November 2022

Knowledge is Power, France is Bacon, and…

Not long ago I was in the company of a small group, meeting for the first time to discuss “fringe science.” They hadn’t defined “fringe” in relation to science yet, so to get the ball rolling they went around the room, each person (there were five or six) giving his or her favorite example of …

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Off Topic Wednesday | Gilbert

This is off topic, but as you’ll see in a few days, not wildly so as we’ll be running into Pindar again soon. I’d like to introduce Gilbert, the old hippy dog with an honorary graduate degree in Philosophy. He is a student of Aristotle, and ancient Greek history. He is a senior member of …

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The Ruin

Wondrous is this wall-stead, wasted by fate.Battlements broken, giant’s work shattered.Roofs are in ruin, towers destroyed,Broken the barred gate, rime on the plaster, walls gape, torn up, destroyed,consumed by age. Earth-grip holdsthe proud builders, departed, long lost,and the hard grasp of the grave, until a hundred generationsof people have passed. Often this wall outlasted, hoary …

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Off Topic Wednesday.

The first typewriter patent was given to Christopher Lathom Sholes in 1868. However, it was an expensive acquisition for a business and required training and expertise to be a viable asset to an office or company. So, necessity being the mother of invention, sometime in the 1880,s The American Typewriter Company produced the Typewriter No. …

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A New Week, Thanks to Machiavelli

When evening has arrived, I return home, and go into my study. … For hours together, the miseries of life no longer annoy me; I forget every vexation; I do not fear poverty; for I have altogether transferred myself to those with whom I hold converse. –Machiavelli I’ve turned the page on a new week …

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New/Updated Project Gutenberg Releases (11/30/22)

New/Updated Project Gutenberg Releases (11/30/22)2022 Book Count: 3313 New books: Title: Universal peace—from a woman’s standpointAuthor: Süttner, Bertha vonPublished: United States: The North American Review,1899.EBook: https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/69445Released: Nov 29, 2022 Title: Present status and prospects of the Peace MovementAuthor: Süttner, Bertha vonPublished: United States: The North American Review,1900.EBook: https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/69444Released: Nov 29, 2022 Title: The kiss to …

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Samuel Langhorne Clemens | Guide to Daily Reading 11/30/22

COLONEL MULBERRY SELLERS was in his “library,” which was his “drawing-room,” and was also his “picture gallery,” and likewise his “workshop.” Sometimes he called it by one of these names, sometimes by another, according to occasion and circumstance. He was constructing what seemed to be some kind of a frail mechanical toy, and was apparently very much interested in his work. He was a white-headed man now…

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Books are so much more interesting than the internet. Lunchtime, so I’m working ahead on the Daily Readings and on December 1st I ran into Pindar. That’s not quite right. I bumped into Thomas Gray’s Pindaric Ode, “The Progress of Posey,” which isn’t quite the same as running into Pindar himself, but close. So I …

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New/Updated Project Gutenberg Releases (11/29/22)

New/Updated Project Gutenberg Releases (11/29/22)2022 Book Count: 3309 New books: Title: Medical symbolism in connection with historical studies in the arts of healing and hygieneAuthor: Sozinskey, Thomas S.Contributor: Power, Edward S.Published: US, 1891EBook: https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/69442Released: Nov 28, 2022 Title: Physiological economy in nutrition with special reference to the minimal proteid requirement of the healthy man: an …

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