I lived a past life in the year 1848. My love of history began as a “costumed interpreter” in a large, outdoor living historymuseum in Ohio. We were in character five days a week, eight hours a day, hosting paying visitors in a large house. I had a group of people cast as my family–who are still some of my closest friends–and my experiences working there in my teens changed my life and…
xkcd, wry as ever, considers the oft-debated impact of texting on writing skills. The xkcd book, What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions, is out today and a must-read.
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World’s languages traced back to single African mother tongue: scientists.
New Zealand researchers have traced every human language — from English to Mandarin — back to an ancestral language spoken in Africa 50,000 to 70,000 years ago.
Scientists say they have traced the world’s 6,000 modern languages — from English to Mandarin — back to a single “mother tongue,” an ancestral language spoken in Africa 50,000 to 70,000 years ago.
New research, published in the journal Science, suggests this single ancient language resulted in human civilization — a Diaspora — as well as advances in art and hunting tool technology, and laid the groundwork for all the world’s cultures.
The research, by Quentin Atkinson from the University of Auckland in New Zealand, also found that speech evolved far earlier than previously thought. And the findings implied, though did not prove, that modern language originated only once, an issue of controversy among linguists, according to the New York Times.
Before Atkinson came up with the evidence for a single African origin of language, some scientists had argued that language evolved independently in different parts of the world.
Atkinson found that the first populations migrating from Africa laid the groundwork for all the world’s cultures by taking their single language with them. “It was the catalyst that spurred the human expansion that we all are a product of,” Atkinson said, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Atkinson traced the number distinct sounds, or phonemes — consonants, vowels and tones — in 504 world languages, finding compelling evidence that they can be traced back to a long-forgotten dialect spoken by our Stone Age ancestors, according to the Daily Mail.
Atkinson also hypothesized that languages with the most sounds would be the oldest, while those spoken by smaller breakaway groups would utilize fewer sounds as variation and complexity diminished.
The study found that some of the click-using languages of Africa have more than 100 phonemes, or sounds, whereas Hawaiian, toward the far end of the human migration route out of Africa, has only 13, the Times reported. English has about 45 phonemes.
The phoneme pattern mirrors the pattern of human genetic diversity as humans spread across the globe from sub-Saharan Africa around 70,000 years ago.
Circulation slip with stamps from 1898-1975.
From the back matter of Portland: Its Representative Business Men and Its Points of Interest by George Fox Bacon (1891). Original from Harvard University. Digitized January 5, 2008.
Last week, we talked about our Issue 12 launch party at Anchor Brewery and Distillery, where we ate oysters and bread and pesto and drank wonderful cocktails by the Bon Vivants. We got them to hand over a few of the recipes, in case you want to throw a Seashore-themed party, too—or just like things that taste good.
Makes as much as you want
2 parts No. 3 Gin
1/2 part real cranberry juice
1/4 part Luxardo Fernet
1/2 part lime juice
1 1/2 parts Puer black tea
Build and pour into a punch bowl over a large ice block. Chill and serve.
Makes 1 drink
2 ounces English Harbour Five Year rum
1/2 ounce Briottet Creme de Banane
1/4 ounce Luxardo Maraschino
1/2 ounce lime juice
1 spoonful rich simple syrup
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a small cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.
Makes 1 drink
1 1/2 ounce Nikka Taketsuru 12 Year Old whiskey
1/2 ounce Etter Zuger Kirsch
1/2 ounce Doug Fir/Riesling Syrup (see below)
15 dashes seaweed tincture (soak seaweed in vodka to taste)
Combine all ingredients, stir, and strain into old fashioned glass. Serve on ice. Garnish with seaweed.
Doug Fir/Riesling Syrup
Makes around 3 cups
Steep 3 doug fir tip tea bags in 750 milliliters of riesling for 2 hours. Add 500 milligrams sugar and heat to incorporate.
Photographs by Rob Jordan
Because the golden age of modern children’s books took place in the middle of the twentieth century, on the cusp of the civil rights movement and decades before the second wave of feminism, it is unsurprising that the genre, even today, is burdened by the cultural baggage of inequality — only 31 percent of contemporary children’s books feature female heroines, many of which purvey limiting gender expectations, and of the 3,200 children’s books published in 2013 only 93 featured people of color.
And yet here is a book about an independent middle-aged woman who defies the still-prevalent stigma against singletons and is financially self-sufficient by her own creative labor, who is white and services a wealthy black client, and who is helped into the dénouement of her challenge not by a patronizing Prince Charming but by a little black girl dressed in preppy plaid. There is, too, the many-hatted citizenry of wildly diverse backgrounds and callings, joined together in a common cause of goodwill.
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Welsh rarebit: cheese sauce on toast; all ready for my bedtime snack.
What do you get when you combine a Victorian preoccupation with bad digestion and one illustrator’s imaginative fantasy landscapes? Dreams of the Rarebit Fiend, a comic strip created by Winsor McCay that ran from 1904-1912. After reading a book of McCay’s work, I wanted to know: would the dreaded rarebit give me bad dreams, too?