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    Quote Originally Posted by Kas View Post
    What does it mean?
    In IAST transliteration:

    nirantarāndhakārita-digantara-kandaladamanda-sudhārasa-bindu-sāndratara-ghanāghana-vr̥nda-sandehakara-syandamāna-makaranda-bindu-bandhuratara-mākanda-taru-kula-talpa-kalpa-mr̥dula-sikatā-jāla-jaṭila-mūla-tala-maruvaka-miladalaghu-laghu-laya-kalita-ramaṇīya-pānīya-śālikā-bālikā-karāra-vinda-galantikā-galadelā-lavaṅga-pāṭala-ghanasāra-kastūrikātisaurabha-medura-laghutara-madhura-śītalatara-saliladhārā-nirākariṣṇu-tadīya-vimala-vilocana-mayūkha-rekhāpasārita-pipāsāyāsa-pathika-lokān

    ...

    The approximate meaning of this word is:

    "In it, the distress, caused by thirst, to travellers, was alleviated by clusters of rays of the bright eyes of the girls; the rays that were shaming the currents of light, sweet and cold water charged with the strong fragrance of cardamom, clove, saffron, camphor and musk and flowing out of the pitchers (held in) the lotus-like hands of maidens (seated in) the beautiful water-sheds, made of the thick roots of vetiver mixed with marjoram, (and built near) the foot, covered with heaps of couch-like soft sand, of the clusters of newly sprouting mango trees, which constantly darkened the intermediate space of the quarters, and which looked all the more charming on account of the trickling drops of the floral juice, which thus caused the delusion of a row of thick rainy clouds, densely filled with abundant nectar."

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    Kemal Atatürk had mood swings, a drinking problem and Korsakoff's syndrome/psychosis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olm the Water King View Post
    The approximate meaning of this word is:

    "In it, the distress, caused by thirst, to travellers, was alleviated by clusters of rays of the bright eyes of the girls; the rays that were shaming the currents of light, sweet and cold water charged with the strong fragrance of cardamom, clove, saffron, camphor and musk and flowing out of the pitchers (held in) the lotus-like hands of maidens (seated in) the beautiful water-sheds, made of the thick roots of vetiver mixed with marjoram, (and built near) the foot, covered with heaps of couch-like soft sand, of the clusters of newly sprouting mango trees, which constantly darkened the intermediate space of the quarters, and which looked all the more charming on account of the trickling drops of the floral juice, which thus caused the delusion of a row of thick rainy clouds, densely filled with abundant nectar."

    : - D

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Longest_words#Sanskrit
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    The ice harvest scene in "Frozen"* is pretty close to the actual methods people in Massachusetts/the northeast used to harvest ice in the 19th century, to ship to warmer climates.

    http://99percentinvisible.org/episode/frozen-assets/


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    I found there's an Underwater Museum near Cancún. Here are some photos:





    Also, I'm on my way to creating a sort of codex with a friend, about the ultimate human bodies and I learned that eyeballs weigh 28 grams; useless fact, yet you never know when you'll need it.
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    " . . . think of the rather desperate embrace throughout the West of the film, The Lives of Others. On filmic grounds, personally I find it a rather mediocre effort, unlike, say, Goodbye, Lenin!, another West German film about the GDR, which offers a very well-crafted and -executed farce. When I interview friends and colleagues about what precisely they like about The Lives of Others, the answer is usually something concerning its "universal human message" (of the struggle between creativity and power, faith and disillusionment, trial and redemption, between spirit and system). I'm not disputing a universalist thematics in the film's narrative, of course. But I would suggest that the political fantasy of the film tells a rather more specific story. From the first moments of the film (black screen, the sound of boots marching with military precision down a hall) the East German party-state is depicted as rife with despotism, corruption, and moral degeneracy that has been the semiopolitical burden of the East since the Enlightenment. True, signs of humanity and decency stir here and there in the East, even, as it turns out, within the state security apparatus itself. But the seedlings are stunted in the socialist gloom and only truly flourish after 1989. In this respect the last scenes in the film are particularly telling. Justice and the rule of law only appear to emerge in the context of the absorption of the former GDR into the Federal Republic. Even the good Stasi-man finally receives his due with the help of the investigative apparatus of the West German state. Please note that the West German presence in these West German films about the GDR is always minimized as a technical, enabling presence, a prosthesis for East Germans to do what they supposedly would have wanted to do anyway - that is, to release their long repressed yet "natural" liberal ambitions. This suppression of the mediating governmental agenda and interests of Western market liberalism is precisely what gifts the political fantasy of the film its symptomal universalism. But, to be clear, the fantasy falls short of a "universal human message" in that it does not communicate effectively outside Western liberalism, and more to point, to many former GDR citizens, the very subjects of this history. My friend, Albert, who both was the target of a Stasi OPK proceeding and also a successful professional ravaged by doubt and despair about the GDR - in other words, more or less the protagonist position of the film - wrote to me that he watched the film as though he were watching a movie about a foreign country (later he said he identified with the film The Queen as much as with The Lives of Others). He summed up his review pithily: "Was da gezeigt wird hat es alles gegeben. Aber eben SO WAR ES NICHT. Es stimmen 1000 Details nicht." (Everything that was portrayed in the film happened. But it didn't happen LIKE THAT. 1000 details were off.)"

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    [Interviewer: "What was it like to be defined by being beautiful?"]
    Connelly: "It's uncomfortable to talk about - there's no way to come off right! If you say you are beautiful, you sound obnoxious, and if you deny it, doesn't that sound obnoxious?"
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    Hagsploitation:

    Psycho-biddy is a colloquial term for a subgenre of the horror/thriller movie that features a formerly-glamorous older woman who has become mentally unbalanced and terrorizes those around her. The genre officially began in 1962 with the film What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (though it had some antecedents) and lasted through the mid-1970s. It has also been referred to by the terms Grande Dame Guignol, Hagsploitation and Hag horror. Renata Adler, in her The New York Times review for the 1968 film The Anniversary, referred to the genre as "the Terrifying Older Actress Filicidal Mummy genre."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Forever View Post
    I'm going to try this next time, but I doubt it will work as well as the picture.
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    I learned that mixing avocado with lime juice makes an excellent salad dressing. (Kudos to my ENFJ friend for teaching me that one.)

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