we don't need another heeeeeeeeeeeeero
via Alan Porto
I should print this picture out immediately and put it in a fucking frame.
eles tiveram que parar porque ouviram vozes do inferno
The Kola Superdeep Borehole is the result of a scientific drilling project of the Soviet Union in the Pechengsky District, on the Kola Peninsula
It has been said that the human race knows more about certain distant galaxies than it does about the ground that lies beneath its very feet. In fact, while it took the famous Voyager 1 satellite twenty-six years to exit our Solar System (relaying measurements to Earth from 16.5 billion km away), it took about the same amount of time for humanity to penetrate a mere 12 km into the Earth’s surface. [x]
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[There’s a] frequently misunderstood construction that linguists refer to as the “habitual be.” When speakers of standard American English hear the statement “He be reading,” they generally take it to mean “He is reading.” But that’s not what it means to a speaker of Black English, for whom “He is reading” refers to what the reader is doing at this moment. “He be reading” refers to what he does habitually, whether or not he’s doing it right now.
D'Jaris Coles, a doctoral student in the communication disorders department, and a member of the African-American English research team, gives the hypothetical example of Billy, a well-behaved kid who doesn’t usually get into fights. One day he encounters some special provocation and starts scuffling with a classmate in the school yard. “It would be correct to say that Billy fights,” Coles explains, “but he don’t be fighting.”
Janice Jackson, another team member who is also working on a Ph.D. in communication disorders, conducted an experiment using pictures of Sesame Street characters to test children’s comprehension of the “habitual be” construction. She showed the kids a picture in which Cookie Monster is sick in bed with no cookies while Elmo stands nearby eating cookies. When she asked, “Who be eating cookies?” white kids tended to point to Elmo while black kids chose Cookie Monster. “But,” Jackson relates, “when I asked, ‘Who is eating cookies?’ the black kids understood that it was Elmo and that it was not the same. That was an important piece of information.” Because those children had grown up with a language whose verb forms differentiate habitual action from currently occuring action (Gaelic also features such a distinction, in addition to a number of West African languages), they were able even at the age of five or six to distinguish between the two.”
The Sesame Street study is now a classic in “habitual be” research: here’s the article that it comes from (paywalled, but you can read the abstract and first few pages).
devia chamar "matéria trasnparente"
Hovertext: Inaccuracy: Dark matter doesn't speak English.
Подавляющее большинство населения Пакистана живет очень бедно. Ко всему этому она наполнена очень большим количеством беженцев из Афганистана, которые в основной своей массе живут еще хуже. Тем не менее, не смотря на низкий уровень жизни, в тамошних городских окраинах и трущобах люди не забывают о возможностях для семейных развлечений и отдыха для своих детей. Ими создаются кустарного изготовленные детские площадки и аттракционы, которые являются для тамошних детишек своеобразным подобием крутых парков развлечений, совершенно недоступных им в силу самых разных причин.
a perfect response.
Yesterday was a historic day for the United States, and I was as delighted as everyone else I know. I’ve supported gay marriage since the mid-1990s, when as a teenager, I read Andrew Hodges’ classic biography of Alan Turing, and burned with white-hot rage at Turing’s treatment. In the world he was born into—our world, until fairly recently—Turing was “free”: free to prove the unsolvability of the halting problem, free to help save civilization from the Nazis, just not free to pursue the sexual and romantic fulfillment that nearly everyone else took for granted. I resolved then that, if I was against anything in life, I was against the worldview that had hounded Turing to his death, or anything that even vaguely resembled it.
So I’m proud for my country, and I’m thrilled for my gay friends and colleagues and relatives. At the same time, seeing my Facebook page light up with an endless sea of rainbow flags and jeers at Antonin Scalia, there’s something that gnaws at me. To stand up for Alan Turing in 1952 would’ve taken genuine courage. To support gay rights in the 60s, 70s, 80s, even the 90s, took courage. But celebrating a social change when you know all your friends will upvote you, more than a decade after the tide of history has made the change unstoppable? It’s fun, it’s righteous, it’s justified, I’m doing it myself. But let’s not kid ourselves by calling it courageous.
Do you want to impress me with your moral backbone? Then go and find a group that almost all of your Facebook friends still consider it okay, even praiseworthy, to despise and mock, for moral failings that either aren’t failings at all or are no worse than the rest of humanity’s. (I promise: once you start looking, it shouldn’t be hard to find.) Then take a public stand for that group.