Has anyone run across another explanation of the radii metaphor for Latin noun declension? This is the only one I've found, and it seems to make sense until I get to "there are five possible tracks around the nominal circle," at which point the metaphor seems to fall apart, so I'm hoping to find another source (possibly classical) for comparison.
"Say you're in a couple and you get in an argument. Go for a silent walk together." https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/24/magazine/how-to-get-in-sync-with-someone.html
"When violence *is* the law, and not the effect of its enforcement, it presents the rules of narrative with a crisis; because what we have is a situation that resists retelling, for the simple reason that narrative's causal principle, the ghost in the machine we call causal logic (or 'because principle') of the story, is missing." Frank B. Wilderson III
The mass extinction at the turn from the Permian to Triassic geological eras was fueled by enormous amounts of greenhouse gasses, released when volcanic activity burned through coal and oil deposits in prehistoric Siberia. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/18/science/extinction-global-warming.html
Platypuses glow greenish-blue under blacklight. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/13/science/platypus-glow-ultraviolet.html
This article points to the ambivalences and nuances of South Korea's cart-driving door-to-door yogurt saleswomen, yakult ajummas— mostly middle-aged, often mothers. On the one hand, it's a commercial enterprise, shaped by the profit motive. On the other, their routes foster important communal ties. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/14/world/asia/south-korea-yogurt-yakult-ajumma.html
@lrhodes bipedalism seems to happen under fairly specific circumstances, like for our own ancestors it evidently saved about a biscuit packet's worth of energy a year in the savannah grasslands which turned out to be a significant leg up, as it were. I can see how in many other circumstances/species it wasn't worth it, particularly with the childbirth complications in mammals.
@neauoire Okay, definitely hearing the siren song of math again after trying out this alternative multiplication method. S/O to @ColinTheMathmo for his rad write up on it, too! It helped a lot in grokking the how behind this.
"The sauropods weren't competing for the same plants, but dividing the resources among themselves. The scientific term for this is niche partitioning—when coexisting species avoid competing with each other by behaving or feeding in slightly different ways. The Morrison world was highly partitioned, which is a sign of how successful these dinosaurs were. They were carving up almost every square inch of the ecosystem, a dizzying array of species flourishing alongside each other…"
One thing this book does well is provide a logic for the diversity of sauropods— Brachiosaurus, Brontosaurus, Diplodocus, Camarasaurus, etc— a branch of dinosaur evolution that often gets boiled down into a slurry of long necks and flat teeth. The notion is that different species of sauropod are specially adapted to eat certain types of plants, and the traits that differentiate them are, to a large degree, bound to their differences in diet.
Some of these sauropods are clearly just giant legsnakes.
I wonder why bipedalism never really took off among modern carnivorous mammals. It seems like it was a pretty successful adaptation during the Jurassic, but I can't think of any mammalian carnivores that sport that body alignment as an adaptation.
The section on the adaptations that allowed sauropods to reach the upper limits of body mass is pretty fascinating.
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