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Interests: Linguistics, Math, Science

Fandoms: Animorphs, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Calvin and Hobbes, Digimon, Doctor Who, Fire Emblem, Legend of Korra, Merlin, On Call 36小时/The Hippocratic Crush, BBC!Sherlock, Young Wizards

What once was an "academic" like blog has now turned mostly into a fandom blog. Oops.

One of these days, it'll be a Panda Coffee blog again. Stay tuned. :O

23rd July 2014

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Wordceptonance

Wordceptonance: Resonating between a word and a concept.

Tagged: organic chemistrylinguisticsbecause the answer to everything is resonancemr long hair coined that onethe word not the concept

16th July 2014

Quote reblogged from Animorphs Quote of the Day with 48 notes

"How did it feel to fall into a crocodile pit, then have your house fall down on you?"

"Not very good," I answered.

"Don’t you think you’re incredibly lucky?"

"Um, no. If I were lucky I wouldn’t keep falling. Right?"

"But you weren’t hurt either time."

"I think winning the lottery would be lucky. Having the house fall on me, that’s not all that lucky."

Behind the cameras I saw a familiar face. Cassie. The two of us locked eyes. All I could do was shrug.

"Do you have any advice for other kids like yourself?"

"Um, yes. My advice is don’t fall into crocodile pits and don’t have the house fall on you."

— Book #12: The Reaction, pg. 44 (by K.A. Applegate)

Tagged: animorphscan you tell how i developed my deadpan attitude and voice?

25th June 2014

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Becoming bilingual is a way of life. Every bone and fiber of your being is affected in some way as you struggle to reach beyond the confines of your first language and into a new language, a new culture, a new way of thinking, feeling, and acting.
Principles of Language Learning and Teaching, H. Douglas Brown (via raincium)

Tagged: linguistics

Source: raincium

15th May 2014

Photo reblogged from ★ work in progress ★ with 166,669 notes

thepowerofmoonlight:

Learnt an interesting thing today on this arabic course,
The original Arabic number system looked like this, the one we now use.
It was designed so each character had the corresponding number of angles to the number, so the number 1 has 1 angle, 2 has 2 angles, 3 has 3, 0 has none etc…
It is so obvious now, I’ve always assumed its one of those things that just is, with no logical explanation, but here it is, perfectly simple and satisfying

thepowerofmoonlight:

Learnt an interesting thing today on this arabic course,

The original Arabic number system looked like this, the one we now use.

It was designed so each character had the corresponding number of angles to the number, so the number 1 has 1 angle, 2 has 2 angles, 3 has 3, 0 has none etc…

It is so obvious now, I’ve always assumed its one of those things that just is, with no logical explanation, but here it is, perfectly simple and satisfying

Tagged: mathematics

10th May 2014

Photo reblogged from For Eye and Tongue with 74,012 notes

Source: caramelzappa

10th May 2014

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I guess you never really know someone till you see them scared. And even scared to death, with tears running down her face, Rachel had strength to spare.
— Jake, Animorphs #1: The Invasion, K.A. Applegate (via annasfriels)

Tagged: animorphs

24th March 2014

Quote reblogged from For Eye and Tongue with 215 notes

Animorphs was not the first book series to dramatize the transformative aspects of adolescence, but it stands out for its especially direct metaphor. K.A. Applegate’s young-adult series was never timid about exploiting its gimmick—namely, that there are teenagers who can turn into animals. It’s right there in the name of the series, in the flipbook at the right corner of each book’s pages, and in the iconic cover illustrations. These illustrations, which show the protagonists in the throes of transformation, convey that the metamorphoses in Animorphs aren’t the usual child-friendly changes—a pumpkin into a carriage or a mouse into a footman. No, these mutations are messy, risky, and perverse…
In essence, Animorphs tells the story of a group of adolescents going through changes they don’t understand, surrounded by adults who at best will never understand them and at worst will force them to conform—or kill them. The heroes know the immense magnitude of their struggles, but no one can support them. In other words, it was pitched perfectly to teenagers, who are going through the same experience on a smaller scale.
— Matt Crowley, The A.V. Club (via lesserjoke)

Tagged: animorphsthe a.v. club

19th March 2014

Post reblogged from lingua fandom with 111,696 notes

tiauska:

I feel like one of the greatest conquests of the english language is the phrase ‘I’ma’ because it’s an abbreviation for ‘I am going to’ like we managed to subtract all the spaces and three-fourths of the letters and we still know what it means that’s powerful

Tagged: linguistics

Source: mistressofthefags

18th March 2014

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I’m here to save my best friend.

Tagged: teen wolflydia martinallison argentow my feels just owteen wolf spoilers

Source: melissamccall

17th March 2014

Quote reblogged from [leɪ̃ŋˈnæstɪks & ˌsaɪkoʊsˈθɛnɪks] with 2,782 notes

Different languages talk about the world in different ways. It is crucial to look at different languages. If we restrict our view to just one language - our own - we will never truly understand the distinction between sense and reference, because it is natural to think that “our” way of talking about the world is the only one, or the most natural one. It is only when we study or learn a foreign language, and realize that other people see things differently, that we become aware of how arbitrary the relationship is between words and entities or concepts.
— How Language Works by David Crystal, page 188. (via linguaphilioist)

Tagged: linguistics

Source: linguaphilioist

17th March 2014

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tumblr, why is your tagging system the worst

Until then, we fight.
— 

K.A. Applegate, from The Invasion

(via the-final-sentence)

I obviously saw this quote from the-final-sentence, but wanted to repost it so that it would land into the Animorphs tag, since reblogged posts don’t make it in. (Reblog the original though and show some more love for Animorphs!)

But, can we talk about this though? Like for real.

This final line is just the ending of Book 1 of 52+. And this is just after these teenagers (with attitude. Elfangor, recruit teenage idiots with attitude and a death wish) have been told the Earth is being invaded by aliens who you can’t see because they take over humans and who can you even trust? (Nobody. That’s who.) And they begrudgingly accept this power and responsibility to fight. And their first rescue mission? IS A COMPLETE DISASTER.

Like way to go protagonists. How do you manage that? You’re the effing protagonists.

Because it’s war. That’s why. You win some; you lose some. It doesn’t always go smoothly. And K.A. Applegate never shied away from this.

And after the horrors of almost being trapped in the enemy base, having one of your own forever stuck as a bird, and only managing to rescue one person who wasn’t even the main person you were after, what do these kids do?

Keep fighting until their reinforcements arrive, whenever they do. “Until then, we fight.” 

"If you’re going through hell, keep going."

Tagged: animorphsthis is the reason why i always consider animorphs to be one of the key series of my childhoodi've also been on a power rangers kick lately if you couldn't tell

17th March 2014

Quote reblogged from The final sentence. with 265 notes

Until then, we fight.

K.A. Applegate, from The Invasion

(via the-final-sentence)

Can we talk about this though? Like for real.

This final line is just the ending of Book 1 of 52+. And this is just after these teenagers (with attitude. Elfangor, recruit teenage idiots with attitude and a death wish) have been told the Earth is being invaded by aliens who you can’t see because they take over humans and who can you even trust? (Nobody. That’s who.) And they begrudgingly accept this power and responsibility to fight. And their first rescue mission? IS A COMPLETE DISASTER.

Like way to go protagonists. How do you manage that? You’re the effing protagonists.

Because it’s war. That’s why. You win some; you lose some. It doesn’t always go smoothly. And K.A. Applegate never shied away from this.

And after the horrors of almost being trapped in the enemy base, having one of your own forever stuck as a bird, and only managing to rescue one person who wasn’t even the main person you were after, what do these kids do?

Keep fighting until their reinforcements arrive, whenever they do. “Until then, we fight.” 

"If you’re going through hell, keep going."

Tagged: animorphsthis is the reason why i always consider animorphs to be one of the key series of my childhood

12th March 2014

Post reblogged from [leɪ̃ŋˈnæstɪks & ˌsaɪkoʊsˈθɛnɪks] with 7,546 notes

Internet Abbreviations as Discourse Particles

allthingslinguistic:

unnecessaryligatures:

I find it really interesting that abbreviations online have abandoned sound-based abbreviations (is there an actual term for it? Things like “c u l8r”) in favor of actual abbreviations for things that have nothing to do with the content itself and are more like qualifiers (lbr, tbh, imho). 

This reminds me of John McWhorter’s observations about lol and hey as discourse particles: he describes “lol” as marking empathy and “hey” as a topic shift. I’d say that the other current abbreviations like tbh, imo/imho, iirc, idk/idek, omg/omgz, wtf, etc. can have a similar type of function in marking the attitude of the speaker (well, writer) towards a particular idea.

Notice how the same statement (chosen to sound pragmatically appropriate in an informal, tumblr-like context) has a very different illocutionary force when accompanied by different markers.  

(1) tbh they’d make a terrible couple. (certain knowledge)
(2) imo they’d make a terrible couple. (belief)
(3) iirc they made a terrible couple.  (uncertain memory)
(4) idk they’d make a terrible couple. (uncertain, disbelief)
(5) omg they’d make a terrible couple. (strong emotion, excitement)
(6) wtf they’d make a terrible couple. (strong emotion, disbelief)
(7) lol they’d make a terrible couple. (empathy)

Perhaps this is the closest that English will get to having a system of evidentials

Tagged: linguistics

Source: unnecessaryligatures

4th March 2014

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From Religion to Military and Math

The story of Twitch Plays Pokemon will never cease to amaze me.

[The meta behind it all is too much. I don’t even religiously watch the stream, but I am so engrossed into it.]

ETA: No, but seriously, we talked about how in Gen I with Anarchy v. Democracy how the gridlock (and even harmony/[debatable] necessity) of the two systems was such an interesting model to view the development of modern day politics (in a grossly simplified and general sense). Now take that idea and expand it.

Gen I: Religion

Gen II: A militaristic theme and math.

Mankind as a whole. The evolution! The progression! They’re even separated as two different generations of the game!

And even better, this is all an organic happening as TPP progresses! It wasn’t intentional, no one sat down and told the hivemind we needed to think like this. It just happened!

Tagged: twitch plays pokemontppi know the math is just because of the gym and the probability of completing in anarchybut still to go from gen I religion to gen II militaristic theme and maththe beauty in the chaos for what is beauty without chaos to comapre it against?

17th February 2014

Photoset reblogged from Caution: Unidentified Entity Approaching with 36,963 notes

reason #9 as to why werewolves are better than vampires (x)

Source: hellasterek