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Yesterday evening we went to a presentation on organic beekeeping at a local school library. The school was one I had never heard of -- Waldorf DC, grades K-12.

Beekeeping talk, Waldorf Schools )

Research...

Mar. 7th, 2008 12:47 pm
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Long ago I posted about some research we'd been doing on Rhea and the Korybantes. Just now I was answering an "interview" that [livejournal.com profile] siabha_maellyn had posted on her journal. One of the questions she asked was something along the lines of, "To which historical period are you the most attracted?" To answer that question, I linked to This Page about the cult of Artemis (which also mentions Rhea and the korybantes and could be thought of as a later version.) What attracted me to this particular description was the fact that the Beekeepers were the guardians the Temple of Artemis.

Then, scrolling down on that page, I noticed the following reference:

"I) ADRASTEIA Town in the Troad
Strabo, Geography 13. 1. 13 (trans. Jones) (Greek geographer C1st B.C. to C1st A.D.): "The city [of Adrasteia in the Troad] is situated between Priapos and Parion; and it has below it a plain that is named after it, in which there was an oracle of Apollon Aktaios (of the Shore) and Artemis."

Intrigued, I did a search on "Adrasteia" and came up with this Wikipedia entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adrasteia. Adrasteia was a demi-goddess whose name meant "Inescapable". She was the daughter of "Melliseus" (a bee deity) and was charged by Rhea (along with the Korybantes) to raise and protect baby Zeus who was scheduled to be killed by his father.

We're getting our first package of bees very soon (we have a hive ready to go active and they've already been ordered) - so finding this was somehow appropriate.
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The University of Maryland Department of Communication offers a minor in Rhetoric (College Park Campus). They started offering it in 2005.
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This article (dead link removed) is more interesting because of its format rather than its subject.

At first I thought it was the most disgusting thing I'd ever read, until I was part of the way through the article...

The author is using a certain style of rhetoric that is largely unfamiliar to me - that of positively expressing the *opposing* point of view in great detail, and then gradually showing how ridiculous it is, simply by expressing it in all its existing forms and in increasing detail.

In terms of trying to get a dogmatic person to think, this format sucks the unsuspecting victim in, and then drives home the author's point before the victim has a chance to shut down.

Though some would probably catch on right away, I didn't immediately suspect the approach, and was about to become entirely nauseated and irritated that such an irrational individual is still in the gene pool... But like rubbernecking traffic, I persevered until I got to the end... I can see where this format might be just sneaky enough to cause a brainwashed and dogmatic individual to think a little.
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This was interesting (from Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberal_arts)

"In the history of education, the seven liberal arts comprised two groups of studies: the trivium and the quadrivium. Studies in the trivium involved grammar, dialectic (logic), and rhetoric; and studies in the quadrivium involved arithmetic, music, geometry, and astronomy. These liberal arts made up the core curriculum of the medieval universities. The term liberal in liberal arts is from the Latin word liberalis, meaning "appropriate for free men" (social and political elites), and they were contrasted with the servile arts. The liberal arts thus initially represented the kinds of skills and general knowledge needed by the elite echelon of society, whereas the servile arts represented specialized tradesman skills and knowledge needed by persons who were employed by the elite."

I wonder if the septagram has anything to do with this.
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Top 10 words of the year according to Merriam Websters Online (emphasis is theirs):

1. integrity

Pronunciation: in-'te-gr&-tE
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English integrite, from Middle French & Latin; Middle French integrité, from Latin integritat-, integritas, from integr-, integer entire
1 : firm adherence to a code of especially moral or artistic values : INCORRUPTIBILITY
2 : an unimpaired condition : SOUNDNESS
3 : the quality or state of being complete or undivided : COMPLETENESS
synonym see HONESTY

The other 9:

2. refugee
3. contempt
4. filibuster
5. insipid
6. tsunami
7. pandemic
8. conclave
9. levee
10. inept

Oh dear. I guess whoever caused this to happen is just a little more edumacated now...
It's kind of scary to think that ordinary words I use in most debates are not known by just enough people to make these the top 10...
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Book Meme
1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next 3 sentences on your blog along with these instructions.
5. Don’t you dare dig for that “cool” or “intellectual” book in your
closet! I know you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is
closest.

So ok, here it is:

Sentence 1: The accusative case (same as the genitive) with the ending -n is also used as an object case when a) the object is defined or limited in number: Juon oluen - I drink one beer; or b) the action is in the future with an intention to complete it: Luen kirjat - I'll read the book; Ostan kartan - I'll buy a map.

Sentence 2: There is more about the object in Unit 8.

Sentence 3: Other accusative forms are the singular nominative and the plural nominative with the ending -t: Luen kirjat - I read the books; Lue kirja - Read the book.

That should have been about 10 sentences, but I used "creative grammar" to be able to complete the section...
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Minä tapaan sinut huomenna: 'I'll see you tomorrow'
Minä tapan sinut huomenna: 'I'll kill you tomorrow'

...
helen99: A windswept tree against a starlit sky (Default)
And so today we begin with a very important word:

Kahvi = Coffee

We also have Kiivi = Kiwi Fruit
not to be confused with Kivi = a stone.

asia = a thing
Aasia = Asia

appelsini = an orange

More later...

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