Link About It: This Week’s Picks

The world's "weirdest" languages, spy planes spot archaeological sites, making museums more accessible and more from around the web

Open-Source Software Making Museums More Accessible Oftentimes, the process of visiting a museum begins at an institution’s website, and not all of them are accessible to people with disabilities. In fact, several notable NYC institutions’ websites are not readable by visitors with loss of vision. Those museums should take a tip from Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art whose open-source software—a tool that can be added …

English and More of the World’s “Weirdest” Languages

Using information from the World Atlas of Language Structures, researchers surveyed the features of 239 languages to determine which are “weirdest”—meaning in sound, the number of features and sentence construction. Out of 239, English ranked 33rd. Citing its abnormally high number of phenomes (most languages have around 25, but English has 44) and the odd way English-speakers assemble questions, the study unbiasedly shows how English …

Helado Negro: Pais Nublado

Off his forthcoming album, This Is How You Smile, Helado Negro, aka Roberto Carlos Lange, releases “Pais Nublado,” a folky, surreal tune that’s sung in Spanish and English. The song’s title translates to “Cloudy Country” and evokes a similar vibe. It’s in the same vein as Lange’s previous single, “Please Won’t Please,” and hints at what’s likely to come on his second album on label RVNG Intl.