There is a fascinating article, “Rare Find: a New Language”, by Robert Lee Hotz, in today’s (October 6, 2010) Wall Street Journal about a new language, called Koro, discovered in India’s Arunachal Pradesh.
The Wall Street Journal reports that there are currently some 6,909 languages existing today (with many of these dying off every year), making the discovery of a new language all the more exciting. Want to say ‘I saw the Man’ in Koro? Here’s how. If you are reading this, [Kah-play-yeh], the phonetic way of saying thank you in Koro.
A repost: Hardly a 4th of July passes that I do not think of some most amazing 4th of July circumstances.
In honor of James Joyce and Bloomsday, I repost my entry for Bloomsday last year.
Another Bloomsday has snuck up on me, as it does every year. This most famous of literary days – celebrating the single day in the life of Leopold Bloom wandering around Dublin depicted in James Joyce’s book, Ulysses – has special meaning for me. Continue reading
Tommy Lasorda, officially Special Advisor to the Chairman (as if he really needs a title) of the (just-eliminated-from-the-NLCS) Los Angeles Dodgers proudly proclaimed his initiation into twitter on October 3rd – at the mature age of 82 years old. Continue reading
Hardly a 4th of July passes that I do not think of the circumstances that most amaze me about the 4th of July.
“On the evening of July 3, 1826, [Thomas] Jefferson fell into a coma. His last discernible words, uttered to the physician and family gathered around the bedside, indicated that he was hoping to time his exit in dramatic fashion: ‘Is it the Fourth?’ It was not, but he lingered in a semiconscious condition until shortly after noon on the magic day. That same morning, [John] Adams collapsed in his favorite reading chair. He lapsed into unconsciousness at almost the exact moment Jefferson died. The end came quickly, at about five-thirty that afternoon. He wakened for a brief moment, indicated that nothing more should be done to prolong the inevitable, then, with obvious effort, gave a final salute to his old friend with this last words: ‘Thomas Jefferson survives’, or, by another account, ‘Thomas Jefferson still lives.’ Whatever the version, he was wrong for the moment but right for the ages.”
copyright© 2000, by Joseph J. Ellis
Another Bloomsday has snuck up on me, as it does every year. This most famous of literary days – celebrating the single day in the life of Leopold Bloom wandering around Dublin depicted in James Joyce’s book, Ulysses – has special meaning for me.
When my wife, Nancy, and I were married and planning our honeymoon in Ireland, we each committed ourselves to reading Ulysses before we married. It was not so much that we felt that Ulysses would provide any special guide to our honeymoon in Ireland. Rather, I think we felt that as much as our getting married was (and has proven to be) a turning point in each of our lives, that committing ourselves to some Irish literature, and one of the more challenging reads that there possibly can be – before we were to meet Irish relatives of mine that we had never met – was an appropriate complement.
So, if you are looking for something really special to do, here is one suggestion. Commit to reading Ulysses, then Richard Ellman’s biography of the same name, James Joyce, and, finally, perhaps, NORA: The Real Life of Molly Bloom, Brenda Maddox’s biography of James Joyce’s wife, Nora.
Or, if you prefer, just lift a Guinness somewhere, sometime today (preferably after 12 Noon wherever you are) to one of the greatest writers who ever lived.
Happy anniversary, too, to Ron and Nina, special friends for as long as I can remember, and who made a special commitment to each other 30 years ago today. I think of them every Bloomsday. Happy Bloomsday to all.
Welcome to Netting It Out, a new blog by Bob Eastman. The goal of this blog will be to offer up and comment on the best of the ideas and new insights circulating in the blogosphere, the social and traditional media, and anywhere else that an intriguing, fresh (or freshly stated) idea or interesting insight can be found.Look for your news elsewhere – Netting It Out holds no ambitions to being a news portal. Rather, Netting It Out will be on the look-out for the story-behind-the-story, the new idea, the article, the trend, the new piece of research, resource or link that compels you to want to think, and to read more.
Netting It Out will not ask a lot of time from you – we will not be assaulting, beating, and trampling the proverbial “dead horse”. We will however try to give you a nugget of an idea or insight that we hope might just make you stop somewhere in your day, and think just a little bit.
Many of the ideas and models discussed here will come from the the value chain, supply chain, business, and technology realms, that permeate so much of life today and where there are so many interesting emerging innovations and ideas. Our primary mission however will be to be interesting and compelling wherever the idea or construct or model or story comes from.
Netting It Out hopes that you find the content compelling, and that you feel invited to contribute and discuss. Netting It Out will not, of course, be perfect, or always right, and for that I will apologize in advance, and beg your assistance in setting Netting It Out and the record straight. Game on.
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