is quite remarkable! I watched it on the strength of Caitlin Moore’s strong endorsement on but it might be even better to just watch cold!

Streaming on Funi in North America:

(I don't really buy the above finding, it seems very problematic and not at all clear-cut, and furthermore unclear what it adds.)

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the rise of Japan’s cultural industry received international recognition only after its soft power status was debated in the United States, though Japanese cultural goods have been most extensively exported and linked to the cultural markets of Asia. To be accepted in the United States, Japan’s animation entrepreneurs have been willing to cut or change some scenes and even story lines. The success of Japanimation owes much to considerable ‘de-Japanization’ and partial ‘Americanization’.

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@f0x these might not exactly qualify, but they really helped me think about my writing and how to do it differently than I was previously:

Sue Gardner (Wikipedia bigwig)

Likely these are only peripherally related to writing better docs, but I hope they're better than nothing?

One thing I learned from Knuth is to be as verbose and take as much time (and LaTeX/equations/diagrams) as needed: led to

"The proportion of women who feel that marriage is not necessary if they can support themselves invariably outnumbers that of men." —Yoshio Sugimoto, *An Introduction to Japanese Society* (4th edition, page 13)

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“entry into many universities is non-competitive, with a considerable number accepting applicants without formal entrance examinations and, overall, 91 percent of university applicants gaining admission. Thus, most Japanese students have little to do with the widely publicized ‘examination hell’.” —Yoshio Sugimoto, *An Introduction to Japanese Society* (3rd edition, page 11)


(Night too warm. Reading article on phone, the moon got in the way.)


Herakles to his father: “What do I do that makes your tears run down?”

Amphityron: “Even a god would groan if he knew.”

’ Herakles in Anne Carson’s translation.

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“Fallen petals of red plum —
They seem to be burning
On the clods of horse shit.”

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“Evil does not naturally dwell the world, in events, or in people. Evil is a byproduct of forgetfulness, laziness, or distraction.” Sharon Lebell rendering .

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“The capriciousness of the other gods is such that one is likely to get along better, and it’s even safer, if he neglects them entirely, then if he undertakes to worship them properly.“ —Desiderius , “The praise of folly”, circa 1510 CE. Hoyt Hopewell Hudson’s translation.

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there's been quite a bit of research on the cognitive/health benefits of multilingualism, but I think the framing tends to be backwards. multilingualism isn't a bonus, but the default (historically, anthropologically, biologically). our species developed multilingual, and still is everywhere not too damaged by colonial steamrollers. monolingualism is a v recent development, an emergent artifact of a capitalist+racist society.

so we should be talking about the cognitive damage of monolingualism.

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@marcjones (when I finished my Master's, I dreamed of a Monbushō scholarship; I applied for two years, with a dialect documentation project; it was instantly rejected both times; an insider took pity on me and told me that the Consulate was filtering out my application due to me being a single/divorced parent with children; if a simple divorce is already a no-go, I can only imagine what it feels like in daily life to be a technically illegal trans mom over there.)

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@melissaboiko That's very admirable of you—frankly, someone doing some preliminary evaluation of your tech chops via Github will likely be satisfied with your very nice READMEs, don't feel like you have to invest much time in sprucing things up. Having a couple of recent commits can't hurt but often companies will require things like HackerRank (awful automated exams) or CoderPad (much better, live with an engineer at the firm), so reviewing those might be more helpful?

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@melissaboiko how sad will you be if your day job isn’t related to linguistics at all?

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@melissaboiko I used and loved Myougiden for years—while tech interviews are coin flips (even after you spend some time practicing the stupid HackerRank puzzles), I think you’d succeed in finding a good place in tech on the strength of your open source work. Let us know if you start looking.

This Shiga pottery cup broke today. Bought it at a shop in Uji, just outside Byōdōin. When I visited it again couple of years later, they’d closed.

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what if we taught Braile and ASL as regular parts of primary education?

I’m trying to say something about this piece: “You Want a Confederate Monument? My Body Is a Confederate Monument” by Caroline Randall Williams:

And I just can’t.

For me it’s an incredibly powerful reminder to eliminate fairy tales from our lives.

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“People who imagine that history flatters them are impaled on their history like a butterfly on a pin and become incapable of seeing or changing themselves, or the world.”

Baldwin, quoted in, wrote this in 1965—took my breath away.

Always try to crush this addiction to self-flattery.

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