Tarzan (2013 film)


65,000,000 years ago, a mountain-sized meteor, bristling with unknown energies, crashed into the Earth in what is now the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico, with a major chunk of the object landing in Central Africa. The impact and resulting ecological catastrophe causing the extinction of the dinosaurs.

Link (thanks, Curtis Evans!) 

May/June linguistics Wikipedia editathons

The third #lingwiki is coming up this weekend! Like the previous events in January and March, we’ll be getting some linguists together to improve linguistics-related Wikipedia articles. Here’s how you can participate: 

  • Ottawa, May 31st, 12:15-1:30pm in Fauteux 302 at the University of Ottawa. This editathon is organized by me and co-sponsored by the Association canadienne de linguistique / Canadian Linguistic Association (ACL/CLA). This will be a bilingual event thanks to the ACL/CLA’s support in getting the slides at bit.ly/lingwiki translated into French. Details here. 
  • Melbourne, June 1st, 3-5pm at the School of Languages and Linguistics at The University of Melbourne, in Room 407, Babel (Building 139). Organized by Rosey Billington and focussing on Australian Indigenous languages. Details here.
  • Singapore, June 2nd, 3-5pm at Nanyang Technological University. Organized by Lauren Gawne of superlinguo. Details here
  • Online, at any point over the weekend / early next week. Hang out with fellow participants (including thelingspace) on the #lingwiki hashtag. 

For all participants: Refer to the slides at bit.ly/lingwiki for guidance, tweet in #lingwiki for support, and report your edits at bit.ly/lingwikisurvey so you can be on the final summary list. Please bring a laptop or other device to edit on.

I’m also excited to announce that I’ve received an Inspire Grant from Wikimedia to support the Ottawa editathon as well as the four editathons at the LSA Summer Institute in Chicago in July and a further editathon at NELS in Montreal in October. So if you attend one of these editathons, you can expect food! 

If any linguists want advice on applying for grants to get food at a local editathon, or about hosting a local editathon in general, do feel free to get in touch! 


So usually the congress-edits bot shows people from Congress IPs editing government-related articles, but this person helpfully added to JRB’s page:

[Honeymoon in Vegas… opened on Jan 15…] “before closing on April 5, 2015, due to insufficient ticket sales.”

thank you anonymous Congressional staff member!


Favourite Television Series [7/10]

Miranda is a British television sitcom written by and starring comedian Miranda Hart. It originally aired on BBC Two from 9 November 2009 and later on BBC One until 1 January 2015, lasting three series and two finale specials. Developed from Hart’s semi-autobiographical BBC Radio 2 comedy Miranda Hart’s Joke Shop (2008), the situation comedy revolves around socially awkward Miranda who frequently finds herself in bizarre situations and features actors Sarah Hadland, Tom Ellis, Patricia Hodge, Sally Phillips, James Holmes and Bo Paraj. It was filmed in front of live audiences at the BBC Television Centre and the London Studios. (Source: Wikipedia)

“No, I’m not being rude. But if someone’s choosing between us, come on, they’ll choose me. I’m not being rude, but you’re just you’re a bit unusual.
No, no, no, no! I’m not being rude, but you’d have to get to know you to find you attractive.”

“Excuse me. Saying “I’m not being rude” before something rude doesn’t make it not rude.”

Friendly reminder that the belief of only two genders being logical and the only scientifically supported answer is inherently racist.

As for why I’m linking Wikipedia, each Wiki page is a user-made summary of a multitude of genuine sources (found at the bottom of each Wiki page), so it’s the easiest way to get a Masterpost going.

Don’t believe me? There’s 168 sources on this link alone. Go read ‘em.