Earlier this week, someone asked Twitter about the plural of ethos, rightly suspecting the Apple dictionary wasn’t up to snuff. .@JoeYerardi i'm gonna punt for "philosophies", since i don't know greek noun declension. — Ted Han (@knowtheory) July 18, 2013 I told him (it’s ethea), and promptly had a flashback. I mean, it used to be my actual
I am not a journalist. I just code near them. Before learning to code, I was trained as a historian, and because of that training, I get uneasy when people proclaim that “we’re making history!” Look, it’s impossible know what will look historically significant in a couple of centuries, so let’s not get too excited.
I’m giving a lighting talk on ancient design at tomorrow’s Dionysium, and people keep asking me if I’m going to talk about columns. Strangely, I had the exact same thought when I started to think about what I would say: Jeez, I guess I’m gonna have to talk about columns now. In reality, that’s not true.
Last night I went to a panel called “Can Women Change Politics? The Life and Politics of Ann Richards.” The panel members were political journalist Wayne Slater, documentarian Paul Stekler, and actress Holland Taylor, who wrote Ann, a one-woman play about Richards, and whom you probably know from Two and a Half Men, Legally Blonde, and a
I have a horrible confession to make: I once wrote a scholarly article on Linear B (the oldest form of Greek, written in cool-looking hieroglyphs). I never even put it on my CV because it’s an embarrassingly obscure topic, even in the world of dead languages. Michael Ventris is the genius who proved that Linear