Xah Belles-lettres Blog 2013-09
Good news for those of you studying the logical language lojban. Evan Rysdam has started to post a-word-a-day
you can also read my old tutorial at Xah's lojban Tutorial
i can't help but think of the word lugubrious
see also Mario Brothers Piranha Plant Earring
Q: What's the news? A: that you are decipher'd, that's the news. Titus Andronicus: Act 4 #nsa
“Then let the ladies tattle what they please.” Titus Andronicus: Act 4
today's words and idioms: tenderness, verve, slovenliness, finesse, “dressed up to the nines”. Madonna ♪ “Don't Cry For Me Argentina”
How to Increase Your Vocabulary (old article, updated.)
new funny video. How to do an American Accent 📺
yester i discovered a mysterious site called waitbutwhy。By my ∞ wisdom and meticulous analysis，i foretell，it's a female.
for you queer buffs, today's quip is bought to you buy: yester, buff, meticulousness, and in conjunction with foretell.
Quine could lecture in French, Spanish, Portuguese and German, as well as his native English. But like the logical positivists, he evinced little interest in the philosophical canon: only once did he teach a course in the history of philosophy, on Hume.
vocabulary: dole, misanthropic, promiscuous, flaunts, facade, asphyxiates, callous, sober, grudgingly, inebriated. Bedrock ♪〈For What You Dream Of〉 (Trainspotting) 🎶
vocabulary: quicksand, colloid, viscosity, dispersed, globules, and, the etymology of ketchup
Quicksand is a colloid hydrogel consisting of fine granular material (such as sand or silt), clay, and water…
Quicksand is a non-Newtonian fluid: when undisturbed, it often appears to be in a solid (“gel” form), but a minor (less than 1%) change in the stress on the quicksand will cause a sudden decrease in its viscosity (“sol” form)…
Because of the higher density of the quicksand, it would be impossible for a human or animal to entirely sink in the quicksand…
The way to escape is to wiggle the legs as slowly as possible in order to reduce viscosity, to try spreading the arms and legs far apart and lying supine to increase the body's surface area, which should allow one to float.
A colloid is a substance microscopically dispersed throughout another substance. (a good example is milk, which is an emulsified colloid of liquid butterfat globules dispersed within a water-based solution.)
A non-Newtonian fluid is a fluid whose flow properties differ in any way from those of Newtonian fluids. Most commonly the viscosity (measure of a fluid's ability to resist gradual deformation by shear or tensile stresses) of non-Newtonian fluids is dependent on shear rate or shear rate history.
a good example of non-Newtonian fluid is ketchup. Once disturbed, it flows readily. So, this means, shake it first.
etymology of ketchup
1711, said to be from Malay kichap, but probably not original to Malay. It might have come from Chinese koechiap “brine of fish,” which, if authentic, perhaps is from the Chinese community in northern Vietnam [Terrien de Lacouperie, in “Babylonian and Oriental Record,” 1889, 1890]. Catsup (earlier catchup, 1680s) is a failed attempt at Englishing, still in use in U.S., influenced by cat and sup.
Originally a fish sauce, the word came to be used in English for a wide variety of spiced gravies and sauces; “Apicius Redivivus; or, the Cook's Oracle,” by William Kitchiner, London, 1817, devotes 7 pages to recipes for different types of catsup (his book has 1 spelling of ketchup, 72 of catsup), including walnut, mushroom, oyster, cockle and mussel, tomata, white (vinegar and anchovies figure in it), cucumber, and pudding catsup. Chambers's Encyclopaedia (1870) lists mushroom, walnut, and tomato ketchup as “the three most esteemed kinds.” Tomato ketchup emerged c.1800 in U.S. and predominated from early 20c.
been listening to these songs for 2 decades. Seems every day. My life is a monotonic infatuation. Augustness, Austerity, the Pain, the Suffering: 4 Piano Pieces to Die For
I construe, therefore I am. (from https://twitter.com/barfton)
logic and linguistics. The Logical Levels of Interpretation
vocabulary: augustness, austerity. Augustness, Austerity, the Pain, the Suffering: 4 Piano Pieces to Die For
“if you learned to speak lojban, your communication would be completely umambiguous and logical.” “Yeah, but it would all be with the kind of people who learn lojban.” Xah's lojban Tutorial
vocabulary: maudlin, sentimentalities, upheavals, nonchalant. ABBA ♪ “The Day Before You Came”