Friday, April 6, 2018

Bluest blue

Language reflects how we see the world, so in acient times our colour blind ancestors were describing the sea as "wine-red". Similarly, while fruit and vegetables are common categories in Western cultures, they are not universally recognised. In Norwegian PĂ„legg reffers to any ingredient you can add in a sandwich.

This makes one wonder what else we are not seeing? What concepts will the language of the future describe? What not yet seen colours and abstractions?

Friday, August 7, 2015

Rhetorical expressions for essay writing

To express reality: it is a fact that, in effect, as a matter of fact, actually, indeed

To make partially correct statements: up to a point, to some extent, in a way

To make contrasting points: yet, but, while, however, still, nevertheless, on the other hand, at the same time, even so, regardless of the fact, in spite of the fact that

To express balance: although, yet, on the other hand, at the same time, in contrast

To express exception: but, apart from, except (for)

To clarify: in other words, that is to say, to put it another way

To conclude: finally, lastly, all in all, on the whole, all things considered, to sum up

Summarising: in short, briefly, to put it briefly

Friday, July 31, 2015

Finding your own way, Keith Stevens

Fresh after abandoning academia and siding with the "something about evil" corporations, Keith Stevens gives an interview about his choices in career and life.

"It’s easy to do something you don’t love and create excuses for why you’re doing it, life situations and what not, but if you find that inner drive, you’ll find a way to make the thing you love into something you can live off of."

"In graduate school, and my other research positions, it was sometimes really hard to get the simplest tasks done. So even if I had a really great idea, it might have been close to impossible to turn the idea into a reality."

"Sitting back and doing nothing is great when you’re sick or after a long day of doing something productive, but it’s not what I want to do full time."

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Toolbox, Wittgenstein

"Wittgenstein said language was a toolbox with lots of different kinds of tools for different purposes."

From Adam's blog.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Art - the groundbreaking moments, Florian Heine

"He believed that one does not attain wisdom through listening to stories. He wanted to get to the bottom of things and used experiments, precise observation, description, and exact depictions of nature to this end."