09 June 2014

Monday miscellany

From a website showing old French tools and implements

The eggs of the house wren (via, which shows a variety of nests and eggs)


Artspeak phrases recently encountered:
chlorotic reputations
indexical relation to reality
the simple indexical action of the camera
a substantiated version of an optical event
...functionality is transposed by materially reinscribing...

Chlorotic - "of or pertaining to or suffering from chlorosis"
Chlorosis -
1. Botany The yellowing or whitening of normally green plant tissue because of a decreased amount of chlorophyll, often as a result of disease or nutrient deficiency.
2. Pathology An iron-deficiency anemia, primarily of young women, characterized by a greenish-yellow discoloration of the skin. Also called greensickness.

Indexical (first known use 1971, says Merriam-Webster, but Oxford says its linguistic use was early 20th century) -
a :  varying in reference with the individual speaker indexical
 words I, here, now>
b :  associated with or identifying an individual speaker<indexical features of speech>

And while we're at it, what's a meme?
  1. 1.
    an element of a culture or system of behaviour passed from one individual to another by imitation or other non-genetic means.
  2. 2.
    an image, video, piece of text, etc., typically humorous in nature, that is copied and spread rapidly by Internet users, often with slight variations.


By Christine Wang (via)
By Michael Thibault (via)

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And now for something completely different - how's this for a view from a bedroom window -
It's Choumert Square in Peckham, actually a private alleyway; it had an open day at the weekend - I didn't go, but googled it, and found details of one of the cottages that had been for sale. At 397 square feet, it's ... bijou!

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