A Sacrifice Made to the Loss of a Mind

27/M/Boston/Engaged. I'm a Ph.D. student in computer science and linguistics. I run on metal, wordplay, and snark. Most of the languages I speak are dead. This blog is mostly language and science stuff, books and science fiction/fantasy media (when there's a TV show on I like), with the occasional post from my personal blog or video of me playing stuff on the guitar. I also write a lot, but I'm way too chickenshit to post any of it. Maybe some day. Follow for more.

nepal:

Gorkha soldiers are Nepali soldiers that serve in military units in the British, Indian or Nepali armies. They are associated with Khukuri (weapon pictured above), and known for their fearlessness and bravery.

archaeologicalnews:

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Several thousand manuscripts that are several centuries old are set to be digitized and made available over the Internet in the public domain, thanks to an initiative by the state government of Tamil Nadu in India.

The 72,300 rare and original palm-leaf manuscripts are currently stored at the Government Oriental Manuscripts Library in the state’s capital city, Chennai. A majority of the manuscripts are written in the ancient language of Sanskrit, while the remaining, about a third, are mostly in the Tamil language. The topics covered by them include mathematics, philosophy, treatises on the Vedas, and architecture. Read more.

!! My grandmother discovered an old palm leaf manuscript in my grandfather’s parents’ house, or something—A Ramayana, written in Sanskrit, but using an extended form of the early Tamil script (called Grantha).  It ended up being donated to some preservation archive in Chennai.  I wonder if it was this one.  It might end up among the digitized documents.

(via transliterations)

orgyincamelot:

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And finally, a few parting words from Frodo:

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This reminds me of Star War The Third Gathers: The Backstroke of the West.  Bad machine translation, maybe?

(via americanhobbit)

dailyetymology:

I love doublets, especially superficially baffling ones like “sarcasm” and “sarcophagus.”

Sources: Wiktionary & Online Etymology Dictionary

This *twerk- root was prolific.  Derivatives include (via various paths) the above “sarcasm,” and also “thwart” and “queer.”  Nothing about a dance move, though.

maskedlinguist:

I am never tired of this.

maskedlinguist:

I am never tired of this.

mademoisellelapiquante:

Holyrood Abbey ruins | Edinburgh, Scotland 

Sept. 2014 (my photos)

linguisten:

darthlenaplant:

World map which shows where which language is spoken.

Standard Languages only, no dialects. (Still incredibly cool)

Yes, we only have a base map layer with primary languages so far - this data is from the folks at GMI/Ethnologue. But in the next phase of development we want to build out the capacity to serve up interesting new map layers. If anybody has neat data that they’d like to be displayed, do please get in touch!

Asker phoenixkluke Asks:
Yaaaas!!!!! I am so glad that you were able to construct a discussion of code talkers. Bravo :) because not many people ever knew about them. So thank you for taking the time to inform others about thos. Have a nice day :)
science-of-noise science-of-noise Said:

I remember the day one of the WWII code-talkers died and Tumblr was basically silent about it.  I’m no historian, but are many areas of history that are consistently overlooked and this seems to be one of them.  I spent the first ten years of my life on the East Coast and my teen years in Northwest New Mexico (you know, the heart of the remaining Navajo population in the US) and I heard more about the code talkers in my first ten years than in my second ten, which is frankly rather shameful.  Glad that post has gotten the traction it did, and that I could do a little bit to start a conversation about a group of people who are sadly dying off.

You have a good day, too!

breathtakingdestinations:

Ynys Llanddwyn - Anglesey - Wales (von Kristofer Williams)

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