Friday, October 29, 2004

Black Letter adn the Geneva Bible

In our century, different organizations have tried to classify broken fonts. One of these classifications is the German 'DIN-Norm'. Following the historical development, it distinguishes five classes: Textura, Rotunda, Schwabacher, Fraktur and Fraktur variants. The term Fraktur is used also as umbrella-term which covers all these classes."

The Geneva Bible:
"The Bible every Puritan family had in their home was not the KJV of 1609 or 1611. The Bible which they carried was the Geneva Bible. The Geneva Bible was the most widely read and influential English Bible of the l6th and 17th centuries, which was printed from 1560 to 1644 in over 200 different printings. As a product of superior translation by the best Protestant scholars of its day, it became the Bible of choice for many of the greatest writers, thinkers and historical figures of its day. Puritans John Bunyan and John Milton used the Geneva Bible, which is reflected in their writings. During the English Civil War, Oliver Cromwell issued a pamphlet containing excerpts from the Geneva Bible to his troops. The Geneva Bible was even brought with the Pilgrims when they set sail on the Mayflower and was the generally accepted text among the Puritans. William Bradford cited it in his book Of Plymouth Plantation"

In the Beginning, Alister McGrath, Published by Hodder & Stoughton, & The Making of the English Bible, By Benson Bobrick, Published by Weidenfield & Nicolson - The Northern Rivers Echo:

"In the Beginning
The story of the King James Bible
Alister McGrath,
Published by Hodder & Stoughton

I am really enjoying reading this book which is a substantial update on my school boy knowledge of 55 years ago. Hence this blog and thanks to the Chelmsley Wood Library

Google Search: geneva bible

Monday, October 25, 2004

RE: soak brains,please

An enquiry by email answered!

>hello hugh
>have been trying to think who that english ceramist were he who as
>the first wwent to japan (china) in 1910 around,he who probably knew
>herbert read??or similar persons..he who made the most wondrful
>ceramic:but WHO WHO WHO----please soak brAINS

Google Image Search: "Bernard Leach"

Household B Leach - Bernard Leach's work at the Leach pottery, St. Ives, Cornwall: "The permanent collection is housed in the original Leach family home, which was built in the 1920's"

Etchings and BERNARD LEACH: "Bernard Leach, a famous figure in the world of ceramics, was more than a studio potter. He was a leader; a teacher of aesthetics and excellence, from whom generations of potters took their inspiration and example.
He was born in the Far East of English parents, but sent to school in England. After his studies in drawing and etching at Slade School of Art, he returned to Japan taking with him an etching press with the intention of being an Artist-Printmaker. His passion for Pottery came almost by accident, when a friend invited him to attend a Raku party, where he decorated his first pot and was hooked.

He then began to study pottery under the Sixth Kenzan. Later Bernard and his fellow student, Tomimoto, jointly inherited the title of the Seventh Kenzan.

Bernard being the only foreigner to have ever been awarded this title.
Bernard continued his printmaking, as well as the pottery, however his prints were not very popular in Japan and largely went unnoticed.

Bernard returned to England in the 1920�s and set up his, now famous, pottery in St. Ives. He brought back from Japan his etching plates and they were stored away in the attic of the pottery and forgotten. After Bernard's death in 1979, Trevor Corser, the last of the Leach apprentice's, rediscovered the plates. The plates were printed in limited editions, and sold in St. Ives, two of the prints I acquired, shown below.
I think his etchings and drawings show as much insight as his pottery, though they are less well known.
* He was also a poet!"
The David Fry Studio Pottery, History and Archaeology

Welcome to John Leach Pottery: "John Leach, potter, eldest grandson of Bernard Leach, at Muchelney Pottery on the unique Somerset Levels." these are peat bogs and marshes

History of Muchelney pottery 1: "John started the pottery in 1965 with his wife Lizzie who manages the Pottery Shop adjacent to the family's cottage home and workshops. He works with two other Master Potters, Nick Rees and Mark Melbourne - hand-throwing and wood-firing a range of stoneware kitchen pots based on the simple strength of English country pottery.
The present three-chambered wood-fired kiln was built in 1998 to a traditional Oriental climbing design which hasn't changed in 600 years.
John's signed original designs, notably his 'Black Mood' pots, are in galleries and private collections across the world. They can also be seen in a unique English Heritage exhibition at 10th century Muchelney Abbey (Apr-Oct), at Cleeve Abbey, Washford, Somerset and in the permanent collections of the V&A Museum, London and The Tate Gallery, St Ives, Cornwall.

How the pots are made
The pots are all hand-thrown, using local clays, then biscuit-fired at 1000°C before being glazed on the inside then wood-fired in the kiln to the high stoneware temperature of 1320°C , which creates the pots' distinctive 'toasted' finish. The glazes are made from felspar, limestone, quartz and clay mixed with water, into which the pots are dipped.
With their sturdy rounded shapes and family of sizes, the pots are ideally suited for oven-to-table cookery. They can be used in microwave ovens and are dishwasher safe. Each pot is unique; no two are ever identical."

The Leach Pottery Restoration Project

The Leach Pottery Restoration Project: "Penwith District Council, with the assistance of Cornwall County Council, has agreed to purchase a 12 month option on the Leach Pottery to allow sufficient time for the council to put together a funding package to purchase the site from the present owners. It is anticipated that the council will be looking for approximately £1m of funding from such funding bodies as the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Arts Council, Objective One and SWRDA. The project team will also be launching a public appeal within a few months and will be taking the project out for public consultation later in the summer. "

Friday, October 22, 2004

National Novel Writing Month - National Novel Writing Month

Blogger Knowledge: Blogging Your Novel Part One

Blogger Knowledge: Blogging Your Novel Part One

Introducing NaNoBlogMo

November 1, 2004 is the first day of the rest of your life. It's also the official kickoff of NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month—a "seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing" designed to extract a novel from your head within thirty days. If you've got the fever to unlock that story trapped within you there's only one cure—more cowbell! Okay, there's another cure: sit your duff down and rock that thing out. Get it out of your head and share it with the world.

Some say the hardest part about writing your novel is just getting started, others say sticking with it is what breaks them. In any case, to help you achieve your goal, we've come up with our own brand of inspiration: NaNoBlogMo. National Novel Writing Blogging Month is our spin on Baty and friends' ingenious program. To reach 50,000 words, you'll need to write every day—Blogger was born for this gig. Add to that the fact that blogging already has a successful track record in the book world and the big picture begins to emerge.

Blogging Your Way To Success

Writing a novel in thirty days sounds daunting, I know. However, since its inception in 1999 there have been 6,335 NaNoWriMo participants who have completed the challenge. They are all winners. Some even take it to the next level. Jon F. Merz for example, participated in 2001 and his book, The Destructor was published by Pinnacle Books in March 2003. Lani Diane Rich's NaNo manuscript, Time Off for Good Behavior is coming out this month from Time Warner Books. They went for it and so can you.

Thursday, October 21, 2004

Microwave Recipes: Pasta! Pasta! Pasta!

More Microwave Recipes: Pasta! Pasta! Pasta!

What a bore ! the old way of boiling pasta and rinsing it for one person - there must be a new way to be discovered. . . and the consequent washing up to be avoided.

it is time to experiment with some taglioni I have lying about - I think the main idea must be rehydrating it
So I covered the pasta in in boiling water, salt and a dash olive oil, and left it on defrost for 4 minutes - not enough so now again on low for 8 minutes.
Now soft a tiny bit chewy so i am going toleave it for 40 minutes to absorb the moisture then zap it to reheat for a minute or so.

Meanwhile I have a 10 day old (daily boiled) soup running in the pressure cooker, which has cans tomato and beans with herbs, curry and hot chile powders on a home made stock base from lamb bones and a quarter of a broiler chicken, which chicken meat cooked from froozen tastes best after 24 hours - on the second daily boil up.

I forgot the other elements, I start a stock like my mother with carrot, onion , and meat bones; and also in this soup there has been garlic, cabbage cauliflower - both leaves and rosettes - all eaten on other days - the vegetables obviously best fresh everyday.

This is going to be poured over the pasta.

I often serve my soups with rice, sometimes with whole meal brown bread or over some old dry ryebread - two slices crumbled in a bowl.

This is peasant, or viking , cooking keeping the stew pot on the go all the time.

Extra herbs and spices get added daily like ginger or even mixed spices fom england, 5 spice chinese or 7 spice thai mixtures.

Google Search: pasta microwave -
Google Search: taglioni pasta

Saturday, October 09, 2004

getting stupid

October 09, 2004

by Wendy Banks

I realized that things were getting stupid . . . . .
maisonneuve :: eclectic curiosity October 09, 2004: "Brushing Teeth in Bed - What's really stupid about it is, when all is said and done, you still have to get up to spit out the toothpaste. "

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Lloyds used them todeliver my new chip an' pin credit card

so I ordered a second attempt a tdelivery on the web and it went well on Saturday morning I was woken by the doorbell at about 1200 pm
Lloyds TSB You First - Personal banking is one of my favourite internet banks - jsut needs secure email and international transfers to come up to the standard of Danske Bank

Friday, October 08, 2004

Telegraph | News | The ancient Egyptian recipe for toothpaste

Telegraph | News | The ancient Egyptian recipe for toothpaste: "According to the document, written in the fourth century AD, the ingredients needed for the perfect smile are one drachma of rock salt - a measure equal to one hundredth of an ounce - two drachmas of mint, one drachma of dried iris flower and 20 grains of pepper, all of them crushed and mixed together.
The result is a pungent paste which one Austrian dentist who tried it said made his gums bleed but was a 'big improvement' on some toothpaste formulae used as recently as a century ago."

Telegraph | News | The ancient Egyptian recipe for toothpaste

Telegraph | News | The ancient Egyptian recipe for toothpaste: "The ancient Egyptian recipe for toothpaste"

Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Synergetics on the Web

Synergetics on the Web: "The integration of geometry and philosophy in
a single conceptual system providing a common language
and accounting for both the physical and metaphysical"


The Math Forum Internet Mathematics Library

Stromswold: Genetics of Language

Stromswold: Genetics of Language: " One of the central issues in cognition today is the degree to which cognitive abilities such as language are the result of specialized, genetically-encoded structures and predispositions (e.g., Pinker, 1994, 1997).
In order to determine the extent to which genetic and environmental factors play a role in normal language and language disorders, we have conducted comprehensive reviews and meta-analyses of over 80 existing family aggregation studies, pedigree studies, sex-ratio studies, linkage studies, quantitative trait loci studies, twin studies and adoption studies which investigate the heritability of language.

These meta-analyses reveal that heritable factors play a strong role in SLI and dyslexia, and in normal spoken and written language (Stromswold, 1998, 2001). These analyses also suggest some of these heritable factors are specific to linguistic tasks (Stromswold, 2001)."

And intelligence (quotient) as defined by language skills

wittgenstein dialognet on language

In England we had media reportage of some twins, who were outsiders and young criminals, speaking an unknown language which turned out to be an argot, when analysed, rather than a new language.

Wittgenstein is so dated see google for stuff he never dreamed of .
Certainly LW has a place in the history of philosophy but surely active philosophers have moved on far beyond him.

The numbered structure of his paragraphs is actually that used in the British army for writing (and easily amending) manuals .

I know Danish administration was imported from Germany, and the English copied Prussian military methods of training; including drill, marching in step and the 6 or 8 piece eighteenth century military band. That was not counting drums, fifes and the bugles or trumpets , which were signal intruments for transmitting commands rather than for music - and the bass drum and cymbals came from the turkish jannissary band - little do racist rockers know that they derive their head banging stuff from the MEHTER.

As a genealogist and family historian I often burrow in major archives and witness the evolution of civil sevice adminstrative methods - you have to get into the mind set of the creator of the archives to get anywhere and often use the MS indexes scribbled by some long dead clerk for his own use.

Which leads to my question - who invented that systematic method of numbering paragraphs?

Certainly not LW who would have seen it in the army.