Victorian tea cups designed to keep the user’s moustache dry.
A fascinating article by Joshua Foer on John Quijada, his artificial language, and its devotees:
“Languages are something of a mess. They evolve over centuries through an unplanned, democratic process that leaves them teeming with irregularities, quirks, and words like “knight.” No one who set out to design a form of communication would ever end up with anything like English, Mandarin, or any of the more than six thousand languages spoken today.
“Natural languages are adequate, but that doesn’t mean they’re optimal,” John Quijada, a fifty-four-year-old former employee of the California State Department of Motor Vehicles, told me. In 2004, he published a monograph on the Internet that was titled “Ithkuil: A Philosophical Design for a Hypothetical Language.” Written like a linguistics textbook, the fourteen-page Web site ran to almost a hundred and sixty thousand words. It documented the grammar, syntax, and lexicon of a language that Quijada had spent three decades inventing in his spare time. Ithkuil had never been spoken by anyone other than Quijada, and he assumed that it never would be.”
Via Empty Kingdom: “We’ve featured David Mach back in 2010 for his sculptures made out of matches. This time around we’re happy to share his new series made out of magazines. The Scottish artist created these from the late 80s to the early 2000s. The magazines are symbolized as flowing waves engulfed with cars, furniture, and airplanes.”
But you can’t trust a man with a love song / You don’t know how many lips that tune’s been on
James Hill – Man With a Love Song