Author: Chuckles

Mysterious tech-minded ghost

Preparing for spring

Appropriate that these are tulips, what with the Dutch election and spring and all that:

Current advice:

How to Prepare for Spring, 1528

“Of prymtyme, and what it is. The prymtyme is hote & moyst temperatly as the ayre. This season the blode moeueth and spredeth to all the membres of the body, and the body is parfyte in temperate complexyon. In this season chekyns, kyddes, and poched egges ought to be eaten, with letuses & gotes mylke in these thre monethes. Prymetyme begynneth whan the sonne entreth the sygne of Aryes and lasteth .xcii. dayes, an houre and a halfe fro the .x. day of Marche to the .x. day of June. In this season is the best letyng of blode of ony tyme. And than is good to trauayle and to be laxatyfe. And to be bathed. And to eate suche thynges as wyll purge the bely.” — Secretum secretorum, tr.

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Greed and why we do not give

A little noted tale about more of the same:

Late last month, famine was declared in two counties of the civil-war torn East African country of South Sudan. With 100,000 people at risk for dying of starvation in that area alone and millions more on the brink of crisis-level food shortages throughout the country, South Sudanese President Salva Kiir promised “unimpeded access” to humanitarian aid organizations working there.

A few days later the South Sudanese government hiked the fee for work permits for foreign aid workers from $100 to $10,000.

Here is further information, via Tom Murphy.

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Monday quiz

Below is a number puzzle. It should be read left to right, top to bottom.

Question 1: What are the next two rows of numbers?
Question 2: How were these reached?

1 1 1 2 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 1 ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

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