November 24, 2015
An ex-boyfriend of mine used to say, “The limits of my language mean the limits of my world”; that’s right, my ex-boyfriend was Wittgenstein. And yes, the casual chitchat needed improvement.
But then, in the latest Allusionist, I realised he/Wittgenstein had a point.
My Radiotopisibling Nate DiMeo of The Memory Palace decided we should learn the minimalist designed language Toki Pona. I last studied a new language half a lifetime ago and my brain has calcified since, so I found this one difficult to grasp – and then, without verbal communication easily at my disposal, my whole persona crumbled. Pathetically quickly.
You can find the episode and links to the language at theallusionist.org/tokipona; if you decide to learn it yourself, let me know how you get on. Better than me, I expect.
PS Thanks SO MUCH to you if you donated to Radiotopia! 19,500+ people have ensured we can keep on doing our shows for at least another year.
November 13, 2015
*** UPDATE: Someone donated for the quilt! Thanks so much, whoever you are. I’m looking forward to making something lovely for you. But I still wholeheartedly recommend donating to Radiotopia, for the other cool prizes and so that we can make shows for you for a long time. ***
It’s the final stretch of the Radiotopia fundraiser month, and Radiotopifans have been doing an excellent job of making our shows continuing exist for a long time to come. Awash with gratitude, I’ve got a special prize to offer one high-rolling donor.
Take a look at the picture below of the 100% OK quilt, which I made a couple of years ago to commemorate my friend Racton’s trademark expression of whelm-ment.
I will handmake a unique quilt featuring the short epithet – or monogram or letter – of your choice for the ONE person who pledges $1234.
You want the quilt? Get over to Radiotopia.fm and pledge.
I see you trying to sneak off with the quilt. Nice try, chancer. Supporting Radiotopia is the only way you can get it.
November 13, 2015
Hey! Do you like food? I’m helping run a food-themed gig, Food Showoff, on 27th November at Kings College. Click here for all the details and tickets. Watching people talk interestingly and entertainingly about food is a gluten-free, zero-calorie banquet. I’ll be wheeling out my mid-20th century cookbook collection, so prepare for your appetite to be destroyed.