nezua

dayiti:

I love Tap Taps! People all over the world decorate their trucks and buses, but ours are truly unique: the metal work, the scenes, representations of God, idols, vices, and things pleasing to the Haitian heart and eye. They say so much about who were are - the good, the bad, the ugly, and the beautiful.The Tap Tap is truly something to be proud of. It is not simply art or transportation, but a testament to the wondrous intangible within us.

Planet Money did a piece exploring the purpose and imagery of the Tap Tap. It’s a short listen. Find it here.

Photos from here.

What this exercise shows students is that just because you have looked at something doesn’t mean that you have seen it. Just because something is available instantly to vision does not mean that it is available instantly to consciousness. Or, in slightly more general terms: access is not synonymous with learning. What turns access into learning is time and strategic patience.

Harvard art historian Jennifer Roberts teaches the value of immersive attention | Harvard Magazine Nov-Dec 2013

I like it. Can I get away with assigning my students to sit and watch a forest for 3 hours? I love that this quote echoes something I tell students all the time. Time spent just reading over notes or text does not = learning.

nezua
nezua:

iwasdrunkwheniwrotethis:

nezua:

iwasdrunkwheniwrotethis:

nezua:

ishotsaintsebastian:

“We have to be more Mexican than the Mexicans and more American than the Americans, both at the same time! It’s exhausting!”

Preach

But why? Never in my life have I felt the need to prove myself to anyone. Maybe it’s because I don’t care what other people think or maybe I am so much of both that I’ve never been judged.
And really, what makes you any more or less of either race?

This is a famous quote (paraphrased?). And it’s about what some feel is the quintessential Mexican-American experience. The borderlands consciousness. The being of both but not quite of either.

I’ve heard it referenced many times. I’ve just never had that feel so I don’t understand it.

Awesome!

nezua:

iwasdrunkwheniwrotethis:

nezua:

iwasdrunkwheniwrotethis:

nezua:

ishotsaintsebastian:

“We have to be more Mexican than the Mexicans and more American than the Americans, both at the same time! It’s exhausting!”

Preach

But why?
Never in my life have I felt the need to prove myself to anyone.
Maybe it’s because I don’t care what other people think or maybe I am so much of both that I’ve never been judged.

And really, what makes you any more or less of either race?

This is a famous quote (paraphrased?). And it’s about what some feel is the quintessential Mexican-American experience. The borderlands consciousness. The being of both but not quite of either.

I’ve heard it referenced many times. I’ve just never had that feel so I don’t understand it.

Awesome!

In short it looks like much of the European ancestry came in one short quick pulse, rather early on in settlement. This is in keeping with the high reproductive output attested for European males thanks to polygyny during this period.

The genetic legacy of the conquistadors : Gene Expression

Very cool. Reconstructing gene flow caused by colonization. It is the way of science, but I wonder if the “high reproductive output of European males thanks to polygyny” is putting too glossy a coating on it.

caterpillarcowboy

Think about the difference between a house (Germanic) and a mansion (French), or between starting something and commencing, between calling something kingly or regal. English has a huge number of close synonyms, where the major difference is the level of formality or prestige. The prestigious form is almost always the Latin one.

The names of animals and meats also reflect this phenomenon. The old story goes that, in English, the animals have Germanic names but the cooked meats have French ones. For example, swine is Germanic but pork is French, sheep is Germanic but mutton is French. Was this because the English speakers worked on the farms whereas the French speakers ate the produce? It’s certainly possible.