Calembredaines & Coquecigrues

mehyewll:

If you ever want a conversation starter, ask your friends to consider the logistics of the ghost economy. Why, you say? Well, friend, consider:

  • ghosts generally cannot interact with the corporeal world
  • ghosts generally wear clothes and carry the items they died with
  • therefore, the only source of goods in the ghost world is whatever people died with

Some potential implications:

  • what is the probability that ghost society could build, say, a house? how many ghosts on average would this require? what new innovations of ghost engineering allow them to refit ballpoint pens and spare change into all manner of luxury items?
  • if ghosts can scare or lure people to their deaths, they would have a strong incentive to do so while the person is carrying something they want. holding a slice of cheesecake? you’re a target. wearing a nice pair of shoes? target. carrying an ipod with decent musical taste? there are at least 50 ghosts plotting against you right now.
  • ghost science has access to a wealth of observational data not available to the living (e.g. they can just walk into the heart of a volcano), but if they want, say, a microscope, they’re probably shit outta luck. social science is not exempt— sure, you can interview someone who actually lived in ancient mesopotamia, but you’ll have to hoard paper to even write it down, much less publish. ghost scientists are frustrated.
  • without physical needs, the entirety of ghost society runs on a boredom economy. houses where the living inhabitants regularly watch tv with the speakers on are a key commodity. if you die with a deck of cards or a musical instrument, you are a very valuable person.
  • tips for the living: always carry your favorite items in your pocket, and at all costs avoid dying naked.

(via thymoss)

“Monolinguals often assume that this kind of switching happens because speakers are not competent in one of their languages - a sort of deficit hypothesis - or because a concept just can’t be expressed in one of the languages - a sort of lexical gap explanation. Analysis of recorded multilingual speech doesn’t support these ideas, however. Speakers who code-switch the most often are usually those who are the most fluent in both of their languages, and there are linguistic rules about where in a sentence a switch can happen.”

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Van Herk, What Is Sociolinguistics, chapter 11. (via transliterations)

The Wikipedia article on code-switching has a nice classification of the types and linguistic rules involved: 

  • Intersentential switching occurs outside the sentence or the clause level (i.e. at sentence or clause boundaries). It is sometimes called "extrasentential" switching. In Assyrian-English switching one could say, “Ani wideili. What happened?” (“Those, I did them. What happened?”)
  • Intra-sentential switching occurs within a sentence or a clause. In Spanish-English switching one could say, “La onda is to fight y jambar." ("The in-thing is to fight and steal.”)
  • Tag-switching is the switching of either a tag phrase or a word, or both, from one language to another, (common in intra-sentential switches). In Spanish-English switching one could say, “Él es de México y así los criaron a ellos, you know.” (“He’s from Mexico, and they raise them like that, you know.”)
  • Intra-word switching occurs within a word itself, such as at a morpheme boundary. In Shona-English switching one could say, “But ma-day-s a-no a-ya ha-ndi-si ku-mu-on-a. (“But thesedays I don’t see him much.”) Here the English plural morpheme -s appears alongside the Shona prefix ma-, which also marks plurality.


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abystle:

Calendrier Magique (October),  Manuel Orazi, 1895.

abystle:

Calendrier Magique (October),  Manuel Orazi, 1895.

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Showtime orders Twin Peaks continuation for 2016

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detournementsmineurs:

"Second Rêve : Une Promenade dans le Ciel" par Jean Ignace Isidore Gérard / J. J. Grandville, 1847.

detournementsmineurs:

"Second Rêve : Une Promenade dans le Ciel" par Jean Ignace Isidore Gérard / J. J. Grandville, 1847.

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alpacalypse:

Steal Her Loch:

actually no i can’t do this sorry

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nicolasdelort:

nicolasdelort:

Good grief, here’s my latest print…!"It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown"
Will be available for sale next week Thursday Oct 2. on http://www.darkhallmansionstore.com/

More info about the editions and variants here on Blurppy! (and there’s even a photo of me)


On sale now! http://www.darkhallmansionstore.com/

nicolasdelort:

nicolasdelort:

Good grief, here’s my latest print…!
"It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown"

Will be available for sale next week Thursday Oct 2. on http://www.darkhallmansionstore.com/

More info about the editions and variants here on Blurppy! (and there’s even a photo of me)

On sale now! 
http://www.darkhallmansionstore.com/

“I think Bigfoot is blurry, that’s the problem. It’s not the photographers’ fault. Bigfoot is blurry and that’s extra scary to me. There’s a large, out-of-focus monster roaming the countryside.”

—   Mitch Hedberg (via archiemcphee)

(via elucipher)

Photographs by Fan Ho

Taken in Hong Kong in the 50’s. 

(Source: fanhophotography.com, via borgevino)

gristol:

quick concepts for some ideas of spirits i had. from left to right:

  1. the keeper: guardian of cemeteries - makes sure graves remain clean and never without flowers.
  2. crywolf: once thought to be a trickster spirit that led travelers to their doom, this spirit’s actual intent is to help travelers discover unmarked graves of murder victims.
  3. the cacophony: will appear to some individuals - serves the same purpose as a banshee.
  4. the rat king: a spirit of vengeance, unleashed upon those who hurt others.
  5. the lure: an otherworldly being that feeds on lost souls - will lure them close and devour them whole.
  6. the guardian: a watchful sloth spirit that comforts the spirit of dead children, allowing them to paint his fur.

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wayofdreams:

DespoToy, renverse toi même ton dictateur favori.
Kit de renversement de dictateur, DespoToy Napoléon. Ne convient pas aux enfants de moins de trois ans, risques d’étouffement, de brûlure, de répression armée, d’emprisonnement, d’exécution sommaire.

wanderthewood:

Basilica of San Vitale, Ravenna, Italy by sdhaddow

wanderthewood:

Basilica of San Vitale, Ravenna, Italy by sdhaddow

(via ghosts-in-the-library)

tastefullyoffensive:

Artist Chris McMahon buys other people’s landscape paintings at thrift stores and puts monsters in them.

Previously: Artist Repaints His Own Childhood Drawings

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“You had to kill him. The boy cries you a sweater of tears…and you kill him. How are you going to live with yourself?”

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Mr. Krabs (via chosen-undead)

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#you’re in a pattymobile with a beautiful boy (via ravenbellamys)

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