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Sunday Sharing 2020/09/20

Today is the the Sunday after the Elevation of the Holy Cross and the feast day of Greatmartyr Eustathius Placidas, with his wife and children, of Rome.

Today’s Epistle is Galatians (2:16–20)

Today’s Gospel is The the Holy Gospel according to St. Mark (8:34–9:1)

D4: Source code for mortals

Unlike Ken Thompson, I like to see the state of the file I’m editing. His not worrying about seeing the state as well as the cryptic commands for ed lead George Coulouris to write em or, editors for mortals, whose source is on the net.

D6: Cultures need one truth

Perhaps a search for objective truth is a fool’s errand, but if we abandon it we can only get along with people who have the same subjective truth as us.

D8: I need lots of essay collection

Where your goal is to read one essay per day most collections last a month or two at best. In looking for new ones I came across this list.

D12: We have lost a great with the death of Stanley Crouch

There are a lot of articles on the great jazz critic, although it seems reductionist to call him that. He was so much more. If you are unfamiliar with Crouch’s writing, get out there and read.

D20: Mass extinction is more common than you think

It looks like the Triassic was a very volatile period, begging with largest mass extinction and ending with another. Now we find one in the middle. I wonder if the period will be divided in two.

Book of the Week

Ghost stories are an interesting genre. One of the two creators was M. R. James. This past week plus for my Bradbury stories I have read his Ghost Stories of an Antiquary with the exception of the first story, “Canon Alberic’s Scrap-book”. I am quite familiar with it, as it inspired the first story I dared to publish.

There are some very Victorian features to these stories. The stand out one is the use of a framing device. Each story is told by a narrator relating events he has been told. There are asides about the locations . The narrator will tells us that he will skip something for now. It does not bother me, but I don’t use it in my writing. I think modern audiences would not enjoy it. Perhaps I would give it a try.

Song of the Week

I love Sabaton and “The Future of Warfare” is one of my favorite songs. The moment the first video describes may have been the most horrifying moment in the 20th century or even human history.

And now we have it in construction blocks.

Video of the Week

All of James Burke’s Connections is on YouTube. While my favorite series by him is The Day the Universe Changed, the original Connections is second. It is superior to the two sequels as it has a unified whole as well as the individual tracing episodes.

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