Kind of an odd question, but I'm writing a thing, and I suddenly find that I need to know if there's a 'daughter of' version of the Irish/Gaelic 'son of'/Mac/Mc. Would you happen to know if such a prefix exists?
I think it’s “ní”. (I seem to remember seeing “nic” as well, but that might be Scots Gaelic.)
Just a note: something new at Ebooks Direct very soon
And not ebooks, for a change.
Harcourt has been tidying up its warehouse, and because there are only 100 copies left of the 20th Anniversary Edition of So You Want to Be a Wizard, I’m taking them off their hands.
The books will be here in a week or a week and a half, and for those who’re interested in having one of these (with the lovely wraparound cover), I’ll be selling them through the store: signed and personalized, of course.
I’ll see if I can sort something out through the store to handle pre-orders if anyone wants to go that route. Just bear in mind that once these are gone, that’s it: these will be the last mint condition copies of the book available anywhere.
This is heartbreaking. Peter and I loved this place.
Yesterday, after months of ominous rumors, Big Nick’s Pizza and Burger Joint closed its vaunted doors for good. The fifty-one-year-old Upper West Side establishment, nestled on a busy block of Broadway between Seventy-sixth and Seventy-seventh Streets, reportedly had its rent jump by over forty thousand dollars a month, and could no longer outrun Manhattan’s ever-rotating wheel of real estate.
Calling Big Nick’s a throwback is not quite right—the restaurant pieced together its strange identity out of the anachronistic bric-a-brac of a dozen times and places. The walls were fettered with a series of anonymous D-list celebrity portraits—not always signed by their subjects—and hand-written notices informing you of the price of a slice of cheesecake ($5.50). Red neon signs hung overhead, casting a bloody glow on your burger, while a tiny television screen perched in the corner played a constant loop of Three Stooges and Charlie Chaplin films. The hassled and brusque waiters had to shoulder their way through the cooks in the tiny open kitchen, which operated for twenty-three hours a day.
The menu—a copy of which I keep in my desk to this day—is twenty-five pages long and includes every conceivable type of diner food known to man. There were over thirty variations of Big Nick’s excellent half-pound burger—including the Hawaiian Burger, the Crabcake Burger, and the Kobe Burger—although none could compare to the sublime Bacon Cheeseburger, a triumph of greasy elegance…
“The thing that I worry about more is the media’s bias toward fairness. Nobody uses the word lie anymore. Suddenly, everything is “a difference of opinion.” If the entire House Republican caucus were to walk onto the floor one day and say “The Earth is flat,” the headline on the New York Times the next day would read “Democrats and Republicans Can’t Agree on Shape of Earth.” I don’t believe the truth always lies in the middle. I don’t believe there are two sides to every argument. I think the facts are the center. And watching the news abandon the facts in favor of “fairness” is what’s troubling to me.”—Aaron Sorkin
Spanning one-ninth of the earth’s circumference across three continents, the Roman Empire ruled a quarter of humanity through complex networks of political power, military domination and economic exchange. These extensive connections were sustained by premodern transportation and communication technologies that relied on energy generated by human and animal bodies, winds, and currents.
Conventional maps that represent this world as it appears from space signally fail to capture the severe environmental constraints that governed the flows of people, goods and information. Cost, rather than distance, is the principal determinant of connectivity.
For the first time, ORBIS allows us to express Roman communication costs in terms of both time and expense. By simulating movement along the principal routes of the Roman road network, the main navigable rivers, and hundreds of sea routes in the Mediterranean, Black Sea and coastal Atlantic, this interactive model reconstructs the duration and financial cost of travel in antiquity.
Taking account of seasonal variation and accommodating a wide range of modes and means of transport, ORBIS reveals the true shape of the Roman world and provides a unique resource for our understanding of premodern history.
Not gonna lie, this is kind of amazing.
Basically, you can plan a trip from Rome to Alexandria, and get an estimate of journey time, expense of trip, the supplies you’ll need….let’s just say it’s better than Oregon Trail:
Just for clarification, would it upset you if someone wrote sexually explicit fanfiction of your characters, provided that said characters were explicitly stated to be over the legal age of consent when said fanfic occurred?
Keeping this strictly in the abstract: it would probably make me sigh and roll my eyes to know it was happening, even under the suggested circumstances. But (a) theoretically “The Author Is Dead” (or at least was theoretically coughing up blood last night…), and (b) since I don’t look at fanfic, doubtless I’ll never know it’s happening, will I?
“In a classic experiment, the psychologist J. Philippe Rushton gave 140 elementary- and middle-school-age children tokens for winning a game, which they could keep entirely or donate some to a child in poverty. They first watched a teacher figure play the game either selfishly or generously, and then preach to them the value of taking, giving or neither. The adult’s influence was significant: Actions spoke louder than words. When the adult behaved selfishly, children followed suit. The words didn’t make much difference — children gave fewer tokens after observing the adult’s selfish actions, regardless of whether the adult verbally advocated selfishness or generosity. When the adult acted generously, students gave the same amount whether generosity was preached or not — they donated 85 percent more than the norm in both cases. When the adult preached selfishness, even after the adult acted generously, the students still gave 49 percent more than the norm. Children learn generosity not by listening to what their role models say, but by observing what they do.”—"Raising a Moral Child"