A century-old Medieval Latin dictionary JUST COMPLETED!




This groundbreaking medieval Latin dictionary project had first begun in 1913, before even the outbreak of the First World War. The original drafters at Oxford were ambitious - they wanted to make a comprehensive medieval Latin equivalent to the Oxford Latin Dictionary. And now, some 101 years after work on this massive project began, it is complete! This is a once-in-a-few-centuries event. The previous large-scale medieval Latin dictionary was completed in the 17th century.

In case you were wondering, the final entry was “zythum”, a type of fermented malt drink.

Read more here: http://www.bbc.com/news/education-28952646



A Proposed General Rule about Pictures of Naked People


I mean, I’m not saying that we can enforce this as law or anything. I also might be wrong about this. But:

Just as a general rule, I feel like we should not look at pictures of the breasts or genitalia of people who would rather we not look at pictures of their breasts or genitalia.

As a corollary to that general rule, I would add that I don’t see anything wrong with looking at pictures of breasts or genitalia of people who have invited us to do so. There seem to be plenty such pictures for us to get a reasonably good grasp of, like, the diversity of unclothed human anatomy without having to look at people who wish we wouldn’t.

This seems pretty straightforward to me. Yes, the photographer(s) who photographed Kate Middleton’s grainy distant breasts were violating her privacy. But so do people who choose to look at those pictures.

So maybe we can just agree not to? And this goes not only for princesses, I would argue, but also for people who send things to their romantic partners, who turn out to be jerks and release those photos publicly. Or people whose phones are hacked. etc.

In this world where most every curiosity can be satiated, it seems to me genuinely heroic to resist the urge to look at everything that can be seen, and instead to respect the wishes of those who feel violated or hurt by the availability of images they wish were private.

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Leo Ornstein | "Morning in the woods," SO 106 (1971)

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"tea is just leaf water!" "yeah well coffee is just bean water!" wow, it’s. it’s like everything is made of things. this door is just wood rectangle. this poster is just ink paper. this lemonade is just lemon water. wow, it’s like you can combine ingredients to make things that are more enjoyable than the initial parts of the equation. sure is a magical world we live in

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