Amazing Swordsmith: David DelaGardelle

Want it so much…!

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Rembrant - Philosopher in Meditation

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  • salazar: hey everyone just wanted your opinion on something
  • helga: shoot
  • salazar: okay what if we get giant versions of our house symbols
  • rowena: what
  • salazar: like godric would have a giant lion chilling out somewhere and rowena would have a big canary
  • rowena: its an eagle
  • salazar: okay whatever
  • godric: i dont think uh
  • salazar: it cant be too hard to find a huge badger
  • godric: okay dude wtf no this is ridiculous absolutely no giant house symbols
  • salazar: oh um okay because i kind of uh
  • helga:
  • rowena:
  • godric:
  • salazar:
  • helga: what did you do
  • salazar: NOTHING
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I nominated Zeminar, head wizard of the society of wizards, for the ice bucket / lemon and soap bucket challenge.

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These are gorgeous. I especially love the Vorkosigan Vashnoi one

I love these.

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Life Hack: Have an Awesome Younger Sister


Marta Klonowska (b. 1964, Warsaw, Poland) - Animal sculptures made from shattered glass pieces. Represented by: Lorch + Seide Gallery.

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I realized the other day that I automatically generate a spelling for any English word I hear.*

But although I do not exactly think in written words, the way I organize information has a lot to do with written words. So I got curious: is this normal? How common is it?

I asked my sister about it. She said that she didn’t, unless she was going to have to spell it. So clearly not everyone (literate) does it. But my sister has a minor reading problem. These two data points are not enough to form a conclusion.

So: anyone else? Do you automatically generate spellings, even when you don’t expect to have to spell it later?

*is curious*

*Also in other languages, if I’ve got a sense of how their sound maps to their writing. Especially if it’s mixed in with English words, so UT’s not overwhelming. And I would be surprised if I didn’t do it in French, too, but I haven’t had occasion to check since I realized what I was doing.


I think in written words only when I’m talking to someone with a difficult accent: I translate what they say to written words in my head, as a test, to see which words I didn’t understand

I don’t do that.

Interesting.  With both of you and my sister, that’s three who don’t automatically generate spellings to one who does.  I am both more read-y and significantly less visual than most people, so it’s not impossible that I’m an outlier…but I would be very surprised if there weren’t others like me.  And I’m curious, now, to whether it corresponds at all to visualizationy things, or not, and at what frequency it occurs.

(it’s really weird to think of a version of me which couldn’t read.  How would I store information?)

Hmm, I’m not really a very visual person, if I had to guess I’d say my powers of visualising are well below average. A lot of my thinking involves words but I don’t spell them out automatically, I don’t think I really hear them in my head automatically either though. It’s like the words themselves are at the base. Well, I guess there’s also thinking conceptually below that level but that’s separate from thinking in words (I only noticed this recently because under normal circumstances the words happen practically instantaneously and when I’m observing my thinking it gets more wordy)

Innnteresting, thank you.

My dad, who is the most visual thinker I know,* also does the thing.  So it doesn’t seem to be correlated with visualization ability.  I wonder why some people do it and some don’t?  I organize information in a way that’s related to words’ spelling (among other things), but it seems that you don’t; but I don’t think my dad does, either.  Hmm.  I’ll have to ask him.

*Of the people I know whom I know how they think.  This is not a very large population, there’s like five of us.  But I do still think he’s pretty visual.

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