fact: you eat 28 spiders in your lifetime. always 28. if you are about to die and you have only eaten 3 then 25 spiders arrive at once
STOP IT STOP IT STOP IT!
Like all conspiracy theories, the idea that language is a prisonhouse denigrates its subject by overestimating its power. Language is the magnificent faculty that we use to get thoughts from one head to another, and we can co-opt it in many ways to help our thoughts along. But it is not the same as thought, not the only thing that separates humans from other animals, not the basis of all culture, and not an inescapable prisonhouse, an obligatory agreement, the limits of our world, or the determiner of what is imaginable.
Steven Pinker, The Blank Slate, p. 208 (via astationaryjew)
n. a hypothetical conversation that you compulsively play out in your head—a crisp analysis, a cathartic dialogue, a devastating comeback—which serves as a kind of psychological batting cage where you can connect more deeply with people than in the small ball of everyday life, which is a game of change-up pitches, sacrifice bunts, and intentional walks.
Thank you! I am glad I now know what my obsessive inner dialogue is formally called.
I think my Kindle is a model of restraint, considering it has wifi and I’ve stored my CC# with Amazon. I mean, I’ve finished books at 1am and then studiously NOT bought the sequel.
Your restraint is impressive! I… can’t say the same for myself.
Borrow books from your library instead! Check and see if your local library has an Overdrive app that you can download onto your Kindle to check out books. I love it, and it’s much cheaper!
Two cats, a French one and an English one, were swimming across the English channel. The English cat was called One Two Three and the French cat was called Un Deux Trois.
Which cat got there first?
The English one, because the Un Deux Trois CAT SANK!