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Bill DeWitt

Bill DeWitt 

"Anything is a toy if you play with it" - Andy Dwyre

Occupation: Low Carb, Ukulele playing, Science nerd

Location: Kentucky

Followers: 4,757

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Most comments: 9

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2016-09-18 17:49:41 (9 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Most reshares: 1

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2016-09-25 02:28:55 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

<Elmer Fudd voice> I'm vewy vewy certain </Elmer Fudd voice>

Most plusones: 16

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2016-09-19 01:17:29 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

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2016-09-25 02:28:55 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

<Elmer Fudd voice> I'm vewy vewy certain </Elmer Fudd voice>

<Elmer Fudd voice> I'm vewy vewy certain </Elmer Fudd voice>___

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2016-09-25 01:47:50 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

When your life is such that you can spend several minutes writing one word, the correct breathing techniques for drawing a single line become important. 

When your life is such that you can spend several minutes writing one word, the correct breathing techniques for drawing a single line become important. ___

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2016-09-24 23:19:38 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

May as well call it what it is, Hillary-fraud. Like Obama-care, but even fraudier and soon with 90% less Obama.
#HillaryRapedMe

May as well call it what it is, Hillary-fraud. Like Obama-care, but even fraudier and soon with 90% less Obama.
#HillaryRapedMe___

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2016-09-24 22:47:15 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

I've been thinking about this steak all day. I almost had it for breakfast, but then I thought... Hey! Best of both worlds, have it for dinner, with breakfast foods!

I've been thinking about this steak all day. I almost had it for breakfast, but then I thought... Hey! Best of both worlds, have it for dinner, with breakfast foods!___

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2016-09-24 14:16:37 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Apparently I didn't get the memo.

Which means I don't know the rules. All I know is that people are posting three fictional characters. So I made up my own rules. The rules are, post three fictional characters who are not Sherriff Andy Taylor that I feel influenced and continue to influence my life.

Jonny Quest: Who I always wanted to be when I was growing up.
Jed Clampette: How I feel most of the time. Befuddled and skeptical.
Louis Wu: My alter-ego, looweewoo, who I would be if I had hundreds of years and unlimited funds.

Apparently I didn't get the memo.

Which means I don't know the rules. All I know is that people are posting three fictional characters. So I made up my own rules. The rules are, post three fictional characters who are not Sherriff Andy Taylor that I feel influenced and continue to influence my life.

Jonny Quest: Who I always wanted to be when I was growing up.
Jed Clampette: How I feel most of the time. Befuddled and skeptical.
Louis Wu: My alter-ego, looweewoo, who I would be if I had hundreds of years and unlimited funds.___

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2016-09-24 10:52:34 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

Oh Patrick, thank you for your clarity.



Oh Patrick, thank you for your clarity.

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2016-09-24 03:37:00 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

LIke spectral ghost ships passing each other in an impenetrable fog, we feel only a slight disturbance in the ocean of the night. A hint of indecipherable language in the susurration of the wavelets, which fades even as it catches the ear. Then I am a dissipating vapor in the mist, my existence uncertain even to myself. I sleep.

LIke spectral ghost ships passing each other in an impenetrable fog, we feel only a slight disturbance in the ocean of the night. A hint of indecipherable language in the susurration of the wavelets, which fades even as it catches the ear. Then I am a dissipating vapor in the mist, my existence uncertain even to myself. I sleep.___

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2016-09-23 23:57:54 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

I should have posted this on Speak like a Pirate Day!

A press-gang filled this man-o-war, to make the black-mouthed cannon roar;
Now all my trade is ball and blade, and blood forevermore!
And the sting of salt and spray, the ocean’s howl and squall;
A stumbling wreck, I roam the deck, at the devil’s beck and call.. at the devil’s beck and call



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P18L6rzp6Gc

I should have posted this on Speak like a Pirate Day!

A press-gang filled this man-o-war, to make the black-mouthed cannon roar;
Now all my trade is ball and blade, and blood forevermore!
And the sting of salt and spray, the ocean’s howl and squall;
A stumbling wreck, I roam the deck, at the devil’s beck and call.. at the devil’s beck and call



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P18L6rzp6Gc___

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2016-09-23 16:24:05 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Seriously, +What's on Netflix?

Why do you ask for comments if you have comments turned off? It's not like dozens of people haven't mentioned this to you dozens of times.

Need some advice on what to watch next? Comment below with some shows you like and we'll come up with some suggestions :)___Seriously, +What's on Netflix?

Why do you ask for comments if you have comments turned off? It's not like dozens of people haven't mentioned this to you dozens of times.

2016-09-23 14:30:35 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Here's the phone system I need.

"Hello,
Bill is not answering the phone right now,
please select from the following options:
1) If your script says, "This is not a sales call" anywhere on it, press one (hangs up)
2) If you didn't want to talk to me and just want to leave a message, press two (voice mail)
3) If you would like to remain on hold for up to 5 minutes while he finishes what he's doing, press three (hold)
4) There's no other choices, you might as well hang up. You could try texting me."

Here's the phone system I need.

"Hello,
Bill is not answering the phone right now,
please select from the following options:
1) If your script says, "This is not a sales call" anywhere on it, press one (hangs up)
2) If you didn't want to talk to me and just want to leave a message, press two (voice mail)
3) If you would like to remain on hold for up to 5 minutes while he finishes what he's doing, press three (hold)
4) There's no other choices, you might as well hang up. You could try texting me."___

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2016-09-23 14:01:30 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Those of you who have not already totally died from the space asteroids, here is your weather forecast for today through Sunday Sept 25th 2016. tl:dr Complete destruction of civilization and at least three tsunamis in NYC.

THE END IS NEAR!!!! THE END IS NEAR!!!!!!
THE END IS HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
RUN AWAY, RUN AWAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!___Those of you who have not already totally died from the space asteroids, here is your weather forecast for today through Sunday Sept 25th 2016. tl:dr Complete destruction of civilization and at least three tsunamis in NYC.

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2016-09-23 12:50:48 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

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2016-09-23 03:17:45 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Goodnight Google Ghost Town. I hardly knew ye. 

Goodnight Google Ghost Town. I hardly knew ye. ___

2016-09-22 23:49:24 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Yay, the Kanji lessons in which I used to be #16999, I am now noticeably on the board at #18!

What this means is that about 16971 folks are not using the lessons anymore, but I'll take it. Actually my score is about 1/3 of the top score, so that's good.

What it means in real life is that I can read a little bit of Japanese without the helper hiragana (furigana) under the kanji. That's progress, more progress than in five years of College classes. Memrise, free.

Yay, the Kanji lessons in which I used to be #16999, I am now noticeably on the board at #18!

What this means is that about 16971 folks are not using the lessons anymore, but I'll take it. Actually my score is about 1/3 of the top score, so that's good.

What it means in real life is that I can read a little bit of Japanese without the helper hiragana (furigana) under the kanji. That's progress, more progress than in five years of College classes. Memrise, free.___

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2016-09-22 06:28:29 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Via +Andrea Geer 

After all these years I am in part vindicated ...

*... An Alternative View
All of this leads ineluctably to the view that the notion of universal grammar is plain wrong. Of course, scientists never give up on their favorite theory, even in the face of contradictory evidence, until a reasonable alternative appears. Such an alternative, called usage-based linguistics, has now arrived. The theory, which takes a number of forms, proposes that grammatical structure is not in­­nate. Instead grammar is the product of history (the processes that shape how languages are passed from one generation to the next) and human psychology (the set of social and cognitive capacities that allow generations to learn a language in the first place). More important, this theory proposes that language recruits brain systems that may not have evolved specifically for that purpose and so is a different idea to Chomsky's single-gene mutation for recursion.

In the new usage-based approach (which includes ideas from functional linguistics, cognitive linguistics and construction grammar), children are not born with a universal, dedicated tool for learning grammar. Instead they inherit the mental equivalent of a Swiss Army knife: a set of general-purpose tools—such as categorization, the reading of communicative intentions, and analogy making, with which children build grammatical categories and rules from the language they hear around them.

For instance, English-speaking children understand "The cat ate the rabbit," and by analogy they also understand "The goat tickled the fairy." They generalize from hearing one example to another. After enough examples of this kind, they might even be able to guess who did what to whom in the sentence "The gazzer mibbed the toma," even though some of the words are literally nonsensical. The grammar must be something they discern beyond the words themselves, given that the sentences share little in common at the word level.

The meaning in language emerges through an interaction between the potential meaning of the words themselves (such as the things that the word "ate" can mean) and the meaning of the grammatical construction into which they are plugged. For example, even though "sneeze" is in the dictionary as an intransitive verb that only goes with a single actor (the one who sneezes), if one forces it into a ditransitive construction—one able to take both a direct and indirect object—the result might be "She sneezed him the napkin," in which "sneeze" is construed as an action of transfer (that is to say, she made the napkin go to him). The sentence shows that grammatical structure can make as strong a contribution to the meaning of the utterance as do the words. Contrast this idea with that of Chomsky, who argued there are levels of grammar that are free of meaning entirely.

The concept of the Swiss Army knife also explains language learning without any need to invoke two phenomena required by the universal grammar theory. One is a series of algebraic rules for combining symbols—a so-called core grammar hardwired in the brain. The second is a lexicon—a list of exceptions that cover all of the other idioms and idiosyncrasies of natural languages that must be learned. The problem with this dual-route approach is that some grammatical constructions are partially rule-based and also partially not—for example, "Him a presidential candidate?!" in which the subject "him" retains the form of a direct object but with the elements of the sentence not in the proper order. A native English speaker can generate an infinite variety of sentences using the same approach: "Her go to ballet?!" or "That guy a doctor?!" So the question becomes, are these utterances part of the core grammar or the list of exceptions? If they are not part of a core grammar, then they must be learned individually as separate items. But if children can learn these part-rule, part-exception utterances, then why can they not learn the rest of language the same way? In other words, why do they need universal grammar at all?

In fact, the idea of universal grammar contradicts evidence showing that children learn language through social interaction and gain practice using sentence constructions that have been created by linguistic communities over time. In some cases, we have good data on exactly how such learning happens. For example, relative clauses are quite common in the world's languages and often derive from a meshing of separate sentences. Thus, we might say, "My brother.... He lives over in Arkansas.... He likes to play piano." Because of various cognitive-processing mechanisms—with names such as schematization, habituation, decontextualization and automatization—these phrases evolve over long periods into a more complex construction: "My brother, who lives over in Arkansas, likes to play the piano." Or they might turn sentences such as "I pulled the door, and it shut" gradually into "I pulled the door shut."

What is more, we seem to have a species-specific ability to de­­code others' communicative intentions—what a speaker intends to say. For example, I could say, "She gave/bequeathed/sent/loaned/­sold the library some books" but not "She donated the library some books." Recent research has shown that there are several mechanisms that lead children to constrain these types of inappropriate analogies. For example, children do not make analogies that make no sense. So they would never be tempted to say "She ate the library some books." In addition, if children hear quite often "She donated some books to the library," then this usage preempts the temptation to say "She donated the library some books."

Such constraining mechanisms vastly cut down the possible analogies a child could make to those that align the communicative intentions of the person he or she is trying to understand. We all use this kind of intention reading when we understand "Can you open the door for me?" as a request for help rather than an inquiry into door-opening abilities.

Chomsky allowed for this kind of "pragmatics"—how we use language in context—in his general theory of how language worked. Given how ambiguous language is, he had to. But he appeared to treat the role of pragmatics as peripheral to the main job of grammar. In a way, the contributions from usage-based approaches have shifted the debate in the other direction to how much pragmatics can do for language before speakers need to turn to the rules of syntax.

Usage-based theories are far from offering a complete ac­­count of how language works. Meaningful generalizations that children make from hearing spoken sentences and phrases are not the whole story of how children construct sentences either—there are generalizations that make sense but are not grammatical (for example, "He disappeared the rabbit"). Out of all the possible meaningful yet ungrammatical generalizations children could make, they appear to make very few. The reason seems to be they are sensitive to the fact that the language community to which they belong conforms to a norm and communicates an idea in just "this way." They strike a delicate balance, though, as the language of children is both creative ("I goed to the shops") and conformative to grammatical norms ("I went to the shops"). There is much work to be done by usage-based theorists to explain how these forces interact in childhood in a way that exactly explains the path of language development. ..."___Via +Andrea Geer 

2016-09-22 03:12:26 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

You might think that with no work no school, no family, no pets, no responsibilities, no obligations, that I could go to sleep and sleep as long as I want. But nooooo my body has to play the age card on me. Dammit.

But at least from now until morning I will be doing any complaining from my bed. Good Night Google Ghost Town.

You might think that with no work no school, no family, no pets, no responsibilities, no obligations, that I could go to sleep and sleep as long as I want. But nooooo my body has to play the age card on me. Dammit.

But at least from now until morning I will be doing any complaining from my bed. Good Night Google Ghost Town.___

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2016-09-21 21:46:10 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Air horns: When you don't have a supported, logical argument, but you don't want to lose.

Air horns: When you don't have a supported, logical argument, but you don't want to lose.___

2016-09-21 19:23:54 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Google, or Alphabet or whoever you are, hire a guy who just looks at all your stuff and has a button on his desk that says, "Oh no, really? We're not really going to do that are we? Come on!"

Google, or Alphabet or whoever you are, hire a guy who just looks at all your stuff and has a button on his desk that says, "Oh no, really? We're not really going to do that are we? Come on!"___

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2016-09-21 17:54:05 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Because they're smart enough to keep the whole country safe.

Stupid fucks LOL___Because they're smart enough to keep the whole country safe.

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2016-09-21 13:19:48 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

In a minute, I'm going to draw in the explosions. I'm gonna need more red crayons.

___In a minute, I'm going to draw in the explosions. I'm gonna need more red crayons.

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2016-09-21 11:16:43 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

We live in a world of increasing risk.

We live in a world of increasing risk.___

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2016-09-21 02:36:48 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

A short tune just for the ghost town

A short tune just for the ghost town___

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2016-09-21 01:12:12 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

I laughed, I cried, I hurled into a nearby wastebasket.
#LetGaryDebate

'nuf said.___I laughed, I cried, I hurled into a nearby wastebasket.
#LetGaryDebate

2016-09-21 01:07:58 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Skittles! Taste the failure to understand what analogies are about. 

Skittles! Taste the failure to understand what analogies are about. ___

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2016-09-20 17:55:46 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PdhCmXLG1lw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PdhCmXLG1lw___

2016-09-20 17:27:06 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

The dictionary definition of "Fluent" is too subjective. It says things like, "Able to use the language easily and accurately".

How accurate? Easier than what?

I like the idea of "thinking in another language". I will not consider myself fluent until I can think in the target language. 

The dictionary definition of "Fluent" is too subjective. It says things like, "Able to use the language easily and accurately".

How accurate? Easier than what?

I like the idea of "thinking in another language". I will not consider myself fluent until I can think in the target language. ___

2016-09-20 14:51:29 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

The "New G+" team leader to his crew: "First, let's add one mouse click to every sequence of user actions"

The "New G+" team leader to his crew: "First, let's add one mouse click to every sequence of user actions"___

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2016-09-20 14:41:02 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

Yes, and I'd like the extra nutmeg ammo with that, please.


Yes, and I'd like the extra nutmeg ammo with that, please.
___

2016-09-20 14:24:35 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

The new G+ doesn't show my spell checker corrections. I right click on the word, it appears to change it, then it doesn't show up on the post.

It turns out that it really has been changed, but I have to reload the page to be sure. Is it just me, or are you having this problem too? Manual editing seems to work just fine.

The new G+ doesn't show my spell checker corrections. I right click on the word, it appears to change it, then it doesn't show up on the post.

It turns out that it really has been changed, but I have to reload the page to be sure. Is it just me, or are you having this problem too? Manual editing seems to work just fine.___

2016-09-20 04:33:38 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Well, I actually did nothing today. I had plans, and I talked about doing things, but none of that ended up working out for me. Perhaps because the new season of Gotham came out on Netflix.

Yeah, I'm pretty sure that's it.

Good night Google Ghost Town, this is the good night you need, but not the one you deserve. 

Well, I actually did nothing today. I had plans, and I talked about doing things, but none of that ended up working out for me. Perhaps because the new season of Gotham came out on Netflix.

Yeah, I'm pretty sure that's it.

Good night Google Ghost Town, this is the good night you need, but not the one you deserve. ___

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2016-09-19 23:17:50 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ebqi-1FOC7U

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ebqi-1FOC7U___

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2016-09-19 15:38:37 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Toki Pona just doesn't have a good number system. On purpose.

There are only two numeral words, and three quantity words.

ala means none (not quite zero, yet)
wan = 1
tu = 2
luka means a handful or kinda means 5
ale means all or many of them, whatever they are.

Of course, as an obsessive counter, I cannot let this stand. So herein I propose a base three reversed positional verbal counting system in toki pona.

Effectively, I tediously count from 1 to 13 over the course of 5 minutes or so. I warned you not to follow this collection.

I've been playing with this and I'm fairly happy with a base three reverse positional notation system. But it has to be backwards. toki pona is ostensibly a spoken language, since "internet computer forums" is probably more tedious to say than counting up the lukas in a million.... more »

Toki Pona just doesn't have a good number system. On purpose.

There are only two numeral words, and three quantity words.

ala means none (not quite zero, yet)
wan = 1
tu = 2
luka means a handful or kinda means 5
ale means all or many of them, whatever they are.

Of course, as an obsessive counter, I cannot let this stand. So herein I propose a base three reversed positional verbal counting system in toki pona.

Effectively, I tediously count from 1 to 13 over the course of 5 minutes or so. I warned you not to follow this collection.

I've been playing with this and I'm fairly happy with a base three reverse positional notation system. But it has to be backwards. toki pona is ostensibly a spoken language, since "internet computer forums" is probably more tedious to say than counting up the lukas in a million.

As a spoken language, it's hard to tell where the place columns are. Spoken English gets around that with place names - hundreds, thousands etc. But we don't have those names.

We can get around it by declaring that we are about to say a "nanpa mute" (multiple numbers) and then listing the wans, kulupu wans (groups of ones), kulupu kulupu wans (groups of groups of ones) etc, in that order, without naming them. We will always know here we are because we start with ones.
(watch video here)
So "nanpa mute wan ala tu wan" is one, plus no threes, plus two nines, plus one twenty seven. You have to get used to it but that's immediately recognizable to me as 1+(2x9)+(3x9) which is 1+(5x9) or forty six.

Of course it would be much better with a base 5 system, but this has the advantage of not requiring more number words, not appropriating the words for many and several, and having an historic base in Arabic hand counting. You can quickly show any range of numbers with two fingers and your thumb on one hand.

I don't imagine anyone will pick this up, because most people don't want to learn math of any kind. I never do. But this is really easy and retains much of the toki pona simplistic philosophy, IMHO. You can say how many fish you caught without having to sit down for it. It even makes a better story telling device, because your audience (once they understand it) hears (with increasing drama) "I caught one, plus three, plus eighteen, plus twenty seven, plus 162!" ... That's 211 fish, nanpa mute wan wan tu wan tu kala.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMTFr6OXx4M&feature=youtu.be
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2016-09-19 01:32:57 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

... and that I'm blonde.

... and that I'm blonde.___

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2016-09-19 01:25:48 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

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2016-09-19 01:17:29 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

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2016-09-18 21:11:25 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Toki pona is not really made for what I am using it for. It represents a simple life of sharing food, working with friends, going home to family.

But (and I hope it's not taken as pretentious or disrespectful) it's fun to try to make it say New-Age-y made up aphorisms. By the time I am done wrestling the concepts into the 120 available words, I know I will never forget the topic word or symbol.

I just realized it's kind of like twitter. It's purposely limited so that you can't say a bunch of malarkey unless you really try.


toki pona glyph by Jonathan Gabel

Toki pona is not really made for what I am using it for. It represents a simple life of sharing food, working with friends, going home to family.

But (and I hope it's not taken as pretentious or disrespectful) it's fun to try to make it say New-Age-y made up aphorisms. By the time I am done wrestling the concepts into the 120 available words, I know I will never forget the topic word or symbol.

I just realized it's kind of like twitter. It's purposely limited so that you can't say a bunch of malarkey unless you really try.


toki pona glyph by Jonathan Gabel___

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2016-09-18 20:48:43 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

Meditation on “ala” :

nimi li jan sona li ala jo e ala.
taso insa ala seli nasa pi kon li pakala e pijema.
ala kin e lapa ala, wile pana e mu sewi.
ala jo e ale, pini seli tawa e pijema, ale jo e ala.

The word of the wise says that the Universe is nothingness.
Yet in the heart of emptiness the strange light of the spirit breaks the darkness.
Even the vacuum cannot rest but must burst into the song of life.
The nothingness is filled, till the light fades to darkness again, and the Universe contains nothing.

toki pona glyph by Jonathan Gabel 

Meditation on “ala” :

nimi li jan sona li ala jo e ala.
taso insa ala seli nasa pi kon li pakala e pijema.
ala kin e lapa ala, wile pana e mu sewi.
ala jo e ale, pini seli tawa e pijema, ale jo e ala.

The word of the wise says that the Universe is nothingness.
Yet in the heart of emptiness the strange light of the spirit breaks the darkness.
Even the vacuum cannot rest but must burst into the song of life.
The nothingness is filled, till the light fades to darkness again, and the Universe contains nothing.

toki pona glyph by Jonathan Gabel ___

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2016-09-18 18:41:24 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Meditation on "akesi" :

akesi lape lon kiwen supa seli suno.
ona li tawa lon pimeja en pana pilin pi moji
akesi li alesi taso e pipi jaki
pilin pi moji li ijo ike
o utala ala e akesi!

The Lizard sleeps on the sun warmed stone
It creeps in the darkness and startles you
But the lizard is just hunting the nasty bugs
The fear is your enemy
Please don't fight the lizard

Glyph image from Jonathan Gabel

Meditation on "akesi" :

akesi lape lon kiwen supa seli suno.
ona li tawa lon pimeja en pana pilin pi moji
akesi li alesi taso e pipi jaki
pilin pi moji li ijo ike
o utala ala e akesi!

The Lizard sleeps on the sun warmed stone
It creeps in the darkness and startles you
But the lizard is just hunting the nasty bugs
The fear is your enemy
Please don't fight the lizard

Glyph image from Jonathan Gabel___

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2016-09-18 17:49:41 (9 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Boycott the debate!

If Johnson is not there, are they really going to say anything you haven't already heard? I mean, unless you just want to hear them go at each other.

___Boycott the debate!

If Johnson is not there, are they really going to say anything you haven't already heard? I mean, unless you just want to hear them go at each other.

2016-09-18 14:44:17 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

Please don't take these "meditations" as sanctimonious or pretentious. They are actually more of a toy for me. A way to enjoy the "Zen" feeling of the language. I model them after basic Taoist/Zen/New Age/psychobabble and use them mostly as memory aides and language practice. By the time I have written one of these, the subject term is absolutely memorized.

Feel free to comment, improve, ridicule or enjoy them as you wish. 

Please don't take these "meditations" as sanctimonious or pretentious. They are actually more of a toy for me. A way to enjoy the "Zen" feeling of the language. I model them after basic Taoist/Zen/New Age/psychobabble and use them mostly as memory aides and language practice. By the time I have written one of these, the subject term is absolutely memorized.

Feel free to comment, improve, ridicule or enjoy them as you wish. ___

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2016-09-18 14:39:22 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

Meditation on "akesi" :

akesi lape lon kiwen supa seli suno.
ona li tawa lon pimeja en pana pilin pi moji
alesi e pipi jaki taso
pilin pi moji li ijo ike
o utala e akesi ala!

The Lizard sleeps on the warm stone
It creeps in the darkness and startles you
But the lizard is just hunting the nasty bugs
The fear is your enemy
Please don't fight the lizard

In the daytime our thought and fears can be far from us, only to return at night and keep us awake. It's common to try to push way or avoid those fears, but they are not the real enemy. They are just thoughts about events, thoughts that could be useful to us. When they are useful, they stop haunting us and become our allies.

Please correct or adapt any part of this
'akesi' glyph by Jonathan Gabel



Meditation on "akesi" :

akesi lape lon kiwen supa seli suno.
ona li tawa lon pimeja en pana pilin pi moji
alesi e pipi jaki taso
pilin pi moji li ijo ike
o utala e akesi ala!

The Lizard sleeps on the warm stone
It creeps in the darkness and startles you
But the lizard is just hunting the nasty bugs
The fear is your enemy
Please don't fight the lizard

In the daytime our thought and fears can be far from us, only to return at night and keep us awake. It's common to try to push way or avoid those fears, but they are not the real enemy. They are just thoughts about events, thoughts that could be useful to us. When they are useful, they stop haunting us and become our allies.

Please correct or adapt any part of this
'akesi' glyph by Jonathan Gabel

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2016-09-18 13:44:06 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

Meditation on 'a' :

mi lukin e kon sina
nimi sina li suli mute mi
a, pilin ale li pona

I acknowledge the spirit in you
I value the words that you say
Yes, every thought is valid

Please correct or adapt either version.
If this is not the proper subcommunity please let me know
'a' glyph by Jonathan Gable

Meditation on 'a' :

mi lukin e kon sina
nimi sina li suli mute mi
a, pilin ale li pona

I acknowledge the spirit in you
I value the words that you say
Yes, every thought is valid

Please correct or adapt either version.
If this is not the proper subcommunity please let me know
'a' glyph by Jonathan Gable___

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2016-09-18 12:58:37 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

It's true, and that actually happened to me. I had to flee the marriage on a raft made out of empty soda bottles and bamboo.

It's true, and that actually happened to me. I had to flee the marriage on a raft made out of empty soda bottles and bamboo.___

2016-09-18 03:40:04 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Goodnight assorted folks and other things. You know who you are.



Goodnight assorted folks and other things. You know who you are.

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2016-09-17 23:09:41 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

It's unfortunate that "Communities" are not as strongly supported as they used to be. But here's one for toki pona, if you were looking for it.

It's unfortunate that "Communities" are not as strongly supported as they used to be. But here's one for toki pona, if you were looking for it.___

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2016-09-17 22:59:02 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

I don't think I have seen any content in this community yet, so I hope no one minds if I repost this and maybe create some original content for it. I just want to see Google Plus have more of a toki pona presence.

Speaking toki pona is like making music on a theremin.

1) Those who do it receive immense satisfaction from doing so
2) You want all your friends to hear it, even though you know they're just being polite
3) Only other theremin players really understand the skill with which you did that last little bit
4) In the end, it's just a weird noise and a lot of handwaving. ___I don't think I have seen any content in this community yet, so I hope no one minds if I repost this and maybe create some original content for it. I just want to see Google Plus have more of a toki pona presence.

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2016-09-17 16:15:19 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

via +Milo Yiannopoulos

via +Milo Yiannopoulos___

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2016-09-17 13:47:08 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Speaking toki pona is like making music on a theremin.

1) Those who do it receive immense satisfaction from doing so
2) You want all your friends to hear it, even though you know they're just being polite
3) Only other theremin players really understand the skill with which you did that last little bit
4) In the end, it's just a weird noise and a lot of handwaving. 

Speaking toki pona is like making music on a theremin.

1) Those who do it receive immense satisfaction from doing so
2) You want all your friends to hear it, even though you know they're just being polite
3) Only other theremin players really understand the skill with which you did that last little bit
4) In the end, it's just a weird noise and a lot of handwaving. ___

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2016-09-16 09:28:47 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Holy Marriage Counselor Batman, I think I've had this conversation with one of my many ex-wives.

Holy Marriage Counselor Batman, I think I've had this conversation with one of my many ex-wives.___

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