Monday, August 4, 2008

Round-Up: August 4

Thanks to everybody who provided feedback on the poll (you can see the results here); the vocabulary and grammar blogs were new this summer, and it looks like I need to make a more concerted effort to keep those up during the school year! Blogging is a bit like putting messages into bottles and casting them out to sea - I hadn't realized the grammar and vocabulary were of good general use, so I will definitely put more of a priority on them. Thanks for the feedback - and the poll is still open for anyone who wants to chime in.

Also, Google person, are you out there? My blog is still flagged as spam which is really a headache; I hope it will be reviewed soon! Thank you! (I see this was a result of an error in the system, as explained in the Blogger blog, but I don't understand why I have not been unblocked.)

Meanwhile, here are today's blog posts: Proverbs: Here is the audio for 10 more Latin proverbs from Latin Via Proverbs - just the audio, but there is a link to a page where you can get English translations and commentary on the proverbs, too. Today's group includes a great saying about what I like to call the "blame game" in English: Qui vult caedere canem, facile invenit fustem.

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Ἀνάγκῃ οὐδὲ θεοὶ μάχονται (English: Not even the gods can fight against necessity). You can use the Javascript to include the Greek proverb of the day automatically each day on your webpage, blog, or wiki - and each Greek proverb also comes with a Latin version.

Vulgate Verses. The Vulgate Verses book is now available (from Lulu Publishers), and I'm commenting on various verses included in that book for their special qualities in Latin. Today's verse is this very wise saying from Ecclesiastes: Melior est pugillus cum requie quam plena utraque manus cum labore, which features a nice use of parallelism in the noun phrases.

How-To Technology Tips. Today's technology tip is about Word Count Plus - a great little add-on for the Firefox browser.

Latin Via Fables: Today I've added an image slideshow to the blog! It is for Perry 332, the story of the mischievous dog, along with a Latin version from Jacobs & Doering. I've got about a dozen different illustrations in the slideshow; here is one of them:

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