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.

Entries for month: October 2008

Pirates in the recession

October 17, 2008 ·

Yeah, this is not about pirtatical behavior by greedy asses who helped cause the coming economic mess, this is about taking a pirate's approach to guiding your company's strategy in and through the coming mess.  Read the whole piece on Chris Brogan's blog, but the kernel of it is thinking of the company as pirates think of their ships: not the prize, but just the means to get everyone to the prize from where you are now.

"Forget the ship. Don’t preserve the ship. Go after the prize. Take on the far more dangerous-but-rewarding stance of seeking the treasure. If you’re a company, set the targets and launch your ships. If you’re one of the pirates, look for the reward, not the larger story."

Dangerous advice, but yet sensible, I think.

Tags: politics

Disgust that exceeds all reason

October 15, 2008 ·

Peter Schiff nails the foobar'd nature of our current economic and political direction.  Folks, this is serious stuff and seriously bad.  When it all crumbles, and it will all crumble, do not say you weren't warned.  What do we do about it?  That I don't know, but when the pressure truly comes, I think this country is still strong enough to reform all of this crap ... I pray to God that it's still strong enough.

From the San Diego Union Tribune.

(hat tip: Michelle)

Tags: politics


October 15, 2008 ·

Thanks to Dan Vega for posting this brilliant gem, linked back to!

Ben Forta (The ColdFusion Evangelist for Adobe) on who should NOT use ColdFusion:

Click this link for the video


Tags: ColdFusion · software development

Fun With Hurricanes

October 05, 2008 ·

Just ran across this blog post on living with the after-effects of Ike.  Sure it applies to any major storm, as many of these entries even apply here in Cinci where "all we got" were super-high winds.

Really, really funny!

Tags: miscellany

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