Saw and met BJ Novak tonight and he was really funny. He read stories from ‘One More Thing’, all short and funny in a different way. Afterwards, my friend forced me to go up to him and ask him for an autograph on a coaster or something because his book hasn’t arrived yet (damn you, Amazon!!!) and I eventually did but I was really, really nervous, because I’m me and what else is new. I’m pretty sure I came off as really awkward and I think I actually said out loud that I was really nervous. But he was nice about the whole thing. Yaay. He signed a piece of paper for me and we took a picture with him after I of course completely forgot how to operate my own phone. But overall it was a positive experience and I consider it a personal victory because I didn’t say anything weird and I’m not going to be obsessing about this short moment for the next few years and use it to tear myself down and use it as an example of how I suck and should hate myself. Yaay me, yaay BJ Novak.
I hate running into people from work. Anything outside of the actual office building should always be a total work free zone.
Watched all of BBC Sherlock. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s a lot of fun and it has its own distinctive style where the cinematography is a character on its own. Visually stunning, really well developed. The mysteries are mostly interesting and it’s also a very smart show. And there’s no room for filler, because each series only has three episodes. Which is both a good and a bad thing.
My favorite character was probably Moriarty, which made the end of the third series even more delightful. Andrew Scott is amazing. His Moriarty is insane and awesome and so much fun to watch. He makes every scene better just by being in it. I’m really excited about the fourth series.
I renounce the ties of our blood and my dominion over you as my progeny. As your maker, Jessica, I release you.
I am in here because I am no different from anybody else in here. I made bad choices. I committed a crime. And being in here is no-ones fault but my own.
i love how no matter how badly you fuck up benadryl cumquat’s name everyone on here still knows who ur talking about
World’s languages traced back to single African mother tongue: scientists.
New Zealand researchers have traced every human language — from English to Mandarin — back to an ancestral language spoken in Africa 50,000 to 70,000 years ago.
Scientists say they have traced the world’s 6,000 modern languages — from English to Mandarin — back to a single “mother tongue,” an ancestral language spoken in Africa 50,000 to 70,000 years ago.
New research, published in the journal Science, suggests this single ancient language resulted in human civilization — a Diaspora — as well as advances in art and hunting tool technology, and laid the groundwork for all the world’s cultures.
The research, by Quentin Atkinson from the University of Auckland in New Zealand, also found that speech evolved far earlier than previously thought. And the findings implied, though did not prove, that modern language originated only once, an issue of controversy among linguists, according to the New York Times.
Before Atkinson came up with the evidence for a single African origin of language, some scientists had argued that language evolved independently in different parts of the world.
Atkinson found that the first populations migrating from Africa laid the groundwork for all the world’s cultures by taking their single language with them. “It was the catalyst that spurred the human expansion that we all are a product of,” Atkinson said, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Atkinson traced the number distinct sounds, or phonemes — consonants, vowels and tones — in 504 world languages, finding compelling evidence that they can be traced back to a long-forgotten dialect spoken by our Stone Age ancestors, according to the Daily Mail.
Atkinson also hypothesized that languages with the most sounds would be the oldest, while those spoken by smaller breakaway groups would utilize fewer sounds as variation and complexity diminished.
The study found that some of the click-using languages of Africa have more than 100 phonemes, or sounds, whereas Hawaiian, toward the far end of the human migration route out of Africa, has only 13, the Times reported. English has about 45 phonemes.
The phoneme pattern mirrors the pattern of human genetic diversity as humans spread across the globe from sub-Saharan Africa around 70,000 years ago.
This gives me LIFE from people who insist all languages (ALL no matter what) derive from latin bases.
Reblogging this for three reasons:
1) It’s awesome and worth knowing
2) It makes sense when you think about, you know, the whole history of human development (from a NOT white supremacist perspective at least)
3) To add that if anyone ever tries to say that all languages are derived from Latin [insert choked sound of disbelief and anger] you can inform their ignorant (probably racist) asses of this: Latin, as far as languages go, is an INFANT. It’s part of a subset of Indo-European languages and MOTHERFUCKER EVEN ENGLISH ISN’T ONE OF ITS DERIVATIVES. (French, Spanish, Italian, Romanian, and Portuguese are, as well as lots of their related languages and dialects, that’s it.) Latin isn’t even remotely old enough to be a mother language. It’s like saying alpacas were the original dinosaurs or some bullshit.
HUH! You dont FUCKING SAY?
WILL YOU LOOK THE FUCK AT THAT!
Not surprising, but this is cool information!
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