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It was once, several years ago at this point, my intense displeasure to be party to a conversation in public space in the house I was living in at the time, where I was doing housework -- and actually, I say "conversation", but what I mean is "a middle-aged white guy who was a guest of one of my housemates was holding forth about his expertise in child language acquisition".

Astonishingly enough, he was wrong about everything. In particular, he literally claimed that children should be taught Esperanto instead of a natural language like French, because it's completely unfair and unreasonable to expect children to memorise tables of irregular verbs before they can have a conversation with their friends, and Esperanto doesn't require them to do that! It is, he said, ridiculous -- you give five-year-olds recorders, not bassoons.

(1) That isn't even how child language acquisition works (very different to language acquisition post-11, and third & subsequent languages are much much easier than the first couple),
(2) The reasons you don't give five-year-olds bassoons are that (i) they are extremely expensive, (ii) they're twice the height of most five-year-olds, and (iii) five-year-olds do not have the lung capacity because unlike violins where it is possible to make 1/8th-sizes at standard pitch by changing the tension of the strings the same cannot be said for a wind instrument,
(3) Actually giving 5yos recorders is preposterous, because while they're very easy to get a sound out of they're very hard to get a nice sound out of, see also "why on earth do we teach children to draw with wax crayons",
(4) There is absolutely no benefit from teaching children a constructed language rather than a natural language, especially not one that is not only so heavily based on Indo-European but the Romance family while claiming to give people an introduction to ~every language ever~,
(5) ... dudebro you just claimed Mandarin and Cantonese were IE languages I am so done with this conversation, please stop mansplaining linguistics to me and please for crying out loud stop encouraging schools to teach children Esperanto.

If you have ever heard me loudly exclaim bassoons are NOTHING like irregular verbs, you now know why.

OTW Fannews: Terms in Use

Aug. 29th, 2014 12:28 pm
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Fans are always creating and using new terms, but not everyone understands them in the same way. http://bit.ly/1vucSQ6
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August recs update:

[personal profile] unfitforsociety has been updated for August 2014 with 34 recs in 2 fandoms:

* 30 Avengers
* 4 Guardians of the Galaxy


I recently read on the internet that there is going to be a fifth Tiffany Aching novel. I am mostly excited but also slightly trepidatious, if only because of how awesome the first four are and why mess with that?

Speaking of books, I'm about a third of the way through The Black Count (thumbs up so far!), and am now hoping someone can recommend a good non-fiction overview of the French Revolution/Terror/Napoleon (or one book for each?), since clearly this is yet another era I know only the broadest outlines of. (and much of what I do know is via fiction, at least re: Napoleon.)

Also, I am totally picturing Howard Charles as Alex Dumas in the (hopefully) inevitable miniseries of The Black Count.

I really do need a Musketeers icon or three.


In my ongoing search for how to make that dream pistachio cake, I found a recipe in the Smitten Kitchen cookbook (reproduced here) that is the same general idea with hazelnut and crepes, except I would just make a regular yellow cake and also substitute pistachio paste for hazelnut paste in the pastry cream. I think it's definitely workable.

Probably not this weekend, though, as I still have to purchase the pistachio paste. I've been thinking a lot about these mini orange & chocolate cheesecakes (mostly because I have four ounces of cream cheese and half a container of ricotta to use up in my fridge), though these raspberry-lemonade bars are also very tempting.

I guess we'll see.


✓ 2014-08-29

Aug. 29th, 2014 11:32 am
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And act as if we were old friends

Aug. 29th, 2014 10:45 am
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anyway, here's wonderwall by [archiveofourown.org profile] KiaraSayre
The Winter Soldier tracks down each and every HYDRA agent that forced him to kill and watches them die. He also tries to become a well-rounded individual with interests and hobbies. The results are mixed. oh, Bucky.

Assembly Instructions for the Rest of Your Life by [archiveofourown.org profile] thingswithwings
In which Tony and Rhodey build the quinjet. Adorable.

At the Twilight's Last Gleaming by [archiveofourown.org profile] BreTheWriter
Sweet first kiss for Steve and Bucky at a fireworks show.

Captain Rogers and Sergeant Barnes by [archiveofourown.org profile] Speranza
Bucky brings Steve a mission he can't handle himself. Natasha comes along for the ride. Wonderful.

a case of you by [archiveofourown.org profile] irnan
Really lovely post-Winter Soldier Bucky/Natasha.

Croatian Holiday by [archiveofourown.org profile] Brenda
In which Natasha checks Sam out, in more ways than one.

Darcy Lewis and the No Good, Very Bad (Kinda Awesome) Day by [archiveofourown.org profile] kellifer_fic
"I heard there was some guy that liked crawling around the air ducts, scaring the crap out of new people. The first day I was here, I tied a bit of ribbon to all the vents. About twenty minutes ago, all the ribbons were doing the cha-cha except for that one," Darcy says, pointing up to the vent above them.

"I don't like... geez, who told you that?" Barton demands, looking offended.

"I didn't say it was you. I assumed you have some other completely unrelated reason for being in the air duct above my head, looking down my top."

Barton's face turns an instant, dull red from ear to ear and temple to chin. "I wasn't-!" he starts to splutter.

"I'm sure," Darcy purrs, raising an eyebrow.

"I mean, I couldn't not, because, but it wasn't what I was..." Barton seems to realize he's digging himself deeper because he deflates and offers a helpless gesture with his hands. "There's orders involved, I swear."
Adorable Clint/Darcy.

Fluff by [archiveofourown.org profile] MoreThanSlightly
An Asgardian animal that makes people cuddly gets loose in the tower. The Avengers try to recapture it without things getting too weird. This is adorable!

The gold-hearted boy I used to be by [archiveofourown.org profile] lanyon
There is so much Bucky Barnes does not remember. Lovely, melancholy, but hopeful in the end.

The Good, the Bad and the Fluffy by [archiveofourown.org profile] newredshoes
Tony gets Bucky a therapy llama. Hijinks, as they say, ensue. Hilarious.

halfway between the gutter and the stars by [archiveofourown.org profile] verity
Absolutely darling story chock full of Thor being the most delightful Avenger ever.

Here Is A Secret Deeper Than Language by [archiveofourown.org profile] sageness
Natasha - who she's been and who she is now, and what it means for her relationships with Steve and Bucky. Nice melding of comics and movie canon for her backstory.

it's a love story (baby just say yes) by [archiveofourown.org profile] biggrstaffbunch
Bucky goes out on his first date since he got himself back. Steve isn't jealous, he's just worried! This is adorable.

Languages by [archiveofourown.org profile] fmo
Steve worries because Bucky seems unresponsive, but Bucky communicates in his own way, in his own time. Aw, heart.

The Logic of Stars Collapsing by [archiveofourown.org profile] Portrait_of_a_Fool
A slow, melancholy recovery for Bucky

the natural progression of the color wheel by [archiveofourown.org profile] Mici
Steve discovers some letters Bucky wrote him during the war. Lovely.

No Gods, No Masters, Just Me by [archiveofourown.org profile] OddityBoddity
Bucky teams up with Sam and Steve to get some bad guys. Things do not go at all as planned. This was fun.

nothing safe is worth the drive (and i will follow you home) by [archiveofourown.org profile] countthestars
Aw, I never get tired of Bucky + dogs in stories.

The Only Guy Steve Knows Who Lives In Brooklyn by [archiveofourown.org profile] Chex
Clint doesn't really understand why the Winter Soldier starts hanging around his apartment building, but he rolls with it, and everything else that comes along. I liked the first half at the apartment more than the second half fighting AIM/HYDRA etc. but the whole thing is fun.

Scandal by [archiveofourown.org profile] biblionerd07
"What's the scandal?" Steve asks, reaching for the muffin Bucky's holding. "Gimme some of your muffin."

"Only a little." Bucky orders even as he breaks it clean in half. "I know how guys like you operate. I give you an inch, you'll take a mile."

"Dear Lord, do you two try to lace everything you say with innuendo or is it really that accidental?" Tony asks. Bucky catches Steve's eye before making his face go completely innocent.

"Sorry, Stark." He says sweetly. "Must be our boner."

Tony chokes. Steve and Bucky both keep their eyes wide and innocent. "Are you okay?" Steve asks earnestly. Tony's muttering curse words and Bucky has to stuff another bite of muffin in his mouth to hide a laugh. Moments like these make Steve's stomach hurt with how nice it is to have Bucky back with him.
Adorable Steve/Bucky story in which Steve comes out at a press conference.

She Houses Tornadoes by [archiveofourown.org profile] triedunture
Peggy doms Steve and Bucky. A good time is had by all. This is very hot.

so familiar a gleam by [archiveofourown.org profile] sariane
Steve develops temporary psychic abilities and accidentally wanders his way into Bucky's dreams. All he wants is to convince Bucky to come home. Oh heart.

so while you're here in my arms by [archiveofourown.org profile] verity
Very hot Steve/Bucky/Peggy.

sorry about the blood in your mouth by [archiveofourown.org profile] callingallangels
Clint and Natasha take Bucky in while he heals. A little rough technically (punctuating dialogue) but heartfelt and wistful with a nice Clint voice.

the stirring of you in my arms by [archiveofourown.org profile] radialarch
Bucky keeps climbing through Steve's window. This is lovely.

The thing that drives the wolves away by [archiveofourown.org profile] caughtinanocean
Really lovely story about Bucky's recovery and how people (other than Steve) try to help him.

there's trees in the desert since you moved out by [archiveofourown.org profile] irnan
Bucky asks Steve to give him time. Steve, Sam and Nat go on a road trip. Clint takes down Hydra cells. Everybody talks about their feelings. So wonderful. Oh my heart. (It's Steve/Natasha, though I totally read it as Steve/Natasha/Bucky. *cough*)

Undercover Heart by [archiveofourown.org profile] wintergrey
Sweet hot Natasha/Sam.

Vigil by [archiveofourown.org profile] LtLJ
Sam meets Tony and Bruce while waiting for Steve to come out of surgery. Oh heart.

Wishbones by [archiveofourown.org profile] freshbakedlady
Really lovely story where magic gives Sam wings.


taking time to make time

Aug. 29th, 2014 10:41 am
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Guardians of the Galaxy

if home is where the heart is then we're all just fucked by [archiveofourown.org profile] egelantier
Really lovely story of Gamora and the others building a home.

I Know A Place (I'll Take You There) by [archiveofourown.org profile] KiaraSayre
Gamora adjusts to life on the Milano. I could read a million stories of Gamora learning to live with those dumbasses.

Let Me Grow Young by [archiveofourown.org profile] Vera_DragonMuse
Gamora settles into her new life - and friendship - on the Milano. Oh heart.

A Short List of Relevant Skills and Abilities by [archiveofourown.org profile] ignipes
Peter and his new crew try to figure out where to go from Xandar. Aw.

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The point of language is to communicate; if communication's been achieved, everything else is window-dressing and point-scoring. Who defines "accuracy" and "what (forms of) nuance matter)s(" is a case of privilege. Rich white folk not caring to understand Englishes (written or spoken) other than "Standard English" also means that communication loses accuracy and nuance, but oddly rich white folk (of which I am one!) don't seem, by and large, to be as worried about that. Taking the time to understand multiple Englishes (or multiple forms of any language) doesn't impoverish us - it makes our engagement with language richer.

See, e.g., linguistics blog Languagehat on the topic; I feel I should clarify that I'm Cambridge-educated and upper-middle class and I speak RP - but English is my second language and I speak a really weird hybrid of dialects in my first language, that combines the "standard" form of the language as legislated in the largest country in which it's spoken with forms of dialect that were definitely spoken in one very specific geographic area in the 1950s, but might well not have been since then. In my first language, spelling things the way I do is absolutely a political statement and will be interpreted as such, even though what it is in practice is "that's how my grandmother taught me to write". Just because the politicisation of Standard English is largely invisible to people for whom it is their first or primary language doesn't mean that the choice to use it (never mind attempts to enforce it) aren't political.

(Questions about the specifics I'm referring to re German etc welcome from you lot!)
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Fandom: Teen Wolf
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Season Two main cast
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: digital
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] guzusuru, [tumblr.com profile] guzusuru

Why this piece is awesome: It still cracks me up every time. This was one of the first pieces of Teen Wolf fanart I saw, when I got into the show back during Season Two! The loose, cartoony style fits perfectly with the goofy, frenetic subject matter, and it reflects my sense of the weird unbalance in the cast of the time: a pile of kids and, sticking out like a sore thumb, this hulking adult werewolf who was all mixed up in their drama (or more accurately, they were all mixed up in his). Things felt more like wacky hijinks than everyone's-(really)-gonna-die, back then (ah, nostalgia). The title's perfect, and so is Stiles's face.

Link: http://guzusuru.deviantart.com/art/TW-Too-Many-Teens-in-a-Jeep-and-Derek-334512620
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Pretty Please

Aug. 29th, 2014 07:48 am
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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.

How Are You? (in Haiku)

Aug. 29th, 2014 07:47 am
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Pick a thing or two that sums up how you're doing today, this week, in general, and tell me about it in the 5-7-5 syllables of a haiku. I will leave anonymous comments screened unless otherwise asked; feel free to use this to leave private comments if that's what you're most comfortable with.


Signal-boosting much appreciated!

Korean Master Ceramicists

Aug. 29th, 2014 11:25 am
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[YouTube video, 06:52, featuring a number of master ceramicists creating beautiful things in their studios.]

Featured ceramicists are:
Lee Hyang-Gu
Kim Seong-Tae
You Yong-Chul
Choi In-Gyu
Jo Se-Yeon

Doesn't need the sound, although the music adds to the soothing atmosphere!

The Eye of the Bee-Holder

Aug. 29th, 2014 02:48 am
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Today Purple called lunch early, as he had a 1pm meeting. I got in shortly after the lunch call, headed for the cafeteria, didn't see Purple, and didn't see any of the usual suspects from his crew. I did see two ladies at a table by themselves (the third who had joined them yesterday having other obligations elsewhere). So I joined them, and texted: "Invisible Purple? I'm outside."

Purple shortly appeared and took the fourth chair at the table; he'd seen no one earlier, so he'd headed back to his desk. I made introductions, and added to Purple that these ladies were two of three of my lunch companions the previous day. Purple cracked a bee joke.

"You told him?!?!"

"He's the friend who I accidentally blew the wasp at."

That broke the ice, and shortly the table was an outpost of vaguely terrible hilarity. Presently Purple said something, so I made the beckon-and-punch gesture at him. Our tablemates spotted it and identified it as some sort of special sign language. "It means, 'come over here so I can hit you,'" I translated.

Apparently I am usually so very supernaturally nice to teammates that it's got to balance out somehow. And I'm not sure how this feeds in to the idea that I teleport everywhere. Purple was charmed by the fact that someone else whipped out a pocket knife and casually sliced up some fruit, as he often gets weird looks for doing the same.

I got into a general data-entry-and-productivity groove late in the evening. The guy emptying wastebaskets came around. I waved to him. The fellow I think of as the ginger security guard came by. "Hey Beautiful," he hailed me, and we made small talk about my cube's refrigerator. His phone whistled at him, and he headed back on his rounds.

Anatomy of a panic attack, discussion of street harassment, discussion of Bad Social Dynamics, and Shawn. )

Various other bits of conversation occurred, and then I got an earworm. I just busted up giggling, and had to do some pretty fancy shenanigans in order to actually explain the earworm when gasping "Cyril Connelly!" and then giggling some more did not make everything clear. There are not all that many songs out there which involve actual bees in figurative birds-and-bees situations which I am aware of. In fact, "Eric the Half a Bee" is the only one where I am aware of the line "I love him carnally" existing in a bee-related context. Oh, Monty Python. Beauty is indeed in the eye of the bee-holder.
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Originally published at Growstuff Blog. You can comment here or there.

Since this project started we’ve used mailing lists such as our Discuss list to talk about Growstuff-the-project. Discuss is a place for developers, testers, and volunteer contributors of all stripes to chat to each other and keep the project moving forward.

Unfortunately, mailing lists have a lot of problems. For instance, you have to commit to being a member — going through a multi-step signup process, which isn’t the most user-friendly — to be part of it at all. For another, members sometimes find the flow of email too much and switch to “digest” mode, but then have trouble replying to particular threads they’re interested in. And the archives are far from friendly, and it’s hard to link to a thread and ask someone to contribute.

On the plus side, everyone has email, it works on everything from desktops to phones, and there are lots of tools to manage your email (for instance by filing messages into folders automatically) if you know how to use them. Email lists have a long history in the open source community, and many open source developers prefer them.

Growstuff wants to encourage everyone to get involved in how the site is built. We want you all to be able to suggest features, report bugs, improve our data, use our API, help with testing, and have a say in how our community is run. Some of us feel like mailing lists are hindering this goal.

Around the time we started, there was a brand new project also starting, called Discourse which aimed to replace antiquated web forums and mailing lists with something more modern and engaging. One of our community suggested we use it for discussing Growstuff, or even integrate Discourse into Growstuff itself, but the time wasn’t right for that, as it was too new and untried. Now Discourse has released Discourse 1.0 and it’s stable and full-featured enough for us to revisit it.

I’ve set up a trial Discourse installation called Growstuff Talk. You’re invited to come and look and see if this is a platform you’d like to use to participate in the Growstuff volunteer community.

screenshot of Growstuff Talk, showing threads categorised as Development, Testing, and Meta

A screenshot of our nascent Discourse discussions.

Here are some of the features of Growstuff Talk:

  • New and active conversations are right on the front page.
  • Anyone can browse and read topics, and see what the Growstuff community is doing to build our site, our data, and our community.
  • To participate, you can sign in with Twitter, Facebook, or various other options.
  • It’s easy to link to individual conversations, or to categories of conversations, and share them with others who might be interested.
  • If you like email, you can choose to get email notifications of new topics, and reply to topics by email as well — you can do almost anything from within your existing email client.
  • For our coders, there’s syntax highlighting, which makes pasted source code easier to read.
  • It works great on your phone or or other mobile device, too.

Read more about Discourse’s features on the Discourse website.

We have a one week free trial, so we’ll be playing with Discourse until next Thursday, September 4th. After that we’ll decide whether to continue to pay for a hosted Discourse server (it’s not much, but it’s silly to pay for it if we don’t like it.)

Please join us over the next week, try out Growstuff Talk, and let us know what you think!


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