Man, I wish that I could get paid six figures a year to make boneheaded mistakes. C’mon guys, give me a shot, I’ve had years of experience!
By the way, does anyone here use Groupon? I’m trying to find out if there’s one for a remedial “Software Development Cycles” course.
I’m asking for some friends.
Cuneiform tablets could be fired in kilns to provide a permanent record, or they could be recycled if permanence was not needed. Many of the clay tablets found by archaeologists were preserved because they were fired when attacking armies burned the building in which they were kept. (via Wikipedia)
I was idly reading the Wikipedia article on Cuneiform this afternoon (yes, I’m a dork, moving on), and I can hardly express how much this tidbit struck me.
I’m imagining all the words, all the history, all the human thought that has been wiped out by fire and careless brutality—the multiple burnings of the Library of Alexandria, countless ideologically motivated book burnings, the systematic annihilation of Mesoamerican records—and yet, here, in this one context, war and hatred caused these writings to be preserved.
So, I handed out a bunch of my cards the other night, which included urls for this blog. This prompted me to remember that I really need to tidy this place up a bit and make it better organized.
In the meantime, hello, anyone who might be coming here for the first time! Allow me to show you around.
While I do reblog some stuff to share it with friends, share some stuff to add commentary, and occasionally vent, that all tends to get deleted as clutter after a few days, because I mainly think of this as a place for my:
(Do bear in mind that this is Tumblr, so everything will be in reverse order.)
There are some curiously unifying aspects to dragons in myth:
- They are often associated with high mountain tops, deep caves, and other typically cold places.
- They are also associated with rivers and other bodies of water, especially running water.
- They are attracted to wealth in the form of precious metals, particularly gold.
- They will seek out and eventually establish a lair from which they will rarely emerge, except to briefly wreak fiery havoc.
From these points, I think I can produce a working theory that explains all of them, and tie dragons to a natural phenomenon that might seem, at first, counterintuitive—stars.