Two quick things

2017-02-25 09:42 pm
denise: Image: Me, facing away from camera, on top of the Castel Sant'Angelo in Rome (Default)
[staff profile] denise posting in [site community profile] dw_maintenance


We've had people ask us about the Cloudflare leak reported a few days ago. We are Cloudflare customers, and it is possible that login cookies or passwords may have been exposed as part of the incident. We believe the risk to you is relatively low -- it was a small percentage of Cloudflare's requests that were involved over a relatively short period of time, and we haven't found any evidence that anything from us was among them. This is not an absolute guarantee that none of your accounts were affected, but we don't think the likelihood is very high.

Because we believe the risk to be low, we aren't automatically expiring everyone's session cookies and requiring you to log back in and change your password -- whenever we do that, it does lock some people who they can't remember their passwords and no longer have access to their confirmed email addresses out of their accounts, and we believe that will affect more people in this case.

Still, it's always a good idea to change your passwords regularly, and now would be a good time to do it, especially if you want peace of mind. We have a FAQ on how to change your password. If your browser logs you in automatically and you don't remember your password, you can reset it. If you've forgotten your password and no longer have access to your most recent confirmed email address, you can have the password reset email sent to any email address you've confirmed on your account by entering both your username and your old email address at the Lost Info page.

Unfortunately, if you've forgotten your password and no longer have access to any email address you've confirmed on your account, you probably won't be able to reset your password. In some cases, if you've previously paid for your account, we can validate your payment details to confirm your identity and reset your password. If you can't reset your password, but think you may have paid for your account in the past, you can open a support request in the Account Payments category and I'll check into it for you.

LiveJournal imports/crossposts/feeds

LiveJournal has temporarily blocked about 2/3rds of our webservers from contacting their site, presumably because they feel that we're requesting data from them too often. This affects the ability to import your journal, the ability to crosspost entries from your Dreamwidth account to your LiveJournal account, and whether syndicated feeds of accounts on LiveJournal will update on Dreamwidth. Those features will fail when they're unable to contact LJ because of the block.

It isn't every one of our webservers, so things will work intermittently -- if you crosspost two entries one right after the other, one might succeed while the other fails. Unfortunately, there isn't much we can do to resolve this other than contacting them and asking them to unblock us (which I'll be doing right after I hit 'post' on this entry).
[syndicated profile] languagelog_feed

Posted by Mark Liberman

"Dear Abby: Creepy boy follows around eighth-grade girl", Chicago Sun-Times 2/25/2017:

DEAR ABBY: I’m an eighth-grader with a good life. I go to a good school, have good friends and a happy family.

But at school, there is this boy who follows me around. I tell him to stop, but he keeps doing it.

So upstream in the publications process from that headline, there was apparently someone who has drunk the don't-end-a-sentence-with-a-preposition koolaid.

Some previous LLOG posts on stranded prepositions:

"X nazi", 4/7/2004
"An internet pilgrim's guide to stranded prepositions", 4/11/2004
"A Churchill story up with which I will no longer put", 12/8/2004
"Better a spectacular blunder than a hint of unseemliness", 4/25/2005
"The CliffsNotes version", 6/10/2005
"If we look, simply, to the French", 6/29/2005
"Avoidance", 7/5/2005
"New Yorker search engine stark staring mad", 9/20/2005
"Churchill vs. editorial nonsense", 11/27/2005
"18th-century grammarians vs. Shakespeare et al.", 9/9/2006
"Hot Dryden-on-Johnson action", 5/1/2007
"Forgive me, awful poet", 5/2/2007
"Prepositional anxiety and Voldemort's wand", 8/25/2007
"When Zombie Rules attack", 8/26/2008
" Also, check the back seat", 11/7/2009
"'Latin-obsessed 17th century introverts'?", 8/26/2010
"You can get preposition stranding right to start with", 10/3/2010
"Lady Bracknell strands even adjunct prepositions", 11/3/2010
"You can't break rules", 8/5/2015
"Economist sticklers trying to bug me", 9/4/2015

Warning: Before commenting, please read "Boring preposition jokes: New termination policy", 10/4/2010.

Obligatory screenshot:

h/t: Charles Belov.


[syndicated profile] 2nerdyhistorygirls_feed

Posted by Isabella Bradford/Susan Holloway Scott

Breakfast Links are served - our weekly round-up of fav links to other web sites, articles, blogs, and images via Twitter.
• Library hand, the fastidiously neat penmanship style made for library card catalogues.
• And so to bed: 18thc night attire.
• Born in 1790, President John Tyler still has two grandsons alive today.
• "I always made an awkward bow": the final letter of poet John Keats.
• The ghost ships of San Francisco: dozens of wrecked ships lie beneath the city streets.
• Image: Anne Boleyn handed this miniature book of psalms, which contains a portrait of Henry VIII, to one of her maids of honor on the scaffold in 1536.
• Caught out, or why expense fiddling is not a modern phenomenon.
• Pennygown: the ruined chapel and medieval effigies of a Hebridean burial ground.
• Help transcribe Word War One love letters.
• Image: Photo of sixteen-year-old future author Agatha Christie on a visit to Paris in 1906.
• Discovering Citoyen Coiffier, an 18thc artists' supplier in Paris.
• What about the fathers? Men and childbirth in 19thc Ulster.
• Walt Whitman's brain, Napoleon's penis, and other famous body parts plundered from the grave.
• Those glorious wedding gowns of the 1980s, often inspired by Princess Diana.
• Who were "the servants"? Piecing together the lives of two 18thc enslaved men owned by the Schuyler family of Albany, NY.
• Image: The absolutely essential Oxford comma.
• This little street in Manhattan holds a story of two murders - and money.
• Mystery over 14thc male Black Death victims found buried together hand in hand.
• Nylon, the fiber that changed America, turns eighty.
• The lowdown on pantaloons: what Regency men wore on their legs.
• An abandoned hobbit castle built for sheep?
• Image: Just for fun: Best. Footnote. Ever.
Hungry for more? Follow us on Twitter @2nerdyhistgirls for fresh updates daily.
Above: At Breakfast by Laurits Andersen Ring. Private collection

Community to follow

2017-02-25 01:54 pm
monanotlisa: (resist)
[personal profile] monanotlisa
Many of you are probably already members or are actively avoiding it, but just in case: For news on Dreamwidth about The Resistance, there's

[community profile] thisfinecrew

[ SECRET POST #3706 ]

2017-02-25 03:21 pm
case: (Default)
[personal profile] case posting in [community profile] fandomsecrets

⌈ Secret Post #3706 ⌋

Warning: Some secrets are NOT worksafe and may contain SPOILERS.


More! )


Secrets Left to Post: 02 pages, 42 secrets from Secret Submission Post #530.
Secrets Not Posted: [ 0 - broken links ], [ 0 - not!secrets ], [ 0 - not!fandom ], [ 0 - too big ], [ 0 - repeat ].
Current Secret Submissions Post: here.
Suggestions, comments, and concerns should go here.
case: (Default)
[personal profile] case posting in [community profile] fandomsecrets

The first secret from this batch will be posted on March 4th.

1. One secret link per comment.
2. 750x750 px or smaller.
3. Link directly to the image.
- Doing it RIGHT:
- Doing it WRONG:

Optional: If you would like your secret's fandom to be noted in the main post along with the secret itself, please put it in the comment along with your secret. If your secret makes the fandom obvious, there's no need to do this. If your fandom is obscure, you should probably tell me what it is.

Optional #2: If you would like WARNINGS (such as spoilers or common triggers -- list of some common ones here) to be noted in the main post before the secret itself, please put it in the comment along with your secret.

Optional #3: If you would like a transcript to be posted along with your secret, put it along with the link in the comment!

(no subject)

2017-02-25 02:30 pm
lotesse: (freedom)
[personal profile] lotesse
I don't how how much of this is about being re-het-partnered, how much of it is about cumulative frustration with living around my parents' vague "leftist" anti-feminism for the last few years, and how much of it is the continued fucking wound of how the country was too goddamn sexist to elect the most capable fucking leader we've ever had a chance at, pretty much -- but my feminism's got kind of a hysterical edge to it these days, I gotta tell you. Truth coming out of her well to shame mankind - style. This bubbling well of explosive anger and alienation, like it hasn't been since I was a teenager. I've been the suzy sunshine voice in my friend group in re: the chance of the Trump admin being taken down without the world ending, but I think the unvoiced pain of her non-election -- not just the fear for the world, but the bludgeoning feeling of watching an exceptionally qualified woman be ground beneath the wheel of public sexism before your eyes -- is starting to be a problem for me. But I don't know what to do with it -- the allies I have available to me are not necessarily sympathetic to that particular trauma, and, pragmatically, it feels necessary to swallow my feminist rage and work with my daddy in resistance against Trump. It's not that I'm unwilling to do what's required of me -- it's just that I notice it's warping something in me, a little bit, pulling askew

ICYMI: Cloudflare heads-up

2017-02-25 01:39 pm
blackbird_song: Beloved default from day one. :) (Default)
[personal profile] blackbird_song
You may already know this, but Cloudflare was found to have a bug that jeopardizes personal information. About 4.3 million domains are potentially affected. Some links:

A piece from BuzzFeed: Here Are The Passwords You Should Change Immediately

The github piece to which it links: List of Sites possibly affected by Cloudflare's #Cloudbleed HTTPS Traffic Leak This one's a deep read that's worth the trouble and basically says to change all your important passwords, regardless of whether or not a domain appears on the list.

Speaking of which, you can scroll down a little ways to the "Full List" header and download a 22 MB ZIP file with all domains currently (possibly) jeopardized.

I checked, and is on the list. I've changed my password. You may wish to do the same.

The Good Fight

2017-02-25 10:49 am
monanotlisa: Kalinda looking at Alicia, both of The Good Wife (kalinda & alicia - tgw)
[personal profile] monanotlisa
ME: It's so good to see a short-haired woman* who's not queer** on US mainstream tv!

ALSO ME: I wonder if other people ship Lucca/Maia already...

* I understand that Lucca is Black, no matter how light her skin, and as such her short hair doesn't have quite the same connotations; that Hair in the Black community is a more complex matter than a few lines in a footnote can convey. And yet.

** Obviously the show has made no explicit statement on Lucca's sexual orientation, and there are already two! Canon! Queer! Women! Whose! Sexuality! Is! Not! A! Topic! But I will say that The Good Fight doesn't exactly show Lucca being much into her boyfriend...
jetpack_angel: (csim_speed_fu)
[personal profile] jetpack_angel posting in [community profile] fucking_meds
Okay, how to word this delicately... I've heard of antidepressants competely removing one's desire to *ahem* play with fireworks, but my Effexor buddy and I have discovered another, possibly worse variant: you still kinda wanna *cough* play with fireworks sometimes, but all the powder is gone.

...All right, screw it, we're all adults here and I'm still pissed about it. I had some alone time yesterday. Two hours and a full pack of AA batteries later, all I got was numb junk, a sore arm, and a slow back-burner rage that comes from two hours of "oh, come on, it's RIGHT THERE!!!" Lots of firecrackers were lit, but there was no bang. I bitched to my Effexor buddy (who's recently added Welbutrin to the family) and her first response was "Oh thank God it's not just me." So I decided to ask my friend who's a sexology major / psych major. She'd never heard of any research done on this problem. So I'd like to give her some data to work with.

Anybody else? 

Sudden edit: I see that there's the existence of a side effect tag called Anorgasmia. Is that this thing, is that its name? How common is it? ARE YOU EFFING KIDDING ME?!

(no subject)

2017-02-25 11:51 am
recondites: (Default)
[personal profile] recondites posting in [community profile] fandom_icons
✰ 82 fire emblem

here @ [personal profile] recondites

Cantonese tones

2017-02-25 01:10 pm
[syndicated profile] languagelog_feed

Posted by Victor Mair

If you ask Modern Standard Mandarin (MSM — Guóyǔ 國語 / Pǔtōnghuà 普通话) speakers how many tones there are in their language, most of them will tell you without much hesitation that there are four tones (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th) plus a neutral tone.

Chances are, however, if you ask a Cantonese speaker how many tones there are in their language, they will not give you a clear answer, or if they do, it will differ from what other Cantonese speakers claim.  That has always been my experience over the years, but I just did a little survey to reconfirm my earlier impressions.  The results are rather more amazing than I expected them to be:

I will list the replies from respondents roughly from those who are older to those who are younger.  Some just give a number, but some also give an explanation, in which case I include it as well.  In addition, I will note what I know about their occupation if I have that information:

[N.B.:  When the respondents speak of "entering tones" (rùshēng 入声), that refers to the -p, -t, -k endings, which are totally absent in MSM.]

All responses are from lifelong native speakers of Cantonese, except #4, an American who has been completely fluent in Cantonese for decades.


11 (?)    Don't know! I think (or I heard) that it's a lot! I'd say… 11. (librarian of the history of science)


9    [no comment] (professional)


9    Is that a trick question? …

Answer: 9 based on traditional counting that includes 3 Rusheng but 6 based on phonological system.

Is that what you are looking for, or are you referring to tonal mergers that may be reducing the total count? And that seems to be complicated. (professor — linguist specializing on Cantonese)


   I know the "right" answer is nine, but the entering tones are really pronunciation differences, so let's say six – except that the first tone can either be high level or falling. (professor — linguist specializing on Cantonese)


11    [no comment] (professor of Chinese language and literature)


7+    unless you count the rusheng (the p, t, k endings) as tonal.  Please do let me know the correct answer. (professor of Chinese literature)


   Depends on if you count the hard -k and -t endings that don’t exist in Mandarin?


ma = mother, sesame and same tone is so-so and also paternal grandmother, twins, horse.

mat = wipe, sock

mak = ink

So I count 7 there but there are some other tones that “ma” might not be used for…

(professional — for greatly expanded remarks by this respondent, see below at *)


11    I think, my answer is 11, if we include rùshēng 入聲 ("entering tones") and put the biàndiào 變調 ("modified tones") into it.

But I am not quite sure…… (professor of Chinese philology)


5 (?)    Haha I think I can recognize 5. I've heard the 6th… but it's so faint to me that I don't really distinguish it. On the other hand my parents have always said 9! (recent college graduate working in finance)


Zero idea    But somebody told me it's supposed to be 8. (graduate student in Chinese language and literature)


9 (?)    I think Cantonese has 9 tones? I know there are some disputes as to whether it's only 6 or a 6+3 combination, as some contest the last three tones are not the same as the first 6, linguistically speaking, but I generally go with 9 tones. (graduate student in Chinese history)


5 (?)    I actually don't know how many tones there are in Cantonese. I have attempted to count a couple years back, but some tones to me sound so similar I can't tell if they're different. Yet, I also think they don't sound the same. I don't remember how much I really counted up to, but I think there were at least 5. I'm pretty sure there are more than that though. (college student in the sciences)

It's uncanny that, in general, the older and more academically oriented to Chinese language studies the respondents are, the greater the number of tones that they tend to recognize / claim, and vice versa.

Now, if you're really curious about just how complicated and challenging Cantonese tones can be, I recommend that you take a peek here:

"The Phantom Tone" by I’m Learning Cantonese (download medium on the App Store or Play Store)

Cf. "Why learn Cantonese and one way to do it" (1/20/17)

[Thanks to Don Snow, Judy Weng, Norman Leung, Alan Chin, Timothy Wong, Nelson Ching, Marjorie Chan, Pui Ling Tang, Lily Lee, Howard Y. F. Choy, TinhVan Diep, Justin Wu, Carmen Lee, and Ashley Liu]


*Additional remarks by respondent #7.  He begins by expanding on the question of tones, but then moves on to the matter of literacy.  Although he was fluent in Cantonese from the time he was a child and right through adulthood, due to the fact that there was no suitable way for him to write Cantonese, he was greatly hampered in his progress toward literacy, being forced to learn characters in a Mandarin oriented context.  I list a few relevant Language Log and other posts after the conclusion of his additional remarks.


There is also confusion because Mandarin counts ma, man, mai as different , and in Cantonese depending on the word there's bleed also with mee, mu/mut, etc, the -E and -u sounds that all count as separate sounds entirely — the issue being that Mandarin doesn't have hard endings at all that I can think of.

So what is a tone and what is a separate sound? If I look up jyutping it all makes sense, and I use jyutping all the time now, but I've never studied jyutping formally or any other Cantonese transliteration system, and my (limited) Chinese schooling in Cantonese did not use any romanization whatsoever, it was all memorization of characters and the sounds that go with them.

So like a lot of Cantonese legacy learners my Chinese literacy is very low, I know a few hundred characters and can only now, returning to it as an adult and learning pinyin and some limited mandarin and discovering jyutping, that i can barely read newspaper headlines and menus. From the time I stopped going to Chinese school in 5th grade (and i went every after school, not weekends) until my mid-30s I never wrote a coherent sentence in written Chinese. Now with the help of online dictionaries I can crank out basic notes like "come at 4 pm tomorrow, we will have food and drink" and instructions on how to use a door buzzer and things like that. If i had to I guess I could write a very bad business letter, the reader would know instantly that this guy is an ABC. But she would understand it.

And verbally only in the past couple years have I started to give presentations to Chinese senior citizens in Cantonese and Toishanese . I spoke Cantonese and Toishanese with my family everyday and in public interactions in Chinatown, but never before in an "official" capacity. The experience has been great.

And that as somebody who didn't speak English at all until kindergarten and first grade — I remember not being able to speak English at all in school.

It's very humbling , it's like realizing that your mother language is about as recognized in current American discourse as Catalan or Liberian English, despite our 100 million speakers and preponderance still in the US.


"Is Cantonese a language, or a personification of the devil?" (2/9/14)

"Spoken Hong Kong Cantonese and written Cantonese" (8/29/13)

"English is a Dialect of Germanic; or, The Traitors to Our Common Heritage " (9/4/13)

"Cantonese and Mandarin are two different languages" (9/25/15)

"Token Cantonese" (5/16/15)

"Speak Cantonese" (6/10/16)

"Hong Kong Multilingualism and Polyscriptalism" (7/26/10)

"Identifying written Cantonese" (8/30/08)

"Cantonese novels" (8/20/13)

And there are many others.  Note that important references and comments are often raised in the discussions following the original posts.

See also:

"Written Cantonese" (Wikipedia article)

"How to Forget Your Mother Tongue and Remember Your National Language"

Snow, Donald B. (2004).  Cantonese as Written Language: The Growth of a Written Chinese Vernacular. Hong Kong University Press.

Cheung, Kwan-hin; Bauer, Robert S. (2002). The representation of Cantonese with Chinese characters. Journal of Chinese linguistics. Monograph series, no. 18.

kate: Kate Winslet is wryly amused (Default)
[personal profile] kate
So, back in 2014, I posted about my experience with writing a 12-chapter serial fic, and concluded, basically, that it's not for me. I did it once, and I might try it again, I thought, purposefully – to use the lessons I learned the first time around.

Ahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha. )

But you know, I went back and read that post and the comments from the last time I talked about serials, and there was this in the comments from [personal profile] nagasvoice: What I'm wondering: If you give a warning note for it, would it be okay with the community to fix larger problems? Is anybody going to hate it if you edit earlier chapters when you've run into snags that need changing?


So much blather under here (including spoilers for the story, FYI)! )

And final thoughts about serials – which amounts to basically 'I have changed my mind, and only partially because SPN is a fandom of serials.' )

So what do y'all think? Still feel the same about serials? Have different thoughts? Don’t really care one way or another?

*chinhands* Come talk to me.

not the first time

2017-02-24 06:59 pm
mrkinch: albatross soaring (Default)
[personal profile] mrkinch
So do I feel fluish now because I utterly failed to go out walking in Tilden this morning as planned and was completely inactive all day (though not in bed), or did I stay home today because my body knew somehow that I would be fluish by the end of the day?

Or is it sheer coincidence?

(no subject)

2017-02-24 05:42 pm
baranduin: (clotted cream)
[personal profile] baranduin
There are going to be many rallies in support of Obamacare this weekend. I've signed up for a rally outside that asshole Congressman Dave "A for Asshole" Reichert's office tomorrow. You can put in your zip code and it finds something near you.


Did I mention he's an asshole?

[ SECRET POST #3705 ]

2017-02-24 07:28 pm
case: (Default)
[personal profile] case posting in [community profile] fandomsecrets

⌈ Secret Post #3705 ⌋

Warning: Some secrets are NOT worksafe and may contain SPOILERS.


More! )


Secrets Left to Post: 00 pages, 00 secrets from Secret Submission Post #529.
Secrets Not Posted: [ 0 - broken links ], [ 0 - not!secrets ], [ 0 - not!fandom ], [ 0 - too big ], [ 0 - repeat ].
Current Secret Submissions Post: here.
Suggestions, comments, and concerns should go here.
usernamehere: Warrior (Default)
[personal profile] usernamehere posting in [community profile] followfriday
Got any Follow Friday-related posts to share this week? Comment here with the link(s).
Here's the plan: every Friday, let's recommend some people and/or communities to follow on Dreamwidth. That's it. No complicated rules, no "pass this on to 7.328 friends or your cat will die". Just introduce us to some new things to read.
 Any recs of still active communities?

(no subject)

2017-02-24 01:36 pm
mrkinch: albatross soaring (Default)
[personal profile] mrkinch
I'd bet cash that the old white lady (please note, I am also an old white lady) at my local library book sale, when asked whether they'd take manga anthology magazines, had no idea what I was referring to when she said they don't take magazines. I should have kept the 'magazine' part to myself, but too late.

Animerica Extra Vol 1:1 to 7:4
Pulp Vol 4:7 - 6:7
Smile Vol 2:3 - 4:7
Super Manga Blast (Dark Horse) Vol 1 - 41

Any ideas where else I might to try donate all these? You can see they are consecutive runs, not random issues, so I hope for better than paper recycling. But they will have to go one way or another.
lotesse: (Default)
[personal profile] lotesse
modified anti-Trump banishing ritual, to be done at midnight EST on the waning moon: Feb 24, March 26, April 24, May 23, ect.

-bowl of witch hazel and water
-bowl of blessed thistle and soil
-bowl with a feather and incense dust
-lit white candle
-candle dyed orange with cinnamon and turmeric, inscribed with his name
-Tower tarot card


earth, air, fire, water
And spirits of the ancestors

I call upon you
To bind
Donald J. Trump
So that his malignant works may fail utterly
That he may do no harm

To any human soul
Nor any tree
or Sea

Bind him so that he shall not break our polity
Usurp our liberty
Or fill our minds with hate, confusion, fear, or despair
And bind, too,
All those who enable his wickedness
And those whose mouths speak his poisonous lies

bind all of them
As with chains of iron
Bind their malicious tongues
Strike down their towers of vanity

(invert Tower tarot card beneath the orange candle)

in my name

In the name of all who walk
Crawl, swim, or fly
Of all the trees, the forests,
Streams, deserts,
Rivers and seas
In the name of Justice
And Liberty
And Love

And Equality
And Peace

Bind their tongues
Bind their works
Bind their wickedness
Bind them in chains

So mote it be! So mote it be! So mote it be!
You're FIRED!
[syndicated profile] sociological_images_feed

Posted by Lisa Wade, PhD

Flashback Friday.

Bewildered by Nazi soldiers’ willingness to perpetuate the horrors of World War II, Stanley Milgram set out to test the extent to which average people would do harm if instructed by an authority figure. In what would end up being one of the most famous studies in the history of social psychology, the experimenter would instruct study subjects to submit a heard, but unseen stranger (who was reputed to have a heart condition) to a series of increasingly strong electric shocks. The unseen stranger (actually a tape recording) would yelp and cry and scream and beg… and eventually be silent. If the study subject expressed a desire to quit administering the shocks, the experimenter would prod four times:

1. Please continue.
2. The experiment requires that you continue.
3. It is absolutely essential that you continue.
4. You have no other choice, you must go on.

If, after four prods, the subject still refused to administer the shock, the experiment was over.

In his initial study, though all participants at some point required prodding, 65 percent of people (26 out of 40) continued to submit the stranger to electric shocks all the way up to (a fake) 450-volts, a dose that was identified as fatal and was administered after the screaming turned to silence. You can watch a BBC replication of the studies.

In any case, Gwen and I were so excited to see the original recruitment flier for the experiment pop up on BoingBoing!   Way cool for the sociology nerds of the world!

Originally posted in August 2010.

Lisa Wade, PhD is a professor at Occidental College. She is the author of American Hookup, a book about college sexual culture, and a textbook about gender. You can follow her on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

(View original at

sunnymodffa: (happy onion)
[personal profile] sunnymodffa posting in [community profile] fail_fandomanon
Pronounced chonk

New Rule updates:
-All US Politics must stick to one thread.
-For a wide variety of reasons, no deliberate variant fonts, no emoji in the thread titles. You can use them in the comment, but not in the thread title.

All the [community profile] fail_fandomanon Rules and Information (and Ban Requests): The short version: no embeds, don't out people's real names, don't be that much of an asshole, body fluids are off topic, Mods reserve the right to freeze, screen, and delete the fuck out of stuff. FFA discussion covers a wide variety of topics and has a very flexible view of 'fandom' that includes politics, current events, and cooking techniques. FFA is a Choose NOT to Warn experience. Meme away.

Other posts and resources relevant to your interests:

NB: Meme rules do not require spoiler cuts/white-text/etc. Though, if you want to use spoiler cuts, a wonderful nonnie found a way to add them to DW. Just use the code below.
<div tabindex="-1"><b>spoiler title</b><div>Some spoilery content.</div></div>

See here for a detailed explanation and caveats.

If you would like to be banned to avoid anonfailing please leave a comment at the rules post here:

Next post: Will open when this post hits 6000 comments
Previous post:
Regular view - First page:
Regular view - Last page:
Top Level view:
Flat view - First Comment:
Flat view - Most Recent:
Dememe flatview emulator is at (same login as the regular Dememe info above).

The Art of Penmanship

2017-02-24 12:30 am
[syndicated profile] 2nerdyhistorygirls_feed

Posted by Loretta Chase

Alfred Stevens, The Letter

Loretta reports:

Periodically, an inquiry pops up on social media about whether or not children ought to be taught cursive handwriting. Some say it’s no longer necessary. Others worry that our letters and journals will become the equivalent of Egyptian hieroglyphs, which were a complete mystery for about 1400 years. We’re still not positive about how to pronounce the ancient Egyptian words, since the hieroglyphs don’t bother with vowels.

But the Is Cursive Really Necessary? contingent maintain that there will always be experts who can translate our funny little marks on paper, just as there are experts today who can translate the numerous scripts of centuries past, like this letter written in English Chancery Hand.
Who Can Learn to Write
The Picturesque

In other words, our diaries and such will make perfect sense to a small group of nerdy history writing scholars in the centuries ahead.

For now, though, a great many of us are still writing and reading cursive. Some of us ancient ones remember being taught the “Palmer Method” in elementary school. While reading Ann Trubeck’s The History and Uncertain Future of Handwriting, I learned that the Palmer method was a simplification of a very beautiful style that was popular from about 1850 to the 1920s, and used for one of the most famous logos on earth, Coca-Cola®.

It’s called Spencerian script, and it was developed by Platt Rogers Spencer, who thought that our writing should be inspired by the forms in nature. The forms of his letters truly are beautiful. The words are easy to read. But it’s no easy feat to get good at it. If you’re interested, though, you can read the New Spencerian Compendium of Penmanship here at Internet Archive or in this PDF.
Ladies' Hand
Images: Alfred Stevens, The Letter, courtesy Wikipedia.
Handwriting advice and samples from the New Spencerian Compendium, courtesy Internet Archive.

Clicking on the image will enlarge it.  Clicking on the caption will take you to the source, where you can learn more and enlarge images as needed.

Omg you guys!!!!

2017-02-23 09:06 pm
kate: Kate Winslet is wryly amused (Default)
[personal profile] kate
Guess who was behind me in line at security tonight!!!

You'll never guess.




And she was fucking awesome.

Iron Crotch

2017-02-24 03:46 am
[syndicated profile] languagelog_feed

Posted by Victor Mair

Here on Language Log, we have devoted a considerable amount of attention to the terminology related to kungfu:

"Kung-fu (Gongfu) Tea" (7/20/11)

See also Ben Zimmer's masterful article on Visual Thesaurus:

"How 'Kung Fu' Entered the Popular Lexicon" (1/17/14)

Now we have documentation for another type of kungfu that has hitherto eluded us:

(YouTube video here.)

At first I thought this was some kind of put-on, but since it appears on the Twitter account of Global Times, a national Chinese newspaper that is published under the aegis of the People's Daily and is usually stodgy, stuffy, and somber, I had to take it seriously.  All the more so inasmuch as the kungfu master who practices and teaches this technique, Wei Yaobin, claims that it is beneficial to his health.

Lest swarms of Americans begin to take up this method in emulation of the master without understanding the risks attendant upon it, I decided to investigate the phenomenon just a bit beyond the sensational video demonstration tweeted by Global Times.

First task:  what's the Chinese for "Iron Crotch Kungfu"?

Tiědāng gōng 铁裆功

Google Translate renders that as "iron crotch power".

Curiously, Baidu Fanyi translates it as "Treamtent [sic] of impotence and prospermia", but also lists the following alternatives:  "iron crotch; iron crotch work; iron crotch power; iron cross function".  If you don't know what "prospermia" is, it is entertainingly described on this TCM website.

There really is such a thing as Iron Crotch Kongfu in China.  (It's far more real than Kung Fu Panda.)  Here's an article about Iron Crotch Kongfu that includes another video (with microscopic English subtitles) and several stomach-turning gifs.  The demonstrations took place on the streets of Luoyang, the important city in Henan Province near which the Shaolin monastery with its world-famous fighting monksis located.  The master of Iron Crotch Kungfu, Wei Yaobin, honed his gonad-numbing skills in that atmosphere of miraculous martial arts practitioners.  The whole thrust of the article is that Laowai ("foreigners") who witnessed this miraculous display of Chinese masculinity were stunned; the message being imparted is that they shouldn't mess with China in the Southeast Asian Sea.

The article also features a goofy looking foreigner dressed in kungfu garb saying:

nǐ zuì hǎo méiyǒu dàndàn 你最好沒有蛋蛋 ("You'd better not have any eggs")

At this site, there is a video featuring Western martial arts experts demonstrating "100 Ways to Attack the Groin".  Master Wei is putting those Western martial arts experts on notice:  even if you have a thousand ways to attack the groin, this Chinese man will not fear you.

Master Wei Yaobin's prowess is also featured in the Western press:

It seems to me that this sadistic kungfu technique is akin to what killed the most famous Western kungfu master, David Carradine, autoerotic asphyxiation.

Perhaps the most blunt comment on the Global Times video came from a colleague who is one of the world's leading specialists on Taoist cultivation:  "yuk! What are they? – eunuchs?"

[h.t. John Rohsenow; thanks to Fangyi Cheng and John Lagerwey]

Wenzhounese in Italy

2017-02-24 02:44 am
[syndicated profile] languagelog_feed

Posted by Victor Mair

Commonly referred to as "Devil's language" (èmó zhī yǔ 恶魔之语), because it is considered by outsiders to be extraordinarily difficult, Wenzhounese (Wēnzhōu huà 温州话), the language of the city of Wenzhou in Zhejiang Province 230 air miles south of the Yangtze estuary, has been a topic of discussion on Language Log before:

"Devilishly difficult 'dialect" (8/20/15)

"Mutual unintelligibility among Sinitic lects" (10/5/14)

"Devil-language" (5/25/14)

"The enigmatic language of the new Windows 8 ads" (5/14/13)

"Mutual intelligibility" (5/28/14)

Wenzhounese truly is quite exceptional, even from the other varieties of Wu, the branch of Sinitic to which it belongs:

Wenzhounese is the most divergent variety of Wu and is considered a separate language by some. It is not mutually intelligible with other varities of Wu. It preserves words from Classical Chinese that are no longer used in other varieties of Chinese, and its grammar differs significantly. It also has the most eccent[r]ic phonology, and as a result is considered the "least comprehensible dialect" for an average Mandarin speaker. These feature are a result of the geographic isolation of the Wenzhou area.

Source:  Omniglot

What makes Wenzhounese all the more challenging is that the language itself is divided into many topolects, some of which are very hard for speakers from other Wenzhounese topolects to comprehend.  When people talk about Wenzhounese outside of Wenzhou and especially abroad, they are usually referring to the variety as spoken in the city proper, not the surrounding counties which are governed from Wenzhou as the prefectural seat.

When China began its explosive economic growth about 30-35 years ago, Wenzhou — because of its relative geographic isolation — was considered a backwater, so the central government did not promote development there, instead concentrating on other cities in Zhejiang that were thought to be more favorable for growth, such as Ningbo, Jinhua, and Taizhou.  Consequently, Wenzhou did not receive many resources, and the people there were relatively poor.  That led to large-scale emigration, with many Wenzhounese ending up in the Chinatowns of Flushing and Brooklyn, but also in Europe, particularly France, Spain, and Italy.  For the remainder of this post, I would like to describe the situation of the Wenzhounese living in Italy.

First of all, how did they get there?  The ones that I know about went surreptitiously in the holds of ships.  It would take them months to reach Italy, and they had very little to eat on the way.  They knew that they were illegals, so that they would exist by selling things on the streets or doing jobs that  would not call attention to themselves (such as working in restaurants).  Gradually they might start to open little shops selling miscellaneous goods (záhuò diàn 杂货店) and eventually become more successful, including obtaining legal residency.

What prompted me to write this post were the answers I received when I asked my informants whether their Wenzhounese relatives in Italy, of whom there are many, learned Italian, and they said, no, they don't have to.  They said that the Wenzhounese in Italy are so numerous and dispersed throughout the country that there isn't a need to learn Italian.  The networks and support services available to them are so extensive that they can easily get by just knowing Wenzhounese.

Is this voluntary self ghettoization?

Another aspect of Wenzhounese society that perpetuates this separateness within Italy is that the Wenzhounese are said to marry only other Wenzhounese.  Of course, there must be exceptions to the rule, but to the extent that marriage within the Wenzhounese population holds true, it would be a powerful factor in maintaining linguistic and social cohesiveness among the Wenzhounese in Italy.  The importance of this endogamy among the Wenzhounese is underscored by the fact that when a marriage between a Wenzhounese couple takes place in Italy, their relatives will travel from near and far to join in celebrating it.

teeth stuffs

2017-02-23 06:33 pm
mrkinch: albatross soaring (Default)
[personal profile] mrkinch
Two things about aging teeth, one you knew and one you probably didn't. nothing too icky, just 'huh, that's... logical, I guess. )

Who are you again?

2017-02-24 01:10 am
[syndicated profile] jon_carroll_prose_feed

Posted by joncarrollprose

I’ve been face-blind all my life, and it’s gotten worse as I’ve gotten older. A surprising number of things have gotten better as I’ve gotten older — my Gross Happiness Index (GHI) is higher than it’s ever been, as has my Sudden Understanding of Previously Mysterious Things. On the other hand, my body is slowly dying. That’s been true forever, but somehow it comes up more than it used to.

Alison Gopnik? Is that you?


Usually it’s not a problem. All the faces I see in daily life are familiar, from Darcy (the baby next door) to Omar (the mayor of Glenview) to my friend Brian (who hates the Internet and will never read this). I recognize them. But anyone I haven’t encountered in the last six months: Absolute blank. I know I know them, but I don’t know who they are. I don’t even know if I’m supposed to like them.

Actually, it’s worse than that. When I retired, I threw a small party for 50 or so of my closest friends. Naturally, not everyone could come. Terry and Pete were off in New Zealand, Peggy couldn’t make it up from Santa Cruz, and my daughter Shana couldn’t make it out from Montreal because she had a thing. (My daughter Rachel, who lives in the Bay Area, could and did come). So the day before the party, a Saturday, I was watching sports on television, probably college football. There was a knock on the door.

“Goddamit,” I thought, and probably said. A mid-afternoon unexpected knock is probably  a door-to-door solicitor, often one of the kids from an “American Honey”-like scam. Second choice: A neighbor with some questions or some data, including things like “did you know you left your groceries on the sidewalk?”

I opened the door. Standing there was a middle-aged woman. “Yes?” I said, and then the world went out of focus momentarily as I changed the parameters in my in-brain recognition software.

“Shana!” I said.

“Daddy!” she said.

She was the surprise guest for the party. I was perhaps a little too surprised.

Someone said that was Leonard Pitt. I think.

Last week I went to the Berkeley Public Library’s annual author’s dinner. Tracy and I were being honored or something; our names were on the program, but we didn’t get a plaque or anything. (I like me my plaques you bet). We were part of a fund-raiser, and who doesn’t want to help libraries? Plus, free food, and the opportunity to meet people I hadn’t seen for a while. Uh-oh.

All  of which was complicated by the presence of people whose names I knew but whom I had never met. Probably. Did I ever shake hands with George Lakoff? Had I hung out with David Goines? I’ve had several long conversations with Dave Eggers, but would I recognize him? He’s a big guy, right?

I entered the fray. Tracy went one way, I went another. Everyone was smiling in a vague, non-threatening way. A short woman in a flowered dress came up to me. “You probably don’t remember me,” she said.

“I’m sorry, I don’t.”

“I took a class from you.” Lord, I should remember this person. I peered at her name-tag. Problem:  The name-tag design team had made the first name real big, and the last name real small. I leaned forward to look at the name tag. She flinched a little bit. I realized that my face was about two inches from the woman’s left breast.

I jerked back to the full upright position. “Arlene!” I said. She nodded and noticed an entirely imaginary person over my right shoulder. “Excuse me,” she said brightly.

In that case, I did the right thing. I’d said, “I’m sorry, I don’t remember your name”. I said it lot that night, and only occasionally was it really embarrassing. “Vicki!” I said, forgetting the face of a woman I’d known for 40 years, a woman who was indeed my agent for 10 of them. (Technically, she’s still my agent, although there ain’t no money in being my agent any more).  She was gracious. She may even have forgotten who I was, since many of us share the similar shameful secret.

Dawanau Market Series.
I’m pretty sure that’s Robert Reich

Ten minutes later, I was chatting with a gray-haired man who quickly assured me that I was not supposed to know who he was. “I just want to say,” he said, “that I still remember a column you wrote. You said that  ‘Guitar Town’ was probably the best song ever recorded.”

Fortunately, I know what I’m supposed to do. Unfortunately, I didn’t do it.

“Ah,” I said, looking vague. I could certainly figure this out from context.

“Well, I agree! ” he burbled. “It’s just a great, great song. I think he’s touring now. Have you heard him recently?”

I did not know the song “Guitar Town.” I did not know who recorded it. Usually, I can pick up some sort of hint, but my guy kept just using the third person pronoun. He this, and he that, and I’m thinking: Who he?  I was in too deep to admit error now.

It was ghastly.

I later learned that “Guitar Town” was a much-praised song by Steve Earle. I know who Steve Earle is, sort of, (wasn’t he shot in the face on “Treme”?) but clearly not enough.  So, lovely enthusiastic gray-haired man, I apologize for misleading you. My favorite all-time song is either “You Can Call Me Al” by Paul Simon or “Sinner Man” by Nina Simone. Unless it’s “Hey Jude” by the Beatles, or “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” (not the Joan Baez version). Or maybe “Numberless are the World’s Wonders”  by…OK, I’m stopping.

So on and on. I met Steve Wasserman, the new boss man at Heyday Books. His nametag said “Steve (Unreadable)”. I searched my database for Steves. I just don’t live in a universe of Steves — except of course for the very famous Steve Earle. But then my Steve said something that provided context, and almost immediately I was chattering away like anything.

Later I met up with Dave Eggers — he is a big guy — who was chatting with a tall vivacious woman. I offered my hand and said I was sure we’d met somewhere before. Maybe some City Arts and Lectures. I wondered what kind of books she wrote. Probably works of philosophy; it is my impression that women philosophers are often beautiful. But who…

Dave, God bless him, could see that I was struggling. “Jon, I’d like you to meet my friend Connie Nielson.” He said the name distinctly, with emphasis on each syllable. “Con. Nee.  Neel. Son.”

Oh, right. The famously beautiful and intelligent actress. Was in “Gladiator’ (Russell Crowe, Joaqin Phoenix and Oliver Reed  all chewing the scenery with great appetite), “The Devil’s Advocate” (Al Pacino wiping the floor with overmatched Keanu Reeves) and “Rushmore” (Bill Murray being wry, so wry).   And here she was, waiting for words to come out my mouth.

“So funny, ha, I thought I knew you but only from the movies, I guess…”

“I get that a lot,” she said kindly, and moved her gaze back to Dave.

And then it was time to go into dinner. Later on, I was pretty sure Lakoff was at the next urinal, but it seemed like a bad time to talk about my enthusiasm for “reframing”.  Besides, it might not have been him.

After dinner, we thanked the appropriate people and I went home with a woman  who may very well have been my wife.


Photography by Tracy Johnston

Useful person in moments of panic: Michelle Mizera

Joel Selvin and Geoffrey Nunberg, chatting informally

You know, “Madam George”  by Van Morrison may be my favorite song.








lannamichaels: "In my defense the plums were delicious" written on a green background. defense and delicious are in the same font and a (i have no shame)
[personal profile] lannamichaels

No, this is not getting A Real Fic Post, it's too absurd and wtf, not to mention did not even reread the whole thing straightthrough before posting. This is not a real thing. I am not here. I have negative amount of shame and am yet probably blushing beyond blushingness while writing this (while also giggling a truly substantial amount).

Let's just say, I am le tired. :P

Pounded In The Butt By The Vorrish Obsession With Horses. (595 words) by Lanna Michaels
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Vorkosigan Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold, Tingleverse - Chuck Tingle
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Gregor Vorbarra/Original Sentient Manifestation
Characters: Gregor Vorbarra
Additional Tags: Flash Fic, Crack Fic, not bestiality, Filth, Utter Filth, Ficlet, Humor, idek, love is real, I'm so sorry, Sentient Manifestations, No one was harmed in the making of this fic

Gregor Vorbarra has a tingling encounter.

[ SECRET POST #3704 ]

2017-02-23 06:37 pm
case: (Default)
[personal profile] case posting in [community profile] fandomsecrets

⌈ Secret Post #3704 ⌋

Warning: Some secrets are NOT worksafe and may contain SPOILERS.


More! )


Secrets Left to Post: 02 pages, 35 secrets from Secret Submission Post #529.
Secrets Not Posted: [ 0 - broken links ], [ 0 - not!secrets ], [ 0 - not!fandom ], [ 0 - too big ], [ 0 - repeat ].
Current Secret Submissions Post: here.
Suggestions, comments, and concerns should go here.

How to make awesome granola

2017-02-23 04:01 pm
isis: (food porn)
[personal profile] isis

It is very easy to make homemade granola. I've been doing it for over 15 years, basing my recipe on one in the Quick & Easy cookbook edited by Shelly Melvin. It tastes way better (I think) than commercial granola, plus it gives you control over the ingredients and their quantities, in case you're trying to avoid certain foods or food types. The recipe is infinitely adjustable, but here's my basic procedure:

4-5.5 cups of grains - I use mostly thick rolled oats (4 cups), plus optional rolled triticale, rolled spelt, millet, amaranth, buckwheat groats (kashi), and recently I accidentally put raw quinoa in the mix thinking it was millet, and it was good!

1/4 cup liquid sweetener - I usually use honey, but have used mixes of brown rice syrup, maple syrup and molasses. All maple syrup is too sweet/maple-y for me, all brown rice syrup is distinctively less sweet.

1/4 cup oil - I use safflower or canola usually, sometimes coconut oil, especially if I'll be adding coconut.

Spices to taste - this is optional, but recommended. I usually use a goodly amount of cinnamon, plus one or more of nutmeg, ginger, ground cloves, cardamom.

0.5-1.5 cups of coconut and/or seeds - also optional. Unsweetened coconut flakes, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and so on.

1-2 tsp vanilla or almond or orange extract - also optional.

Nuts and/or dried fruit - in any amount and combination you desire, to be added after the baking process. I always use raisins and some nut (pecan, walnut, almond, hazelnut) plus usually either dried cherries or dried sweetened cranberries; sometimes I add date pieces, dried apple pieces, dried mango pieces, other nuts. If I use cashews I like to add them with the seeds rather than afterward because they taste better slightly sweetened and toasted.

Procedure: Preheat oven to 300°F. Mix grains, seeds, and spices in a large bowl. Mix sweetener and oil in a microwave-safe container (I use my Pyrex measuring cup) and heat 30 sec or so and stir to combine, then add to the grain mix and stir until everything is evenly distributed. (A silicone tool works well for this.) Spread evenly on a silicone sheet (like a silpat) on a cookie sheet and bake for 30 minutes. Let it cool and harden in the pan, then peel it off the sheet and crumble into a container, adding the nuts and/or dried fruit and mixing thoroughly.

If you don't have a silicone baking sheet you can still do this, but you will need to stand over the granola and mix it frequently as it cools. Otherwise it will stick to the baking sheet and you will be unhappy. You can rescue this situation by returning the sheet to the warm oven for a while.

If you don't want to heat your kitchen (like, in summer) you can make a half-batch or so in a large skillet. You can just add the oil and sweetener to the pan directly, then pour in the grain mixture. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, for about 8 minutes - you'll see the grains change color as they toast. Continue stirring as the mixture cools off the heat, so it doesn't stick to the pan.

Granola bars are also fairly easy to make. I riff off this basic recipe from the Smitten Kitchen: I use the lower amount of sugar, I don't use the extra corn syrup, I often substitute oil for butter (and use 1/4 cup, that is, 4 Tbsp, rather than 6 Tbsp), I never use nut butter, I don't add a Tbsp of water, and I usually use regular wheat flour rather than grinding oats for oat flour. I also rarely use raisins in them because raisins tend to puff up in the oven. Mostly I make oat-seed-nut bars (I love sesame seeds in these) and cut them in squares. I use a silicone 9x9 pan so I don't do the pan lining, it just turns out in one big hunk when I invert it onto a cutting board.

(no subject)

2017-02-23 10:29 am
baranduin: (Default)
[personal profile] baranduin
Snagged from julchen and addie, more getting to know you memeage :-)

1. Who are you named after?
My first name, Lora, is from a relative, a cousin somewhat removed. She and her husband (my brother's middle name is their last name) had a lot to do with my father's upbringing so I'm named after her. My middle name is Ann and that is for my paternal grandmother though she was mostly called Annie and I never have been though my Texas relatives almost always called me Lora Ann when I was a kid.

more questions )

Impact Effect

2017-02-23 02:34 pm
[syndicated profile] languagelog_feed

Posted by Mark Liberman

I recently saw a list of revisions suggested by the editor of a scientific journal, which combined technical issues with a number of points of English usage, including these two:

Please try to avoid the word ‘impact,’ unless it is part of a proper name.  It is now over-used (its ‘impact’ is diminished), and doesn’t communicate anything specific.  If used as a verb, it is better to describe exactly what happens.  As a noun, ‘effect’ (or similar) would suffice.  For example, “The impact on quality of life…” could be rendered as “The reduction in quality of life…” […]

Be clear and direct; avoid the passive voice.

This is an interesting mixture of different types of usage peeving.

The "avoid passive" business is a old stylistic concern that we've often discussed, for example in "Passive aggression", 7/18/2006.  Interestingly, those who are strongest in condemning the passive voice are often its most vigorous users. Thus Merriam Webster's Dictionary of English Usage quotes Margaret Bryant, Current American Usage, 1962 (p. 720):

Bryant 1962 reports three statistical studies of passive versus active sentences in various periodicals; the highest incidence of passive constructions was 13 percent. Orwell runs to a little over 20 percent in "Politics and the English Language."

The incidence of passive versus active verbs in the editorial note under discussion is 50%. (See also "Those who take the adjectives from the table", 2/18/2004.)

But anti-passive campaigning doesn't seem be a response to changes in usage — if anything, the opposite is true, as suggested in "When men were men, and verbs were passive", 8/4/2006. And most people, including some of the anti-passive authorities, are not very clear about what passive voice actually is, as discussed in "The passive in English", 1/24/2011. So what is the psychodynamics of anti-passivity? Apparently it's just a vague sense that active is good and passive is bad —  metaphorical generalization of an accident of historical word-sense development. (See "The direct and vigorous hyptic voice", 8/5/2006, for a sketch of alternative history.)

The objection to impact is different. People who object to the alleged over-use or wrong use of a particular word do really avoid such usage themselves, in general — though this particular editor slipped up, a bit later in the same message, by recommending that in the Discussion section, "The focus should be on the impact of the findings on the field". And most such word-oriented reactions reflect resistance to a historical usage shift on the scale of 50 years or so. Certainly this is the case for impact, as measured crudely by frequency in the Medline corpus of biomedical abstracts:

A table of the numbers behind those graphs is here.

And we can see something similar in Google Books (vertical black line at 1974 when Medline starts):

The table of numbers is here.

MWDEU says about impact:

This word comes in for adverse criticism both as a noun and as a verb in figurative use. The criticism is relatively recent, beginning evidently in the 1960s with Bernstein 1965, Fowler 1965, and Follett 1966. These three (and also Bremner 1980) are concerned with the noun; later writers take up the cudgels against the verb. The gist of most of the criticism is fairly well summed up in this portion of the discussion in Cook 1985:

impact A word fit to describe the crash of a wrecker's ball against its target, impact has become a substitute for bearing, influence, significance, and effect. It's so overworked in officalese and journalese that the more appropriate terms are falling into disuse. Both Follett and Bernstein have harsh words for this "faddish" abasement of the noun. How much more horrified they might have been had they lived to see the current vogue of the verb impact in the sense of "to have an impact" or "to have an impact on" (Loose usage adversely impacts the language).

The graphs above suggest that the mid-60s usage mavens were bidding the impact tide retreat when it was merely swirling around their ankles. The disapproving editor in 2017 is …

Well, a journal is free to insist on any arbitrary style guide. Every paragraph must have a prime number of commas? Sure, if you say so. But the instruction to "try to avoid the word 'impact'" would be more persuasive if the same editorial message did not contain, 347 words later, the recommendation that in the Discussion section, "The focus should be on the impact of the findings on the field".

Update — I'm also puzzled about the concessive clause "unless it [the word 'impact'] is part of a proper name", since I can't think of any relevant proper names containing "impact". A personal name? Unlikely. A place name? Probably not. A business name? The USPTO lists 4079 trademarks involving some form of the word "impact", but a quick scan doesn't turn up any that seem likely to be mentioned in a scientific article. What am I missing?

Update #2 — a quick scan of Medline results turns up things like the "Arthritis Impact Measurement Scale" and the "Center for High-Impact Philanthropy", for which relevant mentions would presumably get a proper-name (noun?)  pass.



sunnymodffa: (Swedish Chef)
[personal profile] sunnymodffa posting in [community profile] fail_fandomanon
... a weird shack and enough land for a little durum wheat and a chicken run.

Or maybe I'd be better off just looting dried pasta than trying to find fresh eggs so that I could make my own from scratch.

New Rule updates:
-All US Politics must stick to one thread.
-For a wide variety of reasons, no deliberate variant fonts, no emoji in the thread titles. You can use them in the comment, but not in the thread title.

All the [community profile] fail_fandomanon Rules and Information (and Ban Requests): The short version: no embeds, don't out people's real names, don't be that much of an asshole, body fluids are off topic, Mods reserve the right to freeze, screen, and delete the fuck out of stuff. FFA discussion covers a wide variety of topics and has a very flexible view of 'fandom' that includes politics, current events, and cooking techniques. FFA is a Choose NOT to Warn experience. Meme away.

Other posts and resources relevant to your interests:

NB: Meme rules do not require spoiler cuts/white-text/etc. Though, if you want to use spoiler cuts, a wonderful nonnie found a way to add them to DW. Just use the code below.
<div tabindex="-1"><b>spoiler title</b><div>Some spoilery content.</div></div>

See here for a detailed explanation and caveats.

If you would like to be banned to avoid anonfailing please leave a comment at the rules post here:

Next post: Open!
Previous post:
Regular view - First page:
Regular view - Last page:
Top Level view:
Flat view - First Comment:
Flat view - Most Recent:
Dememe flatview emulator is at (same login as the regular Dememe info above).

January 2017

8 91011121314
1516 1718192021

Page Summary

Style Credit

Expand Cut Tags

No cut tags
Page generated 2017-02-26 03:33 am
Powered by Dreamwidth Studios