Monday, October 30, 2006

WOTD: paraskevidekatriaphobia

paraskevidekatriaphobia: A morbid, irrational fear of Friday the 13th.

...[snip]... Some even think that Friday was the day God threw Adam and Eve out of the garden of Eden, which is unlikely since the concept of Friday hadn't been invented yet.

Monday, October 23, 2006

WOTD: trivia

n. pl. triv·i·a (--)
The lower division of the seven liberal arts in medieval schools, consisting of grammar, logic, and rhetoric.
[Medieval Latin, from Latin, crossroads : tri-, tri- + via, road; see wegh- in Indo-European Roots.]

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Odd(y) photographs at PhotoFusion

Went to see Jason Oddy's latest at PhotoFusion with Matej and Francesca. He looks at the use of space, particularly in socially extreme situations such as Guantanamo, the Pentagon and (here) a small town in New Mexico bought whole by the US counter-intelligence to train agents against Arab suicide bombers [sic]. The beautified decay common in these sorts of photos is amplified and modified by the weird knowledge that that very decay is essential to the town's utility as a training camp.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Three Billy Goats (roughly)

I am looking into the story of the Three Billy Goats Gruff for a little project concerning bridges. I found this flash, which is kinda entertaining.