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: After many false starts, Susanna now has a computer. Huzzah!

: Anachronisms in my history of Rome book:

[Republican] Rome had also become the Mecca of fortune hunters from every corner of the Mediterranean world.

Oh yeah, I have a history of Rome. I got it in Washington. I'm reading it on the BART, which moves me through at the rate of about 10 pages a day. I really should read it while not on the BART, but I don't want to, on principle. I shouldn't even read it on the BART, cause it's a big book and it takes up a lot of space in my backpack. I should find a smaller book to read on the BART.

The book was published in 1939 (I {met him, got it} in {a candy, an antique} store), and is filled with underlinings and marginal notes that date to late 1944. So much of the text is underlined that I really have to question the value of the underlining, and most of the margin notes take parts of the text and put it into list form.

There's one margin note that made me laugh out loud when I saw it. The relevant passage (it's circled) is:

Except for the Jews, then victors over Antiochus in Palestine, the Carthaginians were the last great representatives of the Semites until the rise of the Arabs under Mohammed in the seventh century A.D.

This passage has a big note off in the right margin saying "Jew". Why?

I think the reason it made me laugh out loud is that it reminded me of an old Dr. Katz (is that still running?) where the guy on the couch is talking about a stand-up audition he did. "So I go up there and I'm doing my act, and the guy says 'don't be schticky.' 'Don't be schticky.' You know what that means to me? We hate the Jews. 'Don't be schticky, Jew.'"

: These guys moved in a few weeks ago two floors below us.

: wmNetscapeKiller: a new web browser? No, it literally kills your Netscape session. It's a sure sign of a problem with your software when third-party applications spring up to compensate for and recover from its shortcomings.

Norton Utilities.

: Manoj's DJ name is "DJ Big Indian". Everyone should have a DJ name, and everyone's DJ name should be some obscure geeky reference.

: Pictures from San Francisco: The only bar I've ever seen with a mission statement.

: I got an honorable mention in the Be Dope Haiku Contest.

: Joshua Uziel (of uzi fame) has coined (?) the term "booth unbabe" to refer to Mark in his role as VA rep at Linux World Expo, and, more generally, to anyone who both works a trade show booth and is knowledgeable about the product he or she is representing.

: Jon finally sent me his pictures from the O'Reilly conference.

: I saw this in the Segfault referer log, and soon realized that the writing style was oddly familiar. Yes, Kris wrote it. Hi, Kris.


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