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Apr 5

Languages animate objects by giving them names, making them noticeable when we might not otherwise be aware of them. Tuvan has a word iy (pronounced like the letter e), which indicates the short side of a hill.

I had never noticed that hills had a short side. But once I learned the word, I began to study the contours of hills, trying to identify the iy. It turns out that hills are asymmetrical, never perfectly conical, and indeed one of their sides tends to be steeper and shorter than the others.

If you are riding a horse, carrying firewood, or herding goats on foot, this is a highly salient concept. You never want to mount a hill from the iy side, as it takes more energy to ascend, and an iy descent is more treacherous as well. Once you know about the iy, you see it in every hill and identify it automatically, directing your horse, sheep, or footsteps accordingly.

This is a perfect example of how language adapts to local environment, by packaging knowledge into ecologically relevant bits. Once you know that there is an iy, you don’t really have to be told to notice it or avoid it. You just do. The language has taught you useful information in a covert fashion, without explicit instruction.

- K. David Harrison, The Last Speakers (via perugu—-annam)

paging flatluigi to the mashup courtesy phone

aleksandrwilde:

jinxamataz:

commissarcuddles:

hexane-nightmares:

Holy fuck. I never really understood how they caught birds before, I assumed they had to sneak up on them. 

How was this even caught on camera?

did that cat fucking put the thing in its mouth in midair so it could land on its feet

Did you know that pound for pound, house cats are THE most efficient land predators?

aleksandrwilde:

jinxamataz:

commissarcuddles:

hexane-nightmares:

Holy fuck. I never really understood how they caught birds before, I assumed they had to sneak up on them. 

How was this even caught on camera?

did that cat fucking put the thing in its mouth in midair so it could land on its feet

Did you know that pound for pound, house cats are THE most efficient land predators?

(Source: kittiezandtittiez)

flatluigi:

flatluigi:

hey so i found this obscure little website to put the mashups i’ve made onto

it should help with the whole ‘keeping track of new things i’ve made’ problem with the added benefit of not actually taking down stuff i’ve made like SoundCloud does

hopefully it works out for y’all!

listen and gimme feedback on my mashups i wanna know your opinions

I am now of the opinion that all rap should be on top of Ratatat. Also Gifted Killer is great and currently on my ipod

from the Betrayer QL, are you as strangely into the mystery of Roanoke like I am? i didn't finish the QL because the game looks like it might satiate my long desire for someone to capitalize on that idea. it's just so interesting and creepy!

bwadshoemaker:

CROATAN

I enjoy every time Roanoke comes up, because I live in the modern Roanoke, VA. Unfortunately the story of this Roanoke is not as interesting; it was renamed that at the behest of a railroad that was putting in a depot here and thought the old name of “Big Lick” was too backwoodsy.

Bonus: Tactics Ogre - Let Us Cling Together

pixeldigest:

Armorkia Castle
image
Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together (1995)
Developer(s): Square Soft, Sting
Full size map can be found here.
Background sheet can be found here.

Now on my wish list: indie SRPG with this aesthetic

art-of-swords:

Double Barrel Knife Percussion Pistol

  • Dated: circa 1850
  • Measurements: 12 1/2” overall length

This knife/percussion pistol was made by the Belgian-French gunmakers of Dumonthier & Sons. Nestled between the double barrels of this gun lies a dagger, all of which are covered in remarkably intricate engraving. The spiral-formed handle and gold-gilding adds a touch of elegance to this lethal firearm.

Dumonthier & Sons were legendary for their combination weapons, making several versions of unique knife/pistol weapon, with the intention to provide protection to the user between re-loads. This knife/pistol is accompanied by it’s original sheath and is marked “Dumontier” on the knife blade.

Source: Copyright © 2014 M.S. Rau Antiques

For far too many months, I thought smh stood for ‘so much hate’, and I was really alarmed by how upset people seemed to be getting over very mild annoyances


“How beautiful it is here, to be sure, but how difficult to paint! I can see what I want to do quite clearly but I’m not there yet. It’s so clear and pure in its pinks and blues that the slightest misjudged stroke looks like a smear of dirt.”
Morning at Antibes, Claude Monet

How beautiful it is here, to be sure, but how difficult to paint! I can see what I want to do quite clearly but I’m not there yet. It’s so clear and pure in its pinks and blues that the slightest misjudged stroke looks like a smear of dirt.”

Morning at Antibes, Claude Monet

(Source: dahn626)

Mar 6
noirlacsourced:

Tactics Ogre by Quest



I need to replay this again; it’s been a few years…

noirlacsourced:

Tactics Ogre by Quest

I need to replay this again; it’s been a few years…

(Source: noirlac)