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Here is a detailed explanation of the Voynich Manuscript

Oh look, someone else has a linguistic coprocessor too.  This is very much the way I think, and how my mind matches up pieces of widely scattered information.  I use a similar process to hack languages I don't actually speak, or know only a little of. It's all about puzzle pieces and patterns and being able to match up disparate bits.  Well, that and having the linguistic coprocessor that provides enough speed and bandwidth to run the program.  :D  I totally get more use out of this than I would out of the factory version of human face recognition.
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This is so exciting!  BBC has introduced a new pidgin service to make news more accessible to African viewers.  Click any of the article thumbnails to see an example. 

Because of my linguistic coprocessor, it's very easy for me to hack a pidgin if I know any of its main antecedents.  So for instance, I can clock "don" as the past-tense marker: "BBC Pidgin don start today" = "BBC Pidgin started today."  Take a look at the new materials and see what bits of grammar and vocabulary you can identify.  \o/

Meanwhile over in Terramagne, I bet their BBC offers a whole bunch of different overlays like this.  France probably does too, because they spawned a lot of colonial languages, including the Haitian French that Saraphina speaks.  Hmm, I wonder how long it'll take Aidan to catch onto that resource, because he's not much of a TV junkie.  But an hour of French-national Haitian French overlay would be good practice for them, and a nice change from the much scarcer pure Haitian programming.


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This poem came out of the September 2013 [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by a sculpture from Choi Xoo Ang. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] kengr. This poem belongs to the series Diminished Expectations.


"The Speakers"


Their bodies are blanched
pale as bone, flesh crudely formed
like lines and lumps left in clay;
they have small high breasts,
legs but no arms, and
neither noses nor eyes.

There are two speakers,
each with a mouth
lined by thick red lips
around white teeth,
tongues wagging.

Eaten alive by frustration,
they hiss and screech
at each other,
but they cannot hear
for they have no ears.

The only one
who can hear them
is the listener

who has a single fleshy ear
but no mouth of her own.

* * *

Notes:

Communication is an essential human need and the means of social interaction.  Poor communication skills lead to poor relationships and other unhappiness.  Explore how to improve your communication skills.

Speaking is the active half of verbal communication.  You can learn better speaking skills.

Listening is the receptive half of verbal communication.  Read about how to develop your listening skills.

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This poem is spillover from the July 4, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] ellenmillion and [personal profile] peoriapeoriawhereart. It also fills the "genderfluid" square in my 5-29-17 card for the Pride Bingo fest.


"The Declension of Gender"


The Tiresians had not just two genders
but dozens -- nearly a hundred,
according to some counts.

Instead of putting gender into language,
they put language into gender,
shapeshifting as they went
from one topic to another.

Humans wrote whole books about
which gender went with what topics,
but still didn't understand them.

The only humans who could
speak Tiresian even minimally
were genderfluid folks, and
even they struggled with
that degree of flexibility.

Meanwhile, the Tiresian scholars --
to whom the declension of gender
came as naturally as breathing --
struggled to comprehend

how gender could be sessile.

* * *

Notes:

Declension is a type of grammatical change that inflects nouns and pronouns to indicate things such as gender or number. When someone says, "My pronouns are ze, zer, zem," that is declension.

Sessile means stationary or nonmoving in biology.  Sharks are mobile, while barnacles (as adults) are sessile.

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Today I found the funniest nerd sex joke I have ever encountered. It was written on a throw pillow: "Na-ma-ste ... in bed." At first glance, it looks like a simple pun on "-ste" and "stay." However, the ending puts it into the category of "... in bed" jokes. What made it so funny that I cracked up when I heard someone reading it aloud is: namaste is Sanskrit for "the god in me sees the god in you." ... in bed. ROTFLMAO!
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This poem is spillover from the June 6, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by [personal profile] dreamwriteremmy. It also fills the "invisible disabilities" square in my 3-1-17 card for the Disability Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem contains some intense topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It features mental issues, because the inside of Shiv's head is always a warning, reference to past communication challenges, the comprehension gap between nonverbal and verbal languages, rude humor. reference to ugly aspects of history including slavery and death from unavailability of safe abortion care, reference to brain injuries, Shiv is resistant to seeking help or even admitting he's not okay, but he actually manages it occasionally, cape politics, awkward social interactions, reference to lousy hairdressers and discrimination against people with special needs, minimally verbal autistic character wrangling with English when his native language is visual rather than spoken, tense (but not violent) interaction with a police officer, who is a bit clunky interacting with a nonverbal person, frustration over being expected to solve other people's problems, loneliness, regret, threats, and other challenges. It's mostly positive, though, as Shiv fumbles his way toward better coping skills. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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This poem came out of the May 2, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] dreamwriteremmy. It also fills the "baby" square in my 4-3-17 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] kengr. It belongs to the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem contains some touchy stuff. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It features an unsupportive social worker, language discrimination, a prickly soul, vulgar talk, and other angst. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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Apparently, Dimwit Twerp has annoyed the lexicographers at Merriam-Webster enough for them to engage in a traditional form of retaliation also favored by linguists, journalists, and satirists: issuing corrections. :D  Sic 'im!
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There's a new Molly Beans strip, called "Mollyworld." What this really is: a discussion of who should pay the spoon for that conversation. Greg finds vocalization easier and more rewarding, while Molly prefers typing.

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Do Not Read With Mouth Full

Recipe titles suggested by AI program

My observations:

1) There's a lack of computer-relevant separation; i.e. it helps to tell the computer what nouns and adjectives are, and not to duplicate words.  Learning how to do this without explicitly programming it is a useful challenge.

2) Some of these are encouragingly similar to what toddlers will suggest.
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This poem came out of the January 24, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] alexseanchai and [personal profile] alatefeline. It also fills the "liminal time" square in my 11-1-16 card for the Fall Festival Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles.

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This poem is spillover from the January 3, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] janetmiles, [personal profile] mdlbear, and [personal profile] redsixwing. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles.


"Heisenbugs"



In the febrile gap between
letters and numbers live
the Heisenbugs.

They bring the déjà vu
of things seen again and again,
a glitch in the matrix; and
the jamais vu of things
never seen before.

They perch on the tip of the tongue
and crunch numbers before
they can be summed,

words before they can be recognized.

They make the misconceptions
and the mistaken readings,
the lexical gaps and overlaps.

When is it fog, and
when is it a cloud?

Oh, wait, the word in the list
was humility, not humidity.

They live in computer programmers,
and thereby get into computers
and programs, far more fatal
than the wing of a moth.

The next thing you know,
December is January and
we're left wondering

how the glitch stole Christmas.

* * *

Notes:

Déjà vu  is an eerie sense of repetition.

Jamais vu  is an eerie sense of unfamiliarity.

Tip of the tongue is a sense of almost knowing something: the query activates the correct memory packet, but it fails to make the transit up to the conscious mind.

The first computer bug was an actual moth.

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This poem is spillover from the April 5, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] siliconshaman. It has been sponsored by [livejournal.com profile] lone_cat.

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This poem is spillover from the November 8, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by [personal profile] nsfwords. It also fills the "friends" square in my 10-4-16 card for the Games & Sports Bingo fest.


"Speaking of Kinship"


We have words for
the ties that bind --
for friends and family --
but sometimes the words
that we have aren't enough.

So friends and family
become framily and
grow on from there.

We have clan and tribe
to describe extended families,
but beyond those ties

there lies 'ohana,
kin of blood and spirit.

The Greeks had dozens
of words for love, and most of
those spoke beyond the bounds
of sex and romance alone.

They left us philautia,
the sense of self-respect;
philia, affection between friends;
and extending outward from there,
agape, the love of humanity.

The reason is that,
in speaking of kinship,
each bond is unique, and
so the words, too, are
always expanding.

* * *

Notes:

Framily may refer to "friends and family" or "friends who become family."

'Ohana is a Hawaiian term for extended family and friends.  It is beautifully explained in the movie Lilo & Stitch.  Related to this is the tradition of hanai  or informal adoption.

Explore some Greek words for love.

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If you haven't seen the movie Arrival yet, and you like xenolinguistics or first contact flix, go do that first.

This article discusses the use of filmmaking grammar to show, rather than tell, the effects of studying xenolinguistics. It contains spoilers, and my comments below are somewhat spoilery too.

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Here's how it works onscreen.

I'm so much happier doing this for myself and my friends.  And yes, I have built entire languages, not just five-page models.  If you think of model languages like model ships, 95% of people who do it at all are building six-inch ships in a bottle, and I'm the guy with six-foot windjammers crammed into his den.
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Sponsored by the folks who brought us Cards Against Humanity, there is a billboard written mostly in Arabic which says, "Donald Trump, he can't read this, but he is afraid of it anyway."  \o/

ROTFLMAO!  I have to wonder if any of them have the t-shirt that says, "We speak Arabic because you can't."  (That's the Category 5 answer to the standard military linguistics t-shirts, "We speak Russian so you don't have to," or whatever the language is.)  I've always wanted to put one of those on a Winnie the Pooh.

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