To my fellow writers,
Dealing with censorship isn’t easy. Especially when it comes from people whose narrow lives have no space for literature. Especially when it seems as if a public institution that is supposed to protect books would rather collude with bigots in their destruction. And we are all poorer for it. As writers, we probably feel doubly diminished.
But please don’t stop writing. Even if you think that any country that bows to its fundamentalists does not deserve your writing. That where dogma thrives then literature dies. They want us to be silent. Either that or use our pens to celebrate and affirm their ‘social norms’. But the truth is if we ever subscribed to the ‘social norms’ in this country we would never have become writers in the first place.
So please do continue writing. Every piece of your writing says, ‘this was how we lived’. And given the charged politics of the day it also says, ‘this was our struggle’. It doesn’t matter if the library doesn’t carry our books. It doesn’t matter if the library betrays us, over and over again. Our works will outlive us. They will also outlive those who have tried to silence us.
And in the future a different Singapore will greet our writings. This I believe.
I said “have a nice day!” to this old dude and apparently that’s not fucking good enough because he retrieved his wallet and from like a stack of 30 of these things pulled one out and gave it to me and said something like “I hope you reconsider your choices next time”
This is the most self entitled shit i’ve seen all day
what the fUCK
Yo linguists, get in here. Joe, I want to hear what you have to say on this one.
Yeah, I mean, I think everyone can already sense just how bogus all this is. But I can definitely confirm that with my official linguist hat. I mean, geez:
a) Barring slips-of-the-tongue or rare neurological conditions, what someone said is what they meant to say. Not only is it rude to act like someone’s personal autocorrect — it’s also erroneous. People say what they intend to, regardless of how anybody else feels about the form.
b) There’s no such thing as incorrect English, at least in terms of what a fluent speaker produces. English, like any language, is more of an abstract composite of a multitude of separate dialects. The fact that two English speakers talk differently from one another doesn’t make one’s language incorrect.
c) Imperatives don’t have to be commands; they can also function as polite requests like “please pass the salt”. But the actual function of an utterance like “have a nice day” isn’t to command or even request something from the listener any more than saying “excuse me” is. Loads of expressions have the grammatical form of an imperative without putting any sort of force on the listener. Literally no one is commanding people to have a nice day.
d) Also literally no one doesn’t understand that the “one” in “have a good one” refers to the current day. It’s a straight-up lie to say that you’re not sure what people mean by this. It may not be something you would say yourself — see point b) above — but you definitely understood it.
e) Saying something is “not a problem” in no way implies that it could have been a problem, any more than saying “yes” to a minor request implies that the answer could have been no. Both responses are just functioning as tokens of agreement and it’s ridiculously pedantic to pretend otherwise.
f) Appropriate communicational norms are determined entirely by community consensus. (Why is it polite to say “bless you” after somebody sneezes? Because everyone agrees that it is.) Different sub-communities can have slightly different norms, and it’s important to be able to recognize those differences when communicating with a non-peer. But when people with different views of what’s polite interact, each one’s utterances are equally “inappropriate.”
And I mean, that’s just scratching the surface here. The whole thing is a bogus, pedantic attempt to control other people’s behavior when the only thing they did to deserve it was be polite enough to wish someone a nice day. 100% ridiculous, linguist-confirmed.
MIT’s Tangible Media is coming along nicely,
"Almost like a table of living clay, the inFORM is a surface that three-dimensionally changes shape, allowing users to not only interact with digital content in meatspace, but even hold hands with a person hundreds of miles away. And that’s only the beginning."
handjobs of the future
HOLY SHIT ARE YOU KIDDING ME
THIS IS THE KIND OF CRAZY COOL-ASS SHIT THAT I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR MY WHOLE GODDAMN LIFE
IN THOSE MOVIES AND GAMES AND SHIT WHERE PEOPLE HAVE THOSE CRAZY HIGH-TECH TABLES AND SUCH WHERE THEY MANIPULATE DATA AND VIRTUAL OBJECTS AND STUFF WITH THE WAVE OF A HAND AND SHIT
EVERY TIME I’M LIKE “…i want one”
AND WE’RE GETTING THERE
"Something’s wrong with Funghi today…" ⊟
I gotta play these Touch Detective games. That’s a gap in my DS knowledge for sure. And I want to be caught up for the eventual localization of this game, Touch Detective 3 (right? Right? Atlus?)
I have a 3ds now. Please recommend games.
Remember that post about if Doctor Who was American?
Well, here’s the associated anniversary trailer :D
I would watch American Doctor Who.
Okay I totally would have watched the Gene Wilder, Kyle MacLachlan, and Donald Glover runs.
To hell with Cage but now I am sad that Vincent Price never got to be the Doctor.
I accept this canon, and make it my own