1. The word “umlaut” comes from one of the Brothers Grimm.
To Americans the umlaut had a harsh, Teutonic look to it and Mötley Crüe, Motörhead, Queensrÿche, and dozens of other bands (listed on the Metal Umlaut Wikipedia page) tried to impart a little gothic scariness through randomly scattered pairs of dots. The dots didn’t have quite the same effect in umlaut-using countries, where the umlaut signifies vowel qualities of softness, highness, lightness and roundedness.
Vowel Mutation is my new band name.
20 September 2014
Turn it Down
Whether it’s a distant bird call, a whispered conversation or a suspicious sound in the house, we all behave in the same way when straining to hear something: stand stock still and be as quiet as possible. Unbeknownst to us, an equivalent correction is constantly taking place within the brain, keeping us responsive to sound throughout our many noisy activities. This is achieved by neurons [nerve cells], shown in green (in a section of mouse brain) which project from the motor cortex, an area responsible for controlling movement, to the auditory cortex, which processes signals from our ears. When mice are grooming, running or feeding, these neurons send signals to inhibit other cells in the auditory cortex, dampening their response to sound. By reducing sensitivity to the sounds of our own body, this mechanism is thought to maintain our ability to detect other, more important noises in the environment.
Written by Emmanuelle Briolat
I’m at work for another 90 minutes or so and would like to go to the neighborhood festival but I’m so tired. Gestating is exhausting and its about a mile walk to either the fest or my house. My house has a couch and a beagle but the festival has my friends and their bands. Sadly, there is nowhere to sit nor can I drink street beer — which is a big part of my love of neighborhood festivals. I will most likely go home to nap and make Speech Science flashcards.
I would also quite like some IKEA meatballs delivered to my house but I’m guessing that’s not really an option, alas. There are lots of flavors one can have brought to your door in this city but I don’t think there are any nordic ones (million dollar idea?) This craving may just be because of this episode of Judge John Hodgman that I am listening to, though..
Whoa, it works:
y’all enjoy your anime gifs while i just
YO THIS SHIT ACTUALLY WORKS
Holy shit it does work.
- Them: I don't think kids should be exposed to gay relationships.
- You: Why not?
- Them: It's introducing children to sexuality! They're too young for that!
- You: So when a prince and princess kiss in a Disney movie, are they introduced to sexuality? When the prince and the princess get married and have a child, is that introducing your child to sexuality?
- Them: NO! But if they see a man and a man, or a woman and a woman together... they're going to start asking questions! Like how a man and a man can... you know, do anything together.
- You: You think the only thing people think when they see a gay couple is "I wonder how they have sex"? Furthermore, you think a CHILD is going to even know what that means? When the prince and the princess kiss, does your 4 year old daughter ask, "mommy, how do people have intercourse"? No. She just sees two people in love. If you remember when you were a kid, you probably didn't think about sex every time you saw two people happy together.
- Them: But it'll bring up all kinds of questions, it'll confuse my child!
- You: Then be a fucking parent and explain it to your child. The only question that might be brought up is "mom, why don't you want gay people to be happy?". And when you don't have a good answer for that question, you can look your child in the eye and say "It's because I'm a bigot".
Gilliam didn’t need to repudiate his relationship with the mainstream film industry, which had pretty much turned its back on him after the commercial failure of “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” in 1998 – a movie that looks, in retrospect, like the ultimate distillation of his grotesque and visionary directorial style. Gilliam pioneered the blend of fantasy and dystopian science fiction in the days before CGI, when those things seemed like geeky and bizarre niche interests. Go back and look at the remarkable special effects in another underappreciated box-office flop, “The Adventures of Baron Munchausen,” made in 1988. He was just a few years too early, but his influence is everywhere in contemporary cinema and culture, even as his later career has been a remarkable parade of near-misses and not-quites. Not for nothing is the aging, threadbare rebel leader played by John Hurt in Bong Joon-ho’s “Snowpiercer” named Gilliam!