stupid and ill-conceived. Plus, no backhand.
Sunday, 28 February 2021

Turn On The Subtitles

quote [ As soon as they can decode basic phonemes they will see a benefit. However, the real benefit starts when a child is a sufficiently competent reader that decoding is done subconsciously. In the UK and US this tends to be around the age of six to seven. The challenge is then about speed, vocabulary, confidence and comprehension. Same Language Subtitles has been proven to be remarkably effective at improving these skills. ]

Subtitles also allow me to keep up with my stories over the sounds of my crunching snacks.
[SFW] [literature] [+4 Insightful]
[by steele@3:44pmGMT] [3 comments]

Friday, 12 February 2021

Some ideas are more equal?

quote [ Gertrude Elias ? talented artist who accused Orwell of stealing her ideas and artwork ? remained true to her beliefs ]

Elias, Gertrude (1913-1988) - A brief biography.

Never heard about this before. Interesting.
[SFW] [literature] [+1 Interesting]
[by steele@2:34pmGMT] [0 comments]

Tuesday, 5 January 2021

series/billybob_space_trucker - HFY

quote [ Billy-Bob gave a grunt as he left the range of the last human FTL music station in this sector. Reaching out he stabbed the entertainment console with a finger to turn off that damn xeno shit before it gave him a headache. None of that click clack bullshit for him. Hurt his ears ]

An interesting series of short stories I ran into

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[by lilmookieesquire@9:57pmGMT] [1 comment]

The Problem with the Inconsequential Quest – Hot Pod News

quote [ I call this format ?The Inconsequential Quest.? I?m sure readers will be very familiar with the form: a host chooses something that is of seemingly little importance and investigates it with a thoroughness and journalistic rigour that seems completely out of proportion to the original question. The resulting episode or series documents this journey in detail and ultimately reveals a conclusion that surprises and delights listeners. ]

Nice deduction of this journalistic meta game.

Thumb via New Old Stock
[SFW] [literature] [+1 Interesting]
[by Paracetamol@5:01pmGMT] [2 comments]

Wednesday, 30 December 2020

Building an antilibrary: the power of unread books

quote [ Instead of a celebration of everything you know, an antilibrary is an ode to everything you want to explore. ]

Didn't know there was a name for it. Also: Stack of Shame.
[SFW] [literature] [+3]
[by Paracetamol@7:00pmGMT] [4 comments]

Tuesday, 15 September 2020

The Hoax Book That Became an Anarchist and Hippie Bible

quote [ ?The Papalagi??supposedly written by a Samoan chief in 1920?offered a societal critique, but carried on a problematic racial trope. ]

Tiga na ou malaga i atunu?u o Papalagi
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[by ScoobySnacks@11:03amGMT] [1 comment]

Tuesday, 8 September 2020

Goat Valley Campgrounds - a Creepy Pasta Saga

quote [ CAMP RULE #2: Fairy rings are generally benign. If there are the remains of a small animal inside the ring, however, inform camp management immediately. CAMP RULE #3 Don?t follow the lights. I can?t believe I even have to say this one. Don?t follow the lights! ]

I spent yesterday reading this saga about a blue collar Buffy with no mentor running a camp site in a forest of Eldritch Abominations. The writing style is a bit Internet, but it's imaginative and there is a compelling story arc. I visualise the "Man with the skull cup" as the Analinguist from Oglaf, and the protagonist's parents (in flashback) as Young Marge and Homer.
[SFW] [literature] [+3 Good]
[by cb361@10:08amGMT] [1 comment]

Thursday, 9 July 2020

Inside the Mystery of an Untranslatable 600 Year Old Book

quote [ It?s like Medieval Times, with a kiss of psychedelia. A book in which strange globules float freely, alien plants shimmy across the pages, and female figures slide into a pool of green plasma. Binding them all together? A beautiful, albeit entirely indecipherable script by an unknown author. The ?Voynich Manuscript,? is an ancient codex that after even 600 years has yet to be credited to anyone or cracked by the brightest philosophers, mathematicians or computer scientists. ]

We can't see any progress
[SFW] [literature] [+1 Original]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:24amGMT] [3 comments]

Friday, 3 July 2020

Sicko Doctors: Suffering and Sadism in 19th-Century America

quote [ American fiction of the 19th century often featured a ghoulish figure, the cruel doctor, whose unfeeling fascination with bodily suffering readers found both unnerving and entirely plausible. Looking at novels by Louisa May Alcott, James Fenimore Cooper, and Herman Melville, Chelsea Davis dissects this curious character. ]

All the doctors sing you got to suffer for the cure
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[by ScoobySnacks@5:00amGMT] [0 comments]

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Marvel Comics shows us exactly what Captain America would have done in Vietnam

quote [ So it?s no surprise that Spider-Man: Life Story #1 is a Spider-Man story ? except for when it isn?t. Sure, it?s definitely about Peter in the ?60s, not long after he was bitten by everyone?s favorite radioactive spider, but it?s also a look into just what some of Marvel?s other A-Listers were doing at the time. By revising Marvel Comics history with a modern eye and blending it with Marvel Universe history, Life Story #1 does what the real comics of the ?60s didn?t, couldn?t.

It takes an honest look at where Captain America would have stood on the Vietnam War. ]

I hate when my non-political comics get political. /s
[SFW] [literature] [+2]
[by steele@7:19pmGMT] [0 comments]

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