conuly: (Default)
[personal profile] conuly
The flowers are blooming (achoo!), the grass is growing, and little baby birds are dead all over the sidewalks. You know, nobody ever seems to mention that sign of the seasons, but I'm sure it'd make a fine kigo in a haiku.


'Inverse designing' spontaneously self-assembling materials

10 Old-Timey Exclamations From Across the U.S. (I'm not convinced anybody has ever actually said any of these, but whatevs.)

Birds choose their neighbours based on personality

Resurrecting the Forgotten Bike Highways of 1930s Britain

What's So Great About 350 Degrees?

If People Talked About Other Things the Way They Talked About Gender Identity

New studies suggest everything we thought we knew about salt could be completely wrong

Europe’s Famed Bog Bodies Are Starting to Reveal Their Secrets

Israel’s Invisible Filipino Work Force

New Zealand's ambitious plan to save birds: Kill every rat

Cash and chemicals: for Laos, Chinese banana boom a blessing and curse

Texas votes to give immigration lockups child care licenses

The Border Patrol's Corruption Problem

US digs for evidence of Haiti immigrant crimes

Of the 63 people killed during '92 riots, 23 deaths remain unsolved — artist Jeff Beall is mapping where they fell

“There’s way worse videos”: Today’s students on Rodney King

How Amazon, Once Again, Is Driving Down The Value Of Books And Undermining Authors

In Senegal, Iran and Saudi Arabia vie for religious influence

Childhood bullying linked to health risks in adulthood

There are diseases hidden in ice, and they are waking up

How To Spot Fascism Before It’s Too Late

The American Health Care Act's Prosperity Gospel

Where have all the insects gone?

Abortion foes cheer series of advances, as opponents protest

Date: 2017-05-12 08:48 am (UTC)
hollymath: (Default)
From: [personal profile] hollymath
I'm not convinced anybody has ever actually said any of these

I can't speak for the rest of them, but I promise people really do say "uff-da!" My grandma (who is Norwegian) does, my mom even hear it from local news anchors and that kind of thing. I remember hearing my mom say it on the phone the other day and thinking how much I miss hearing it.

Date: 2017-05-12 05:07 pm (UTC)
kitcatwoman: Kuro from Blue Exorcist. (Default)
From: [personal profile] kitcatwoman
I haven't heard of any of these. I can think of a few phrases that are similar, but that's it.

Date: 2017-05-12 10:15 am (UTC)
cloudsinvenice: woman resting her head on her hand, thinking (Default)
From: [personal profile] cloudsinvenice
That's a terrific article about the bog bodies - I hadn't realised how many new tests they were able to perform on them...

life & death

Date: 2017-05-12 01:26 pm (UTC)
missangelique999: my photo (beauty)
From: [personal profile] missangelique999
spring is beautiful in many ways :)

Date: 2017-05-12 03:07 pm (UTC)
sitonmyinterface: (Default)
From: [personal profile] sitonmyinterface
I don't get dead bird season. What's up with that?

Date: 2017-05-12 03:51 pm (UTC)
larryhammer: animation of the kanji for four seasonal birds fading into each other in endless cycle (kigo)
From: [personal profile] larryhammer
It would make an excellent kigo.

Date: 2017-05-12 05:42 pm (UTC)
steorra: Rabbit with a pancake on its head (random weirdness)
From: [personal profile] steorra
Fallen birdlets

Date: 2017-05-12 08:22 pm (UTC)
larryhammer: a low-fidelity picture of a man, label: "some guy" (Default)
From: [personal profile] larryhammer
There are kigo that fill a line. "Fallen baby birds" fits nicely.

Date: 2017-05-12 04:20 pm (UTC)
monanotlisa: Diana as Diana Prince in glasses and a hat, lifting the rim of the latter rakishly. HOT! (Default)
From: [personal profile] monanotlisa
Hah! Our cats do away with these...but in Germany I recall dead baby birds. Poor little things.

Date: 2017-05-13 05:46 am (UTC)
pipibluestockin: (Default)
From: [personal profile] pipibluestockin
Forgotten bike pathways it always amazes me that England has so much history they forget things like this.

Date: 2017-05-13 12:08 pm (UTC)
smile_n_cuddle: (Default)
From: [personal profile] smile_n_cuddle
I used to work downtown and walked to the courthouse almost every day. The sparrows would splat their babies to the ground like some horrific baby slaughter. It was SO disturbing!!!!

Date: 2017-05-12 09:40 am (UTC)
ext_45018: (spring)
From: [identity profile]
and little baby birds are dead all over the sidewalks. You know, nobody ever seems to mention that sign of the seasons, but I'm sure it'd make a fine kigo in a haiku.

I have honestly never seen that in my life! We rarely find lost eggs, somewhat more commonly find eggshells, and very occasionally find fledglings that have to be rescued from the cats... but dead baby birds all over the sidewalks are complete news to me! Are there so many cuckoos in NYC? Or how does it happen? And why doesn't it happen here? (Well, perhaps it does, and they just get eaten by cats, foxes, martens, squirrels or the like before I see them. But it sounds like they drop in such great numbers that some would still be left by morning!)
So maybe "nobody" mentions that sign of the season because it isn't actually a visible phenomenon in rural places? No idea!

Date: 2017-05-15 12:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Umm... I say "Uff da!"; it's a common expression in Poulsbo, WA, where I lived for a number of years.

Date: 2017-05-15 06:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Awell, there ya go. I also say 'boy howdy' and 'ja sure you betcha'- my friend who grew up in Minnesota says them too. Apparently they're common Northern Fly-over expressions from the middle of the last century. I've lived a lot of different places, though, and I pick up idioms the way furs pick up burrs, so I think even the great 'enry 'iggins would find it problematic to suss out my idiosyncratic speech-patterns and Uncanny Valley accent.

Yo, it occurs to me to ask: have you lived in NYC all your life? Do people ask you if you're some different nationality? and if they do, do you think you sound like the nationality they suppose you to be?


conuly: (Default)

September 2017

      1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23

Most Popular Tags

Style Credit

Expand Cut Tags

No cut tags
Page generated Sep. 20th, 2017 07:51 pm
Powered by Dreamwidth Studios