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Show Your Work, Day 12

April 17, 2014.

Got a lot done today. Started the resurrection of the San Diego Speaks! website (the lab is going to do weekly #ShowYourWork updates on the SDP blog!); coordinated a bunch of scheduling things; e-mailed people about a potential LSA Portland 2015 panel; wrote ~600 words on the CYOA Linguistics book (yeah, it’s dorky), a chunk of which follows.

GOAL: Tomorrow - write 600 more words on CYOA Linguistics

GOAL: Get my apartment packed up this weekend. Or work on packing, anyway.


You’re sitting in your office on campus. You’ve been staring out the window, watching the summer thunderstorm, heavy and dark, blowing the trees against your shutters as if someone knocking from beyond the grave. You’ve been lost in your own thoughts for so long that you barely realize the room around you has grown dim— as night rose behind the rainclouds, the dull blue light from your computer now the only thing holding back the darkness. Why are you still here? Why are you still on campus so late on a Friday night in the summer? You’ve been working on a theory—something that will reunite the subfields of linguistics like they were back in the heyday of Generative Grammar—a theory that would merge Ultralist Syntax with Perceptual Phonology and Cognitive Orthography… if only you could explain the deverbal noun stress patterns of Welsh… as the thunder roils in the distance your mind drifts around ideas of consonant mutation when CRREEESHHHAAAAKKKKHHH! a bolt of lightning hits the ground in the quad just beyond the Comparative Philology Building!


In the 1970′s the Princeton physicist Gerard O’Neill with the help of NASA Ames Research Center and Stanford University held a series of space colony summer studies which explored the possibilities of humans living in giant orbiting spaceships. Colonies housing about 10,000 people were designed and a number of artistic renderings of the concepts were made.”

From The Public Domain Review, via Boing Boing

Show Your Work, Day 11

April 16, 2014.

Wrote 688 words for the new PopLing video on “Words”.

Also cut my hair, graded papers, taught class, co-hosted a lecture at the Pride Center, and scheduled a bunch of crap. Not a bad day, but really filled with a lot of shitwork that isn’t very closely related to my creative endeavors. Oh well.

GOAL: Finish “Words” draft tomorrow.

GOAL: Start Fellowship Grant application.

thesunsetempire said: What was the moment that got you interested in Trains?

I really can’t say. Always, I think. I had a train set as a child and I really enjoyed it, but I lost it around age 12 (by “lost” I mean it got moved to an attic and then from there it got accidentally thrown out). But I don’t remember liking it beyond liking anything else. My strongest train-themed memory is of this miniature coal train that ran through my town’s (only) park, which we could ride on during the Thresherman’s Convention. (*I just looked this up… apparently yall don’t have this. The “Thresherman’s Convention” seems to be something that is unique to the town I grew up in. My god, the things I learn as an adult… check it:

So, yeah, in retrospect, it’s the fairground’s coal mini-train that probably did it.