The Near-Sighted Monkey


I Know You Know I Know - Jimmy McCracklin (The Stinger Man, 1969)

Video from reporter embedded with police in Ferguson.

What we all gotta do:

"Hold On"

Alabama Shakes

Dear Former Students,

I am sending this kind of love to our class except we won!

Know that I am missing you all as the new semester begins.


Professor Sluggo, Chewbacca, Old Skull, soon to be Bootsy


"Um… that’s a stun grenade. That’s a stun grenade, folks.


OK. That’s gas….”

(CNN Management sends reporter message to put on gas mask.)


"How you doing Jake. Did you get hit by gas?"

"Yeah. We all did. We all got hit by gas."

"We are where our homes are. We are where our children are in their beds. And this is affecting them. This is affecting them for the rest of their lives.


Alberto Martini. Illustrations for the stories of Edgar Allan Poe. 1909.

"You should have known this was going to happen."

O Captain! My Captain!


Adolf Wölfli

Click here to see one what one of of the funkiest people in the world, (CERTIFIED!) looked like at age 18. He’s tall, he’s beautiful, he’s playing the bass. The Star-Eyed Emperor of the ONE.

Video: Signing in Kala Kolok (Bali)

The discovery of a new language can help explain how we communicate

High prevalence for deafness in remote villages enlists the human instinct for communication

Most of the news about minority languages is that they’re endangered or dying off, and the only new languages we hear about are those created for Hollywood sci-fi blockbusters. But sometimes, linguists find a previously unrecorded language — and when they do, it’s a sign language.

The reasons for this discovery aren’t mysterious. “Because of the sporadic incidence of deafness, the generation-to-generation transmission of language is disrupted,” says Richard Meier, a linguist and sign language expert at the University of Texas at Austin. “Deafness may appear in communities that had not previously had it. Because of their hearing loss, the deaf are likely unable to acquire the local spoken language. But the community may lack an established sign language.” The result? People create languages.  

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This spring, I experienced a fact-checking session with three linguists that was so remarkable, it showed me I should always be paying more attention to every session. Because this particular session was about language at all levels, I experienced an off-the-chart dopamine response. Oh, this is why I do what I do. It was also like a moonshot, logistics-wise, compared to most read-back situations I’ve done. And this session turned an ordinary conversation inside out so you could see all its ribs, but things were also so deliberately complicated that it no longer worked like an ordinary conversation.
In general, fact-checking isn’t the most glamorous part of a journalist’s career, which is why Michael Erard was surprised to find that a recent fact-checking session for an Al Jazeera article turned out to be among the most interesting conversations of his life. Why? His sources were linguists, and their job was to explain to him the workings of brand-new sign languages. (via millionsmillions)


This mash-up of James Brown and Bob Dylan is now playing on the Near-Sighted Monkey Lounge jukebox, and it comes to us from the great Ben Sandmel.  His kick ass book on Ernie K-Doe and the New Orleans music scene is the the most popular tome in the Near-Sighted Monkey Lounge Reading Area. When you are reading it you have remember to grip it tight because of the people who will keep trying to snatch it from you.