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Posts tagged ‘history’

Hyracotherium, Guest Post

I love it when my friends travel & bring back blog posts. Welcome Michelle.

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Photos by Michelle Duplichien.
Houston Museum of Natural Science
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Spotted is a big fan of equid history.

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Spotted in Boston
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Previous Travel Posts by Michelle
NACHS Recovery Day 1 Disney zebras, Orlando FL
Driftwood Disaster Statue Biloxi MS
Mardi Gras Parades, A Guest Post Metairie LA

Thank you for reading,
Katherine Walcott

Thanksgiving 2016

Happy Thanksgiving! Happy Thursday!

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Thanksgiving Posts
2012 A Horse’s Thanksgiving
2013 Life’s Mysteries
2014 Hay Bale Art: Thanksgiving 2014
2015 Show Tweets, Georgia Fall Classic 2015

Hay Roll Posts
Snowman
A Couple of Hay Rolls
Foto Friday: Hay Rolls
Hay Bale Art: Thanksgiving 2014
Alternative Uses For A Hayroll

Department of Historical Veracity
If you are celebrating thankfulness, that’s great. Rock on. If you are celebrating the “First Thanksgiving,” be aware that American history is problematic. At best. Cracked: 6 Ridiculous Lies You Believe About the Founding of America. Squanto is discussed in point #2. Spoiler alert: despite the source and the flippant title, this is not a happy article.

Thank you for reading,
Katherine Walcott

Foto Friday: Sloss Furnaces

Spotted joined me for my most recent photo class at Sloss Furnaces.

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Photos by Meg McKinney

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Katherine Walcott

Letter Art: Runic, Kinda

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Inspired by a passage from The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown,

Runic alphabets are composed solely of straight lines. Their letters are called runes and were often used for carving in stone because curves were too difficult to chisel. Audio CD/p123, Google Books

Or not.

Brown is admirable for his ability to spin a tale; less so for his research acumen. (Google “Dan Brown accuracy” if you want to watch history buffs frothing at the mouth.) Images of capitalis monumentalis show that ancient Romans were perfectly capable of carving curves. The Wiki entry for capitalis monumentalis, or Roman square capitals, shows the inscription on the Arch of Titus, c. 81 AD, with lovely, round Ds, Os, and Ps. In Brown’s defense, I have heard the same argument from a professor to explain why V was used instead of U, which the Arch of Titus does in “SENATVS” right above a plump, juicy O. But I have wandered from the point.

Furthermore, I took liberties with the concept. Runic alphabets are not a type but a specific set of related alphabets,

The Runic alphabet is thought to have been modelled on the Latin and/or Etruscan alphabet … The earliest known Runic inscriptions date from the 1st century AD, but the vast majority of Runic inscriptions date from the 11th century … Types of runic inscriptions include: ‘Hrolf was here’ type inscriptions on cliff walls, large rocks and buildings. Omniglot

Or, I could be in error in either case. As Brown says later in the same passage,

“Google” is not a synonym for “research.” –/p124, ibid

That last bit about “Hrolf was here” cracks me up. Historical discussion often overlooks the fact that people do things for a goof, just as much then as now.

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Katherine Walcott