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7.30.2017


ᏣᎳᎩ :: cherokee syllabary charts i created :: sound :: shape :: abc song

i made a cherokee language version of the ABC song with the corresponding cherokee syllable phonetic sounds for the phoenician characters + look-a-likes shared in the english language. ABC is pronounced go, yv, dli... there are 60 more cherokee characters. cherokee has 86 characters that are syllables, rather than letters.

each syllable has a meaning, so putting syllables together conveys a lot of information. it's a descriptive language + 1 multi-syllable word can contain as much information as a long english sentence. cherokee also has no capitals like english does. so each syllable sound has only 1 character to represent it + there's no punctuation.



the cherokee language has been spoken for many thousands of years.
cherokee syllable characters were created almost 200 years ago: 1820.
there were originally over 100 syllable characters in an ink + quill cursive style.
a few years later the cherokee nation got a printing press + had to modify the complicated shapes + edit down the amount of characters. a syllabary chart was published in the cherokee nation newspaper + has been used ever since.



even though cherokee was the 1st native american language included on apple macs + iphones, microsoft windows, + google chrome browsers,+ keyboards, cherokee is a dying language. older speakers are literally dying + not being replaced fast enough. this is considered a hard language to learn, so i split the old cherokee syllabary chart into 2 new charts: 1 organized by sound + the other organized by shape.



to make the "by Sound" chart, i took a standard Cherokee Nation syllabary chart that is arranged by 6 vowel columns + 13 consonant rows (with extra consonants sharing spaces), then i moved the outer vowels + consonants labels into each space, so each syllable character has it's own sounds with it. this chart alone is still visually hard for me to memorize, because similar shapes can have very different sounds, so i created a complementary "by Shape" chart, to use in addition.



to make the "by Shape" chart, i took my new "by Sound" chart + rearranged the syllables by similar shapes. since each syllable character now has their consonant + vowel with them, you can memorize them in visual order too. i also put each character into it's own space, so i added a column to make room. it was like solving a puzzle.

fluent native speakers even have trouble distinguishing some syllable characters.
i think that's because some of the shapes should be changed to be more distinct;
there are too many similar shapes with tiny variations, rotations or mirror images.
the written language could be the cause of losing (or saving) the spoken language.
until we get new characters, i hope my new charts help cherokee language learners.

if you want to learn cherokee language, there are free online classes at cherokee.org

by ~mod*mom~ at 30.7.17 ©


7.28.2017

free food :: american agriculture economics association is based in cheese hat state

WIC (Women, Infants, + Children) is the USA’s 3rd-largest free food assistance program.
54% of infants + 31% of children ages 1-5 years old are fed by WIC : US Dept of Agriculture 

AAEA emailed me an invitation to interview their food expert at their annual convention:

"A report by the National Academies released earlier this year recommends modifications to the WIC program as a whole. Any proposals to change the WIC program are being made with the goal of providing nutrition to promote the well-being of pregnant women, infants and young children,” says Helen Jensen of Iowa State University. “We are looking at factors associated with participation in WIC and whether benefits are attractive enough to keep people enrolling in the program.”
        Jensen, who is an internationally-known expert on food and nutrition policy, will lead a session entitled “Food Assistance Program Design in WIC: Mechanisms for Targeting Nutritional Needs” at the 2017 AAEA Annual Meeting in Chicago July 31.
        “There is a lot of interest in food assistance programs both because of funding and because of the success and concerns of improving food security,” Jensen said. “Funding for WIC is tied to participation and since 2008 participation has fallen.”
        For more information, or to set up an interview, please contact Jay Saunders in the AAEA Business Office. Milwaukee, WI  aaea.org

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheesehead

Cheesehead is a nickname in the United States for a person from Wisconsin or for a fan of the Packers [meat] NFL football franchise.



by ~mod*mom~ at 28.7.17 ©


7.20.2017



uggg i just found out what pizzles are + why we say pee + piss

Pizzle | Definition of Pizzle

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pizzle

1 : the penis of an animal. 2 : a whip made of a bull's pizzle. 1st known use: 15th century.

pizzles are sold raw dehydrated as chews for dogs (+ raw for human consumption)

cow pizzles aka bully sticks were tested for bacterial contaminants:
-27% were contaminated with Escherichia coli (Ecoli)
-4% were contaminated with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)
-4%  were contaminated with Clostridium difficile

"these bacterial strains have been shown to infect humans. Researchers advise all pet owners to wash their hands after touching such treats, as they would with any raw meat. The very young, elderly, pregnant, immunocompromised and other high-risk individuals should avoid all contact with raw animal-product based treats and "

"We were surprised at the clear misconceptions pet owners + veterinarians have with pet foods + the popular raw animal-product based pet treats on the market. For example, 71% of people feeding bully sticks to their pets stated they avoid by-products in pet foods, yet bully sticks are animal by-products."

excerpted from phys.org/pet-bully

by ~mod*mom~ at 20.7.17 ©


7.19.2017


if you know me in person, you know i'm a vegan, but i don't push it. 
when people complain to me about health problems, i do tell them there is a simple remedy: stop eating animals + their excretions + eggs

i'm the only vegan i know, besides celebrities, + it's isolating. i watch vegans on youtube showing gorgeous food they make in their vitamix.
i love documentaries + got to meet the Forks Over Knives founder a few years ago at Whole Foods + participate in his 30-day vegan challenge.
he prepared a vegan dinner from his recipe book that was scrumptious!
i asked him how he gave up cheese + he replied: cheese is disgusting!
i agree now + i was sooo excited about the Cowspiracy documentary + 
there's a fantastic new documentary i hope you'll watch "What the Health"

 i wrote this review on IMDB for "What the Health

"watch this multiple times with people you care about :) save lives. be
a healer :) the health heroes interviewed are inspiring, intelligent,
strong + vibrant role models for adults + children. info is presented +
edited in compelling, eye-opening way empowering average people to
heal, be fit + live longer healthier. grateful to filmmakers + brave
contributors fighting ag monster. "What the Health" should be
compulsory Health class film in schools!!!!! but don't wait, watch it
on Netflix or whatthehealthfilm.com ASAP"


this is not sponsored. i'm excited about vitamix + vital veganism :)
i buy all the things you can make in a vitamix, but i could have been making them myself exactly the way i want, saving $ + eating more.
i'm so excited they still sell a mod looking classic vitamix model they almost retired after 25-years. it's a 5200. i ordered from vitamix.com

i've survived a terminal breast cancer diagnosis for over a decade,
by cutting out all animal products + eggs + excretions (dairy).

i think i wouldn't have ever gotten breast cancer, if i wasn't told by a government funded lactation coach program in Berkeley, California "drink milk, to make milk" + given free coupons for cow milk + cheese

watch as many documentaries as it takes to unlearn animal eating.
the next new vegan documentary i want to watch is "Eating You Alive"
+ i haven't yet seen the classics "Earthlings" + "Unity"...

local tip: RawDaddy is AMAZING at Palo Alto farmers market


by ~mod*mom~ at 19.7.17 ©


7.08.2017

midcentury suburbia cartoon :: Barbecue Brawl :: Tom + Jerry 1956 

wikipedia

by ~mod*mom~ at 8.7.17 ©


7.07.2017
prefab 1960s harvard design London Wimbledon House pavers side exterior

prefab 1960s harvard design London Wimbledon House pavers side

prefab 1960s harvard design London Wimbledon House bedroom doors

prefab 1960s harvard design London Wimbledon House bedroom mirrors

prefab 1960s harvard design London Wimbledon House bathroom orange table

prefab 1960s harvard design London Wimbledon House kitchen

prefab 1960s harvard design London Wimbledon House desk dining

prefab 1960s harvard design London Wimbledon House pavers living room eames

prefab 1960s harvard design London Wimbledon House pavers

prefab 1960s harvard design London Wimbledon House bedroom

prefab 1960s harvard design London Wimbledon House pavers back yard

1960s prefab tour of harvard design school in London via dwell magazine

by ~mod*mom~ at 7.7.17 ©


7.01.2017


bbq origin etymology
the English word "barbecue" + its cognates in other languages are derived from barabicu found in the language of the Arawak people of the Caribbean + the Timucua of Florida; it has entered some European languages in the form of barbacoa

Oxford English Dictionary (OED) traces the word to Haiti aka Hispaniola, + translates it as a "framework of sticks set upon posts". After Columbus landed in the Americas in 1492, the Spaniards found indigenous Haitians roasting fish over a grill consisting of a wooden framework resting on sticks above a fire. The flames + smoke rose + enveloped the flesh, giving it a certain flavor.

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"Gonzalo Fernández De Oviedo y Valdés, a Spanish explorer, was the first to use the word "barbecoa" in print in Spain in 1526 in the Diccionario de la Lengua Española of the Real Academia Española." 

the word barbacoa migrated from the Caribbean into other languages + cultures; it moved from Caribbean dialects into Spanish, PortugueseFrench, + English. According to the OED, the first recorded use of the word in English was a verb in 1661, in Edmund Hickeringill's Jamaica Viewed: "Some are slain, and their flesh forthwith Barbacu'd and eat". The word barbecue was published in English in 1672 as a verb from the writings of John Lederer, following his travels in the North American southeast in 1669. The first known use of the word as a noun was in 1697 by the British buccaneer William Dampier. In his New Voyage Round the World, Dampier wrote, " ... and lay there all night, upon our Borbecu's, or frames of Sticks, raised about 3 foot from the Ground".






















Spanish atrocities committed in the conquest of Carib native's land included barbecuing them, as shown in Catholic Bishop Bartolome Las Casas's "Brevisima relación de la destrucción de las Indias", illustrated by Flemish artist Joos van Winghe + engraver Theodor deBry in 1663.


Related imageSamuel Johnson's 1756 dictionary of English Language gave these definitions:
  • "To Barbecue – a term for dressing a whole hog" (swine are imported animals)
  • "Barbecue – a hog dressed whole" (with or without head and feet)
the standard modern English spelling of the word is barbecue, variations including barbeque and truncations such as bar-b-q or BBQ may also be found.
because the cooking method of barbecue originated in native american groups, Europeans gave it "savage connotations."  Theodor de Bry's Great Voyages, "present smoke cookery as a custom quintessential to an underlying savagery ... that everywhere contains within it a potential for cannibalistic violence."

source:wikipedia

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