Progress

A local girl who is recovering at Tampa General Hospital after a serious crash is making progress.

8-year-old Dasha Dorofeev was critically injured in a crash last on June 15th along Alico Road in Fort Myers.

She suffered traumatic brain injuries and was transported to Tampa General for neurological care.

Dasha’s family says she had only been able to speak two words since the accident: “ya puknula”, which we’re told means “I farted” in Russian. But Tuesday she was able to count up to five and say a few more words.

FYI: My Sister-in-law is awesome

“We don’t say a dish is spicy — we say it has pepper.” The recipe writer Yewande Komolafe, who grew up in Lagos and found herself searching for the heat and flavor of Nigerian food in New York, chooses the dishes that define the cuisine for her.

This piece was on the front page of the NYT web site most of the day yesterday.

So cool. And the recipes sound amazing.

Stupid

I’ve long wondered if the words “stupid” and “stooped” were related. Perhaps “stupid” was derived from the adjective “stooped” – as if, in 1300s England, someone decided that a handy personification of someone likely to come up with bad ideas was someone who was bent over, eyes-averted, perhaps shuffling, low-class, etc.. “Young master Chowderhead’s comments are stooped and infirm.” And then “stupid” became a spelling variant of “stooped”, etc..

Today, I finally looked it up.

stupid (adj.)

1540s, “mentally slow, lacking ordinary activity of mind, dull, inane,” from Middle French stupide (16c.) and directly from Latin stupidus “amazed, confounded; dull, foolish,” literally “struck senseless,” from stupere “be stunned, amazed, confounded,” from PIE *stupe- “hit,” from root *(s)teu- (1) “to push, stick, knock, beat” (see steep (adj.)). Related: Stupidly; stupidness.

And:

stoop (v.)
“bend forward,” Old English stupian “to bow, bend,” from Proto-Germanic *stup– (source also of Middle Dutch stupen “to bow, bend,” Norwegian stupa “fall, drop”), from PIE *(s)teu- (1) “to push, stick, knock, beat” (see steep (adj.)).

PIE being Proto-Indo-European, the reconstructed root language of most European and many central Asian languages.

So, the relationship between “stupid” and “stooped” isn’t a bit of middle-English wordplay. They are actually both derived, separately, through two different languages, from a word that meant to be beaten or hit. And they’ve preserved the sound of that original word for five thousand years.

Listening To…

  • Dave Brubeck Quartet – Time Further Out. This is the sequel to their incredible “Time Out” (even though there were three other Dave Brubeck Quartet albums released between the two). It has that same mix of hummable jazz tunes played in odd time signatures. It’s not as great as “Time Out”, but that’s fine. It’s still good.

    Dave Brubeck – Unsquare Dance

  • Dum Dum Girls – I Will Be. Lo-fi pop that recalls a specific very-early-90s SubPop sound: the sweetly strange DIY sound of bands like Vaselines and Beat Happening, not the fury and thunder of Nirvana and Tad. And there’s a touch of Siouxsie and Blondie, in there too. Fun stuff. 12 songs in 32 minutes.

    Fifa 11 Soundtrack – It Only Takes One Night

  • Sons Of Kemet – Your Queen Is a Reptile. Raucous hypnotic NoLa street marching band Afro-Caribbean modern/old-school jazz/dub. There are so many things going on in here, it’s hard to come up with a suitable description. Maybe just “funky” will do. Amazing and funky. Mostly instrumental, but when the vocals do appear, they’re amazing too. I love it.

    Sons Of Kemet – My Queen Is Ada Eastman (Audio)

  • David Bowie – Station To Station. I’m taking my time going through Bowie’s stuff. He was hit and miss – I love “Hunky Dory” and “Ziggy…”, but “Low” and “Scary Monsters” not so much. This is a hit. It’s only six songs, but lasts 38 minutes. Golden Years and TVC15 are great, as is the title track. Stay rocks a bit. The other two are good enough.

    DAVID BOWIE – TVC15 (Live At Musikladen 05.30.78)

  • The Ventures – The Ventures In Space. Surf rock! It’s the only surf rock I own, and I think this will probably be enough. But it sure is fun.

  • Led Zeppelin – Houses Of The Holy (remaster). I was listening to the original version a couple weeks back and decided that the sound was a bit flat and muddy. So, I picked up the remaster, and it does sound better. I hear a lot of small details in the guitar and vocals that I’d never heard before, and even the bass is audible here and there! The songs remain the same, just better. I think this might be their best overall record, even if II is still my favorite.

    Led Zeppelin – Over The Hills And Far Away

  • FONTAINES D.C. – Dogrel The great-grandsons of Gang of Four, or the grandsons of Bloc Party, or the sons of Protomartyr? All of the above! But it’s an honorable lineage and they represent it well. The tracks at the front of the album are taut and searing and angular but soften and pick up more melody as they go. I prefer the start.

    Fontaines D.C. – Hurricane Laughter (Darklands Version)

You?

MJP

“I’m going to be called Dr. Marijuana Pepsi!” she declared.

It’s fitting that an African American woman who has gone through life as Marijuana Pepsi chose as her dissertation topic: “Black names in white classrooms: Teacher behaviors and student perceptions.”