(Source: 32teeth)

Within my own group alone, I observed countless instances of tourists moving these artefacts around, or repositioning furniture for a better shot. I watched a photographer arrange stuffed bears and little dolls so that they sat in line along the edge of a bare, metal-framed bed. I’m sure it made for an excellent photograph… but if my group was by any way representative, then just imagine the cumulative effect of as many as 10,000 visitors interacting with the Zone every year.
Never underestimate the confessional potential of internet dating sites to infatuate and delight.

Never underestimate the confessional potential of internet dating sites to infatuate and delight.

The account of perception that’s starting to emerge is what we might call the “brain’s best guess” theory of perception: perception is the brain’s best guess about what is happening in the outside world. The mind integrates scattered, weak, rudimentary signals from a variety of sensory channels, information from past experiences, and hard-wired processes, and produces a sensory experience full of brain-provided color, sound, texture, and meaning. We see a friendly yellow Labrador bounding behind a picket fence not because that is the transmission we receive but because this is the perception our weaver-brain assembles as its best hypothesis of what is out there from the slivers of information we get. Perception is inference.


Ways I Hurt Myself To Hurt You, Lora Mathis
An ongoing photo series exploring people’s destructive habits following breakups.

Ibrahima Sarr, a Senegalese coder, led the translation of Firefox into Fulah, which is spoken by 20m people from Senegal to Nigeria. “Crash” became hookii (a cow falling over but not dying); “timeout” became a honaama (your fish has got away). “Aspect ratio” became jeendondiral, a rebuke from elders when a fishing net is wrongly woven. In Malawi’s Chichewa language, which has 10m speakers, “cached pages” became mfutso wa tsamba, or bits of leftover food. The windowless houses of the 440,000 speakers of Zapotec, a family of indigenous languages in Mexico, meant that computer “windows” became “eyes”.
Love Language


Given the number of words ever written about love and lovers it is crazy to me that the words we use to characterize relationships are so woefully inadequate. The words boyfriend and girlfriend are two of my least favorite. They are stringently binary, they belie the existence of platonic friendship between the sexes, and they are also infantile, implying a kind of immaturity to relationships that are not marriage.  

With all of this in mind, “Bae” strikes me as an incredibly important linguistic development. It’s ironic that AAE makes the most contributions to linguistic growth and development in the United States but White society still continues to denigrate the vernacular as “poor speech” even as we appropriate it. 

I desperately want for “bae” to help break down our colonial language’s gendered binaries and bourgeois romantic constructs. But chances are White America will just slap the word on Urban Outfitters beanies without internalizing any of it’s revolutionary linguistic implications.

(S/O to jayydodd for decolonizing my twitter feed so early in the morning)