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"From geometric to cursive to regular script, there is no such thing as one calligraphic style for a language. Sometimes there is even no such thing as one script per language." It's fascinating to not only analyze the differences within one written language let alone in connection to others, but also to marvel at the construction, style, and evolution of writing.

via +Samuel Smith.

#language #writing
 
Calligraphy porn.  Go forth and be amazed at the number of ways cultures have made themselves literate.
The beauty of typography has no borders. While most of us work with the familiar Latin alphabet, international projects usually require quite extensive knowledge about less familiar writing systems from around the world. The aesthetics and structure of such designs can be strongly related to the shape and legibility of the letterforms, so learning about international writing systems will certainly help you create more attractive and engaging Web ...
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For those wanting an online Wikipedia alternative. I'll have to bookmark the site to remember to try it next time I'm searching for information.

via +Russ Abbott
 
A very nice article on the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy [SEP] (http://plato.stanford.edu/). It is authoritative, comprehensive, and up-to-date, something that virtually no other Internet site can claim.

The end of the article suggests that other fields could do something similar: an Encyclopedia of Computer Science or Economics or Biology. It's a lot of volunteer work, but potentially of great public value. 

Attempts to create something along these lines include Google's Knol (https://goo.gl/u4c7wA) and Scholarpedia (https://goo.gl/5kEQ2a). Both failed. Citizendium (https://goo.gl/RxK3mS), which was more narrowly focussed also failed. To get something like this started for a particular discipline would probably require support from both high profile individuals and organizations in the discipline as was the case with SEP.
With the right people and a little effort, we could have the internet we always wanted.
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There's liquid water on Mars.

via +Yonatan Zunger.

#nasa #mars #water #discovery
 
There is liquid water flowing on Mars. It's briny (full of perchlorate salts), which is what keeps it liquid even at Martian temperatures, but it's there and flowing just beneath the surface, so that you can see the wetting of the soil above it from orbit. 
New findings from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) provide the strongest evidence yet that liquid water flows intermittently on present-day Mars.
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In this video, you can actually see radiation pouring out of uranium. Take a moment to see the universe in a new way...
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Let's hope so.
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Harlem (Dreams Deferred) by Langston Hughes

What happens to a dream deferred?

Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore—
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over—
like a syrupy sweet?

Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.

Or does it explode?

#poetry #poem
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This book is going straight to the top of my list.

Thanks for sharing +Wayne Radinsky.

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David J. Peterson invented Dothraki and High Valyrian, fictional languages from Game Of Thrones, Shiväisith for the movie Thor: The Dark World, and four languages (one of which is Castian, but the article does not say what the other three are) for the SyFy show Defiance. If you want to know how he does it, he wrote a book, The Art Of Language Invention.
David J. Peterson has crafted languages for TV shows and films — even a whole language for a single giant, in Game of Thrones. For him, every language is a balance of the technical and the artistic.
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You're welcome, +Danielle Rojas!
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How foreigners view American habits like laughing and putting their feet on stuff. Plus, there's a "cult of everyday heroes."

via +Kristine Kucera

#perspective
 
Investing perspectives!
Advice people around the world give their fellow citizens about navigating the peculiarities of American culture.
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It can happen to anyone +MICHAEL STEWART. When I visited Texas the first time I kept ordering iced tea. I didn't understand why I was given odd looks until much later when a kind waiter explained all tea is served with ice unless one orders hot tea. Plus, unlike NY, iced tea is brewed tea that is chilled, not that overly sugared mix I am familiar with. I felt silly then. 
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The clouds blocked most people I've spoken with. Smh.
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Don't blink!
 
Feast your eyes tonight on a rare #SuperBloodMoon , a total lunar eclipse and a full moon at its closest point to Earth ("at perigee"), which will create a reddish moon that appears larger than normal: goo.gl/Q9zybn

Credit: CNBC, Stan Honda 
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Lunar eclipse on Sunday, September 27th. +Google can celebrate a very sweet 17th under the #SuperBloodMoon :)

via +Hudson Ansley.

 
Get set for a superlative eclipse. On Sunday night, September 27 in the Americas (early Monday morning for Europe and Africa) the Full Moon will slide into Earth’s shadow in total eclipse. This is no ordinary Full Moon. It’s the Harvest Moon, the full…
Get set for a superlative eclipse. On Sunday night, September 27 in the Americas (early Monday morning for Europe and Africa) the Full Moon will slide into Earth’s shadow in total eclipse. Th…
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The Zipf Principle

The video is a bit long (~20min), but fascinating. Although language is thought to be organic and often dependent on context, a closer look reveals that 80% of our overall speech is composed of 20% of the same words. And a word's rank holds an interesting relationship with their frequency. Is language truly natural or is our brain designed to include these principles? The video gives a multitude of examples from all fields in which this 80-20 phenomenon occurs. I think I'm most impressed the statistics apply to all languages, including those not yet translated.

#linguistics #mathematics #language #brain
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I watched only 20% of this, so i suppose I got 80% of the information, enough to know that the remaining 20% is not worth completing it.
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Lover of technology, the mind, and a good story.
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Hi, my name is Danielle. I am not a fan of introductions because the only way to truly know a person is through conversation, not a paragraph of characteristics. With that said, there are two things you need to know about me:
 
Part one: I love to read and do it obsessively.
 
Part two: Bookworms like me aren't just dreamers. We're teaching ourselves how to live. Narratives have formed my character, and will continue to do so in every chapter of my life.
 
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