The Fifth Horseman
(Note that the fifth is riding a donkey)
“Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end, we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it.” – Orwell
Actually, I think that we’re in post-1984 mode and that it’s writing itself.
“All beliefs, habits, tastes, emotions, mental attitudes that characterize our time are really designed to sustain the mystique of the Party and prevent the true nature of present-day society from being perceived.”
“We do not destroy the heretic because he resists us. . . . We convert him, we capture his inner mind, we reshape him.” Then he’s woke!
Civil War Soldier’s Mess 1861 – 1865
Hardtack is the name given to a thick cracker made of flour, water, and sometimes salt. While it has been called by several nicknames, the Union Army of the Potomac referred to the ration as hardtack, and the name stuck.
When stored properly, hardtack would last for years. Because it could be prepared cheaply and would last so long, hardtack was the most convenient food for soldiers. The army furnished hardtack by weight, but in most units, the biscuits were doled out by number, with a ration generally being nine or ten.
Yesterday was Labor Day – but…
Wearing Masks for Hygiene
Merlin’s Tales – Manuscript
After two years of hard work, scholars have now finished an Old-French-to-English translation of a centuries-old manuscript that tells of the adventures of Merlin the Magician, King Arthur, and other well-known characters from the legendary Arthurian tales. The 13th century Merlin manuscript was discovered by chance in 2019, hidden inside the pages of an entirely unrelated book. No one is certain how it got there, but its translation has revealed new details about the original versions of some of modern literature’s favorite tales.
The translated text consists of seven parchment pages, which are believed to be approximately 770 years old. “We were able to date the manuscript from which the fragments were taken to around 1250 to 1275 through a palaeographic (handwriting) analysis,” study participant and medieval literature professor Dr. Leah Tether said in a press release issued by the University of Bristol.
R3 – portrayed in the forthcoming film The Lost King. I don’t know whether or not the movie will be any good, but given the options, I may take some time out to watch it. I haven’t been to a movie theater in a long time.
Too many Neighbors
Maybe it would be ok if they were kin — but even then.
Take a Walk on the Far Side