Naziyah Mahmood, artist, poet, Astrophysicist Aerospace Engineer & martial artist photographed by Fiona Brims #womensart


"In retrospect, it’s unsurprising that a lot of New Atheism devolved into reactionary, antifeminist, and even white supremacist thought, because it was never really about the things it claimed to be about. The dominant affect of New Atheism wasn’t humility, or reflexivity, or curiosity, all the things one truly needs to improve intellectually. It was smugness."

The Magical Thinking of Guys Who Love Logic:

See also: Contrastive Focus Reduplication in English: or, The Salad-Salad Paper, by Jila Ghomeshi et al.

Uighur Muslims demand videos from China proving relatives are alive #MeTooUyghur

"my professor was trying to find an example of [contrastive focus] reduplication so the next class he came back and said “I FOUND REDUPLICATION IN ENGLISH” and then he said “Milk milk” and everyone was just “what?” and he said “you know when you go to a coffee shop and they ask if you want soy milk and you say ‘no i want milk milk’” and everyone just had this collective sigh of understanding."

Humans will pair-bond with anything Show more

Give me strength to deal with the men (sorry men, it’s always men) who read something I’ve written and reply with instructions I didn’t need nor asked for.

Happy Cyril and Methodius Day, everyone!

Enjoy this day of writing and languages and cool stuff like that, brought to you by the brothers from Thessalonike who invented the Glagolitic alphabet :)

Anti-queer slur; Frustration with "free speech" profs who end up here Show more

Roses are red
Violets are blue
Linguist twitter has written
These valentines for you #linguistics

Contrarian 🌶️ take on Valentine's Day ❤️ Show more

I remember cheering the rovers on when they landed, and every day over 90 going, "Woo, an extra day!" Somewhere along the line I lost track of how many, and forgot that little rover just trucking away up there. Every time I remembered, though, it brought a little smile to my face, and I'll miss those, and it, terribly. I honestly wish they'd named it Dreams, because it exceeded ours by so, so many. I only hope I live to see the day we being it home. (Or the day we come home to it.)

The most unrealistic thing about Lord of The Rings is how none of the characters burst into laughter whenever they try to say the name of any other character.

Brazil to purge textbooks of references against misogyny, homophobia Show more

@ErikaAlpert ah yes, "Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Nazgûl"...

uspol, TWO YEARS Show more

(I use Spark, I know it’s a privacy nightmare, I don’t assume email is private anyway, it helps me get through my email faster, don’t @ me.)

Feeling.... something queasy about my email client’s attempt to soothe me.

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