Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Selection 5 - (1st Diversion from the list) The Odyssey

Reference: Wikipedia Odyssey Entry

Selection: Plaintext at Project Gutenberg

Audio: Librivox

This is my first divergence from the list posted above. I have read the Odyessy before, but decided it was worth reading again, mainly because there is an Odyssey movie on the Sci-Fi Channel, and it seems right to read both the Iliad and the Odyessy together.

Update: 7/6/06 - I felt this was important enough to come out of the comments section to the main post. I have both the Samuel Butler and the Robert Fitzgerald translation of the Odyessy. All the reviews I have read have called the Fitzgerald translation "The Definitive English Translation", I don't find that to be true. Maybe I am just being obstinate but I find the Butler version easier to read, probably because he didn't randomly replace Cs with Ks.

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Saturday, June 17, 2006

Wikisource

This is a potential source for many of the readings on the Canon listed in the Welcome post.

As I was looking through the list of works available I noticed a lot of stuff by HP Lovecraft, who is always an interesting read.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

The Competent Man

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.

Robert Heinlein (as spoken by Lazarus Long in Time Enough For Love)

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Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Selection 4 - The Iliad

Reference: Wikipedia Iliad Entry

Selection: Plaintext at Project Gutenberg

Audio: Librivox

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Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Well the first week is done.

So far Olympia Academy is not a rousing success. Everyone I have told about it is very blah on the idea, well fuck 'em, if I was really worried about success and popularity in blogging I would have slit my wrists after the first year with Kuru Lounge.

Monday, June 05, 2006