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Source. Lyrics.

L7 may have been amusingly bad musicians in a lot of ways, but I still gotta love them. ;)

Predating spoon theory (not to mention more complex, and helpful to me, versions), and if anything more useful to me for years. (You mean there might be very good reasons that "I get scared when the telephone rings"?! *shakes head*) I just reach that point much more easily than most people seem to.

I don't think the viral exhaustion is better today, but I'm less freaked out and depressed by it. So it seems a little more manageable, in the old “suffering equals pain multiplied by resistance” way.

Just a little while ago, I managed to finish getting dressed and head across the street for some food. (They may have been truly crappy to work for, and I may have been avoiding that store since I got injured and quit, but sometimes it's really, really nice to have an Iceland within 300 yards. Pride be damned.) With any luck, I'll have the energy left to bung the frozen fish in the oven and open the bag of salad. :)

ETA: The fish still wasn't in the oven when Ingvar got home, so he very reasonably (and kindly) suggested it's Kebab Night again. (Well, GF kebab with chips instead of pita for me.) I may have some of the bagged salad on the side to pretend I'm getting enough vegetable matter.
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An interesting video, from the North Carolina Language and Life Project at NC State University:


I'm interested in seeing their films.

Since the local dialect where I'm from (in SW Virginia) is gone AFAIK, I was initially interested in learning Giduwa dialect from NC. (Snowbird is a little different; I think there's at least one Snowbird speaker on the video.) The NC dialects are also more endangered, with 300-odd anything-near-fluent speakers in North Carolina (72% over the age of 50), as opposed to 10,000 or so in Oklahoma. They're written the same as the Western dialects as they have developed in Oklahoma--from speakers of different dialects thrown together--but are pronounced rather differently. But, there is more material readily available for Western dialect, including free online courses offered by Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma--which I need to sign up for again!--and a pretty good dictionary. So, that's what I started learning, and am waiting to learn Giduwa dialect so I don't confuse myself. ;)

I also thought it was interesting how the first speaker on the video, Mandy Swimmer (who reminded me very much of my Nana!), in particular was speaking both Tsalagi and English with the same distinctive Western NC accent. So were some others. Not surprising, once I thought about it, but interesting. :)

ETA: Apparently, there was another NC dialect I didn't know about. From The Effect of the Trail of Tears on Cherokee Dialect (in short, "The Cherokee Language experienced creation, destruction, alteration and blurring of multiple dialects."):
The Middle dialect, or Kituwah [Giduwa], is a blend of Eastern and Western. Kituwah is still widely spoken on the Qualla Boundary and was generally spoken in Western North Carolina, and along the Tennessee border...

The Western Dialect, Overhill, Otali, was spoken in East Tennessee and Upper Georgia, and along the North Carolina rivers of Hiawassee and Cheowa. It is the softest and most musical of the dialects with a liquid “l” and softer consonants. Western is the basis of Syllabary, and is mainly spoken in Oklahoma (Mooney1 17)...

The Snowbird dialect is more heavily blended between Middle and Western (King 10). It has more of a Western structure with Middle translations. The Nantahala dialect is reminiscent of the [old - U.] Eastern dialect, without the “r” but with the harsh consonants.

It's not mentioned as an extinct dialect, AFAICT. Interesting.


Aug. 18th, 2010 04:06 pm
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I'm absolutely exhausted today, probably from seriously overdoing it yesterday because I just about could. Not the best plan, obviously, but a really hard pattern to break out of.

Many of us are familiar with the perils of The Myth of the Strong Black Woman. Well, I've got my own eerily similar version going. "[R]esponsible for the day-to-day operation"? Still happens, but without much credit or support. And this is usually still considered a good thing. (And soon enough, that thread got down to the all-too-familiar daily stuff.)

Some really fun intersections with disability there, oh my.

Today, I'm trying to take care of myself too, and rest since I need it. Without phrasing things in terms of "if I don't recuperate some, I'll be no good to anybody else". Bleh. Some balance is good.

And, on the lighter (and more squee-inducing) side of things:

Boogie Boogie Hedgehog video. Source.

And more cuteness from Pitbull Sharky and Max-Arthur, the Roomba cat. Source.

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