Way to Calvary

Way to Calvary

While it's about a week late, subject matter wise, this particular image came up courtesy of Infogalactic's featured picture on the main page a few days back.The Way to Calvary, by Andrea di Bartolo.Yes, it is stylized instead of realistic, in the sense that posture, perspective, and such are not adhered to with any degree of faithfulness. It is nevertheless beautiful.…

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Nautical History

Nautical History

First, for those who missed my post, Sabaton decided that, since they couldn't figure out a place to slide it in between Heroes, The Last Stand, and the upcoming Great War, that they'd just go ahead and do a single about the Bismark.OK, for those somewhat familiar with the story of the hunt for the Bismark, there's actually an argument for putting it under "The Last Stand". Either way, like how they executed the video.While on the subject, another song about the same ship:I grew up with that song, courtesy of my dad.…

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Practical (Joke) Matters

Practical (Joke) Matters

I follow Quintus Curtius because, side from cobbling together a translation of On Duties that I've found a worthwhile read, he often dives into antiquity to shine a light on virtuous behavior. For example, the need for, and how to develop a sense of humor.The entire post is worth reading, but the following jumped out at me:The humorist must be a master of imagery and metaphor.  He must above all know language:  puns, metaphors, nicknames, alliteration, and hyperbole must all be arrows in his quiver.  He must be a master of irony, and this takes a certain level…

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Transition Points

Transition Points

The weekend was spent with family and friends. Also spent a lot of time unfucking things that I had left fallow for far too long - with a reasonable degree of excusability, but I really should have gotten around to it sooner. What next?I think I need to renew my promise of five posts a week. It'll be difficult - I've taken on a couple more daily hell-or-high-water obligations, if not big ones, I'm spending time on music, and maintaining my excercise. In the longer run, I need to figure out where I'm going to be in five years,…

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Notre Dame

Notre Dame

In addition to Gene Wolfe's death, another tragedy yesterday was the destruction of the cathedral of Notre Dame. While it's not been a priority to "bucket list" travel items, much less have a "bucket list," it's a place that I will no longer get a chance to properly see. It's loss is a blow to beauty and the symbols of our civilization.How did it happen? We don't know. That said, the official story, that it was an accident due to construction, stinks to high heaven.Look, I fully understand the desire of truly good and peaceful men who know…

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A Wolfe Among Sheep

A Wolfe Among Sheep

Science Fiction author Gene Wolfe has left this mortal realm.Ages ago I had a coffee-table book titled something like "Worlds of Fantasy" that, while it also unfortunately introduced me to Earthsea and Gormenghast, also introduced me to Covenant, Elric, and best of all, Conan, Jack Vance's "Dying Earth," and Severian.An unassuming boy, a member of a torturer's guild on an Earth so far in the future that, like Vance's, our sun was on the verge of bloated red death, where technology that may as well have been magic was discovered and lost, and aliens still dropped by at…

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(All together now) They Hate You

(All together now) They Hate You

Both Bradford Walker and the Z Man cover the recent TV spot saying it's OK to punch Nazis. The one that was quickly pulled, from what I've heard.A video with a bunch of thuggish looking white guys smashing and flipping cars (1), wearing not-yellow red traffic vests (2), with a smirking guy resembling Richard Spencer waving his hands as if orchestrating it (3). As the black guy walks away, the white guys in vests beating up random people and police cars on fire/damaged, he discusses punching out Richard Spencer without warning, with a beatific look at the thought…

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