I found this thing on Facebook… and I fell down the Humans Are Weird hole yet again. 😅 (I first did before I even started my blog - Pinterest is sooo full of these posts! And I keep falling down it from time to time, when I discover something new)
One uncanny aspect of translating is when I am grappling with a sentence that would sound particularly wrong if I tried to preserve any part of the original structure or idioms, because nothing about it matches the way one would phrase such an idea in my language, so what I need to do is mentally divorce the sentence from its syntax and vocabulary, to try and find how my language would give form to the same concepts. It always makes me wonder, what am I working with here? What is left when you remove the grammar and specific word choices from a sentence? I don’t know, a shapeless mental porridge of pure meaning, a nebulous feeling of what another brain has tried to express. I find it amazing that your mind knows just what to do with something so unfathomable—that it’s just like “right, right, give me a minute” as it distillates meaning out of words like it’s nothing then lassoes it down from the platonic realm of forms to give it a completely new shape. What is ‘meaning’ and how does it exist in your mind in this liminal moment after you’ve extracted it from a foreign language but haven’t yet found words in your own language that can embody it? I don’t know.
You can always start again. Clean out your social media. Create a new account for your new taste in music. Study or work in a new city. Start socialising with new people. Choose a new signature scent and style and purge the outdated parts of yourself. If you don’t like where you’re at, but you don’t know what to do about it - try starting again.
Blake’s “The Tyger”, despite its conjuration of sublime terror, ultimately views nature through the lens of artifice. The tiger is a piece of craft, significant for what it tells us about its anthropomorphic creator. The tiger is not itself; it’s not a wild, uncreated thing.
In contrast, the only crafted thing in Nael’s “The Tiger” is the cage, existing only as an impediment to freedom and destroyed as soon as it is introduced. Nature, rather than creation, is taken as fundamental, and with the destruction of the cage the boundary between the human observer and the natural world is eliminated. We cheer for the tiger’s destructive freedom in a moment of Dionysian ecstasy. Predatory, terrifying, alive, the tiger is out.
a popular user is murdered and the person who kills them assumes control of their blog to try and cover up the murder, then them blocking all of the person’s former mutuals to avoid being contacted causing a whole slew of drama
AOC has a heated gamer moment playing halo 5
an update causes a glitch where everyone’s likes & blogs they’re following are made public. chaos reigns
people start talking about how making fun of pyramid schemes is misogynistic and we’re just afraid of women having power
anti-vax comes to tumblr in the form of people saying vaccines are bad because some people have anxiety and shouldn’t be forced to have to interact with doctors
people learn kamala harris follows jk rowling on twitter and the final trumpet sounds as the gates of hell open unleashing untold horrors onto the world
elon musk dies of covid and people argue whether grimes is a Girl Boss or not for using the inheritance to hire a private army and launch a full scale war on australia
stray cat j is arrested for tax evasion
So I hate to say this but that first thing already happened
Okay also I’ve been driving electric cars long enough now to be really emphatic that the fact that they’re not all automatically built with solar panels in the roofs is a scandal.
And somehow almost every time I tell anyone this they roll their eyes and attempt to explain to me that this would not create a perpetual motion machine because of the limitations of the area relative to the power draw of the motor, which is incredibly annoying because that’s not the point.
Yes it’s possible that driving in the sunshine with a solar collector dripping into the battery would net you a little more mileage on that trip before needing recharge, but the usefulness of a solar-topped electric car is that if you drive it someplace–say, to work–and leave it outside in the sun all day, you’ll definitely have more range available by the time you’re ready to head home.
Also if you fuck up your calculations because of the inefficiency induced by cold weather or something and get yourself stranded without anywhere to charge, like halfway up a mountain or, more likely, six miles from home, you can call for rescue or walk away, come back later, and it’ll be able to move again.
This is important because unlike running out of gas you can’t really go get some electricity.
like imagine if some of the energy that turns into face-melting air when you first turn the AC on was stored as electricity instead of going to waste
Imagine if electric cars were designed and sold on their merits as practical devices and not toys for the rich.
Alan Dean Foster is an sf legend - a writer who produced a shelf of original novels but also made a reputation novelizing movies and TV from Star Wars to Aliens, turning out books that transcended quickie adaptations, becoming beloved bestsellers in their own right.
Disney now owns a bunch of these books, thanks to their acquisitions of Lucas and Fox, and these books continue to sell briskly. Disney not only isn’t paying Foster any royalties for these books - they’re refusing to even issue him royalty statements.
Disney has blackholed Foster’s agents and lawyers, and also the Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA); to the extent that they have communicated with him, they have espoused a radical (jaw dropping) copyright theory.
This is Disney’s theory: When they bought Lucas and Fox, they acquired the copyright licenses that enabled them to sell the Foster’s books - but not the liability, the legal obligation to pay him for his books.
As SFWA president Mary Robinette Kowal says, this theory could absolutely upend the nature of copyright itself. Any publisher that wanted to go on making money from an author without paying them could simply sell the rights to a sister company, which then denies any obligations.
Foster brought his case to SFWA’s grievance committee - a group that has worked on my behalf in the past, extracting a fee from a multinational publisher that commissioned and accepted a story from me but then offered an odious and unacceptable contract they refused to amend.
Usually griefcom work happens in the background: a SFWA member goes to griefcom, griefcom goes to the publisher, the publisher settles. This is the first time in more than a decade that SFWA has gone public with a complaint.
To be fair, Disney DID offer to meet with Foster, but demanded that he sign an NDA PRIOR to any negotiation. This is Not Normal. Sometimes the OUTCOME of a negotiation is confidential, but you don’t go into a negotiation under NDA.
Disney appears to be taking a page from the private equity fund that acquired Taylor Swift’s masters from the cartoonish villain Scooter Braun, who refused to meet with her without an NDA.
Foster’s case is a gross injustice. He has cancer and his wife is ill. He wrote these books, Disney bought them. They’re making money from them. They owe him money. Period.
But beyond the individual injustice being visited upon Foster, Kowal and SFWA worry that this represents a suite of new, corporate anti-writer tactics: flipping assets without liabilities, refusing to talk about it without an NDA.
You can follow Foster’s case with the #DisneyMustPay hashtag. If you’re a writer facing similar tactics (even if you’re not a SFWA member), they’re seeking your story, via this form:
it’s always a good day to complain about English speakers
Important addition: Maria Skłodowska-Curie was born during partitions, which means Poland didn’t exist, which means her insistence that she was Polish was a significant act of defiance against the occupation, which means that you should respect that instead of arguing that ‘well she had French citizenship’. She couldn’t have Polish citizenship despite being Polish, that’s kinda the point she was making by keeping her maiden name and naming a chemical element she discovered ‘Polonium’ .
dude seeing these Mega high quality images of the surface of mars that we now have has me fucked up. Like. Mars is a place. mars is a real actual place where one could hypothetically stand. It is a physical place in the universe. ITS JUST OUT THERE LOOKING LIKE UH IDK A REGULAR OLD DESERT WITH LOTS OF ROCKS BUT ITS A WHOLE OTHER PLANET?
LIKE THIS JUST LOOKS LIKE IT COULD BE A PERSON’S BACKYARD. LIKE YEA A LITTLE DUSTY MAYBE THERE WAS A SANDSTORM BUT THAT’S COOL I’M JUST GONNA WALK DOWN TO THE STORE P S Y C H YOU’RE ON MARS BICH!
i hate to be rude and intrude on this post but we have decent pictures of the surface Venus too!
So it’s not quite snowing on Churyumov–Gerasimenko, unfortunately; the white specks are artifacts of cosmic rays impinging on the CCDs in the camera, as well as a rotating starfield in the background (since the comet is spinning). A few specks could be dust. But, holy shit, that’s the surface of a comet. That’s a spot you could in theory cling to for dear life sit down on. The Cliffs of Comet 76pare a place.
If that isn’t the neatest shit I don’t know what is.
Working from home literally means using your resources for work. And therefore those resources are part of the cost of doing business and, if anything, should be compensated. The company Rene works for is surprisingly not trash to it’s employees and literally pays a large portion of our internet bill because he uses it for work and requires a high speed line, and he’s in a literally entry level IT position.
And that should be the default!!
Also, you just know the people saying this have been claiming home offices on their taxes, and every single business adjacent expense forever.
also this is a fun idea to raise in this moment in history when, you know, people working at home if they’re able is actually kind of important
This has the same energy as British Petroleum challenging us to reduce our carbon footprints.
My country (Perú) is in danger, our democracy is in grave danger, our last president was ousted for allegations of corruption and while we agree that he should be investigated, we were against the vacancy.
The congress is hiding behind our constitution to make it seem that what they did was legal. They ousted the president for ‘moral incapacity’, the problem is that nothing was proved so it shouldn’t be possible, not only that, but last month they tried to do the same.
Before they voted for the vacancy, there were only 60 congressmen in favor but suddenly there were 105 who voted on favor, now they’re starting to talk, there were deals made and also threats against some of them, telling them that there wouldn’t be votes in favor their projects if they didn’t vote like them.
Our new “president”, who from now on I will call the usurper, was also the president of the congress who tried before to get the armed forces on his side, doesn’t have studies, and has open processes against him. He was not chosen by us to lead the country, only 5,000 people voted for him on the congress elections, the peruvian population is of 30 millions
Not only that, but 68 out of 130 congressmen have open processes that go from money laundering to straight up murder. The new president of the congress has 52 criminal charges.
This exactly is why the congress ousted our last president, he was doing reforms to the congress so there wouldn’t be impunity, he also called for elections on April.
We’re only 5 months away from the elections.
The congress talks that they did what they did because it was their moral obligation. We know this isn’t true, they did it because the president was against their populist laws that in the end would only damage the population and now that he’s out, they can do it freely.
In the 3 days since they ousted our president, they already are trying to modify the university education reform and the SUNEDU an institution that makes sure that our education is of quality and has been closing universities that didn’t make the cut, most of them were just taking money from their students or were just money laundering, two of this “universities” are owned by two congressmen.
Other thing that one party wants to do is to free their leader Antauro Humala from prison. This man was the brother of a former president who didn’t pardon him in his term and has tried to get free for years now, but our justice system and our national assembly has not let him. Why is he dangerous? Well he’s been sentences for insurrection, homicide, aggravated kidnapping, and other including a case called ‘Andahuaylazo’ where 4 policemen were killed. And since his party voted for the ousting, they are going to ask the usurper for a pardon.
The usurper has now elected his cabinet, the premier is a man who has called our people vicuñas and llamas, has said that femicides shouldn’t be apart from a homicide because it usually happens when they are trying to mug them or it’s their fault for cheating, he also has conflict of interests. He was a minister before, but he had to step down because of a conflict he was involve in enden up with the death of 24 indigenous people.
This brings us to yesterday 12/11/2020 (11/12/2020 for you USA). MILLIONS of peruvians took the streets in different parts of the country and in other countries too, we did this since day 1 but the one from yesterday was massive.
It was a pacific protest, we were chanting and protesting against the usurper and the congress, nobody was violent until the police started attacking us.
There are more photos and videos but some of them are too strong, the police not only repressed us, they attacked journalists and paramedics, they didn’t let the firemen help our the wounded
There were undercover cops trying to stir the protestors but got mad when we realized who they were so they shot us.
Let me make this very clear
Not with rubber bullets, with actual bullets
And now the minister of the interios, who leads our police, is saying that there were not undercover cops, that they didn’t attack us, that they didn’t use tear gas against us and our media is talking about the damage we’ve done to our city WHILE THERE’S A GUY IN COMA BECAUSE THE POLICE SHOT HIM IN THE ABDOMEN TWO OR THREE TIMES, THEY SHOY PEOPLE POINT BLACK, WE STILL DON’T KNOW WHERE SOME PEOPLE IS, THEY DISAPPEARED.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Share this, and share the different posts in the Peru tag, let us be heard, we need the eyes of the world on us, we need people to know that our democracy is in danger, we need you to look at us and let the usurper and the congress know that we’re not alone and that everything they do is being monitored by the international community, let them know that they don’t have power over us.
Here’s a carrd (here’s another) that explains some things, I’m sure I’m missing a lot of things so fellow peruavians please add to this post.
A summary and background, if it helps;
The democratically elected president, Vizcarra, was accused of “moral incapacity” relating to alleged bribes. He was impeached on Mon 9 Nov 2020
Nearly every ex-president has been implicated in the Odebrecht (construction company) corruption charges of 2018. It’s huge scandal across multiple countries, check it out on Wikipedia
Even if the charges against Vizcarra were true, they are not the true motivation for impeaching him; people realise this and are protesting for democracy, not because they think Vizcarra is amazing
There are right-wing parties with links to Odebrecht corruption and the nationalist coup of 2005 who have been trying to get into power. The current president, Merino, is from this background. He also has military links, which is worrying
The supposedly left-wing party, UPP, was the main party promoting the impeachment. UPP was co-founded by a guy who was secretary-general of the United Nations. Its other co-founder, Vega, is the current leader, and the current party is basically top union bureaucracy merged with a nationalist party
The left coalition party, Frente Amplio, also supported the impeachment. These guys represent left reforms under capitalism, so sort of the equivalent of Greece’s Syriza party
One thing that OP left out is Peru’s incredibly high mortality rate. Official figures do not represent the full extent of the situation. It is therefore important to all parties that the public don’t get too angry and take matters into their own hands. People fear army intervention
Protests are taking place in Lima, but also across the country, especially in industrial cities, where mortality has been high and conditions bad
As OP said, 68 of the 130 politicians who voted to impeach Vizcarra have themselves been accused of corruption and are banned from running for office again!
The US State Department issued a statement, including, “As a region of democracy and prosperity, we call on Peruvians to continue to pursue their political ends via a peaceful, lawful, democratic process.” Hilariously, the US Secretary of State said, on the same day, that the US would have a “smooth transition to a second Trump administration.”
Totally forgot about the mortality rate, thank you!
THERE’S A SECOND MASSIVE PROTEST HAPPENING RIGHT NOW