Internet Archive has?
Pdfs of great F/SF magazines of yesteryear. Dick, Knight, Asimov, Heinlein, Sturgeon, Matheson, Bradbury, Clarke, Bester...
Check it, droogs!
Friday, June 16, 2017
|A self-trimming lamp!|
- The Banu Masu brothers and their Book of Tricks (a.k.a. Kitab al-Hiyal, a.k.a. The Book of Ingenious Devices)
- The Greek mathematician, engineer, and polymath Heron of Alexandria
- Komnenid Byzantium
- Conrad of Montferrat, a.k.a. Conrad of Tyre, a.k.a. Conrad, King of Jerusalem
- The Hashashin sect of the Nizari Ismaili Shi'i
- The khanjar blade vs. the sica
- Richard I of England, a.k.a. Richard the Lionhearted, a.k.a. Prince Yes or No
- An-Nasir Salah ad-Din Yusuf ibn Ayyub, a.k.a. Saladin
- The Ayyubid purge of the Fatimid book collections of Al-Azhar
- Moshe ben-Maimon, a.k.a. Maimonides
|That's a sica|
|That's a khanjar|
I will probably do none of them justice, because you know...I'm a sloppy wiseass. That being said, I did uncover some interesting primary sources. What is a "primary source," you ask, as opposed to say, a secondary or even tertiary source?
A primary source is a document (or other informational artifact) from the time period you're studying - like, for instance, a letter from Queen Eleanor of England to Pope Alexander III. A secondary source is an analysis or distillation or retelling of primary sources, like a history textbook. As an author, I love primary sources. You are guaranteed to pick up details about how people thought, lived, and spoke that most historians neglect. Weird turns of phrase, odd biases, the tiny details that convey, if not fact, then verisimilitude.
|A page of the Domesday Book: Hic Annotantur Tenentes Terras in Devenescire...|
- The Internet History Sourcebooks Project: Letters and documents from dozens of different places and time periods. Translated, but otherwise unfiltered. My personal favorite? Liutprand of Cremona's Report of His Mission to Constantinople
- The Travels of Benjamin of Tudela
- The Book of Games of Alphonso X: Exactly what it sounds like. Descriptions of games they played in Alphonso's time
- Le Viandier by Taillevent: A cookbook from 15th Century France.
- What Befell Sultan Yûsuf by Baha ad-Din ibn Shaddad: A chronicle of Saladin written by one of his close companions, and based on personal experience
- Maimonides' Letter to Yemen
- The Domesday Book - If for nothing else, a terrific source of Anglo-Saxon names. Guthwalda, anyone?
Monday, June 12, 2017
Thursday, June 8, 2017
|Becket gets a message from Henry|
And now James Comey brings it up to describe 45's Mafia-style weasel wording.
Color me impressed!
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Saturday, April 15, 2017
A lot of folks know Robert Heinlein as one of the Big Names of the Golden Age of Science Fiction - from the 1930s to the 1950s. Some folks know his later, creepier stuff. And every Randian Objectivist nerd knows him as the guy who articulated their anarcho-libertarian power fantasies better than they ever could, from TANSTAAFL ("there ain't no such thing as a free lunch") to his famous dictum on guns: An armed society is a polite society.
That's a quote from one of Heinlein's pulpier works, Beyond This Horizon, in 1942. It's gained enormous currency among gun enthusiasts since then, because it brilliantly encapsulates what might seem to be an obvious train of thought: People won't gratuitously insult, assault, or cheat someone who can kill them.
And that's too bad, for a couple of reasons.
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
For my readers who are aficionados of the history of myth and magic:
Mary - probably Miriam, originally - lived sometime during the First to Third Centuries of the Common Era. Zosimos of Panopolis, a Fourth Century Gnostic Christian, is the first writer to mention her that we know of.
She was said to be able to make caput mortuum (a purple dye that was a big deal among alchemists) and to have invented several pieces of alchemical equipment, some of which are still in use today - the bain-marie double-boiler, for instance.
She also left us the following cryptic comments (everything the alchemists said was cryptic - go with it):
Join the male with the female, and you will find what is sought; and
One becomes Two, Two becomes Three, and out of the Third comes the One as the Fourth.
Thursday, February 2, 2017
To my knowledge, David had no advanced degrees, but he was responsible for saving a significant percentage of all the movies that had ever been shot on nitrate stock, transferring them to safety stock and then to video. I remember delivering a paper to him at his lab and getting a brief tour of the facility, from the safety locker to the liquid gate printer to a Steenbeck that had been used by Fellini. "Enthusiast" is the best word for him - a man who truly loved his work. He will be greatly missed.