Archive for April, 2005

April 28th, 2005

Woo Hoo!!!!
Booky goodness

My Encyclopaedias arrived.

what many consider to be the best encyclopedia ever written: the eleventh edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica, first published in 1911. At a time when many encyclopedias have capsulated and condensed important knowledge, the 11th edition is generally much more in-depth and thorough on it’s topics. It is not uncommon for our entries to be 5 to 10 times the length of other encyclopedias. As a research tool, this 11th edition is unparalleled – even today. LoveToKnow is in the process of updating and editing thousands of the entries, preserving the treasured entries that make it so unique, and adding entries on new relevant topics. We hope that you enjoy and learn from the LoveToKnow Free Online Encyclopedia and that it becomes one of your favorite places for reference information.

The Eleventh Edition filled 29 volumes and contains over 44 million words. It contains over 40,000 articles written by over 1,500 authors within their various fields of expertise. What was particularly remarkable was that many of the entries were written by the most famous people of the age. As such, it was considered to represent the sum of human knowledge at the beginning of the 20th Century.

Sir Kenneth Clark, in Another Part of the Wood, wrote of the Eleventh Edition: “One leaps from one subject to another, fascinated as much by the play of mind and the idiosyncrasies of their authors as by the facts and dates. It must be the last encyclopedia in the tradition of Diderot which assumes that information can be made memorable only when it is slightly colored by prejudice. When T.S. Eliot wrote ‘Soul curled up on the window seat reading the Encyclopedia’ he was certainly thinking of the eleventh edition.”

April 27th, 2005

Nev’s back!!

Neville was in Italy at a FISAS meeting, and I’m sure he will have lots of new tricks and tips for us, just as soon as he recovers. In the meantime we are awaiting the opening of the Limerick School of Arms at its new location(pdf) in Catherine Street, conveniently across the street from our apartment. Nev has some pics up at the Limerick School of Arms site.

Nev’s other job is to make the coffee at 11:00 and after lunch. Its not the same when he is not here!

April 27th, 2005

They shoot dogs, don’t they!

The Skehill family have lost their sheepdog Monty. I always thought I got on OK with Monty, I remember when they first got her, Adrain complaining that she wasn’t much of a “self-training” sheepdog and so on. Evemntually she came good. I don’t think she thought much of me; the last few times I was in the house we didn’t get on so well and she was growling and snapping at me a lot – she only got me once though.

So now the Skehills will have to get a new sheepdog. A big ball of fluff for a few months and then a working dog.

April 21st, 2005

The great work begins! The Messenger has arrived!

It looks like Danny wants to restart the I Society

April 20th, 2005

NO ONE expects the Roman Inquisition!!!!!

Nev already made the point about the puppet master continuing to pull the strings. All I can say is that Benedict doesn’t seem to be a particularly auspicous name for popes. And most of them don’t seem to have reigned for very long. Hopefully that will be the case here as well.

nev: Have we a new Pope yet
mgb: Yep! Its Ratzinger. Benedict XVI
nev: Meh!
mgb: I keep going through the Benedicts, trying to remember which one was evil
nev: This one!!

April 19th, 2005

Consuming Bandwidth…

All Consuming is a handy site to track what you and others are reading etc. And its free!! I turn it on every once in a while when I am thinking of somehow cataloging my book collection.

This time though it has crucified the download page for the blog. So off it goes again.

I wonder if the problem is the Javascript stuff. The old code is

script
language=”javascript” type=”text/javascript” src=”http://www.allconsuming.net/xml/users/currently_reading.mgb.js”
/script

And yields

The New code is

script
language=”javascript” type=”text/javascript” src=”http://www.allconsuming.net/person/mgb/js/all/3″
/script

and yields

I notice its not so bad loading in a post, just in the sidebar. So if anyone out there has any ideas. Some help would be appreciated.

April 18th, 2005

For Ronan.

His very own Conservative Campaign poster.

April 18th, 2005

Immortal Cogitations

The further adventures of Enoch Root, aka The Wandering Jew, aka Le Comte de Saint Germain, aka Nev(!!!) can be found here. And in the sidebar, now that Le Comte’s blog seems to be alive and has people lobbying for it.

I am not so sure that Nev is the latest incarnation of Le Comte. He has the whole ageless thing going on and is a handy man with a sword But Le Comte was also a storyteller of some renown and Nev’s style, while unique, takes some getting used to!!!!!

April 15th, 2005

We WON!!!!!!

More or less. Only 1117 students voted in the ban coke Referendum. As a turnout of at least 1945 students was neccesary to acheive a quorum (of that the yes side needed 66% or 1295 votes for the referendum to be passed) the referendum was declared to be invalid. Having said that the students union counted the votes anyway. The final tally was



YES NO
433 votes (39.6%) 659 votes (60.4%)

So as the NO campaign, we consider that our job was well done. Not only did the YES campaign fail to get enough people to vote to get a quorum, they didn’t even win a majority of those that did vote.

Anne Sheridan was elected CCO, beating Val Gunner.

April 14th, 2005

Vote for ME!!!

Or at least for the Liberal Democrats, thats if you are Jamie and/or Hilary and live (and vote) in England or elsewhere in the UK

Who should I vote for?

Your expected outcome:

Liberal Democrat

Your actual outcome:

Labour -18
Conservative -55
Liberal Democrat 66
UK Independence Party -55
Green -15

You should vote: Liberal Democrat

The LibDems take a strong stand against tax cuts and a strong one in favour of public services: they would make long-term residential care for the elderly free across the UK, and scrap university tuition fees. They are in favour of a ban on smoking in public places, but would relax laws on cannabis. They propose to change vehicle taxation to be based on usage rather than ownership.

Take the test at Who Should You Vote For