Beta apud nos oleris genus; apud Graecos littera.
The beta (beet) is among us a type of vegetable; among the Greeks it is a letter.
(XVII, x, 15)
It will be odd to leave for work on Monday without Isidore in my satchel.
Unde nec historicos nec commentatores varia dicentes imperite condemnare debemus, quia antiquitas ipsa creavit errorem.
Therefore we ought to rashly condemn neither historians nor commentators saying various things, because antiquity itself has created the error.
When I started reading Isidore, I wasn't expecting the amount of personal respect I've gained for him.
And then there's the times I'm surprised in the other direction. XII:vi:3:
Amphibia sunt quaedam genera piscium, dicta eo quod ambulandi in terris usum et natandi in aquis officium habeant. Ἀμφὶ enim Graece utrumque dicitur, id est quia et in aquis et in terris vivunt: ut phocae, corcodilli, hippopotami, hoc est equi fluviales.
Amphibians are certain kinds of fish, so called because they have the task of walking on land and swimming in water. For ἀμφὶ means "both" in Greek, i.e. because they live both in water and on land: such as seals, crocodiles, and hippos, these being river horses.
It's really impressive how much he knows and how differently he views the world.
This week: Started reading the Aeneid (in translation) on the train, since I never finished it in college.
Tuesday: Found the entirety of the Etymologies of St. Isidore at the local used bookstore. Isidore wrote them to contain the entirety of human knowledge, though we now know that much of what he wrote is incorrect. He is of course the patron saint of the Internet.
This weekend: Finished writing the XSLT to produce an index of first lines to all the poems on my website.
"Here's the challenge: On your current playlist, hit shuffle and pick the first twenty songs on the list (no matter how cheesy or embarrassing), and write down an easily recognizable line [or a few] from the song... in Latin. Then, have your friends comment and see if they know the songs.
Extra points if you can name the song & artist(s) in Latin, or improve on my translation.
I suspect this meme will catch on like wildfire!!"
I will follow his example by starting with 10 and seeing how it goes. I will also make it more puzzler friendly by not allowing comments in this entry. Post answers as a reply to the next entry. That way, you can start on your own, then work with the group once you feel stuck. Or go directly into group solving.
( The songs )
1 - Leave a comment, saying you want to be interviewed.
2 - I will respond; I'll ask you five questions.
3 - You'll update your journal with my five questions, and your five answers.
4 - You'll include this explanation.
5 - You'll ask other people five questions when they want to be interviewed.
( Questions from Leighjen. Some of you have seen me do this before... )
Questions from colorwheel forthcoming. Let me know if you want questions from me. (And in what language!)
5 questions from jadelennox. Answers also in Latin and Rikchik.|
5 rogationes a jadelennox. Responsa quoque Anglice et Ilpedice.
1. Latin poetry or puzzles?
I would keep the Latin poetry. But the choice is a painful one even to think about.
Poesin Latinam servo. Sed lectionem contemplari me dolet.
2. Snuggling or music?
A fight with whichever god or person was compelling the choice.
Proelium cum quoquo deo vel homine qui lectionem cogit.
3. Gabrielle or Willow?
Willow. Gabrielle's too mature for me.
Salix. Gabriela prudentior mihi est.
4. Daniel Pinkwater or Kim Stanley Robinson?
Pinkwater. I can live without grandiose, but not without silly.
Auctor libri cui nomen "Musica Lacertarum." Sine notionibus grandibus vivere possum, sed non sine absurdis.
5. How is it possible to maintain that some questions are better than others in a way that cannot be entirely reduced to a binary opposition? Since it is obvious that no memer actually thinks that all questions are equally interesting, what kind of evaluation does memeing permit?
Holding a question to be better than another is itself a binary opposition. A meme like this one are not a compressed opinion like the "Good or Bad" of Brunching Shuttlecocks, but instead an opportunity to see a single idea from multiple perspectives.
Alteram rogationem meliorem altera habere ipsum oppositio bina est. Memata similia huic memati non sunt sententiae condensatae, sicut programma cui nomen "Bonum aut Malum" apud Pilas Pennatas Quae Hora Quinta Comedunt, sed etiam his mematibus notionem unam ex multis adspectibus videre possumus.