Just for fun: wrote a random pixel pattern generator, refresh to see a new pattern:
I am newly reminded that I'm sad that modern English has largely eliminated six of its nine major prepositional locative adverbs. Each had a prefix indicating the place and a suffix indicating the direction:
h-: "this place"
th-: "that place"
wh-: "what place?"
-ere: "in such a place"
-ence: "from such a place"
-ither: "to such a place"
The surviving forms, of course, are "here" ("in this place"), "there" ("in that place"), and "where" ("in what place?"). But we used to have
hence: "from this place"
hither: "to this place"
thence: "from that place"
thither: "to that place"
whence: "from what place?"
whither: "to what place?"
and I think our language is poorer for their elimination.
Nothing that you say or do matters in the grand scheme of things, and this is pathetic, but more pathetic is the refusal to accept that fact, instead of conforming to it (and making it the only thing you conform to):
Your achievements don't matter, so no point in being dishonest.
You failures don't matter, so no point in giving up.
Your strive to perfection is vain, so no point in pressuring yourself.
I used to think it was good that teenagers went through “phases” because I kind of believe that it’s their job to try on personalities until they find one that fits but I’m going to amend that to say: it’s also good for adults.
Go through “phases” and fuck all the boring motherfuckers whose personality for the past 40 years has been to like 2 movies, 1 book, and 3 bands from when they were 15.
All in all, I nominate Dan Brown for the lames author ever.
Except that Eco is a professor of semiotics (the study of signs) and it seems that Dan Brown didn't even know that semiotics existed (called it "symbology" in his book).
Reminder: Springer has released a lot of digital textbooks for free in the last few months, and their special offer is ending on July 31st. There is no need to sign up to download the PDF and ePub files.
This lovely page has the full list of available titles: https://hnarayanan.github.io/springer-books/
Here it is different, here I sometimes feel like a traveller who stops by in a remote village where he can only speak to other travellers but still feel that this village can one day be their home.
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