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  • jzdro posted a new activity comment 1 day, 9 hours ago

    Thank you. This insight is so “extra” – new SF slang, apparently – on account of now I can better appreciate the joy #2 baby will be having at some video-conferencing launch watch party he is organizing.

  • jzdro posted a new activity comment 1 day, 9 hours ago

    Is the Wiki article on “Horizontal Integration Facility” something I should maybe trust?

  • jzdro posted an update in the group Group logo of SCANALYZERSCANALYZER 1 week, 4 days ago

    How does one perform administrative tasks and pay attention to vids at the same time? How can that be done? The little slices of attention span must be interleaved. Or is that not right? Is it possible to have two tracks running alla time? How can it be done without making errors in the clerical work, or just launching into speculative daydream while the clerical work grows mold?

    • It depends. Much of system administration is pure mechanical tedium, which can be done while listening to music (recall Muzak for office buildings: I one worked in a place that had it)—or videos.

      Depending upon the work or the video, it may be necessary to pause the video. Since many of the videos I “watch” have around 99% of their information content in the audio, it’s more like listening to a podcast while you’re doing the dishes or gardening. The long silent film I posted earlier today took a lot of pauses, since you missed stuff when not looking at the screen.

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    • We see a demonstration at 5:41-9:30

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  • jzdro posted a new activity comment 1 week, 6 days ago

    Hi Kay! Concur on the universality of the themes of spirituality, family, and painful decisions made while growing up. I’d caution against the movie based on the book: the movie has a fraction of the action, and none whatever of the depth or complexity.

  • jzdro posted a new activity comment 2 weeks ago

    Ngaio Marsh set most of her Inspector Alleyn mysteries in London, many in the theater world. Her “Dolphin Theater” featured the occasional miasma coming up into the backstage area; forgotten doors leading to long, dangerous forgotten stairways to the base of the structure; multiple tree trunks bound together and set into the Thames-side muck to hold up the building, done in medieval times. Talk about evocative.

  • jzdro posted a new activity comment 2 weeks, 3 days ago

    In one mood, the response is hilarity and amusement. In another mood, one can only quote Jane Austen: “It is in every way horrible.” Either way, it is good to have the facts of the case. So thanks. I guess. No, really, thanks.

  • jzdro posted an update in the group Group logo of Reading ListReading List 2 weeks, 4 days ago

    WWII memoir of girl who at age 10 walks over the mountains out of Czechoslovakia, alone, in winter, guided by an Underground Railroad set up by the Quakers. She makes it to England. As a school graduate, she goes to London just in time for the Blitz. Then the exciting part starts.

    Farewell to Prague

     

     

  • jzdro posted a new activity comment 2 weeks, 5 days ago

    Terrific stuff! The narrator sounds like a John Wayne wannabe; come to think of it many of the narrators of the WWII films did just that. The Field Expedient quote is a keeper, as is the “pioneer kit.” Too bad the pioneer kit does not include a tomahawk. Well, you can’t necessarily have everything. Still: “Anchor a spinning track!”

  • jzdro posted an update in the group Group logo of SCANALYZERSCANALYZER 1 month ago

    CONTEXT

    Donato Giancola paints Jeanne d’Arc at the moment of her capture.

  • jzdro posted a new activity comment 5 months, 3 weeks ago

    Ave, Queen City Patriot – et gratias tibi ago!

    May I ask if you hail from Buffalo, “The Queen City of the Lakes?” I grew up near there and very much enjoyed playing in the snow.

  • jzdro posted an update in the group Group logo of S.P.Q.RatburgerS.P.Q.Ratburger 10 months, 2 weeks ago

    There is a Polish family named Scaevola-Wieczorkiewicz! And that is not all: Wacław S-W was a General in the “9th Legions Infantry Regiment.” So, Legions and Scaevola are admired in Poland as well as the former Roman Empire.

    This showed up while I was looking for something else: the Legio IX Hispana, the “Lost Legion.”

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legio_IX_Hispana

    It seems there is quite a controversy as to what happened to them. Rosemary Sutcliff’s “The Eagle of the Ninth” popularized one theory. It is a great YA adventure story, first in a trilogy, and…[Read more]

  • jzdro posted an update in the group Group logo of Joy GroupJoy Group 11 months ago

    The air is hot, but no matter. It is overflowing with the fragrance of new-mown hay. There is nothing like it.

  • jzdro posted a new activity comment 11 months, 1 week ago

    “one suspect it, like “AREPO” itself, was invented to make the palindrome and square work ”

    Yay – a message for us from Ancient Geeks!

  • jzdro posted an update in the group Group logo of S.P.Q.RatburgerS.P.Q.Ratburger 11 months, 1 week ago

    Salvēte, omnes!

    W2, “Sententiae Antiquae,” #2 is Virgil, “Fāma et sententia volant.”

    “Sententia” is earlier given as several distinct things: “feeling, thought, opinion, vote, sentence.”

    And “volare” is given as “to fly, to move quickly.”

    So far, so good. The problem is when I take a squint at the citation listed in the tippy back of of the book (p. 507) it claims that the SA#2 is simplified from something in Aeneid 3.121. That would be “Fama volat . . .” as here:

    http://dcc.dickinson.edu/vergil-aeneid/vergil-aeneid-iii-121-134

    That is translated by others as “the report r…[Read more]

  • jzdro posted a new activity comment 11 months, 2 weeks ago

    Optima!

  • jzdro posted an update in the group Group logo of S.P.Q.RatburgerS.P.Q.Ratburger 11 months, 3 weeks ago

    Quid est ” || ” ?

    Only now making a first study of the terrific Scaevola posts, I’ve come to ” || ” in the scansion parts. Is it a two-beat pause?

    For example, in (#4) the couplet is six and six; therefore couple of beats of silence after that singleton ” ° ” is the only way I can make the second line really be six:

    Form = Elegiac Couplet

    X / X / X / X / D / Y

    X / X / ° || D / D / ˉ

    (It could be a convenient moment of silence in which to wonder whether Parallels is slowing down my system, or if I would notice even if it were, since I am even slower.)

    Gratias –
    Iuliana

    • Thank you for asking this, jzdro. I overlooked explaining the “||” notation.

      The “||” is called a “hiatus.” It is a pronounced pause in the line.

      That pause is why this form works so well with humor: it sets up a punchline.

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    • I have updated post #6 to include an explanation of “||”

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  • jzdro posted a new activity comment 11 months, 3 weeks ago

    What a terrific video! Thanks!

    How come they say “Lagana” when Latdict gives us “laganum, lagani”?

  • jzdro posted a new activity comment 11 months, 3 weeks ago

    “TuTubulum!” ” TuTubulum!” ” TuTubulum!” Tantam felicitatem!

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