Syndromes, tumblrs and prohibited words

Tumblr Tuesday. Talking of Michelangelo. See also Stuff Mr Conn Says, a compilation of quotes from my art history teacher / the angels wanna wear my red shoes, literature, art and manuscripts, a tumblr. It also points us towards the excellent tumblr mosaic viewer. Pointed at things magazine and it looks like this / some more: Head Full of Id / Bibles and Eyeballs / the 50 Watts tumblr / The Wooden Shoe / A Perfect Commotion / Poe’s Mistress (occasionally nsfw) / Texas Bohemia / / RK/2011 / Theories of the Deep Understanding of Things.


Words we don’t say, a list by Kurt Andersen. We’ve always thought that one should be able to easily tell your word processor of choice to flag up a pre-determined list of clichés as they are typed, a sort of auto-correct for the soul that sounds a klaxon or flashes the screen. It probably is very easy to do this, actually / Tim Hawkinson’s Möbius Ship. See also Erwin Wurm’s ‘Misconceivable‘ / the imprints of modern design, early photographs by Gabriele Basilico (somewhat nsfw) / cruisepiano, a weblog about tinkling the ivories on the high seas.


Syndromes named after major cities. Stockholm Syndrome (‘wherein hostages express empathy and have positive feelings towards their captors; sometimes to the point of defending them’), and its antithesis, the London Syndrome (which ‘occurs when a hostage decides to act uncooperatively toward the hostage-takers’) and Jerusalem Syndrome, ‘whereby a person who seems previously balanced and devoid of any signs of psychopathology becomes psychotic after arriving in Jerusalem’. There’s also Paris Syndrome: ‘”a manifestation of psychopathology related to the voyage, rather than a syndrome of the traveller,” [according to Youcef Mahmoudia, who] theorized that the excitement resulting from visiting Paris causes the heart to accelerate, causing giddiness and shortness of breath’ (via BBC News). Related, a big list of syndromes. Jumping Frenchmen of Maine.

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