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 [personal profile] cmcmck is a true historian, noting the value of ephemera in history.  See some beautiful photos of graffiti about Charlie Hebdo.  This is raw cultural material.  It's not elite.  It's not meant to last.  It's a snapshot of the human soul in one moment of emotion.  Like a breath of mist on a cold winter day, it is there and gone in an instant.

Unless someone catches it.  This is what historians are for.  We are timebinders.  We see, so that humanity may know.  We witness, so that humanity may remember.

Every tidbit of information is important, although some are more famous or influential than others.  Watch.  Listen.  Record.  For what is considered important today is not always the same as what will be valued or studied tomorrow.  It is ours to keep, so that others who come after us may explore more of our time than we have left of those before us.  Because we know these things matters.

This is what we're here for.

And Je suis Charlie?  It doesn't mean we're all at equal  risk of being murdered for our beliefs right now.  It acknowledges that today they're coming for someone else, but tomorrow they could come for us, if we don't stand up and stop them.  Je suis Charlie,  unless we make a world in which it's not okay to murder people for annoying you.
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Sweden has officially added the gender-neutral pronoun "hen" alongside the masculine "han" and feminine "hon" in dictionaries.  That is just so awesome.
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 ... even if they have to learn a new language to do it.  Aww!

Yeah this would totally happen in Terramagne.  It may be that T-Turkey is looking at the likes of Iran, Iraq, Israel, etc. and wanting not to be That Guy.
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Today I got my comp copy of Stages 10, which is a Norwegian textbook for English as a second language, reprinting my poem "Origami Emotion."  Full-color, lovely layout, with multiple sensory modes engaged and different subjects woven together.  Gorgeous, spectacular, Platonic ideal of what a textbook should be.  I am all the more flattered for having been invited into it.

*sigh* But it also makes me terribly envious.  On this side of the pond, people are trying to put Noah's goddamn ark into history and science textbooks, and most experts decline to consult on textbooks due to the egregious rate of inaccuracy.  This is why we can't have nice things.  >_<
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I just dropped $5 into "Endless Poetry" on Kickstarter.  I want more poetry to exist, I want to support crowdfunded poetry, and I want to encourage multicultural writers.  Triple score!  :D
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I first found this article, about the translation of Amazon names, which annoyingly gave only the English versions. Digging further, I came to one with more details about the process. Finally I found one with a few examples: These ancient Circassian names include Pkpupes, “worthy of armor”; Kepes, “hot flanks/eager sex”; Barkida, “princess”; and Khasa, “one who heads a council.”

Then I hit the jackpot with this lengthy discussion of how the translations come together, and a lot more examples, including more about Hot Flanks:
Kepes appears to mean “Hot Flanks” or some other lower body part in Circassian. (Note that the name for the state of California originated from Latin for an Amazon queen Califa, cali-forn- hot-copulation). The form would be (West) Circassian
(WC) /kJepe-s/ flank-hot, with /-s/ “hot” often the second element of names even today, where it means literally “hot,” but metaphorically “intense, enthusiastic.” So, “Enthusiastic Sex.” The two stops in WC are voiceless unaspirated, just as kappa and pi were in ancient Greek
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This poem came out of the February 17, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] helgatwb and LJ user Zianuray. It also fills the "Just found out allergic to (food or flowers etc.)" square in my 1-31-15 card for the Valentine's Day Bingo Fest.  This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles.  It belongs to the series Fiorenza the Wisewoman.

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Suzette Haden Elgin has passed away. You can read about her work online.  She will be sorely missed in this world, and dearly welcomed in another.

Some time ago I posted a poem about her, "The Languagewoman," summarizing my interactions and her accomplishments.

Here is a new elegy...

-- an elegy for Suzette Haden Elgin (November 18, 1936 – January 27, 2015)

The soul is not substance but sound,
a self made of speech and song.

Birth is the opening of a throat
to cry out in discovery.

Death is the sliding of a voice
from one chorus to another.

When angels weep, mortals rejoice;
and when mortals weep, angels rejoice;

but in God's ear it is all one sublime symphony,
and the Great Conductor never loses track of a single note.

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There is an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign for a bilingual anthology, Castles in Spain / Castillos en el aire. It aims to bring the speculative fiction stories that have served as milestones in Spain to English-language readers.
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This poem came out of the January 6, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by Shirley Barrette. It also fills the "toys" square in my 12-17-14 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem belongs to the Danso & Family thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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Learn the seasons, days of the week, and times of day in Lakota.  I am pleased that my very small grasp of this language is growing enough for me to recognize different word roots as I see them in new contexts. :D
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"Frontera!" is an animated video which runs about twenty minutes, on the topic of Pueblo history in America and Mexico, told from an indigenous perspective.  It spans at least three languages (English, Spanish, and Tema).  It features multiple styles of art and music, sometimes serious and other times hilarious.  The story presented is much more accurate and nuanced than that typically found in history books.  This is the kind of stuff I grew up on, and I love it.
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 ... with any ten books or similar cultural items from history, including lost ones.  [personal profile] dialecticdreamer is offering readers a chance to make a cache in the Heliodrax world.  I've already posted mine.
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This poem came from the October 7, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] corvi. It also fills the "vandals" square in my 9-11-14 card for the Halloween Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles.

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Some languages connect to others through translation.  English is by the far the strongest in this regard.  Russian, French, Spanish, German, and Chinese also make good hubs.  That gives these languages more global influence.


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