Saturday, January 24, 2009
CUNEIFORM WRITING- wedge shaped system, takes it's name from wedge lettering used to used over western asia. originally hieroglyphics, each denoting object/idea + like chinese corrupted into what is on assyrian monuments. originated w/ accadians of chaldea, who spoke an agglutinative language + borrowed by their semetic conquerers-the babylonians + assyrians. phonetic + ideas graphically even in accadian time, but not reducted into a systematic syllabary until the semites changes accadian into phonetic values. abundance of clay made it the best to use. taken into assyria. in the 9th C BC alarodian tribes of armenia borrowed the letters, but made their 1 value only. at a later date 'turanian' population of media + susiania did the same producing protomedic to persia. persia 40 characters under darius getting simpler. divided into archaic, hieratic, assyrian, + later babalonian.
RANDOM EBAY OJECTS YESTERDAY
you can buy them if you want them under eames animals. or i searched eames animals.
Friday, January 23, 2009
CUMIN- an annual, umbelliferous herbaceus plant, indigenous to upper egypt, arabia, india, and cina + on the mediteranian, hotter, lighter in color + larger than caraway seeds. strong aromatic smell. ancients used it to remedy squeamishness, in middle ages a common spice, used in curry "now" only used medically used by vets.
CUMMING, ROUALEYN GORDON- scottish traveler + sprortsman. known as 'the lion hunter', born 1820, 2nd son of sir william G. gordon cumming. as a boy love of nature, esp wild + sports. educated at eton + at 18 entered indian army.(madras light calvary). due to climate, did not stay long, returned back to scotland. during his stay, laid foundation of his large + interesting collection of hunting trophies + specimens of natural history. after indulging his favorite passtimes in scotland, resolved to visit the prairies + mountains of the far west, but went to south africa instead. joined the cape riflemen + in 1843 began his 5 years hunting, which he told of in book of 1850. left army for freedom + took to explore unknown interior africa, living in his wagon or living w/ 'savages'. his collection shown in london museum in 1851 during great exposition w/ lectures. d 1866.
CUNARD, SIR SAMUEL- 1787-1865. civil engineer, founder of CUNARD Steamships. b nova scotia. son of merchant. as england was going from sail to steam, C joined the scheme, went to england blah blah blah. went from paddle wheel to screw. in 1859 made baronet
Thursday, January 22, 2009
RANDOM ESTATE SALE POST
a little leftover from a sale that got interrupted by a snow storm. not much stuff. not much of the house. kitchen redone poorly. but here is the front porch view.