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Project Bow's FAQ: Why is it called a lexigram when it looks like a word? Now, you might be thinking: "Hey, that's not a lexigram. That's just a word." Well, if you were thinking that, don't feel bad. A lot of people, including renowned primatologists and linguists, had the same reaction when they were first introduced to this concept. So the question is: what is a lexigram and how do we recognize one? A lexigram is a symbol that stands for a word. Is the photo for the English word "banana" that I've posted above a "spelled-out" word or a holistic lexigram? Like beauty, whether or not something is a lexigram is in the eye of the beholder. Why use lexigrams? Chimpanzees cannot produce speech that humans can comprehend. When choosing sign language, one can select a particular sign language used by the deaf community, such as ASL, or finger spelling, as was used in the case of Helen Keller, or one can decide to make up one's own sign language especially for the child or chimpanzee in question. For this reason, I chose lexigrams in three standard human languages.

Plot Generator Vice Magazine UK Mais j'ai atteint de nouveaux sommets de détestation lors de ma dernière exposition en date Une aventure incroyable au fond de mon cerveau avec le plus grand sorcier tantrique de l'Univers À la découverte des endroits les plus reculés de la Patagonie chilienne Faustino Barrientos a passé une grande partie de ses quatre-vingt-une années dans la plus complète solitude. Une épopée au cœur du vieux continent avec des clopes et pas de blé Photos par Nico Stinghe, stylisme par Marie Claude-Guay À force de lire le Tumblr de mon collègue Dormez plus tristes, je me demande souvent quel intérêt il y a à se lever le matin lorsque la plus grande joie que l’on puisse attendre de sa journée Le film pour enfants le plus invraisemblable des années 1990 était une putain de blague La Russie du troisième millénaire et les derniers vestiges du réalisme socialiste en images La page de Johnny Ryan Encore des embrouilles d'impôts en Italie - Libérez la gnôle - Plaisirs tantriques unisexes

Free Words Free Words in Free Press Exciting news: Free Words Forever will be the inagural volume of the new Free Press library. This summer and fall you are invited to contribute to the creation of an open-access publishing house, a "Free Press," to be launched at Röda Sten contemporary art center in Göteborg, Sweden. A project of artist Sal Randolph, Free Press will accept all kinds of writing from the public; contributions in any language can be as short as a single word or as long as an encyclopedia and can include manifestos, statements, documentations, studies, stories, recipes, poems and whatever you can imagine. "Even in the age of the internet, book publishing is a walled garden where editors and commercial interests filter out most of what is written," says Randolph. All participating manuscripts will be published as printed books in the Free Press series, available in the project's library and reading room at Röda Sten, where events and discussions will also take place.

New-Age Bullshit Generator Just click and the truth will manifest Click the Reionize electrons button at the top of the page to generate a full page of New Age poppycock. The inspiration for this idea came from watching philosophy debates involving Deepak Chopra. I wrote a blog post about it if you're interested. After sitting through hours of New Age rhetoric, I decided to have a crack at writing code to generate it automatically and speed things up a bit. You’ll get some profound-sounding nonsense here, too. So, what is this for? (If you haven’t seen it, check out wisdomofchopra.com — unfortunately they beat me to it! New English Review Word Freak: Heartbreak, Triumph, Genius, and Obsession in the World of Competitive ScrabblePlayers There is a great moment in WORD FREAK when the author, Stefan Fatsis, considers his obsession with Scrabble and wonders if it's healthy. In normal literature, such a moment might be devoted to doomed romance or drug addiction. There's something wonderfully nerdy about the fact that in WORD FREAK it involves a board game. Fatsis originally planned to write WORD FREAK as a journalistic account of an odd but harmless subculture. In retrospect, Fatsis' decision was not only incredible, but also inevitable. If this sounds like a typical underdog story, it shouldn't. Fatsis' knowledge of the Scrabble world is hard earned. Fatsis works hard to be seen as a typical Scrabble player, but he never quite blends in with his peers. Fatsis is aware of the extra help he receives from the Scrabble world, and he repays it with an ever more fanatical interest in the game. Early in the book Fatsis decides that WORD FREAK is going to be a personal account rather than a scrupulously fair piece of reporting.

Report: Majority Of Time In Pool Spent Urging Others To Enter Pool NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Far outstripping the amount of time dedicated to swimming or games, a report released Wednesday by researchers at Rutgers University found that the average person in a pool spends the vast majority of their time urging others to enter as well. “Across demographic groups, we found that an individual will typically spend 80 percent of their time in a pool engaged in various efforts to coax others into joining them in the water,” read the report, noting that roughly half that time is dedicated to making the case that entering the pool will be “fun” or “refreshing” and about a third is allocated toward playful commands or taunts such as “Come on,” “Stop being a baby,” or simply “Just get in already.” “The smallest amount of time is reserved for more aggressive tactics such as splashing people from the pool’s edge or just reaching up and pulling them in if they get close enough.”

Dissent Magazine AMERICAN MUSEUM OF BEAT ART Humorist Bruce Jay Friedman Is One Lonely Guy—as Anyone Can Plainly See Loneliness is expensive. It takes a lot of money to keep it going. You need throw pillows. You've got to have cookies, liverwurst sandwiches. You have to have a TV set to lull you to sleep. What about your ear-drops bill... So consoles Bruce Jay Friedman in The Lonely Guy's Book of Life, a sort of hot tub of chicken soup for men caught in the cross fire between the women's movement and a sexual revolution that everyone else is enjoying. William Paley, or some Lonely Guy sympathizer at CBS, has paid in the six figures for TV rights. The other question is whether author Friedman, Lonely Guy-wise, is a poseur. The other testimonial to Bruce's popularity is that so many writers like a colleague so comparatively unblocked. It all began in the Bronx, where he was the son of a garment factory manager, trying out his comedy style on dates. The Friedmans separated in 1970 and then finally gave up two years ago in what Ginger calls "the friendliest divorce in history."

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