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: April 2012

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.

Tags: politics

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