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bhrgunatha  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: What did you die from in the 17th centruy?

Kingsevill (scrofula) - had to look up the condition.

    Until the 18th century, doctors thought the only way to cure the disease was to be touched by a member of a royal family.

We had a weird history choice at school - one choice included "Modern history" (which obviously means recent European history) and the other included "The history of medicine" but the weird part was the history of the Mormons - no seriously. The English school system decided in their infinite wisdom that it was important to educate the next generation of the workforce on Joseph Smith and his antics.

The medicine part was as awesome as it was gruesome though. Imagine being a teenage lad and studying about early operations and doctors getting high on ether. Fantastic.

bhrgunatha  ·  7 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 417th Weekly "Share Some Music You've Been Into Lately"

This week I discovered World Domination Enterprises released some of their old material last year and that made me stupidly happy.

Go Dominator

Woke Up Just In Time

On Bandcamp:

Go Dominator

Paint the Curtains

bhrgunatha  ·  18 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: This Is a Coup

I think the drift to the right away from more balanced centrist policy isn't just a US phenomena.

From an outsider's point of view - Trump is just laughably incompetent. What happens if someone with guile and strategy and not at the whim of their own narcissism and fragility tries to do something similar?

bhrgunatha  ·  18 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: This Is a Coup

What happens next?

When even Mitt Romney says:

    “What happened here today was an insurrection incited by the president of the United States.”

There was some discussion on news coverage after Congress returned that some GOP senators were abandoning Trump but other were doubling down. Will there be repercussions for Trump personally?

I also read the Republicans were discussing removing him from office, but don't know how accurate that is. He still has two weeks.

Does he get off scot free?

bhrgunatha  ·  19 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: January 6, 2021

    Music is the medium I've always had the most trouble connecting with.

Wow. I can't comprehend that and it makes me genuinely sad.

I can sympathise though, like when I read that mantis shrimp have 12 colour receptors instead of the measly 3 humans have and we'll never be able to comprehend what that experience is like.

bhrgunatha  ·  21 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: WindowSwap

This reminds me of a website where people would register a webcam and tag it with the timezone. The site would show you constant images of the sunrise - sometimes still images sometimes a live feed. There were many webcams that were set up outside people's houses or in some town somewhere. It always made me feel connected to people in different parts of the world.

I just wish it was live rather than videos.

bhrgunatha  ·  22 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: ‘I just want to find 11,780 votes’

Makes me wonder what, more subtle approaches, the other losers took in the past - if any?

bhrgunatha  ·  25 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: In Search of Obscure Words for Even Rarer Feelings ‹ Literary Hub

Half of these are phrases not words. still...

Mono no aware - me to me

Hammock - Mono no aware

Mono no aware - Blackbox

(for bfv)

William Basinski & Lawrence English – Mono No Aware

This one in particular feels so universal there ought to be a singular word.

bhrgunatha  ·  28 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 414th Weekly "Share Some Music You've Been Into Lately"
bhrgunatha  ·  32 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Merry Christmas, Hubski

I'm not German but I was born there so Fröhliche Weihnachten!

bhrgunatha  ·  39 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: To the brain, reading computer code is not the same as reading language

Your point about not using parts used in other languages because they're missing from your mother tongue/s becomes very clear when you try and teach.

I think the most surprising is that it's almost impossible to produce phonemes you aren't exposed to by the age of 2 IIRC. Of course it takes longer to actually produce the sounds but you need exposure at a ridiculously young age to even have a chance. I wonder if there's a similar limit with the more abstract higher level parts of language.