unknown-languages

Voyager 1 has unexpectedly returned to Earth. It was found at Cape Canaveral, with a note written in a strange, unknown language attached to it. Scientists have translated that note and have called a press conference to reveal their findings.

Between Two Worlds (study for a recurring dream of ichor baptism fashioned as a portico fresco cartoon), 2016 

I have experienced the vision twice so far: in my childhood (around 1984) and last autumn. 

I enter a concealed pavilion and immediately hear a soft female voice speaking an unknown language. There is something about the timbrе that robs me of my will power and I gradually lose control over my body. The sermon brings me to my knees and pulls towards an imposing figure of a pitch black priestess - her features and details of her attire flattened by uniform blackness. I realize before long that the voice is no more and the scene is now drowned in a solemn silence. The lady tends to a peculiar suspended vessel and places it directly over my head. At her slightest touch it tilts and a warm, living substance pours down upon me. It covers me whole and eventually locks my body in this hard resin shell. Panic surge is quickly replaced by the most glorious sensation of myself imploding within the shell and falling endlessly through the soul’s looking glass into the unknown.

Acrylics on paper mounted on prepared hardboard, 23.7 x 22.5 cm  

English was such a dense, tight language. So many hard letters, like miniature walls. Not open with vowels the way Spanish was. Our throats open, our mouths open, our hearts open. In English, the sounds were closed. They thudded to the floor. And yet, there was something magnificent about it. Profesora Shields explained that in English there was no usted, no tu. There was only one word—you. It applied to all people. No one more distant or more familiar. You. They. Me. I. Us. We. There were no words that changed from feminine to masculine and back again depending on the speaker. A person was from New York. Not a woman from New York, not a man from New York. Simply a person.
—  Cristina Henriquez, The Book of Unknown Americans
Roman 'curse tablets' summoning up demons discovered in ancient Serbian tomb

Ancient Romans used magical inscriptions to bring vengeance on enemies, unrequited lovers, bad neighbours and relatives. Archaeologists have unearthed the rare finds of these curses at the Viminacium site in the eastern region of Serbia, in the former Roman province of Moesia Superior.

These curse tablets, known as tabella defixionis in Latin, have inscriptions which read, “Let all forces and demons help that…” Some of the artefacts are written in ancient Greek and also in indecipherable languages and unknown symbols, whose meaning is lost today.

They were probably invented by the people who created the curse tablets, and experts theorise that the messages could only be recognised by the gods and demons they were addressed to. The discoveries are hailed as unique as previous curse tablets have been made in lead, not a valuable precious metal such as gold and silver. Read more.

the signs and visions of summer
  • aries: sunburns, sea breezes, watermelon, sand in your sandals, fire pits, hair falling over your shoulders
  • taurus: planes, clouds, unknown languages, eye contact, sunglasses, your favorite sneakers, getting lost but feeling safe
  • gemini: suburbs, neon lights, bicycles, community pools, a hole in your t shirt, empty movie theaters, falling asleep on a friends couch
  • cancer: fruit from the farmers markets, sitting in the bed of an old truck, the city on a friday night, diners, the perfect photograph, bare feet in tall grass
  • leo: chalk on the sidewalk, smoothies, concerts, rooftops, fireworks, the neighborhood kids' lemonade stand,
  • virgo: thrift stores, night drives, record players, lake houses, open windows, watching the sunset, sleeping in
  • libra: post cards, good books, driving with the windows down, grilling out, popsicles melting, staying up too late
  • scorpio: tan lines, holding hands, warm thunderstorms, midday hikes, swimming to the bottom of the pool, shortcuts through alleyways
  • saggitarius: zip lining, walking the dog, chipped nail polish, walking only with one ear bud in, people watching, day dreaming, pool chairs
  • capricorn: late night phone calls, sleeping over at a friends', curtains that sway in the breeze, sun dresses, photos taped to the wall, half empty water bottles
  • aquarius: birds chirping, open blinds, fireworks, burnt marshmallows, diving boards, kisses on the cheek, beach towels
  • pisces: the sound of waves crashing, picnics, tree climbing, late night junk food runs, short skirts, vines growing up the walls

okay but think about this

mark, jackson and bambam they left their home and families at such a young age to go to a country with a different culture for an unknown future. also, the language barrier they had to face during their trainee days. being put in a place where they didn’t know anyone at all. they didn’t know when they will debut, heck they don’t even know if they will debut. they could have went home and mark will probably be that usual student, jackson being the national fencer, bambam probably being a celebrity in thailand. they could have went back to their usual lives but they chose to stay on and worked so hard.

and jjproject being told that jjproject won’t be having a comeback and they have to train again without even knowing when they will debut again or even a confirmation of a future debut? then they debuted in got7 and like jinyoung said “it(got7)is a new beginning” but they probably still live with that fear of the past repeating itself everyday.

youngjae, he was the last one to join the team and just imagine the pressure he had to face. he has the least duration of trainee period among the members and he is appointed the main vocal. just imagine, the pressure he put on himself to be perfect and the amount of effort he puts in to catch up with the others in terms of dance because he had no dance background at all and like yugyeom once said youngjae is like a gem that came into got7.

oh my god and yugyeom, he said that there was another trainee who made his time during his trainee period difficult but despite that he continued and stayed in jyp. he didn’t cower in fear and he said he always followed jaebum and the other hyungs around. imagine how relieved he felt that he will be put in the same team as jaebum and they’ll be debuting together.

its amazing how fate worked out and brought the 7 boys together. i’m so proud of them.

DM: you find a piece of a metal plate. On one side there are words in an unknown language. On the other there is part of a symbol you do not recognize.
Paladin: what does it look like?
DM: there isn’t enough of it to make out much.
Paladin: yeah but what part do we see.
DM: okay to be honest I haven’t drawn it yet.
Warlock: okay but until you draw it I’m going to be picturing that magic S thing from middle school.
DM: …well shit now it’s that.

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超自然的、絶対的存在として崇拝

語彙

  • 人格化(じんかくか):Personification, impersonation
  • 対象(たいしょう):Target, object of worship, subject of
  • あり方(ありかた):The way smth ought to be
  • 一神教(いっしんきょう):Monotheism
  • 超越(ちょうえつ):Transcendence (する to rise above, transcend)
  • 厳格(げんかく):Rigid, strict, stern
  • 定義(ていぎ):Definition
  • 神話(しんわ):Myth (伝説 legend)
  • 登場(とうじょう):Appearance on, introduction
  • 親しみ(したしみ):Intimacy, familiarity, affection
  • 概念(がいねん):Notion, idea, concept
  • 体現(たいげん):Embodiment
  • 人格神(じんかくしん):Personal god (has human form and emotions, etc)
  • とらえる(とらえる):Perceive, treat as, grasp
  • 半人半獣(はんじんはんじゅう):Half human half beast
  • 神道(しんとう):Shinto
  • 八百万の神(やおよろずのかみ):All deities of jp mythology
  • 寛容(かんよう):Tolerance
  • 道教(どうきょう):Taoism
  • 悟り(さとり):Enlightenment
  • 欲望(よくぼう):Desire, lust
  • 克服(こくふく):Subjugation, overcoming, bringing under control
  • 弔い(とむらい):Funeral, condolence
  • 一体化(いったいか):Unification
  • 葬儀(そうぎ):Funeral service
  • 遺骨(いこつ):Remains of a deceased, ashes
  • 先祖代々(せんぞだいだい):Ancestral, hereditary
  • (はか):A grave
  • 納骨(のうこつ):Laying person’s ashes to rest
  • 柔軟(じゅうなん):Flexible
  • 諸外国(しょがいこく):Foreign countries
  • 一因(いちいん):One cause/factor
writer aesthetics part 2

[part 1]

donna tartt: red wine spilled like blood, ivory deer statues inexplicably found in the middle of the woods wrapped in vines, cigarette smoke slowly curling towards the ceiling, impossibly old books in unknown languages, abandoned buildings cloaked in urban legends, the feeling invoked when staring at beautiful art, the melancholy of a teenage girl looking out a window, bruised arms, impeccable suits, the pungent scent of rotting wood and dead flowers, a funeral caught in the rain, handwritten letters detailing heartbreak, liquored kisses softer than velvet, the way cities at three a.m. soaked in artificial light feel, a cold that seeps into the bones

mark z. danielewski: a maze with no solution, the primal panic of finding yourself lost, the things that exist in darkness, the monumental loneliness that surges through you when you look up at the stars, the silent space between words, a book consisting only of blank pages, crackling fire, old film, a box of photographs left in an empty house, a door that opens to nowhere, leaves dancing in the wind, cold autumn air, deep longing, buried secrets, typewritten madness

sylvia plath: fading scars, golden sunlight just before dusk, silky hair underwater, poems scribbled in the margins of a book, watercolor paintings, smudged ink, hearts heavy with longing, fresh flower crowns made on a soft summer day, trying to find beauty in pain, the madness of being, arcs of light casting shadows, hot lazy baths, salt carried by the breeze from the sea burning in your nose, shooting stars on clear nights, ghosts stirring quietly through a house, the moon as a lover, life through death, graveyards in the middle of the night, sand slipping through fingers

oscar wilde: classical music faintly heard, peeling paintings, expensive liquor, the satisfaction of burning letters, lazy afternoons spent in a garden, a study smelling like cologne and potpourri, a crisp buttoned shirt, unread books stacked about a bedroom, a heartbeat heard above deafening silence, soft colors glowing in the sun, a broken record player, blood on white tile, paper lanterns, city lights like liquid color when driving fast, unattainable love, the overwhelming feeling you can’t put words to when you see a beautiful girl when she thinks no one is looking, the distant growl of thunder, dried flowers in gold-plated vases

Mystery surrounds inscription on Magna Carta sword found in River Witham

A medieval sword linked to the Magna Carta is causing a bit of a mystery for historians at the British Library.

Researchers are appealing for help to deceiver the inscription on the sword which was found in the River Witham in July 1825.

According to a blog by curator Julian Harrison the sword was presented to the Royal Archaeological Institute by the registrar to the Bishop of Lincoln.

Mr Harrison says in his blog: “An intriguing feature of this sword is an as yet indecipherable inscription, found along one of its edges and inlaid in gold wire.

"It has been speculated that this is a religious invocation, since the language is unknown.”

The inscription seems to read +NDXOXCHWDRGHDXORVI+

The sword is on loan to the British Library from the British Museum as part of the Magna Carta: Law, Liberty, Legacy which runs until September 1. Read more.

Asterism

Noun

[as-tuh-riz-uh m] 

1. Astronomy.
   a. a group of stars.
   b.  a constellation.

2. Mineralogy. a property of some crystallized minerals of showing a starlike luminous figure in transmitted light or, in a cabochon-cut stone, by reflected light.

3. three asterisks printed to draw attention to a passage it precedes.

Origin:
Asterism derives from the Greek term asterismós meaning “a marking with stars.” It entered English in the late 1500s.

“Everything focused toward the north; every curve and asterism of the glittering sky became part of a vast design whose function was to hurry first the eye and then the whole observer onward to some secret and terrible goal of convergence beyond the frozen waste that stretched endlessly ahead.”
- H. P. Lovecraft, The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath

gilmore girls has managed to be peak white feminism in the revival where they praise jennifer lawrence and discuss amy schumer and even laud gross ass lena dunham but kick acclaimed korean-american chef roy choi out of their restaurant and to a tire shop???

and i get it, lorelai misses sookie, but when rachel ray came to the dragonfly, they were polite, they had a conversation and lorelai didnt make racially coded remarks about the smell of the ethnic food

that, combined with the plot line where emily finds her maid’s extended family living with her despite not being able to understand anything she’s saying because she speaks in some “unknown language” is bullshit.