Word of the day: cog
A single-masted sailing vessel, clinker-built, with steep sides and a flat bottom. One of the primary trade vessels in the High Middle Ages
Started reading Irresistible North by Andrew Di Robilant. It is about the Zen(o) Brothers and the family’s claims in the late Middle Ages that their grandfather had been lost and accidentally traveled throughout the North Atlantic to Greenland and perhaps beyond in the late 14th century - before Columbus first trip to the New World.
This is my second book in a row about the late Middle Ages. Every now and then I get focused on a particular time period and place in history that I find fascinating. For a while it was the United States in the late 19th century (read Nothing Like it in the World (Transcontinental Railroad), In the Kingdom of Ice (USS Jennette voyage) etc . . ). The last book I read was The Faithful Executioner, a story about an executioner in Germany in the 16th century. Late last year I read Enemy of All Mankind about a pirate at the end of the Age of Discovery.
Irresistible North is really about the dawn of the Age of Discovery and the Italian City State of Venice in particular. So far the books is well-sourced with primary material from Venice.
Through reading the story, I am also learning a ton about ship building and types, especially as the voyages transitioned from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic. Longer trip required a different type of vessel.
Enjoying the book so far. Its about a tike period and location that I know little… and want to lean more.
Five years …
Our current financial markets have the nationalization of loss and the privatization of gain. This will not end well.
‘“There is a tide in the affairs of men, Which taken at the flood leads on to fortune. Omitted, all the voyage of their life Is bound in shallows and in miseries.
On such a full sea we are now afloat. And we must take the current when it serves. Or lose our ventures.”
- Julius Caesar, William Shakespeare
I simply love this …
Facebook just de-platformed Australia.
If that doesn’t show you who is in charge (at least for a while) nothing will.
Word of the day: exhausted
Pandora - I love it.
Fantastic for music discovery.
Glad the Super Bowl is over.
Now the Chiefs can keep talking about all the rings they are going to win.
And Tom Brady and keep winning them.
At least that is settled
Word of the Day: lockdown
Presented without comment:
So I got my parents an internet connected photo-frame for Christmas. Amazingly, they set up all by themselves and have even loaded a few photos into it. The point was for my wife and I to be able to upload photos directly to them and the frame through the internet. So on the phone last night I asked for the serial number so I could identify the frame and connect to it remotely. My Dad says, “let me go get it.” After a few minutes he comes back:.
Him: “I got it. Do you have something handy to write this down?”
Me: “Ready to go, Dad”
Him: “7… 2…. 3…. 4”.
Mother: “That cant be it.”
Him: “Well, it was the number that it gave me. It told me to write it down
Mother: “That cant be it.”
Him: “It was the number that it gave me. It gave me that number. It told me tow write it down!”
Just a day in a life of the pandemic …
February Photo: Day One - close up 📷
Word of the Day: Silver
Blue Horseshoe loves silver
Word of the Day: Short Sale
Originally published in 1978. Presented without comment.
“If you wish to keep slaves, you must have all kinds of guards. The cheapest way to have guards is to have the slaves pay taxes to finance their own guards. To fool the slaves, you tell them that they are not slaves and that they have Freedom. You tell them they need Law and Order to protect them against bad slaves. Then you tell them to elect a Government. Give them Freedom to vote and they will vote for their own guards and pay their salary. They will then believe they are Free persons. Then give them money to earn, count and spend and they will be too busy to notice the slavery they are in”.
- Alexander Warbucks
Word of the Day: Establishment
People shouldn’t be afraid of their government. Governments should be afraid of their people.
- Alan Moore, V for Vendetta
P.S. - I am probably on some watch list now. So it goes…
Just finished Homeland - Season 2
Better than Season 1 in my opinion. Really solid. Looking forward to Season 3. No spoilers please.
Word of the Day: chresmomancy
“predicting the future by examinaing the ravings of lunatics”
Its a perfect word to describe today’s hyperbolic environment
Word of the Day: Joy
Word of the Day: Sikkim
Border clashes between 2 superpowers should always make the WOD
Brady… Brady … Brady ….
Word of the Day: Overcast
It has been an unusual Winter in Florida. Very overcast. Dreary. Florida is known for its sun. But it is nowhere to be found lately.
My daughter left for school today to finish up her senior year. She has been home for over a year. Last year in January we watched her get on a plane for China. One month in Beijing was all she got. COVID started and after a frantic week of so trying to get her out of China, she was home.
It’s been wonderful to have her home. So if there was one gift from the pandemic that was unexpected, it’s extra time with her.
My wife and I will miss her, but are ready to see what life has in store … for her and for us.
We love her so much.
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