"The largest-known collection of teasmades is owned by Sheridan Parsons in Royal Wootton Bassett."
For the last ten or so years, I've made a point of periodically writing down a note to myself when I'm particularly happy, describing the feeling and the situation. I keep these notes somewhere handy so that I can refer back to them when I'm not in a good place, and remind myself that I have the capacity to make myself happy again. It seems like a simple thing to do, but it makes a very big difference.
So. In Dutch, there's a decent number of words that end in "schap." The word for sheep is "schaap." Hence the hilariously punny get well card I once bought a colleague which says "beterschaap" ("beterschap" meaning "get well soon") next to a picture of a sheep. Interestingly, though, the word "wetenschap" means "science," even though "wet" on its own means law (presumably the jump comes through "weten," to know). But this means that "wetenschaap" would be "sheep of laws," which pleases me.
So someone I would think of as "MvdV" or "RvR" becomes simply "MV" or "RR" in the eyes of a system that only takes first and last name (and not the separate tussenvoegsel field) into account when generating initialisms.
I do enjoy using productivity systems designed by English speakers, in a working environment that flips frequently between English and Dutch, and with colleagues whose names often conform to Dutch naming norms. Small example: the tussenvoegsel (van, van den, etc.) that doesn't appear in auto-generated initialisms of names, making it harder to tell which little dot is meant to represent which person, or making a disconnect in my head because there's a letter missing.
(And yes, I know that the price is highly exclusionary. It will presumably mostly be bought by academic libraries.)
So. While I wasn't looking, Routledge put up a page for my book? https://www.routledge.com/The-Digital-Bespoke-Promises-and-Pitfalls-of-Mass-Customization/coons/p/book/9780367221294
Itinerant researcher/art-type. Digital fabrication & customization, F/LOSS design. Tries to be funny but isn't. Will parse sociotechnical issues for food
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