Archive for October 22nd, 2012

October 22, 2012

Write to discover what you believe

The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe.

Gustave Flaubert

October 22, 2012

Odin’s Ravens and my Asus Transformer

I bought an Asus Transformer last January and we haven’t had a good relationship. I’ve lost 2 (really!) power chargers and recently was sure it wasn’t recharging – and didn’t use it for months till a technically-oriented friend got it going again. He politely said maybe it had to be charged directly through the tablet (which he did not knowing I usually charged through the keyboard).

More than anything I’ve just had a hard time adjusting to the Android operating system which I know many people love and also the tiny keyboard (I can type really, really fast on a “normal” keyboard).

Now it’s working again, I decided we might work together better if I named it. In case you don’t know, the transformer looks like a little netbook until you pull it apart and it becomes a tablet (read: “iPad”.)  The cool thing is that each part charges up and the keyboard operates a bit like an extra battery.  And although I may complain about the small keyboard, it *is* a keyboard at least!

I have decided to name it after the Ravens in Norse mythology:

In Norse mythologyHuginn (from Old Norse “thought”[1]) and Muninn (Old Norse “memory”[2] or “mind”[3]) are a pair of ravens that fly all over the world, Midgard, and bring the god Odin information. (Click here for more from wikipedia including images.)

Messing with Norse mythology might be risky, but since I’ve been incorporating (in-crow-porating) corvids into my artwork for quite some time and I have sunglasses from Corvus Fittings (gift from son), I’m hoping it’ll be a creative and respectful relationship. Stay tuned.

October 22, 2012

Dewey Decimal question

Why is poetry categorized as non-fiction but short stories as fiction?

Best answer found on wikianswers:

Books on poetry are found in the 800s in the “1”s — with the tens number representing the language in which the poetry is written. For example, 811 is American poetry, 821 is British poetry, 831 is German, 841 is French, 851 Italian, 861 Spanish, 871 Latin, 881 Greek and the rest of the languages are lumped into the 890s (the Dewey Decimal system was invented in Europe and is extremely Eurocentric in its categorizations).

New question: What are those “other” languages and when were they categorized?

And… where is Canadian poetry put – somewhere between American and British?

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