“…the light that loses, the night that wins; and time remembered is grief forgotten, and frosts are slain and flowers begotten, and in green underwood and cover blossom by blossom the spring begins…”
— When The Hounds Of Spring - Algernon Charles Swinburne (via naturespiritheart)
11:31 pm • 9 March 2014 • 62 notes
1x01 // 1x07
thanks for the ride-along, boys
9:58 pm • 9 March 2014 • 674 notes
There may be trace evidence - preserved in the craquelure.
- What? Craquelure.
It’s French for the cracks that appear on an oil painting as it dries and it becomes rigid with age.
Cracks are not always weaknesses. A life lived accrues in the cracks.
9:01 pm • 9 March 2014 • 298 notes
Galaxy Quest (1999)
I had originally not wanted to see Galaxy Quest because I heard that it was making fun of Star Trek. Then Jonathan Frakes rang me up and said ‘You must not miss this movie! See it on a Saturday night in a full theater.’ And I did, and of course I found it was brilliant. Brilliant. No one laughed louder or longer in the cinema than I did. - Patrick Stewart
One of the most seriously underrated comedies of all time.
8:56 pm • 9 March 2014 • 25,691 notes
Quantifier Scope Jokes
From a recent tweet by James Martin:
A woman gives birth in the UK every 48 seconds. She must be exhausted.
Which reminded me of a recent conversation I had about the surprisingly dangerous skills of deer:
Every year, somebody’s dog gets killed by a deer. It’s always the same person. They never learn. You just shouldn’t have a Chihuahua in Churchill, Manitoba
Obviously, the original intention is for neither the same woman nor the same dog owner, and the humour comes from violating this expectation, but why are both readings available in the first place?
Hold the Phone”! bc there are multiple scope taking expressions in the deer sentence meaning that there many more readings available than just 2. what if it’s the same dog that dies every year? and what if there’s just one murderous deer that’s responsible? these meanings can be analysed as the expressions taking different scopes. semantics is hard
Oh true! There’s a SOME (existential quantifier, if you want to get technical) over both the dog/dog owner and the deer, so combinatorily that’s several more readings available. I think six? Or are readings (1) and (4), (3) and (6) equivalent?
1. a particular dog, a particular deer, every year
2. a particular dog, every year, any deer in general
3. every year, any dog, any deer
4. a particular deer, a particular dog, every year
5. a particular deer, ever year, any dog in general
6. every year, any deer, any dog
(Sorry for the rather bloodthirsty example sentence by the way.)
8:48 pm • 9 March 2014 • 229 notes
Teenage girls wearing the fashion trend of 1953; dog collars fastened around their ankles, on the right if you had a boyfriend and on the left if you were single.
8:46 pm • 9 March 2014 • 527 notes