Thursday, 31 July 2014

This links post is so big you should probably call in sick to work for the next two days before you start to read it. You've been warned.

If you only have time for one thing, I recommend this one:
  • 16 musicians losing their shit on stage. Oh my god. Billy Joel is HILARIOUS. "STOP LIGHTING THE AUDIENCE. STOP IT" hahahahaha And Slash with Michael Jackson too hahaha. The videos are absolutely worth watching. Too good. 

And now for the rest of the links. 

Tina Fey and Rachel Dratch at UCB before they were on SNL.It's nearly an hour long but so so worth it if you're a fan of those two ladies in the least.


Tired of links yet? Too bad because we are only halfway through! Muahahahahaha. LINKS FOREVER.

And a bunch of videos I insist you watch. Or don't. Whatever. I'll never know if you do or not anyway. But I liked them. So. Yeah.


throwback thursday

Mullet, cats and cartoons. Not much has changed.
That elephant duffel bag was mine. I wish I still had it.

Monday, 28 July 2014

A linguistic theory I'm working on

 This was me when I was actually in school. So. Yeah. 


Get ready for some extreme nerdishness. I've been thinking about this one on and off for years, and I really think I'm right. I believe I've figured out where certain nicknames come from, and it's all about word association.

The same thing happens over and over to me, regardless of where I am or with whom I am speaking. People, once they get to know me well enough, call me Novarella.

I never ever ever tell people that was my nickname when I was a small child. Ever. And none of the people who come up with it know that I go by that as my online persona either.  But they end up calling me Novarella eventually every time.

Of course first comes Super Nova, then Novocaine or Chevy Nova, and the origins of those ones are obvious. But Novarella? Why?


Having taken years of linguistics courses at university, I have the tools to think about this from a more scientific point of view than the average Joe. And I believe I've figured it out. It's actually pretty simple.

It's just because the phonemes in Novarella are similar to the phonemes in another familiar word, Mozzarella.

I know, I know, it sounds stupid, but hear me out. I have done the same thing to Tank, completely subconsciously. I call him "Tankaroo" all the time. Why that?

Because it's very very similar to the word kangaroo. 

Here's the breakdown as I see it:

This is a chart featuring the consonants of the International Phonetic Alphabet

Novarella - Mozzarella

Okay so you can see that the \n\ and the \m\ are both voiced nasals, the only difference is the place of articulation, with the \m\ being bilabial and the N being alveolar.

The o sound in both words is more or less pronounced the same way.

Then the \v\ and the \z\ are both voiced fricatives, the only difference, again is the place of articulation, with the \v\ being labiodental and the \z\ being alveolar. 

And then the "arella" is the same at the end of both of them.

I think that when a person is searching for a cute nickname for somebody, the brain scans its vocabulary for a word that is similar enough that the name will fit in nicely and have a nice ring to the ear.

Tankaroo - Kangaroo

The same thing goes with Tankaroo and Kangaroo. The \t\ and the \k\ are both voiceless stops (plosives), the only difference is, you guessed it, the place of articulation. The \t\ is an alveolar stop and the \k\ is a velar stop.

Then there's the "ang/ank". This one, as you can see on the chart is a little different from the last three examples, but sort of the same. The only difference between the \g\ and the \k\ is the voicing. They're both velar plosives, but the \g\ is voiced, the \k\ is not.

So there you have it, folks. My word-nerdery of the day.

What do you think? Am I onto something here? Can you think of any other examples like this?

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Reading in 2014 - Book 24 - My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares

Oh hey, I just found out the lady who wrote this is the author of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants! I can totally see that, looking back.

Long story short, it's a romantic take on what would happen if reincarnation was real and if some people could remember every single life they'd lived. And then if one of those people totally fell in love with someone and kept finding them in each life and trying to be with them but they didn't remember and it kind of weirded them out.

This book was good. I enjoyed the story, the writing was good, the little historical details were interesting. Buuuut I'm not totally into reading romance tales. So for me it was a 7/10. Nothing against the author, I just wasn't that into all the "I love you forever" stuff. Still, if you get a chance to read this book, I say go for it.

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Friday, 25 July 2014

How many tattoos do you have? Part Six - Let It Rain, Let It Shine

Still bleeding in these photos. 

I got this on kind of a whim from my boss, mister Gerry Kramer. He had done a painting that was pretty similar to the tattoo and I just loved the banner, I had never seen one done like that, with the words showing through on the back and thought it was cool. So I asked if I could have it in a tattoo and he said yes.

I think in the original painting the banner is wrapped around an umbrella but it wouldn't fit properly into the space so we just made it a cloud, he ended up just drawing it on with a sharpie. Aaaand voila. A lot of my tattoos have very similar stories...basically I liked the picture so I got a tattoo of it. The end.

 Link up here!! 

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Thursday, 24 July 2014

July Links 7





KellyAlycia - Sarah Von - Rookie - Danielle