to standards. And you don’t want to come off as naive or self-absorbed.

But just don’t do it. Don’t talk yourself down in front of others. In the best case you have someone supportive who now thinks “damn, this person needs to be prepped up all the time. Do I really want to work with somebody like that” or in worst case “now that you say it, yeah, this is kinda lame/rushed/unfinished/lazy, go away.”

You can only submit what you have. If that is not enough, then it’s not enough. Your attitude will not change that. But if it is enough, you can do serious harm by not being confident of who you are now.

This means appreciating what you are able to do right now and have a clear vision of what you want to learn, be confident that you will learn it in time. 

Be proud.

This is really important.  Eliminate this urge.  Eliminate it professionally, when having contact with people in a position to buy your work.  Eliminate it socially, when you just share your work for fun.  Destroy this urge as thoroughly as you possibly can.

Because when you have done that, you’ll find that you feel at least 25% less shitty about your own work.  You lose the urge to do it.  You stop reinforcing those negative thoughts, and they retreat.  They may never go away completely (although they might!) but this is good practice for ignoring those thoughts flat-out.

Don’t shit-talk yourself.  Even if you can’t be SO PROUD, don’t ever try to influence anyone’s opinion toward your work in the negative.

Try to love your work.  Try to see what you learned from each piece, even if it’s a failure.  If you feel that you learned nothing, appreciate the fact that just spending time on it is honing your skills and giving you valuable practice.

i used to be super not-confident in my own work.  When I stopped pointing out the flaws in my own stuff, I felt better about it almost immediately.

This is hard. This is why when old college friends mention I used to write, or I used to draw, or your stuff was cool (which they do oddly enough) I look at them blankly and say “Thanks?” but inside I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THEY”RE TALKING ABOUT. Because I downplay the things I do. It IS often just doodles or squiggles. Sometimes, I’m proud of it, but just  as often it was something to occupy my mind and hands while I was waiting for the next thing.

I am pretty sure my inability to rid myself of this impulse toward honesty/humble/downplaying is why I still don’t really see myself as any sort of artist. I am just creative with a variety of mediums, and not very good at any.

tl;dr: ignore what I just said. Read the stuff above because it is true.

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abominablecc:

Guest Strip - Colin Lawler

abominablecc:

Guest Strip - Colin Lawler

mypubliclands:

Bat Habitat Study Continues in Oregon High Desert 

Does a lactating bat prefer warm rocks or old juniper trees for night roosting? How about a male? These are the types of questions a BLM team of investigators is trying to answer in a three-year research study on bat habitat in the high desert of Central Oregon.

The team, led by BLM Wildlife Habitat Biologist Christopher “Digger” Anthony, just completed field work last month for summer number two at Frederick Butte in Brothers, Oregon.

The research required three different groups from the team: one captured and attached the small transmitters to the Western Long-eared Myotis bats; another hiked to nearby high points with telemetry equipment to track movements on the range; and the final and only day shift processed the data. 

After next year’s final field analysis, Anthony said he hopes the study can fill in some of the knowledge gaps regarding day roosts and habitat selection for bats in juniper woodland environments. 

Visit BLM Oregon’s Flickr site to see more photos from the field: ​http://bit.ly/1ATn4lB .

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This is Madiha Bhatti performing her peice Mu(SICK).

Please also go to UNC’s The Siren which has the video, but also lyrics written out.

i-clone-celebrities:

library-lessons:

Or reading them, either.

I like this. A lot.

i-clone-celebrities:

library-lessons:

Or reading them, either.

I like this. A lot.

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lolitaproblems:

nevver:

Edible Chocolate Legos

WHAT

I need the molds to make these….

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luftangrepp:

This really is every representation debate in sci-fi and fantasy ever.

"We can’t have people of color in this story - its in the middle ages."

Imagining dragons and elves and hobbits is fine, but imagining a world not inhabited entirely by white people? That would be unrealistic.

… would someone remind me which DS9 episode this is from? Or is it a coincidence that actors who portrayed the chief of security, a major Ferengi shop/bar owner and the Captain are all portraying a studio exec and writers here?

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Dear Gentlemen of Comics…Can We Talk?

tessfowler:

  Laying my sword down for a second. You’re safe here. I’m not going to hack you to pieces. For the moment, at least. (See? That’s a joke. I’m normal just like you. I make jokes too.) But I warn you, this is probably not something you want to hear. Don’t be scared though. It’s okay. Just stick around and read through to the end.

  Guys, I’m tired.

  Like bone tired. 

Totally sick of having the “rape and harassment” in comics discussion. How about this: No more rape and harassment in comics. Deal? No, in all seriousness. Hear me out.

  Talking with other women about the same men over and over again because they’re repeat offenders and no one will stand in their way…is TIRING. If you’re a man working in comics and you know about other men who harass and ASSAULT women, you HAVE to take a stand. You have to set an example gentlemen. Now. Please. Give us ladies a day off. Let us know you’re out there. The hardest part for me is watching intelligent creative women trying to come up with ways to repair a system they didn’t break. While the menfolk either stay completely silent or write us messages in private to show their “support”. SPEAK OUT.

  Dude. Was that too harsh? Too fast for you? I’m sorry. Please don’t leave. I know there’s nothing you hate worse than a woman (ohgawdnotaFEMINISTplease!!) with a chip on her shoulder. And yes, I am indeed a feminist, too. But I’m so exhausted. Just stick around a bit longer. I really need you to listen.

  You love comics, right? The actual artistic expression involved is what lights your fire. I know it. Or maybe it’s the capes that do it for you? The horror books? We all have our thing. And of course it’s far easier to sit in your cave and make the comics and ignore the industry until it’s time for it to give you some small sustenance by way of a paycheck or accolades or what have you. I get that. 

  But see, some of us ladies used to be little girls. Little girls who lived in houses and worlds ruled by men. Sometimes those men weren’t very nice. And when we were those little girls we found comics…comics made by YOU. Comics about superheroes and justice. Comics about rebels and rogues. And reading those comics helped us believe that not all men were bad. That sometimes there are some men who don’t just want to watch the world burn. Men who believe in a higher code. We wanted to be in comics so we could ride in Robin Hood’s band of merry men.

  Imagine our horror when we got here and found out how many of you aren’t actually Robin. You’re the Sheriff and Prince John. You’re cutthroats and thieves and monsters. The good ones among you? Silent. Not heroes at all.

  Fine. I’ll play Robin.

  But who among you is going to stop being quiet and ride with me? Who is going to get the rapists and known harassers OFF the convention circuit? (I was seated right behind one at SDCC. Don’t tell me they’re not there) Who is going to put zero tolerance policies in place for men who act out at conventions or at signings or in your offices right under your noses? Who is going to actually make a difference instead of just slinking around in a whisper crusade to protect their comic book brethren from the big bad foe called “WOMAN”?

  Let’s be cool. Let’s be buds. Let’s be a team. I don’t wanna be angry all the time. I just want to wake up in the morning, make my comics, and not have to trip over bullshit. 

How about a Comic Book Gentleman’s Manifesto?

" I hereby do solemnly swear not to…" Aw c’mon. Who am I kidding? You probably want to write this yourself.

I still believe in you, Peter Pan. Don’t let me down.

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A Very Merry Unbirthday to You!

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tordotcom:

thefabulousweirdtrotters:

The Butter End Cakery

This dragon has hoarded cake. Smartest dragon.

tordotcom:

thefabulousweirdtrotters:

The Butter End Cakery

This dragon has hoarded cake. Smartest dragon.

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