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Post by eldin raigmore » 14 Aug 2019 00:36

Didn’t she, or someone anyway, also use colors, and/or stones?
Wouldn’t there be a difference between the hypothetical Project Cinnabar, the hypothetical Project Vermilion, and the hypothetical Project Terlinguaite?

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Post by shimobaatar » 14 Aug 2019 02:32

eldin raigmore wrote:
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Didn’t she, or someone anyway, also use colors, and/or stones?
Wouldn’t there be a difference between the hypothetical Project Cinnabar, the hypothetical Project Vermilion, and the hypothetical Project Terlinguaite?
I must admit I can't recall any specific names xe used, but I believe you're correct about someone, or multiple someones, using color names. As for stones, it's very possible. I'm afraid I'm not very knowledgeable when it comes to geology, so if presented with a number of "Project X" names, I doubt I'd know whether they referred to minerals, stones, or other substances/materials.
Edit: I've realized since responding to Thrice Xandvii that Corphishy recently started a thread for a "Project Garnet", which may be what prompted the question. In any case, it seems that the tradition is alive.

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Post by KaiTheHomoSapien » 14 Aug 2019 05:07

I kind of like the "Project X" naming scheme, even though I've never used it. I tend to come up with a name for the language right away, although it's certainly subject to change. ("Lihmelinyan" was originally called "Mantian", before I decided to make the latter an umbrella term like "Romance"). But the "Project X" naming scheme makes me think of tech companies and their various code names for unreleased software. It's cool :)

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Post by LinguistCat » 15 Aug 2019 01:36

I hadn't really even noticed this was a major naming scheme. I guess I'm a little too stuck in my own head and mostly skim thread titles for things I'm interested in, so names like this would hardly even register...

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Post by Tanni » 12 Sep 2019 12:49

What does the following sentence mean: College wasn't off to a good start.

Does it mean: College doesn't seem to start out well?
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Post by Salmoneus » 12 Sep 2019 13:14

It means "college" has just begun (most naturally that they have just gone to college for the first time), and already things related to "college" (which here is not the institution but the experience) have gone wrong.

Literally, "off to a good start" is said of runners (etc) who start a race well, but more generally it's now used widely for the beginning of projects and experiences. It's colloquial, but very widespread. It can retain an edge of humour, as idioms often do. "Not off to a good start" is 'literally' only a fairly mild criticism, but it's usually used as a wry understatement (though in that context I'm more used to 'not off to a great start' (italics showing both difference and emphasis). The positive form, "off to a good start" is itself often found in the form of wry sarcasm. Either way, the phrase often has a connotation of self-deprecation.

So yes, if someone says to you "college isn't off to a good start", they mean their experience of and/or performance at college has not begun as well as they might have hoped; but it also probably means they're trying to convey the impression that they're detached, worldly-wise observers able to see the funny side. [it also be used without that connotation, with a different intonation... in which case things are probably REALLY bad and it's massive understatement]


It's interesting, actually, because in "X is off to a good start" (and related phrases), "X" can be either the athlete or the race, and by extension the individual or the project. And "college" is an interesting subject because it's not entirely clear what it is (the time, the experience, the project, the place, the people, the...)

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Post by Tanni » 12 Sep 2019 13:26

Salmoneus wrote:
12 Sep 2019 13:14
It means "college" has just begun (most naturally that they have just gone to college for the first time), and already things related to "college" (which here is not the institution but the experience) have gone wrong. ...
Thank you, Salmoneus, for your fast in in-depth answer!

Here is my translation: Das College fing ja schon mal gut an. This is of course meant ironical.
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Post by Tanni » 09 Oct 2019 17:07

In English, is there a term called "picture culture"? German, it is "Bildkultur".
Are there terms like "film culture" and "internet culture"? How could I say that
in good English?

I need to translate the German construct "Bild-, Film- und Internetkultur".
This is short for "Bildkultur, Filmkultur und Internetkultur", so "picture" and "film"
are included into the scopus of "culture". How can I do this in English?

Is it "is" or "are"?

This way, the Lolita aesthetics is associated with ...

This way, the Lolita aesthetics are associated with ...

... in the Visual Culture interdisciplinary field of research ... is this correct?

Is it necessary to capitalize disciplines like Visual Culture, Philosophy or Art Education?
If yes, is it Art education or Art Education?
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Post by LinguistCat » 09 Oct 2019 20:59

Tanni wrote:
09 Oct 2019 17:07
In English, is there a term called "picture culture"? German, it is "Bildkultur".
Are there terms like "film culture" and "internet culture"? How could I say that
in good English?
"Film culture" and "internet culture" are both already used. By "picture culture" I'm assuming you mean photography? Or do you mean 2d art in general? For the former, I haven't heard "photography culture" get used but that doesn't mean it isn't. (Should ask my father.) For the later, I would say "art culture", but that's broader than just 2d images.
I need to translate the German construct "Bild-, Film- und Internetkultur".
This is short for "Bildkultur, Filmkultur und Internetkultur", so "picture" and "film"
are included into the scopus of "culture". How can I do this in English?
Assuming you meant 2d images generally, I would say "art, film and internet culture" though that could be slightly ambiguous. You might choose to go with "Art, Film and Internet Culture" to clarify a bit. See my answer about capitalizing.
Is it "is" or "are"?

This way, the Lolita aesthetics is associated with ...

This way, the Lolita aesthetics are associated with ...

... in the Visual Culture interdisciplinary field of research ... is this correct?
At least in American English, "are" works here.

Aesthetics are associated. VS
*Aesthetics is associated.
Is it necessary to capitalize disciplines like Visual Culture, Philosophy or Art Education?
If yes, is it Art education or Art Education?
It's not necessary outside of the beginning of sentences, but if you do it would be Art Education.

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Post by Tanni » 09 Oct 2019 21:21

Thank you very much, LinguistCat!
LinguistCat wrote:
09 Oct 2019 20:59
"Film culture" and "internet culture" are both already used. By "picture culture" I'm assuming you mean photography? Or do you mean 2d art in general? For the former, I haven't heard "photography culture" get used but that doesn't mean it isn't. (Should ask my father.) For the later, I would say "art culture", but that's broader than just 2d images.
As this is a translation for someone else, I'm not sure what "picture culture" (Bildkultur) really means. ... (Deleted this part at the request of the author of the thesis).
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09 Oct 2019 20:59
It's not necessary outside of the beginning of sentences, but if you do it would be Art Education.
This definitely looks better!
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Post by cedh » 10 Oct 2019 12:00

I had some contact with the term "Bildkultur" during my studies at university, and it tends to mean something like "(the historical development of) the cultural practice of depicting certain things/topics/issues/... in pictorial arts (including paintings, drawings, photography, and possibly also statues etc.)", which would seem to fit with the context here. I think "image culture" would be a slightly better term than "picture culture", although on its own (i.e. not in a collocation with other "cultures") I would probably prefer "imagery" in many circumstances.

(I'm of course a native speaker of German though, not of English, and I can't say much about actual academic usage in English-language cultural studies.)

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Post by Khemehekis » 12 Oct 2019 18:21

Maybe someone who has a Tumblr blog can help me.

I've had my blog, Aaliyah Would Be Proud, since the end of August, and I still haven't been getting any comments on my blog. I have one share (on the "But being a minor is only temporary!" article), but no comments. The guy who started the "adult privilege" Tumblr blog was hit by a flurry of negative comments insisting he must be some entitled kid whose parents won't buy him an iPhone, so obviously people can respond. I don't see a "Reply" button below my posts. I don't even find my blog on Google when I google "aaliyah would be proud" along with "savegraduation". Is there something I'm doing wrong?
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Post by Salmoneus » 12 Oct 2019 18:37

I've had a blog for ten years, but I still don't get any comments.

Well, that's not quite fair - occasionally I get one or two. But pretty close to zero - although it actually has a fairly decent number of views for what it is. Sometimes, looking at the stats, you can even see that someone's found it and read about twenty blog posts in one setting... but they still never comment...

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Post by sangi39 » 12 Oct 2019 20:08

Salmoneus wrote:
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I've had a blog for ten years, but I still don't get any comments.

Well, that's not quite fair - occasionally I get one or two. But pretty close to zero - although it actually has a fairly decent number of views for what it is. Sometimes, looking at the stats, you can even see that someone's found it and read about twenty blog posts in one setting... but they still never comment...
I think I've read all of your Pratchett reviews (and the one about him after he died got posted a handful of times on Facebook as well), but, yeah, I don't think I've ever commented, mostly because I don't think I would add anything to it beyond "yep, I agree with you".
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Post by LinguistCat » 12 Oct 2019 21:09

Have you gone into your settings and enabled comments? Before the matter of even people finding your posts and wanting to comment, you have to actually go into the settings to enable them. I don't remember if tumblr auto disables being searchable as well but you should check just in case. Unless you mean you can't see a reblog button, in which case, that might be an anti spamming thing for new blogs. But tumblr changes these things all the time so that's just a best guess.

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