John Ringo

Thursday – Was picking up the fourth book in the Garth Nix Series, "Mr. Thursday", for Emily when I saw "Ghost" by John Ringo.  Read the first few paragraphs and was hooked.  Brought it home and read the first two chapters out loud to Christopher before I had to go off to work.  He finished it that day.  Told me I had a few surprises coming… boy howdy – did I!!!  Still, a very interesting book, conservative idealogy with a twist…  but, not for the puritanical set !!
A couple of quotes of his were very interesting – I will have to follow up. 
The March of the Cambreadth –  by Heather Alexander
Winterborn – by The Cruxshadows
Reminded me of the first time I red "Rhymes of a Red Cross Man".  Those poems still get to me!!

Jewish World Review April 11, 2006 / 13 Nissan, 5766

Plato and the unwritten Haggada

By Rabbi Nathan Lopes Cardozo

With Jews the world over soon gathering around the Seder table to read the Haggada,
the story of the exodus of Egypt, it may be worthwhile to take a moment to reflect
on the art of reading.

Plato in his Phaedrus (275a-278a) and in the "Seventh Letter" (344c) questioned,
and in fact attacked, the written word as completely inadequate. This may explain
why philosophers have written such few words about the idea of "writing" although
they have extensively made use of it!

It is well known that Plato himself used to write in the form of dialogues. Moreover,
it becomes clear for anybody reading these "conversations" that his main purpose
in doing so was the fact that he wanted to hide the characteristic of these "texts"
(although it is well known that he worked for years polishing the literary form of
these dialogues) ­ Cicero maintains that Plato, being eighty-one years old,
actually died at his writing table. "Plato, scribens mortuus est".

What was Plato’s problem? Plato believed that a written word will eventually fall prey
to evil and incompetent readers who can do anything they want with the text without
the author being able to defend or explain himself.

He was afraid that the text would live its own life, independent of the author as this
characteristic of the written word. Even more interesting is his observation that a
written text actually becomes a pharmakon ­ a poison that can heal or kill,
depending on how it is used.

According to Plato, a text may be used as a prompt but will ultimately lead to
memory loss since it will make the brain idle. Years later Immanuel Kant wrote
in similar terms when he said that the "script" brought havoc on the "body of memory".


Easter Sunday – I worked roll call, so up at 4am.  Made it for Easter Lunch at Mamie’s.  Got an easter package from Grandma Sandi yesterday… filled with goodies – she is so nice!  Thank you mom!
After lunch, went by cigar shop and visited with Cliff and Big Al.  Smoked a Mambacho… life is good!
Tomorrow is meeting with Chief at 10:30 – then the tac team will go to it – more on that later 🙂
now – bedtime
Happy Easter to all!
Feliz dia de conejo
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