Monthly Archives: March 2014

Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb

About six weeks ago, the Greater London Authority announced that a giant statue of a hand in the “thumbs-up” position would occupy Trafalgar Square’s famous “fourth plinth” in 2016.  The statue, called “Really Good,” will be 30 feet high, according … Continue reading

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This coming month, a number of fine astronomical events are in store–a lunar eclipse on the 15th, an annular solar eclipse on the 29th, and a meteor shower in between–but earlier in April, the moon will seem to hover above … Continue reading

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Two Ways About It

This is a talk I was asked to give for new student orientation way back in 2005 here at Sewanee. Two Ways About It New Student Orientation Talk Guerry Auditorium Sunday, August 21, 2005 Good afternoon. Let me be among … Continue reading

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Happy Evacuation Day!

You don’t know this unless you’re from Boston, but March 17th is Evacuation Day, a commemoration of the day in 1776 when General Howe removed his troops from Boston to Nova Scotia. Thus dis George Washington gain his first victory–a … Continue reading

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Guys as Grapes

To the right, Dionysus as a cluster of grapes, from a wall-painting in Pompeii, circa 79 AD.  Below, Fruit of the Loom mascots, circa 2000. Purple Grapes played by Wayne Wilderson.  Not much more to say about this.

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Quamvis Se Tyrio Superbus Ostro

Another translation from  the poetry of Boethius’ Consolation of Philosophy (3.4 metrum), on the worthlessness of worldly office, if it it bestowed by worthless people. Quamvis se Tyrio superbus ostro Comeret et niveis lapillis, Invisus tamen omnibus vigebat Luxuriae Nero … Continue reading

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