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.

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October 26, 2000 ·

Well, it looked briefly like Andrew's latest TV phase may have begun to fade a bit.  Given his propensity for serious intellectualism, we don't generally worry about it too much; can't hurt him to have a little down time either.  There's always a bit of Alvin and the Chipmunks first thing, and then some Bugs & Daffy right before bed, but when the weather's beautiful, like today, he's as likely to spend his time outside getting dirty.

Trucks are still the main squeeze, whether little ones indoors or the mountains-o'-plastic outside.  For that matter, if I'm sitting here at the computer, he's often at the desk next to me on the other computer playing Tonka computer games.  Boys.  Go fig.  We're assuming that his brother will be the same, but of course that probably just means they'll be night and day.  4 weeks and counting till Due Date.

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Andrew Fisher Fan Club

October 15, 2000 ·

We've been meaning to get an Andrew site up for a long time now, and here it finally is.  Our next step is to get a batch of photos scanned in, but 1 step at a time, I think.

What's he up to lately?  Well, computer games mostly.  Seems that he's got a few new Tonka interactive CDs, and they're dominating his time at the moment.  Luckily, preschool has just started up again, though, so he's not a complete slug.  His buddy Evan is in the same class again this year, so he's pretty psyched.  His class meets from 12:30 - 2:30 in the afternoon Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, which is great for him.  I think this year he could even handle going everyday, but we certainly don't have the time right now, so we'll take it as is.

He and his friend Evan ride to school together everyday (Sue drives them both on Mon. and Fri., and Evan's mom Susan drives them on Wed.), and they have a blast together.  The big thing at the moment is spending a good deal of time under the tree behind the school after class throwing dirt on each other's heads while the moms chat.  4 words: rings around the tub.

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It's actually up

October 15, 2000 ·

So, I had the site set up before I could actually get any content into the backend. That's typical though, isn't it? For all those new to wanax.com, and to Mycenaean philology, welcome! As most of the folks who find this site know, this is really only the front door to our personal little world. For those without a password, this front door may turn into Jason's weblog, but time being fleet as it is, who knows ... it may never happen :-)

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