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Caturday’s Astrophenia | Winter’s Linguistic Blues

Namaskar. Slamalaikum. Vanakkam. Namaste. Ikktighar furiit. Greetings. This week, a little heads up on things going on from yours truly! Study has gone well despite the almost painful slowness of progress in Bengali, at least on understanding and reading. My penmanship still annoys me, and I’m still hesitant to speak the language with any real confidence, but I’m on the 18th unit of the text (Teach Yourself Complete Bengali) out of 35, and well underway to completing Part 2 of the text within the next four months, up to Unit 26. Then begins a more intense regimen of practicing what I’ve learned to date. After that, I’ll be studying Tamil for the following six months before focusing on Hindi for the first six months of 2019, then Bengali again. I’m also listening to Bangla podcasts, Bangla online radio broadcasts (There’s a station out of Dhaka I listen to a lot.), so I’m getting some practice even now. I’m more than halfway through Algebra II, reviewing practice exercises from Algebra I, and will start Precalculus and Geometry beginning in July. That language study has been slow no longer bothers me. Bangla is NOT an easy language, and learning it with two other languages, all with significant differences to each other, merely compounds the effort. But I’m learning at my own pace and minding my mental health in the process, so there’s really no problem. I must persist. The cats are doing well, with Eccles and Ricky behaving themselves fairly well after the last time they caused mischief during an attack of the zoomies on morning last month. Gorgeous, well she’s being Gorgeous, and still patient to young Eccles despite her age. Family life is kinda so-so, nothing particularly noteworthy to mention. Over all, things are going well, though how long that lasts remains to be seen.

Stay warm, or cool, according to your preference in your latitude and hemisphere of residence, and thank you for clicking on this blog!

Tf. Tk. Tts.

Clouds, Birds, Moon, Venus

The Hubble Ultra Deep Field in Light and Sound

Colorful Airglow Bands Surround the Milky Way

Arcs, Jets, and Shocks near NGC 1999

Cyclones at Jupiter’s North Pole

Horsehead: A Wider View

Phases of the Moon

The Astrognuz:

A New Planetary System Has Been Found with Two Super Earths

A Star is About to Plunge into a Monster Black Hole, Scientists are Ready to Watch

Computers Could Help in Assessing Asteroid Threats

360 Video: Tour A Mars Robot Test Lab

Jupiter’s Mysterious Geometric Polar Storms

An Asteroid is About to Embark on an Interstellar Journey

Big Picture Science Radio Show | Space: Why Go There?

Space Images | Glare on the Window

Caturday’s Astrophenia | 2015.08.08

G’day! Study has been a little slow this week, clipping off two days earlier this week for concluding last month’s Bengali study, and now transitioning to Tamil, at the moment revising on previous lessons for that language and preparing for the creation of mnemonic tools to help me study more efficiently.

I find all three languages, including Hindi, quite mellifluous, quite pleasant to the ear, and while not easy to learn without the drive to do so, fun and interesting in any event. Learning a language, to the extent of fully assimilating it, opens new paths of thought, to think in that language, to think in the patterns a native speaker would, and that’s part of my goal.

How will that affect my worldview?

I’ll have to post more on those things pertaining to all three languages I’ve learned so far, it’s just that I hate gratuitously showing off, but I also feel that I ought to put up or shut up…

One day I’ll be fluent in all three languages, maybe even in something approaching a native accent with each, but in the mean time it’s worth the effort to learn these languages even for their own sake.

May you always have clear skies and a heart for wonder, and as my alien Kai’Siri would say…

Talotaa frang.

Apollo 17 at Shorty Crater

A Proton Arc Over Lake Superior

Virgo Cluster Galaxies

X Ray Echoes from Circinus X 1

Stereo Pluto

Full Earth, Full Moon

Curiosity’s View

Image of the Week:

Hubble Interacting Galaxy NGC 5060

Weekly Astrognuz:

Megan Amram: New Web series promoting women in science.

Stealing Sedna

Hiroshima: what the hell were we thinking?

The Moons of Saturn

DSCOVR: Moon transits Earth

Could We Terraform Jupiter?

Asteroid 1999 JD6: Contact binary pinged by radar.

The Planet Mercury

MSG-4: A new European weather satellite.

Curiosity Drills Deep into First High-Silica Martian Rock

Reboot the Suit: Neil Armstrong’s spacesuit fundraiser successful.

The Dog Days and Sothic Cycles of August

Mike Huckabee: Wrong about volcanoes and global warming.

Will SETI’s Unprecendented New Program Finally Find ET?

Philae: Rosetta comet lander’s first science results.

Kirk, Spock, and Sulu go to Charon!

Life Above 5000ft: Colorado + Utah

Pusheen Travels to Mars:

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