“Why is this blog called ‘starfishskies’?” – One of my old ideas for stories/novels included the concept of halfminds, people who are somewhere in the middle between rational scientists (‘minds’) and artists/dreamers (‘arts‘). They are the ones considered dangerous because of their creative intelligence and the resulting tendency to ask uncomfortable questions about next to everything, be it politics, economics, science, religion, or random everyday stuff. Their symbol is the starfish, because in its shape it connects ocean and sky, while the ocean itself again is a mirror for the sky. So it’s about straddling opposites and creating beauty from the impossible. I’m a halfmind.
I’m creative, but no professional, neither in writing nor in photography or singing, acting or whatever; I just enjoy trying many things. If you want to see some of my stuff, click the links further down at the bottom.
Like most people I like beautiful things, but I’m still trying to figure out what this quality called “beautiful” is to me. It can be found in science for example, I think. Maybe I’m not that brilliant when it comes to science, but I’ve always been a curious person and liked biology and physics in school. I’m curious as in “How does this work? What will happen when I do this to that thing? Why is fact X like that?”, and I love learning in a playful manner.
I live in an apartment with the Nerd, my geeky partner in life, linguistic, and technical discussions.
Location: continental Europe
Degree: B.A. and M.A. in Linguistics, with a minor in psychology (B.Sc.)
Job: Currently working in an entry-level job related to the field of natural language processing and machine learning. Used to work as a student assistant at university and for a few months taught language classes.
At this point it’s open whether I’ll go back and try to move further on in an academic career with some exciting research along the way; or some day find a job that satisfies my love of creative thinking and learning many different new things. If you want to support my creative journey, check out my Patreon below!
I’m currently taking the first few steps towards publishing poetry in other places; the pseudonym will appear here when relevant.
OS of choice: Ubuntu Mate (linux household)
Writes ugly code and pretty poetry, propagates succulents, and talks about weird science fiction. Sometimes wearing white, sometimes wielding a sword.
My other stuff on the internet:
https://www.patreon.com/starfishskies (if you want to support me in exchange for a bit of bonus content/early access and the likes)
www.unicornandpegasus.wordpress.com (blog about novels and stories by Anne McCaffrey, under construction / on hiatus)
www.kayanya.deviantart.com (Not updated in a long time, mostly a documentation of art and writing from my first years after leaving home.)
YouTube: Starfish’s Snail TV (rarely updated at the moment)
Also still on Twitter as @starfishskies (passive)
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So, upon trying to see where in the rainy world you hail from (re rusty bike), I found this blog… African languages! Gee you must be a language genius! Which did you learn if I may ask? I have attempted to learn isiXhosa and isiZulu down here in South Africa where I was born and bred and living happily ever after… but EISH, it’s too difficult for me :)
Haha no I’m no language genius, and I only speak Swahili (not even fluently) in addition the three European languages I know to varying degrees. I studied some other languages (Amaric, Finnish, Yiddish, Old Hebrew) for a short while each, but I can’t really say much more than the equivalents of “hello”. I can read a little bit in Spanish, Latin, Italian, and Portuguese (mainly because many words are similar to loanwords in the languages I speak, and my siblings had Latin and Spanish in school), and I know some random Japanese words. At university I mostly deal with more abstract phenomena, or with languages I don’t have to know, just work with the data or existing books.
I’ve never been to South Africa, but a few friends of mine have, and they told be it’s beautiful :)
Oh, and doing capoeira really helps with learning Portuguese, because of the songs we have to sing at class :D
We are supposed to be learning Portuguese (we were gifted the tapes and all)… My husband is German (I haven’t managed that either YET) but he has family in Brazil (same surname) that speak Portuguese, no German or English; Google Translate can really come up with some hilarious non-sensical translations!
Oh yes, Google Translate and Portuguese don’t get along very well … I’m pretty sure that capoeria song wasn’t about brown zombies and melancholic poultry, duh.
ha ha, no definitely not! :)
What? No French? Just kidding :) Swahili alone is a rare accomplishment, nevermind all the others! I studied Linguistics at university too, but the 3rd year was too complicated for me, sadly – fascinating topic!
Sorry for the late reply ^^’ I studied French at school for five years and I’m still able to improvise some basic conversation and read simple phrases, but I’m hardly able to write correct sentences anymore – and I never know where to put an accent (not to mention which one).
I think you’re a very interesting person – who will become more fascinating as time goes by – enjoy the learning and living :-) African languages very cool!
Thanks :) Hope to see you around!
Cool! I am a German, living and working in Southern Africa! Will be nice to read your blog!