My name is Joseph. I'm 23 years old. I am in the CUNY Graduate Center's PhD program in Linguistics. I quite like Soviet history, Victorian houses, writing, travel, and National Geographic.
Neutral Milk Hotel tickets sold out within 5 minutes. We were on the site and clicked to order as soon as possible (ie. right at noon). And now I sob and weep at work.
I think it’s actually the exact opposite of that. I’ve heard that it’s because insurance does cover hurricanes (New York definitely gets hurricanes. Irene, for instance) and it’s a way of companies avoiding having to pay out - “This wasn’t a hurricane, it was a superstorm!”
As far as I know, the major distinction being made is that Sandy’s destruction derived largely from the storm surges, meaning water coming off of the sea, rather than damage based on rainwater.
In reality, I think that the media is just using it because coining new buzzwords is this huge trend. There are all of the horrific masculine words (“Bromance,” “man cave,” “manscaping”), a bunch of technological terms (“app,” “tweat,” “notebook”), and a slew of other coinages or reappropriations (“superstorm” and, especially after 9/11, “hero”) — all of which we already have words for. Respectively: “friendship” “den” “grooming” “program” “post” “laptop” “hurricane” and “civil servant.”
It’s an interesting phenomenon, the marriage of marketing and language.
I hate the word “superstorm.”
Hurricane. We already have a word. Hurricane.
(boost the signal)
Charles Ramsey is a hero. He doesn’t wear a suit of high-tech armor. He doesn’t wear a cape. He’s just an ordinary guy,living an ordinary life.
Then, he saw a woman asking for help.
And he helped her.
He didn’t walk away.
He didn’t think of himself.
He just helped her.
It took less than a day for someone to make this heroic man into a joke.
As proud as Charles Ramsey makes me to be a human, those people make me ashamed.
No, he doesn’t speak perfectly.
No, he didn’t take the time to fix his hair before he went on camera.
He’s an African American man from an economically depressed neighborhood, city, and state.
And for that, he’s mocked and ridiculed.
It breaks my heart.
Now, in yet another heroic moment Mr. Ramsey’s response to Anderson Cooper’s inquiry about a possible reward Charles has proven he’s truly worthy of the hero mantle.
No, no, no. Bro, I’m a Christian, an American, and just like you. We bleed same blood, put our pants on the same way. It’s just that you got to put that – being a coward, and I don’t want to get in nobody’s business. You got to put that away for a minute…I tell you what you do, give [the reward] to them. Because if folks been following this case since last night, you been following me since last night, you know I got a job anyway. Just went picked it up, paycheck. What that address say? […] 2203 Seymour. Where are them girls living? Right next door to this paycheck. So yes, take that reward and give it to—that little girl[.]
Thank you Charles Ramsey.
The full interview w/ Anderson Cooper can be found here.
What an awesome person
YEAH!!! AWESOME!!!! COOL DUDE!!!
Except that he is a serial felon, convicted multiple times for domestic abuse! That means beating his wife, fellas! And he gets all of the credit for this rescue, rather than the dude who did most of the actual work in rescuing these women, largely because that guy doesn’t speak English and isn’t funny!
He’s a complex figure, just like any other human being, and he has good qualities and he has faults. He certainly did something heroic, and is certainly, in part, responsible for saving four people. But let’s not sanctify him. He’s only human.
My left ear.
It won’t work.
O! Relentless Death!
Old Bennington Cemetery.
Daft Punk seriously has the worst album covers. It’s so weird.
The Byrds | Moby Grape | Andrew Staples - Fillmore Auditorium April 2, 1967 - Winterland March 31 & April 2, 1967 (San Francisco, CA) Artist Wes Wilson
The outbreak of World War Two led to a number of areas of the British countryside being seized in order to provide space for military bases and training areas. One example of this is the tiny village of Tyneham in Dorset, which was seized in 1943 along with the surrounding 7500 acres of woodland and heathland. This resulted in the immediate eviction of 252 people. Reportedly, the last person to leave left the following note nailed to the door of the church (which is still preserved there today):
“Please treat the church and houses with care; we have given up our homes where many of us lived for generations to help win the war to keep men free. We shall return one day and thank you for treating the village kindly.”
It seems unlikely that the villagers (or, at least, their descendants) will ever be allowed to return. As the author discovered when he visited the site several years ago, the surrounding countryside is littered with signs warning of hazards including unexploded shells and fast-moving armored tanks from the nearby Armored Fighting Vehicles Gunnery School. Regardless, visitors are sometimes allowed into the village, which contains a medieval-era church, a renovated manor house, and a vast array of wildlife (which has thrived as a result of the relative abandonment of this area).
‘Australian Fauna’ illustration from Yuzhakov Big Encyclopedia. c. 1907.