Brouillant, not quite so rampant

Stylized astrological symbol Leo
Leo Major and Leo Minor constellations
“Leo Major and Leo Minor”, plate 20 in Urania’s Mirror, a set of celestial cards accompanied by A familiar treatise on astronomy … by Jehoshaphat Aspin. London. Astronomical chart, 1 print on layered paper board : etching, hand-colored. US Library of Congress, via Commons.Wikimedia.Org

The younger cat spent the night at the Vet last night. Tonight she is home, feeling perhaps a bit fragile, but quite as obstreperous as usual come meal time. Hence her name.

It amuses me to think of her pretending to be Leo, the astrological symbol.

Side project – obituary transcriber

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One of my hobbies is working with the MNGenWeb Project, specifically I manage the Marshall County web genealogy information site.

Or, that is, I would be managing the site, but all the time I have available for that is being eaten by transcribing hundreds of obituaries into WordPress and manually linking them to cemetery entries. And if I ever complete that task I have a couple thousand headstone images to upload and link appropriately.

Which is why I would really really like to build an api for cemeteries/memorials which could store all this information and retrieve it on demand.

Father William

Three bears at table

“You are old, father William,” the young man cried,
“And pleasures with youth pass away.
And yet you lament not the days that are gone;
Now tell me the reason, I pray.”

“In the days of my youth,” father William replied,
“I remember’d that youth could not last;
I thought of the future, whatever I did,
That I never might grieve for the past.” – Robert Southey

Not a phrase from the You are Old, Father William poem were expecting? Too bad. Lewis Carroll was parodying Southey’s The Old Man’s Comforts and How He Gained Them.

You may not think you know Southey, yet you have almost certainly read him and if you have read English literature at all you have seen his influence. His Horatio Nelson was the touchstone biography of the Hero for more than a century, his works with the other Lakes poets, especially The Fall of Robespierre, influential far beyond the shores of England. His collaboration and promotion of Davison’s 1817 edition of Sir Thomas Mallory’s Le Morte D’Arthur made it the standard edition for the work until the mid-20th century.

But his story which moulded your mind is The Story of the Three Bears, better known with the addition of Goldilocks. Even more pervasive than Alice.