Friday, March 30, 2007
Thursday, March 29, 2007
Thursday, March 15, 2007
I'm off to Thailand for a short holiday. Whilst doing some research I came across the phenomenon of nicknames. More here. Here's a blog with a post about girls [slightly risque link] nicknames. I particularly liked this response after some off-colour posts: "Sorry Nick but your question is far too sensible. You are supposed to include at least one insult with every post. I think I can answer it anyway. I believe Thon-than means something that lasts a long time....enduring".
This is a Thai language resource. Link…
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
The Digital Scriptorium is an image database of medieval and renaissance manuscripts. An enhanced and expanded version was launched January 2007. The image above is a (greatly reduced in size), depiction of Christ. Link…
Monday, March 12, 2007
Friday, March 09, 2007
1. None are known prior to the thirteenth century. The first mentioned is St. Francis of Assisi.
2. There are 321 stigmatics in whom there is every reason to believe in a Divine action.
3. There are 62 saints or blessed of both sexes.
4. There were 20 stigmatics in the nineteenth century. Link…
Padre Pio. Pray, Hope. Don't Worry. Link… Pictures. Link… [updated link 9th October, 2008]
Thursday, March 08, 2007
• I speak not fiction, but what is certain and most true.
• What is below is like that which is above, and what is above is like that which is below for performing the miracle of one thing.
• And as all things were produced from one by the Meditation of one, so all things are produced from this one thing by adaptation.
• Its father is the Sun, its mother was the Moon. The wind carried it in its belly, its nurse is the earth.
• It is the cause of all perfection throughout the whole world.
• Its power is perfect if it be changed into the earth.
• Separate the earth from the fire, the subtle from the gross, gently and with judgement.
• It ascends from earth to heaven and descends again to earth; thus you will possess the glory of the whole World, and all obscurity will fly away.
• This thing is the fortitude of all fortitude, because it overcomes all subtle things, and penetrates every solid thing.
• Thus were all things created.
• Thence proceeds wonderful adaptations which are produced in this way.
• Therefore am I called Hermes Trismegistus, possessing the three parts of the philosophy of the whole World.
• What I had to say concerning the operation of the Sun is complete.
The Smaragdine Table of Hermes Trismegistus. Link…
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
The “Codices Electronici Sangallenses” (Digital Abbey Library of St. Gallen), has very high quality scans. Some of these books are the only existing copies. The text doesn't do much for me but the illustrations are wonderful. They are readily accessible by viewing the 'description' first and then clicking on the links. The four pictures here are just a small selection from an extensive collection. The first I chose because I find it bizarre that the illustrator chose to depict an accident at the site of the building of a chapel. Amongst others in this book there is also a great picture of a nun about to be set on by a hairy, horned, devil person as she tends to a bonfire of some sort. I love the expressions and the eye work in the Saints book (the second and last pictures here). I chose the Crusades picture just because it's totally dodgy. Link…