Monthly Archives: February 2006

Aphorism of the Day

El tonto instruido tiene más ancho campo para practicar su tontería. The educated fool has a wider field in which to practice his folly. (Nicolás Gómez Dávila, Escolios a un Texto Implícito, 1.96)

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More (and Fewer) Forthcoming Texts

Please keep the corrections coming for my ‘Forthcoming Texts’ list. Using your comments and e-mails, I’ve deleted several works and added one or two, but there’s still plenty more I don’t know. For instance, why didn’t anyone tell me that … Continue reading

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Aphorism of the Day

La civilización es un campamento mal empalizado en medio de tribus insumisas. Civilization is a poorly-fortified camp surrounded by unpacified tribes. (Nicolás Gómez Dávila, Escolios a un Texto Implícito, 1.268)

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A Surprising Parallel

Austin Bay (þ Small Dead Animals) has a long post on the Human Relations side of al Qaeda, that is, the generous fringe benefits and not-so-generous salaries listed in a captured document. I was as surprised as everyone else to … Continue reading

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Forthcoming Editions

I have updated the list of forthcoming editions of classical works (link in the left column), deleting those I know to have been published and adding about two dozen more from publisher’s websites, departmental websites, and private correspondence. I am … Continue reading

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Catching Up

I just uploaded three jokes to the Ioci Antiqui page, which still leaves me five days behind. Next week is ‘Winter Break’, so I should be able to catch up soon. Now I have some Interim reports to compile before … Continue reading

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An Obscure Anniversary

. . . and I almost missed it. Today is the 200th anniversary of the death of Vicent Martín i Soler. He seems to be a mere footnote* today, but what I’ve heard of his operas (Una Cosa Rara and … Continue reading

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I just uploaded the 100th joke to the Ioci Antiqui page — actually two versions of the same joke, by Lucilius (or Lucillius) in Greek and Martial in Latin. Like today’s Greek joke, tomorrow’s joke, from a prose author not … Continue reading

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Permanent Relief or Temporary Respite?

Over the last two or three months, spam comments on my two sites gradually increased from less than 200 per day, which was bad enough, to 300, then 400, then 500, and so on, peaking at around 900 per day, … Continue reading

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Caught Up Again

Earlier today I uploaded six jokes to the Ioci Antiqui page, covering February 1st through 6th. These are in a new PDF file for February, here.

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Etymological Stereotyping

Wanting to make a big pot of Mulligatawny a few nights ago, I finally got around to unpacking my Christmas blender. Consulting the manual, I was amused to discover that the Spanish name is the macho and sinister ‘licuadora’, while … Continue reading

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Mulligatawny Soup

Since one or two readers have asked, here is my mother’s recipe for Mulligatawny Soup. It is inexpensive, nourishing, and very tasty, basically a chicken stew with three differences: a. lots of garlic and curry for flavor, b. an apple … Continue reading

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