The Call’s Gnuz & Lynx Roundup | 2015.08.30


This is the image of a consonant in Tamil alph...

This is the image of a consonant in Tamil alphabet generated by User:Sundar. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

G’day, and happy Sunday. I’m currently engaged in deepening the level of detail for last weeks’s post on planet Bruticus, with a crunch-piece behind the actual science behind the natives’ biological spacecraft, thanks to commentators Anneliese and Ray – You’re both a huge help with this!

This week will also see the release of the concluding narrative for the #Tamil pure consonants. This one includes the remaining basic letters and their sounds, the laterals, fricatives, glides, and Grantha letters for those sounds borrowed from Sanskrit, and a Lovecraftian rather than silly theme for the mnemonic story is not out of the question.

It will conclude my study for this month, after which I switch learning time to #Hindi, focusing more on vocabulary and grammar, as well as spoken and written practice.

So, as always, be safe, well, and brilliant as the stars. You peeps are awesome.

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“Earth Angel” – No God But Funny contest winner

The Call’s Gnuz & Lynx Roundup | 2015.08.09


Whelp, the weekend is almost over, and I’ve noticed something interesting for the first time in a while: Upon seeing a fractal image with a sky blue background, I can almost, but not quite, hear the electronics of the Gary Wright song, “Dreamweaver” from the 1970s or thereabouts, in my head.

This first came to my attention some years ago when seeing a Collatz fractal looking as though it was hanging in an empty and perfectly clear sky. I’m very close to certain that it was this one – the image links to its Wikimedia Commons page when clicked:

 

That sensation has never fully left over the years, and I’m wondering if that has anything to do with my fascination with fractals or with my unusual…psychology. The association feels a bit like synesthesia, though not quite to the level of fully audible sound, more of an almost-sound in my mind’s ear, so to speak. I noticed it again last evening with this recently generated wallpaper of my own, still that same near-sensation of music, combined with a stark, alien sense of mathematical strangeness and beauty.

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Anyhoo, I’ll be spending extra time studying tomorrow and the rest of this week, as I’m having a blast taking notes and practicing techniques from a course on mental mathematics, and incorporating some mnemonics I’ve learned from it in my language studies, the Major system and the Pegword method. I’ve even found a way to use the Major system to easily expand use of the Pegword method, which has even more win!

Talotaa frang, talotaa kas, talotaa tranga sulat.

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The Call’s Gnuz & Lynx Roundup | 2015.07.26


As of this morning, I’ve finished all but two study units with a review of all completed units (12 of them) to follow this final week of July. There’re a few things that need to get done, but with the current rate of activity, those should be of little worry.

I’ve been tackling tasks without a to-do list and mostly without timers, a thing I wish was the case with my now-defunct blogs…

…Those were fun experiments, but my health and energy-levels at the time were not up to the task of maintaining them at any reasonable level of quality.

In any case, the last few weeks of posting since the end of my most recent blogging hiatus look very promising, and I’ll endeavor to maintain a decent posting schedule at least for this blog, and soon the others I own.

There is much to that can be said for one’s stamina when opportunities for regular exercise are available and taken.

May you all that a fantastic new week and end of this July. I hope what follows is at least as good as it has been so far, or is that just an appeal to inductive reasoning?… ;-)

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xkcd: Exoplanet Names 2

The Call’s Gnuz & Lynx Roundup | 2015.07.19


IMG_2401Whelp, the previous has been an excellent week, with much done and yet more to be done in the coming days. It’s one of those silly American things — we tend toward a ‘doing’ culture rather than a ‘being’ culture, and this causes us no end of trouble!

Even with the ongoing mindfulness training, the need to keep busy is still there, rearing its ugly atomic death-ray breathing head when activity falls below a certain point.

This coming evening, I shall have completed the intended study units for Bengali, before working on those to round out lessons for this month.

At this point, I would obviously come off as a foreigner to a native speaker, but with practice, I’ll better manage my dental and retroflex consonants, and the nasalized vowels (important for polite-sounding pronouns!). There are consonantal conjuncts to learn, letters and sounds I’ve yet to master, and I’ve little doubt that a Bengali preteen could outdo me in fluency! I’ve had experience with learning new languages since high school, but I’m no polyglot, so I must work at it :-)

May your week from here on be brilliant, your mood high, and your stress-levels low!

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