Fanax: the Mycenaean term for "king"; pronounced "wanax". The funny initial letter, "F", is called digamma and shows up in Archaic Greek epigraphy (papyrus and tablet writings). The sound, if not the letter form, and its linguistic equivalent initially show up in the heiroglyphic writings (Linear B) of Bronze Age Greece both at Pylos, in the far west of Greece (Peloponnese), and at Knossos in north central Crete, the funny "F". Specifically, digamma shows up in the Greek of Homer's Iliad with the word "F"anax, but there it's a "rough breathing" in the form "(h)anax", where the term is linked to an important individual at Pylos. In Classical and Hellenistic Greek, the F continues in this aspirant, or "h" sound, form at the beginning of many Greek words.

What Went Wrong?

January 26, 2017 ·

What went wrong that lead to your last job change? A brief look at servant leadership versus management.

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August 17, 2015 ·

Thoughts on how to kill the wee buggers.

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September 12, 2013 ·

100 years of inflation, comparing Then to Now.  And this is essentially taking the government’s fudged numbers as fact, not even challenging the 2.5 – 3.5% figure that we’re bullshitted with all the time.

But of course we’re always told that all that government spending, the spending paid for by printed dollars, the printed dollars which inflate costs by deflating the value of the dollars already in circulation, increases GDP.  The so-called Keynesian “multiplier effect”.  Except $18,000,000,000,000 (yes, trillion) has produced only $1,000,000,000,000 of GDP.  I thought all government spending was counted in GDP?  Clearly, not so.


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November 19, 2012 ·

My beloved Hellas.

"And many a man whom law or fraud had sold
far from his god-built land, an outcast slave


I brought again to Athens; yea, and some
exiles from home through debt's oppressive load

Speaking no more the dear Athenian tongue
but wandering far and wide, I brought again;

And those that here in vilest slavery
crouched beneath a despot's frown, I set them free."

-- Solon, (c. BC 638 - BC 558), founder of Athenian democracy, after freeing the debt slaves


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August 29, 2012 ·

With thanks to Lew, this is excellent.  Mark Twain's 1901 version of the Battle Hymn of the Republic.

Mine eyes have seen the orgy of the launching of the Sword;
He is searching out the hoardings where the stranger’s wealth is stored;
He hath loosed his fateful lightnings, and with woe and death has scored;
His lust is marching on.

I have seen him in the watch-fires of a hundred circling camps;
They have builded him an altar in the Eastern dews and damps;
I have read his doomful mission by the dim and flaring lamps—
His night is marching on.

I have read his bandit gospel writ in burnished rows of steel:
“As ye deal with my pretensions, so with you my wrath shall deal;
Let the faithless son of Freedom crush the patriot with his heel;
Lo, Greed is marching on!”

We have legalized the strumpet and are guarding her retreat;
Greed is seeking out commercial souls before his judgement seat;
O, be swift, ye clods, to answer him! be jubilant my feet!
Our god is marching on!

In a sordid slime harmonious Greed was born in yonder ditch,
With a longing in his bosom—and for others’ goods an itch.
As Christ died to make men holy, let men die to make us rich—
Our god is marching on.

Tags: politics


July 27, 2012 ·

As the Good Book notes, charity without ????? is false, a sin (and a slap to the Greek language).  It's also contra-Biblical, which is no suprise, if you actually pay attention to God's word.  Thanks to a friend of a friend (Ken Bagnull) for this passage from 2 Samuel 24:24:

"But the king replied to Araunah, 'No, I insist on paying you for it. I will not sacrifice to the LORD my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing.'"

Seriously, how does anyone believe that giving from someone else's wallet is charitible?

Tags: Chrisitanity · politics

Engineering Software

June 13, 2012 ·

A brilliant review of the mind and the foibles of the professional developer and the roots of our legendary grumpiness.

"I don’t care how many women you give me, it still takes nine months to make baby."


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May 19, 2012 ·

I found this a simply fascinating read.  Just because it's considered impossible doesn't mean that it is impossible.  Confirmation of my approach to IT, in terms of "let's figure out how to do this in a way that's not so complex and time-consuming."  It just doesn't have to be that hard, really.

Tags: software development

A Lesson on How to Write a Rant

April 24, 2012 ·

Now, I'm a CFML user from way back, and it continues to be my language of choice.  In business, however, other matters impact decisions of platform and staffing, and I have hired a number of .NET programmers (including a Java programmer to do .NET).  We use only frameworks for our web apps, but nonetheless, Doug's got this Nailed.  Not only is it true for so, so many .NET programmers, but it's just a beautifully visceral and nasty rant.  Well done, Doug, well done.

Tags: ColdFusion · software development

Watch money.

April 02, 2012 ·

“Watch money. Money is the barometer of a society’s virtue.  When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion—when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing—when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors—when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you—when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice—you may know that your society is doomed.  Money is so noble a medium that it does not compete with guns and it does not make terms with brutality.  It will not permit a country to survive as half-property, half-loot.”

Not my quote, but to the point.

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