17

Apr

This is the puzzle that took me the longest to figure out and I felt like a total dummy for it ‘cause it wasn’t really all that complicated, just a bit involved. Also it took me forever to notice the mechanic shown in the screenshot above. Super pretty, though.
FRACT OSC is out next week. Y’all should probably buy it and stuff. My review will be up on the AV Club soon.

This is the puzzle that took me the longest to figure out and I felt like a total dummy for it ‘cause it wasn’t really all that complicated, just a bit involved. Also it took me forever to notice the mechanic shown in the screenshot above. Super pretty, though.

FRACT OSC is out next week. Y’all should probably buy it and stuff. My review will be up on the AV Club soon.

Strawberries, grapes, and cheese for breakfast; chicken cilantro wontons and mushroom risotto for lunch. What’s this? My boss left a peep doughnut for me? It’s overpowering the rest of the food! #monbento

Strawberries, grapes, and cheese for breakfast; chicken cilantro wontons and mushroom risotto for lunch. What’s this? My boss left a peep doughnut for me? It’s overpowering the rest of the food! #monbento

16

Apr

Probably the only instance in which I’m comfortable facing off against @fortninety in a video game.

Probably the only instance in which I’m comfortable facing off against @fortninety in a video game.

How Kitty Pryde is represented in the X-Men movies to date

X-Men: Walks through a door in Xavier’s office for basically no reason.

X-Men 2: Falls through her bed when armed forces invade the school.

X-Men 3: Tells the Juggernaut he looks like an angry penis.

15

Apr

giancarlovolpe:

A little behind the scenes look of the early stages of Green Lantern the Animated Series.

My eternal gratitude to everyone who helped prove the doubters wrong.

Watched this series straight through for the third time last week. I still get choked up at some of the Razer/Aya stuff. So good.

14

Apr

ouyangdan:

crewdlydrawn:

allthingslinguistic:

hyperboreanhapocanthosaurus:

So you know what I don’t get? Why people repeat words. (x)

Grammar time: it’s called “contrastive reduplication,” and it’s a form of intensification that is relatively common. Finnish does a very similar thing, and others use near-reduplication (rhyme-based) to intensify, like Hungarian (pici ‘tiny’, ici-pici ‘very tiny’).

Even the typologically-distant group of Bantu languages utilize reduplication in a strikingly similar fashion with nouns: Kinande oku-gulu ‘leg’, oku-gulu-gulu ‘a REAL leg’ (Downing 2001, includes more with verbal reduplication as well).

I suppose the difficult aspect of English reduplication is not through this particular type, but the fact that it utilizes many other types of reduplication: baby talk (choo-choo, no-no), rhyming (teeny-weeny, super-duper), and the ever-famous “shm” reduplication: fancy-schmancy (a way of denying the claim that something is fancy).

screams my professor was trying to find an example of reduplication so the next class he came back and said “I FOUND REDUPLICATION IN ENGLISH” and then he said “Milk milk” and everyone was just “what?” and he said “you know when you go to a coffee shop and they ask if you want soy milk and you say ‘no i want milk milk’” and everyone just had this collective sigh of understanding.

Another name for this particular construction is contrastive focus reduplication, and there’s a famous linguistics paper about it which is commonly known as the Salad Salad Paper. You know, because if you want to make it clear that you’re not talking about pasta salad or potato salad, you might call it “salad salad”. The repetition indicates that you’re intending the most prototypical meaning of the word, like green salad or cow’s milk, even though other things can be considered types of salad or milk. 

Can I make love to this post?… Is that a thing that’s possible?

i just had a linguistgasm.

(Source: gifmethat)

11

Apr

New Tom Vek single! New Tom Vek album! And in half the time it took to get from his debut to sophomore album!

"Sherman (Animals in the Jungle)" sounds like fairly typical fare for a Tom Vek single, but that’s not bad because fairly typical Tom Vek is still flipping awesome.

Meta Knight joins the brawl (on my desk)!

Meta Knight joins the brawl (on my desk)!