Air Kisses..

June 28, 2006

OED: Air Kiss: A gesture (usually of greeting or farewell) consisting of a kissing motion or sound made without the lips touching the recipient, but freq. while touching cheeks.

I hate air kisses. They just don’t make sense to me. I’ve hated them since I was a young kid. It made people seem false to me. At family get-togethers people would air kiss all the damn time. I guess I’ve always thought that if you don’t want to kiss he person, don’t even bother pretending. Right? In such situations, I would normally place my cheek in a position where the other person was forced to kiss mine and I theirs. Because I would extend the courtesy of which I just mentioned (if you don’t want to kiss, don’t bother pretending), and I know that the person has a record of air kissing, so I force the situation. Or, if I’m not successful in having them actually kiss my cheek, I always make sure that I at least kiss theirs. Sometimes people are shocked…..well, not shocked, per se, but startled that it wasn’t the “norm” of what they’re used to.

Anyway, I saw the word on the front page of the OED, so I thought I’d comment on it.

People need to stop being so damn ridiculous with their affections.


Zipf’s law

June 28, 2006

Zipf’s law – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Zipf’s law would be useful to know and understand once more technical data starts coming in. Besides, it’s hard to know what Mike might want some day.

Computational Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory – Publications

June 28, 2006

Computational Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory – Publications

This was sent to me by Mike. There are some good references, especially the Sporns, O., and Zwi, J. (2004).

MRI scans

June 28, 2006

Profoundly aphasic patients MRI scan in a study testing the relationship of number sttructure to grammatical structure:

UCSD words

June 27, 2006

A good article on Moro, a language in the mountainous area of Sudan. It breaks my heart when I hear of such things….and I know there isn’t much we linguists can do about it. We do the best we can, but there’s no way of saving a language completely.

At least there can be some documentation that the language at least existed.


June 26, 2006

One thing that has been baffling me for some time now is the idea(?)/concept(?) of luck. What exactly is luck and how does it happen. I know it may appear as something simplistic, but let’s think about how it happens.

Let’s use someone in Vegas as an example. When this someone is on a roll, they’re on a roll. But why? Where does this roll come from? Is it inspired from God? Does God say, “Okay, now you will have good/bad luck for one hour/six hours/one day/one week/one month”? As far as length is concerned, I’ve always experienced one day, on average. So, where and how does this happen? Notice if you’re playing blackjack, for example, that when you’re losing, you will probably lose 8 out of 10 time. On the flip side, when you’re hot, you’ll do the opposite (8-10 wins). The thing that throws me off is how this luck is so consistent. How the heck does this happen?

I guess I’ll never know.