- Bed Load
Solid particles, like the pebbles in a stream, that are carried along by flowing water.
The British spelling for the word “tidbits.” Tit-Bits was the name of of a British weekly magazine published from 1881 to 1984.
- Loose Smutt
A fungus that attacks wheat crops.
A small bird native to sub-Saharan Africa. Also known as tick birds, they eat parasites that infest the hides of livestock.
- Dick Test
If your doctor suspects you have scarlet fever, you may be given this diagnostic test invented by Dr. George Dick and his wife Gladys in 1924.
A singled-celled organism found in pond water.
- Crack Spread
The difference in value between unrefined crude oil and the products that can be made by refining, or “cracking” the oil.
The f-shaped sound holes cut into the front of violins, cellos, and other stringed instruments.
- Rump Party
In British politics, when one faction of a political party breaks away to merge with or form a new party, the faction left behind is known as the “rump party.”
A person who dives underwater in search of pearls, sunken treasure, or other riches.
A genus, or grouping of more than 20 species of ground squirrel.
- Crap Mats
The name of a mountain in the Swiss Alps.
An adjective that means “having to do with seaweed.”
A type of sugar found in human breast milk and in seaweed.
To stumble, either in step or in speech.
A species of finch native to the U.S.
Oh my. It’s all about perspective isn’t it? #language
Nice! Thanks guys!
Meet Amy Burvall, a true beliver in the power of humor and music, sharing, and transparency. Better yet, take a look at her touching and beautifully-composed introduction video about Hawaii, obstacles and costume celebrations using Popcorn Maker.
Remix this project, or make your own introduction to the world from scratch at Webmaker.org.
Unfortunately, she has no sense of timing, and no one can possibly follow this machine gun speed presentation. And that takes away a lot from it. She’s not a Vulcan, people.
To defend her:
Do note, she has no formal training, and little experience, though, which is why this particular thing is amateurish. This is purely a self taught thing she has done. Her real vids (see link) were made by her creative partner, who is a genius. And because this thing cannot be stopped, slowed down, or rewound on Tumblr.. you may have to watch several times to get any gist of it. Unless you know her…. It will seem like a waste of time. But you may get value from it.
NB: If you really want the full story, Google Amy Burvall and Herb Mahelona, and see the TedX Honolulu link.
Her real vids are here: http://www.youtube.com/user/historyteachers/videos?view=0
The TEDx Story is here:
(Yes I know, listening to the entire “Henry the 8th” Video is torture, especially since you want to find out the meat of the story. Please, do persevere. I guarantee true value.)
Ode to Pluto…Take all the books and change them! (a kid’s perspective) mentalflossr:
Well, sorry Neil, but the argument is still on, and there are even science types who look at Pluto and Charron (And they now appear to have a couple of “mini-moons”, and there may be a third small “worldlet” involved….) and say this may be a “special case”. After all, combine all the masses but one “moon” into one body… and…
“I have such a longing nowadays for an honest, productive life. And then, in the midst of all this general rejoicing, I come up against your puzzlingly sad, absent look, wandering in who knows what enchanted kingdom. I’d give anything for it not to be like that, for your face to tell me that you are all right, that you are pleased with life, that you don’t need anything from anyone. For someone really close to you, your friend or husband (best of all if he were a soldier) to come and take me by the hand and tell me kindly to stop worrying about your fate
Dr Zhivago to Lara in Dr Zhivago by Boris Pasternak. (via sarahannesley)
Yes, I understand this…..
eyes are way expensive…
Probably the creepiest ad ever
ALWAYS RECALL: “The John Deere Motto”
….. Safety First …..
“Sooner or later, the great men turn out to be all alike. They never stop working. They never lose a minute. It is very depressing.”
“A modern stoic knows that the surest way to discipline passion is to discipline time: decide what you want or ought to do during the day, then always do it at exactly the same moment every day, and passion will give you no trouble.”
An addictive read—just 1-3 page summaries of the routines of various artists, scientists, etc. It’s fun to go through and get ideas for your own work, but mostly it’s just fascinating to hear about how people work(ed). (cf. Studs Turkel’s Working.)
Here are a few bits that rang true to my own experience:
A little bit of work every day adds up.
Anthony Trollope: “three hours a day will produce as much as a man ought to write.”
Martin Amis: “Two hours. I think most writers would be very happy with two hours of concentrated work.”
Gertrude Stein: “If you write a half hour a day it makes a lot of writing year by year.”
Read your work aloud.
Simply reading your work aloud gives you enough distance from it that you can hear what’s really going on. Mark Twain would read his day’s work aloud to his family after dinner. Maya Angelou would read her stuff to her husband, but not invite him to comment. (Quentin Tarantino does the same—he reads scripts to his friends, but doesn’t invite feedback. “I don’t want your input, heavens forbid…”)
Eat a good breakfast.
I’d like to adopt Carl Jung’s breakfast: “coffee, salami, fruits, bread and butter.”
A little procrastination can go a long way.
Gerhard Richter: “I love making plans. I could spend my life arranging things. Weeks go by, and I don’t paint until I can’t stand it any longer…perhaps I create these little crises as a kind of secret strategy to push myself.”
Joseph Heller: “Television drove me back to Catch-22. I couldn’t imagine what Americans did at night when they weren’t writing novels.”
Pressure makes you get the work done.
Edward Abbey: “I hate commitments, obligations and working under pressure. But on the other hand, I like getting paid in advance and I only work under pressure.”
Go for walks.
Charles Dickens took a 3-hour walks every day at 2PM, “searching for some pictures I wanted to build upon.”
Wallace Stevens commuted on foot three or four miles in between his house and his day job, and took an hour long walk at lunch. He composed his poems on these walks, scribbling on envelopes he had stuffed in his pockets.
Here are some other random bits I found interesting:
- Francis Bacon would read cookbooks in bed to fall asleep.
- Morton Feldman on what John Cage taught him: “He said that it’s a very good idea that after you write a little bit, stop and then copy it. Because while you’re copying it, you’re thinking about it, and it’s giving you other ideas. And that’s the way I work. And it’s marvelous, just wonderful, the relationship between working and copying.”
Here are some great quotes:
- Gustave Flaubert: “It’s no easy business to be simple.“
- Woody Allen: “I think in the cracks all the time. I never stop.”
- Glenn Gould: “I don’t approve of people who watch television, but I am one of them.”
- Phillip Roth: “I’m like a doctor and it’s an emergency room. And I’m the emergency.”
- Stephen Jay Gould: “It’s not work, it’s my life. It’s what I do. It’s what I like to do.”
- Bernard Malamud: “The real mystery to crack is you
Funny enough, out of all the routines, I thought Georgia O’Keefe’s was the most lovely. She lived out in the New Mexico desert and got up every morning to watch the sun come up…
I do wonder about the book’s structure. At first, I could see the way Currey was DJing, the juxtapositions he was trying to make, but later on things got a little random. One thing I liked about his blog was that you could click tags to read about artists with different habits: procrastinators, early risers, nap takers, etc. But that’s the nature of the beast when you translate an essentially non-linear, fluid database into a linear, fixed form like a book…
Anyways, it’s a fun read.
This looks like an amazing read!
I know this is a very serious and brilliant graphic design/ PSA but I just can’t help craving a grey Napoleon.
Tux Tax would be a great band name…and Mampf could open for them
- KOREAN—CHIK CHIK POK POK (칙칙폭폭)
The sound of a train.
- GERMAN—MAMPF MAMPF
- RUSSIAN—GAV GAV (ГАВ-ГАВ)
A dog barking.
- JAPANESE—PACHI PACHI (パチパチ)
The sound of a crackling fire.
- FRENCH—RON PSHI
- THAI—SUAAN SAEH HAEH HAA (สรวลเสเฮฮา)
- LATIN—TUX TAX
- GEORGIAN—GHRUTU GHRUTU (ღრუტუ ღრუტუ)
- VIETNAMESE—HỚT HƠ HỚT HẢI
Gasping for breath.
Shivering with cold.
- FINNISH – KÄKÄTTÄÄ
HA HA HA HA ! Interesting! Cute. Thanks!
Ha! All I can say is HA! (what a find)
Overused Movie Poster Cliches [via]
Previously: Movie Posters Recreated with Comic Sans and Clip Art
MIND YOU! Some of those themes, styles, adds, posters, whatever were/are very effective, even if “over used”…..
great motto. stunning typography.
The motto of the Reformation. “Post tenebras lux”, which means “After darkness, light”. Check out my other works here.
And of course, “After light, darkness”, also. Both equal.
At least that is what physics and science say.
But one… is preferred.