Links of the Week (8/03/2020)

California accents, driving the 101, and maps from the sky…

Californians dropped the “cot” vowel sound, pronouncing it like “caught” instead. So something had to fill that space. “The California Shift is this kind of combined change in the pronunciation of short vowels,” says Kennedy. The easiest way to think about it? Look at the words kit, dress, and trap. In the California Shift, “kit” becomes “ket”, “dress” becomes “drass”, and “trap” becomes “trop”.

I actually wanted to study linguistics before I went to college. Didn’t have the chance, but I still find articles like this fascinating.

I Made a Linguistics Professor Listen to a Blink-182 Song and Analyze the Accent


A driving trip is one of the best options during a pandemic. California’s 101 coastal route has a diversity fo different landscapes. In the years I have lived here I have visited most of them many times.

Me too!!

Driving California the 101


In Minnesota, there’s a forest shaped like Minnesota. You wouldn’t know it when you’re near it, or even in it; you can only see it when you’re flying above it.

One of those…HUH….things.

Waving to the Great Mapmaker in the Sky


Ten years on from the release of Christopher Nolan’s Inception, Andrew Saladino of The Royal Ocean Film Society smartly traces the key influences of the film, rejecting the simplistic notion that Inception is just a rip-off of Paprika or The Matrix.

I love Christopher Nolan movies…especially Inception.

A Keen Analysis of the Influences on Inception

Author: Scott

The mountains are calling, let me grab a jacket and my kids.

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