A colourful and particularly selected display of art, music, video games, human rights and inspiration, and, as one might imagine, my own inane musings.
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Currently watching: Sleepy Hollow, Andromeda (rewatching), Breaking Bad. Sherlock when it resumes.
Currently reading: Harry Dresden (Death Masks).
Currently playing: Fallout NV... soon. Soon..
Fandoms that I feel I ought to list that aren't above: Night Vale, Hannibal. Also TF2 and Don't Starve.
Reblogged from smooshkin
I find myself compelled to admit that I’m a grammar “nazi.” English was not my first language but, being a lover of English literature and culture, I hate to see it devolve. And I dunno if I’m just pessimistic but I see it devolving a lot. I can’t tell you how many “Your welcome” comments I get that drive me up the wall. Is it just young people? Or is it ignorance? Please, with no ill will or spite, I would like to just say that instead of admitting that you’re bad at grammar but doing nothing about it, have pride! I love English, please help preserve it by not making “irregardless” a word, because it’s not a word.
I think that when I correct people, they misunderstand me and think I’m being haughty or conceited. I am not, I assure you. I am a teacher at heart and all I want is for a collapse of ignorance worldwide. Helping people around me with English isn’t some ego trip for me. It’s frustrating at times and I’ll lose my patience, but in the end, I just want everyone to have pride.
Btw English is fucking hard and makes no sense.
I am also a lover of English, though it is my first (and currently only) language. I would argue that what you are noticing overall isn’t necessarily wilful ignorance - sometimes, as you have pointed out, English is a second language to people. In this case what you point out may be helpful to them. Or may be helpful, also, to English-speakers who simply haven’t yet come to an understanding of certain grammatical rules. For example, of the correct use of the possessive apostrophe. I’m three years into university, a writer at heart, and I STILL struggle with that one on occasion.
Other times it may be out of a sense of convenience/laziness, as with quick, succinct messages. Or just texting limits. I’m wordy as hell, and I can’t tell you how many times I have carefully rephrased something to fit within the limit of 140 characters (on mobile and on social applications like tumblr). Some people have mastered the art of substance over grace when it comes to short messages, and so they don’t mind using shortened phrases like “tho”, “b, “thru”, “4”, et cetera. Even “your” over “you’re” saves a whole 2 characters, and though I would never use that myself, the idea is that they’re able to get their point across, even if they make grammatical mistakes in doing so.
I would argue especially that at least some of what you are seeing is not a devolution, but an evolution. That is one of the BEAUTIFUL, marvellous things about an active language - it adapts, it changes, it sends out new tendrils along politics, along social media, along the very Zeitgeist of the time in order to keep itself CURRENT, in order to allow itself to be of most use to most people. The amazing thing about all these “devolutions” is that certainly to you, personally (and to many others) they are annoying - but you can still understand them. Now, this isn’t to say that many of the people who employ social media wouldn’t benefit from a better understanding of “your” versus “you’re”, but rather to say that in your self-professed grammar-Nazi-ing you may be missing out some very interesting things people have to say. None of this is to deliberately miss your point, which I presume is very simply that you wish English-users would take a little more care in bothering to learn the technicalities of their language; rather, to perhaps mitigate your frustration and open your mind to the possibility that language is not a fixed thing, that people are not generally trying to offend you or anyone else with their internet shorthand, and that maybe, on the whole, “correcting” language doesn’t matter nearly so much as loving it.
Stephen Fry speaks well on this subject (as in all things) and so I would invite you to take a quick peruse of it: http://www.upworthy.com/stephen-fry-takes-a-firm-stance-on-grammar-he-doesnt-go-the-way-youd-think-2
Related (I actually sent this to an English professor, because interesting): http://m.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/11/english-has-a-new-preposition-because-internet/281601/
Reblogged from kyletwebster
Please reblog (and win!): Big sale on my Photoshop brushes to celebrate 7000 downloads: $2 off the best-selling Megapack!
(As always, Photoshop CS5 or higher is required.)
Oh, damn. My biggest irk with PS is finding brushes that aren’t some sort of hindrance for me to use… and some of those look nice… VERY nice.
That time when you ship the ship and one of them dies literally 20 minutes later
Reblogged from kichisu
Steamworld Dig is coming out on Steam (PC/MAC) this Thursday! Since I am part of the development team behind this game I’ve decided to giveaway one product-key! Yes! You’ll get to own a copy of Steamworld Dig for FREE!
The rules are very simple
- You don’t need to follow me!
Just make sure that your ASK box is active or so! So I can contact you!
The winner will be announced this Thursday too <3
Good luck everyone! I hope you enter! \(-ㅂ-)/ ♥ ♥ ♥
Reblogged from modmad
- Leonardo Da Vinci’s wacky piano is heard for the first time, after 500 years:
A bizarre instrument combining a piano and cello has finally been played to an audience more than 500 years after it was dreamt up Leonardo da Vinci.
Da Vinci, the Italian Renaissance genius who painted the Mona Lisa, invented the ‘‘viola organista’’ - which looks like a baby grand piano – but never built it, experts say.
The viola organista has now come to life, thanks to a Polish concert pianist with a flair for instrument-making and the patience and passion to interpret da Vinci’s plans.
Full of steel strings and spinning wheels, Slawomir Zubrzycki’s creation is a musical and mechanical work of art.
‘‘This instrument has the characteristics of three we know: the harpsichord, the organ and the viola da gamba,’’ Zubrzycki said as he debuted the instrument at the Academy of Music in the southern Polish city of Krakow.
The instrument’s exterior is painted in a rich midnight blue, adorned with golden swirls painted on the side. The inside of its lid is a deep raspberry inscribed with a Latin quote in gold leaf by 12th-century German nun, mystic and philosopher, Saint Hildegard.
‘‘Holy prophets and scholars immersed in the sea of arts both human and divine, dreamt up a multitude of instruments to delight the soul,’’ it says.
The flat bed of its interior is lined with golden spruce. Sixty-one gleaming steel strings run across it, similar to the inside of a baby grand.
Each is connected to the keyboard, complete with smaller black keys for sharp and flat notes. But unlike a piano, it has no hammered dulcimers. Instead, there are four spinning wheels wrapped in horse-tail hair, like violin bows.
To turn them, Zubrzycki pumps a pedal below the keyboard connected to a crankshaft. As he tinkles the keys, they press the strings down onto the wheels, emitting rich, sonorous tones reminiscent of a cello, an organ and even an accordion.
The effect is a sound that da Vinci dreamt of, but never heard; there are no historical records suggesting he or anyone else of his time built the instrument he designed.
A sketch and notes in da Vinci’s characteristic inverted script is found in his Codex Atlanticus, a 12-volume collection of his manuscripts and designs for everything from weaponry to flight.
‘‘I have no idea what Leonardo da Vinci might think of the instrument I’ve made, but I’d hope he’d be pleased,’’ said Zubrzycki, who spend three years and 5000 hours bringing da Vinci’s creation to life.
This had better have like 5 million notes the next time I see it. omg. I have chills.
Reblogged from discovergames
So, Penny Arcade is looking for someone willing to do FOUR incredibly difficult IT jobs, be on-call 24/7, and be pushed to their limits, but isn’t exactly willing to pay you for it!
You know, despite the fact that they are a highly successful company that rakes in a ton of money for themselves by running several massive conventions every year and had all those Kickstarters that did super well.
But hey, if you’re a fan of Penny Arcade you probably don’t mind being exploited for the chance to *gasp* appear on camera sometimes! Right, nerd? You don’t care about being paid as long as you can live out your nerd dream working at the ultimate nerd company for nerds! It’s a dream come true, right? You don’t need to get PAID for dreams!
This sickens me. They can more than afford to properly pay an IT person a decent wage, most likely two so the job isn’t so harsh on a single person!
No, no, no, no, no. SERIOUSLY, a company as big as Penny Arcade can afford far better than this, yet some poor sap will jump on the chance and be naively grateful for essentially getting dry assfucked with a sandpaper condom.
HOLD THE PHONE.
I missed a part.
"You should have no problems working in a creative and potentially offensive environment.”
Or as this guy puts it: calamityjon How else can you interpret “Sometimes offensive workplace” except “So if you’re a girl or gay or ethnic, try not to be all bitchy about it”?
And don’t even hold your fucking breath if you’re trans*, we’ve learned.
ughhhh i loathe this company
Keep digging Penny Arcade.
Oh look, more reasons to despise Penny Arcade.
PA is basically why I will never go to PAX. Shitty people run shitty companies. Who knew?
It’s sad that someone’s going to probably jump on working themselves to death for little to no return out of their love for PA. Also you can forget being anything other than a straight cis white man in this job.
I already disliked Penny Arcade - a lot of little incidences that build up to a big whomping mess of a company, run by people hooked on their own egos… on top of which, their comics aren’t even actually that clever (or funny).
I really, really, REALLY hope that they either a) don’t find someone given the utter impossibility of this position, or b) have ridiculously stop-and-go turnover and actually realize that what they’re asking for is basically impossible for a single person to achieve; and they’d better split the jobs and, oh right, maybe PAY BETTER FOR THEM.
Penny Arcade is unbelievable. Their mens-club passive-aggressive BS was enough to dislike them for before, but asking for a single person to do four incredibly stressful, highly educated, highly involved jobs and telling them you can’t even pay them decently for it is just something else. That’s below being horrible to groups of people in general. That’s expecting to be able to treat your own TEAM (family, if the group is that damn small) horribly, and totally, totally get away with it because you happen to be internet famous.
Good fucking luck, PA. I sort of wish your personal ethics matched even slightly the ethic that you expect your employees to show.
Do you ever obtain something for someone that you know they will love SO MUCH and then you have to wait to give it to them
this is pure masochism, my friends