katina. 22, grad student, UIUC. I have a great deal still to learn.

 

What is a word?

allthingslinguistic:

The Economist’s Johnson blog has an excellent post about the problem of defining exactly what a word is, anyway. 

For a more in-depth treatment of the same topic, Heidi Harley has posted online the first chapter (“What is a word?”) of her textbook, A Linguistic Introduction to English Words, which is a fun read, especially for a textbook. 

nikolaecuza:

danosaurs-and-philions:

im a bad person who thinks bad thoughts like ‘ew what is that girl wearing’ and then remember that im supposed to be positive about all things and then think ‘no she can wear what she wants, fuck what other people say damn girl u look fabulous’ and im just a teeny bit hypocritical tbh

I was always taught by my mother, That the first thought that goes through your mind is what you have been conditioned to think. What you think next defines who you are.

fandom-pride:

My 99 year old great grandfather was at my house for Christmas and we were watching cake boss because it’s his favourite show, except it was already recorded so I fast forwarded through the commercial and my grandpa screamed and said “WHAT ARE YOU DOING?? ARE YOU TIME TRAVELLING?? ELLIE YOU CAN’T DO THAT”

(Source: pancakereport)

toska [tohs-kah]

(noun) An untranslatable, Russian word – Vladimir Nabokov describes it best: “No single word in English renders all the shades of toska. At its deepest and most painful, it is a sensation of great spiritual anguish, often without any specific cause. At less morbid levels it is a dull ache of the soul, a longing with nothing to long for, a sick pining, a vague restlessness, mental throes, yearning. In particular cases it may be the desire for somebody or something specific, nostalgia, love-sickness. At the lowest level it grades into ennui, boredom.”  (via les-espaces-et-les-sentiments)

(Source: wordsnquotes)

CollegeHumor explains Net Neutrality

collegehumor:

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I’m Adam.

-And I’m Emily.

We make “funny videos” on the Internet.

-But soon, we might not be able to.

That’s because…

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…net neutrality is in jeopardy. Net Neutrality is the principle that says ISPs can’t discriminate between different types of traffic.

That means that…

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…whether you’re a bedroom music producer, a couple on an amateur porn site, or just someone with a start up idea - you get access to the same users as Netflix, Facebook or Amazon. On the Internet, anyone can succeed.

But…

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…America’s ISPs wanna set up a pay-for-play system where rich companies pay extra to get to those users first.

If this happens…

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…instead of a wonderful playground if innovation that it is now, the Internet will become like cable TV where you can only get stuff that’s been pre-approved by a bunch of old rich guys.

Ten years from now…

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…your Internet bill could be a bigger “fustercluck” than your cable bill.

Now, you might be thinking…

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…isn’t the government supposed to protect me from fragrant doucheholery like this?

Unfortunately…

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…the former chairman of the FCC (government agency that’s SUPPOSED to protect you) is now the cable industry’s head lobbyist. And another former cable industry lobbyist is now the CURRENT head of the FCC.

So…

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…we can’t trust the FCC to make the right decision on their own. That’s why WE need to protect the Internet we love. The chaotic, AWESOME, often quite weird, place where literally everyone’s voice can be heard.

In a few months…

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…the FCC will approve this festering soal of proposal unless we speak up. The Internet is one of the few places where human voices speak louder than money. So while that’s still the case, let’s use those voices. Go to DEARFCC.ORG and tell them to protect Net Neutrality. Thanks for doing your part to protect the Internet.

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Contact FCC at https://dearfcc.org/

IF DEARFCC.ORG IS DOWN, simply go to good oldhttp://www.savetheinternet.com/

All GIFS are courtesy of our new friend, RANDY!

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Source Video

lordbryndenrivers:

I every much enjoy ASOIAF theories, so I decided to make myself a master post of various theories and share it with you! Many of these theories range was serious to plain silly. Some of these links are very long and some of them are just a paragraph. Many of there theories come from Westeros.org, Reddit, asongoftheories and other tumblr users.
I know there are many more theories out there and if you would like me to put them on this list you may message me! (:
Identities: 
The Cleganes: gravedigger - x x video robert strong - x x
Jon Snow: x x x x x x video
Secret Targaryens: x x x x x x
The Knight of the Laughing Tree: x x x
Coldhands: x x x x x x
Aegon VI: x x x x x x
The Reeds: x x x x
The Hooded Man: x x x
Septa Lemore: x x x
Alleras the Sphinx: x x 
Quaithe: x x x
Jaqen H’ghar: x
Melisandre: x x
The Valonqar: x x x x
The Harpy: x video
Tysha: x x
Rhaegar Targaryen: x x x
Missandei: x
Conspiracy:
Varys: x x x
The Tyrells: x x
Faceless Men: x x
Purple Wedding: x x
Targaryen and Blackfrye Alliance: x 
The North: x x x x x video
Southron Ambitions: x 
The Vale: x 
The Citadel: x x
The Dornish: x video
Dreams & Prophecies:
Patchface: x x
Bran Stark: x x x x
Arya Stark: x
Jon Snow: x x x
Shireen: x
Melisandre: x x 
Moqorro: x
House of the Undying: x x x
Ghost of High Heart: x x x
Maggy the Frog: x x
Quaithe: x x
Mirri Maz Duur: x
Azor Ahai: x x x x x x x x x x
Other:
Oberyn poisoning Tywin: x x
Balon Greyjoy’s Death: x
Roose Bolton: x video
Syrio Forel: x x
Sansa Stark: x x
Arya Stark: x
Bran Stark: x x
Daenerys: x x
King’s Landing: x x
Summerhall: x
Winterfell’s crypts: x
Khal Drogo’s Fire: x
Shireen’s Purpose: x x
Benjen Stark: x x x
Meereen: x x
The Pink Letter: x x video
ASOIAF and the Revelations: x
The ending: x x x x x x
Multiple Theories: video

lordbryndenrivers:

I every much enjoy ASOIAF theories, so I decided to make myself a master post of various theories and share it with you! Many of these theories range was serious to plain silly. Some of these links are very long and some of them are just a paragraph. Many of there theories come from Westeros.org, Reddit, asongoftheories and other tumblr users.

I know there are many more theories out there and if you would like me to put them on this list you may message me! (:

  • Identities: 
  1. The Cleganes: gravedigger - x x video robert strong - x x
  2. Jon Snow: x x x x x x video
  3. Secret Targaryens: x x x x x x
  4. The Knight of the Laughing Tree: x x x
  5. Coldhands: x x x x x x
  6. Aegon VI: x x x x x x
  7. The Reeds: x x x x
  8. The Hooded Man: x x x
  9. Septa Lemore: x x x
  10. Alleras the Sphinx: x x 
  11. Quaithe: x x x
  12. Jaqen H’ghar: x
  13. Melisandre: x x
  14. The Valonqar: x x x x
  15. The Harpy: x video
  16. Tysha: x x
  17. Rhaegar Targaryen: x x x
  18. Missandei: x
  • Conspiracy:
  1. Varys: x x x
  2. The Tyrells: x x
  3. Faceless Men: x x
  4. Purple Wedding: x x
  5. Targaryen and Blackfrye Alliance: x 
  6. The North: x x x x x video
  7. Southron Ambitions: x 
  8. The Vale: x 
  9. The Citadel: x x
  10. The Dornish: x video
  • Dreams & Prophecies:
  1. Patchface: x x
  2. Bran Stark: x x x x
  3. Arya Stark: x
  4. Jon Snow: x x x
  5. Shireen: x
  6. Melisandre: x x 
  7. Moqorro: x
  8. House of the Undying: x x x
  9. Ghost of High Heart: x x x
  10. Maggy the Frog: x x
  11. Quaithe: x x
  12. Mirri Maz Duur: x
  13. Azor Ahai: x x x x x x x x x x
  • Other:
  1. Oberyn poisoning Tywin: x x
  2. Balon Greyjoy’s Death: x
  3. Roose Bolton: x video
  4. Syrio Forel: x x
  5. Sansa Stark: x x
  6. Arya Stark: x
  7. Bran Stark: x x
  8. Daenerys: x x
  9. King’s Landing: x x
  10. Summerhall: x
  11. Winterfell’s crypts: x
  12. Khal Drogo’s Fire: x
  13. Shireen’s Purpose: x x
  14. Benjen Stark: x x x
  15. Meereen: x x
  16. The Pink Letter: x x video
  17. ASOIAF and the Revelations: x
  18. The ending: x x x x x x
  19. Multiple Theories: video