(via xkcd: Writing Skills)

Alt text: I’d like to find a corpus of writing writing from children in a non-self-selected sample (e.g. handwritten letters to the president from everyone in the same teacher’s 7th grade class every year)—and score the kids today versus the kids 20 years ago on various objective measures of writing quality. I’ve heard the idea that exposure to all this amateur peer practice is hurting us, but I’d bet on the generation that conducts the bulk of their social lives via the written word over the generation that occasionally wrote book reports and letters to grandma once a year, any day.

(via xkcd: Writing Skills)

Alt text: I’d like to find a corpus of writing writing from children in a non-self-selected sample (e.g. handwritten letters to the president from everyone in the same teacher’s 7th grade class every year)—and score the kids today versus the kids 20 years ago on various objective measures of writing quality. I’ve heard the idea that exposure to all this amateur peer practice is hurting us, but I’d bet on the generation that conducts the bulk of their social lives via the written word over the generation that occasionally wrote book reports and letters to grandma once a year, any day.

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I really want to know…

shdwdmn666:

Is there anyone out there that is 30 or over? Sometimes I feel like the oldest person here.  If you are 30+ please reblog this.

older than 30? Oh sweet child…

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"By preserving the privilege of franking to the Clerks of the Roads a competition will be occasioned between them & the other Dealers, the Public will be supplied on more moderate turns, and an increase of consumption will be promoted but should this competition be destroyed by the abolition of the privilege of the Clerks of the Roads, the principal Dealers purchasing the business carried on by less extensive circulation might thereby occasion a monopoly and then fix the price as it might suit their private interest and diminish the Number of Newspapers circulated thereby greatly injuring the Revenue as formerly by the monopoly of the Clerks of the Secretaries of State and the Clerks of the Roads for it would be the interest of the Stationers and other Dealers as it was that of the Clerks under Government to sell a less number at an advanced Price, the Capital employed would not be so large nor the trouble nor the risk so great."

Clerks of the Roads to joint Post Master Generals, arguing to keep their customary privilege of privately dealing with newspapers. (1793)

How to use market economy to argue in favour of customary privileges:

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yuri-puppies:

iamthespacecadet:

I really just want to make a story about fantasy worlds that continue to advance at a technologically consistent rate so like, not urban fantasy which tends to have that “it’s now but there’s a ton of stuff U DON’T KNOW ABOUT” but like, Motorcycle gang dwarves and fashion model elves and wizards of high finance and like everyone standing around a water-cooler and they’re like-

“Who do you think you’re going to vote for this year? I mean King Shelmeth has a birthmark and a prophesy but he’s really strict about goblin immigration and Xarthon the Brave has that magic sword with the crown all on it and stuff but his taxation policies really leave something to desire, you know? And I just don’t know if either of them are really in touch with the fight for ghost rights, you know?”

And they all just sort of nod and mumble and the centaur stamps his hoof but then their boss walks by and they all pretend to be really busy with the copy machine.

I would pay for this book.

read Discworld.

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If there’s one show they should bring back…

(Source: uzakhikaye, via themonkeycabal)

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Reading Heidegger

wheninmusicology:

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audreyii-fic:

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musicologically this is exactly correct.

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Did we learn nothing from history?

nivalingreenhow:

when McGonagall finds out that Ginny is pregnant, and that the Weasley and Potter bloodlines will converge, she marks on her calender the day the child will turn 11 and that is the day she retires 

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