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: February 2012

thoughts on programming ... and life

February 27, 2012 ·

Zen and the art of programming is certainly not a new concept, but the stuff in this post really is quite solid.  #s 4 and 5 probably inform the other 8 points he makes, in my opinion.

Tags: software development · miscellany

Web Dev Explained

February 18, 2012 ·

As the author admits, it's rather labored, but it's still a brilliant romp through the land of Web Design & Development through the lens of early AD&D.  Outstanding.

Tags: software development

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