Early Modern

{"content":{"id":372,"title":"Andrew Graham Renaissance","body":"\u003cimg src=\"/uploads/12d.jpg\" class=\"card-image small\"\u003e\r\n\u003cbr\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\r\nA six part series on the Renaissance, which apparently has never been rerun or released on DVD *cough*. All I could find on it was a review from the Telegraph which is ranty, dishonest, and poorly-argued even by \"Hitler was left-wing\" Telegraph standards. (\"standards\").\r\n\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cbr\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\r\nPleasantly-written narration, good camera work, and tasteful pacing make this both extremely relaxing and extremely exciting. I couldn't recommend it more strongly.\r\n\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","publication_date":"2018-12-01T00:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2018-11-18T03:24:50.000Z","updated_at":"2018-11-24T17:04:22.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":5},"tags":"\u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=pictures\"\u003epictures\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=italy\"\u003eitaly\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=belgium\"\u003ebelgium\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=renaissance\"\u003erenaissance\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=baroque\"\u003ebaroque\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=joy\"\u003ejoy\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=mannerism\"\u003emannerism\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=early_modern\"\u003eearly_modern\u003c/a\u003e"}

Andrew Graham Renaissance


A six part series on the Renaissance, which apparently has never been rerun or released on DVD *cough*. All I could find on it was a review from the Telegraph which is ranty, dishonest, and poorly-argued even by "Hitler was left-wing" Telegraph standards. ("standards").


Pleasantly-written narration, good camera work, and tasteful pacing make this both extremely relaxing and extremely exciting. I couldn't recommend it more strongly.

{"content":{"id":238,"title":"18-08-26 Weekly Links","body":"\u003cul\u003e\r\n\u003cli\u003e\r\nI hate to keep linking these, but I really love Keith E. Wrightson's lectures. \u003ca href=\"https://youtu.be/GPyNc0kd2z4\" target=\"_blank\"\u003eHere's one on Elizabeth I's religious policies\u003c/a\u003e.\r\n\u003c/li\u003e\r\n\u003cli\u003e\r\n\u003ca href=\"https://archive.gameswithwords.org/WhichEnglish/\" target=\"_blank\"\u003eAn MIT web app to guess what kind of English you speak\u003c/a\u003e. It guessed mine better than most human native speakers would.\r\n\u003c/li\u003e\r\n\u003cli\u003e\r\n\u003ca href=\"https://i.imgur.com/dL9TSwK.gifv\" target=\"_blank\"\u003eA beautiful abstraction\u003c/a\u003e.\r\n\u003c/li\u003e\r\n\u003c/ul\u003e","publication_date":"2018-08-26T00:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2018-08-22T23:24:14.000Z","updated_at":"2018-08-29T02:07:04.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":null},"tags":"\u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=weekly_links\"\u003eweekly_links\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=early_modern\"\u003eearly_modern\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=language\"\u003elanguage\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=english\"\u003eenglish\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=england\"\u003eengland\u003c/a\u003e"}

18-08-26 Weekly Links

{"content":{"id":206,"title":"Odysseus and Penelope - Francesco Primaticcio","body":"\u003cimg src=\"/uploads/8a.jpg\" class=\"card-image\"\u003e","publication_date":"2018-08-09T00:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2018-08-02T02:40:50.000Z","updated_at":"2018-08-02T02:40:50.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":null},"tags":"\u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=pictures\"\u003epictures\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=greece\"\u003egreece\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=love\"\u003elove\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=italy\"\u003eitaly\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=mannerism\"\u003emannerism\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=mythology\"\u003emythology\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=early_modern\"\u003eearly_modern\u003c/a\u003e"}

Odysseus and Penelope - Francesco Primaticcio

{"content":{"id":212,"title":"Silence (2016)","body":"\u003cimg src=\"/uploads/90.jpg\" class=\"card-image\"\u003e\r\n\u003cbr\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eHere are some Jewish people being massacred in Lisbon's main square. Notice the people up front. As key members of the Portuguese Inquisition, Portuguese Jesuits and other mendicant friars searched out hidden Jewish communities, who were massacred upon discovery. This went on from 1531 to 1773. The fact that the Portuguese Jesuit characters in this film were witnessing Buddhists doing to Christians what Jesuits did to Jews in Portugal was either intentional or unintentional irony. Scorsese never lets on.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eIt's a very well-made movie, but the main character is not believable as a 17th century Jesuit. Every aspect of his character bleeds with modern thinking, and there's no getting past that for me.\u003c/p\u003e","publication_date":"2018-08-06T12:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2018-08-05T14:56:06.000Z","updated_at":"2019-06-17T15:53:17.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":2},"tags":"\u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=movies\"\u003emovies\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=reviews\"\u003ereviews\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=early_modern\"\u003eearly_modern\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=japan\"\u003ejapan\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=portugal\"\u003eportugal\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=scorsese\"\u003escorsese\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=seventeenth_century\"\u003eseventeenth_century\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=religion\"\u003ereligion\u003c/a\u003e"}

Silence (2016)


Here are some Jewish people being massacred in Lisbon's main square. Notice the people up front. As key members of the Portuguese Inquisition, Portuguese Jesuits and other mendicant friars searched out hidden Jewish communities, who were massacred upon discovery. This went on from 1531 to 1773. The fact that the Portuguese Jesuit characters in this film were witnessing Buddhists doing to Christians what Jesuits did to Jews in Portugal was either intentional or unintentional irony. Scorsese never lets on.

It's a very well-made movie, but the main character is not believable as a 17th century Jesuit. Every aspect of his character bleeds with modern thinking, and there's no getting past that for me.

{"content":{"id":211,"title":"Prometheus Unbound - Percy Shelley","body":"\u003cimg src=\"/uploads/8f.jpg\" class=\"card-image\"\u003e\r\n\u003cbr\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThis painting accurately represents the pain of the boredom I felt when reading this book. I can't believe someone read \u003ca href=\"https://sananab.ca/posts/124\" target=\"_blank\"\u003ePrometheus Bound\u003c/a\u003e and thought this was the direction the story was supposed to take.\u003c/p\u003e","publication_date":"2018-08-05T12:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2018-08-04T16:29:57.000Z","updated_at":"2018-08-15T00:47:08.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":1},"tags":"\u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=romanticism\"\u003eromanticism\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=baroque\"\u003ebaroque\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=early_modern\"\u003eearly_modern\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=mythology\"\u003emythology\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=ancient\"\u003eancient\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=books\"\u003ebooks\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=reviews\"\u003ereviews\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=belgium\"\u003ebelgium\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=greece\"\u003egreece\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=pictures\"\u003epictures\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=england\"\u003eengland\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=prometheus\"\u003eprometheus\u003c/a\u003e"}

Prometheus Unbound - Percy Shelley


This painting accurately represents the pain of the boredom I felt when reading this book. I can't believe someone read Prometheus Bound and thought this was the direction the story was supposed to take.

{"content":{"id":204,"title":"18-08-05 Weekly Links","body":"\u003cimg src=\"/uploads/8e.jpg\" class=\"card-image\"\u003e\r\n\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\r\n\u003cul\u003e\r\n\u003cli\u003e\r\n\u003ca href=\"https://el-tramo.be/blog/waforth/\" target=\"_blank\"\u003eA Dynamic Forth Compiler For Web Assembly\u003c/a\u003e. I think we're going to start getting a lot of weird, cool, and useful stuff out of Web Assembly in the coming years.\r\n\u003c/li\u003e\r\n\u003cli\u003e\r\nI'm still really loving the Yale series of lectures on Early Modern England, which I've featured in weekly links a couple times now. Particularly good is \u003ca href=\"https://youtu.be/2nfTp0wURtY\" target=\"_blank\"\u003eThe Structures Of Power\u003c/a\u003e. The video is really messed up, so I listened to it while playing relaxing \u003ca href=\"https://worldofsolitaire.com/\" target=\"_blank\"\u003eonline solitaire\u003c/a\u003e.\r\n\u003c/li\u003e\r\n\u003cli\u003e\r\n\u003ca href=\"https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Bell_of_Dhammazedi\" target=\"_blank\"\u003ePossibly the largest bell to have ever existed\u003c/a\u003e, cast in Burma, was accidentally sunk to the bottom of a river when a 17th century rogue Portuguese warlord tried to steal it.\r\n\u003c/li\u003e\r\n\u003cli\u003e\r\nSpeaking of the seventeenth century, I knew Leibniz discovered calculus, and that he was a famous and awful philosopher, but one of his most important discoveries to modern math and computer science is almost never talked about. \u003ca href=\"http://www.leibniz-translations.com/binary.htm\" target=\"_blank\"\u003eLeibniz also discovered binary arithmetic\u003c/a\u003e and semi-indirectly encouraged people to play with different numeral systems. \u003cbr\u003e\r\n\u003cbr\u003e\r\nIn that article Leibniz talks about Fuxi, the snake demigod. In Chinese mythology, Fuxi and his sister/wife Nüwa (both pictured above) were the father and mother of earth, and the original creators of human beings. Among their many gifts to humanity, Fuxi was thought to have created the original structure of the Yijing (hence the binary counting), as well as the first sentence of every chapter.\r\n\u003c/li\u003e\r\n\u003c/ul\u003e","publication_date":"2018-08-05T00:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2018-08-01T14:39:08.000Z","updated_at":"2018-08-05T02:04:00.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":null},"tags":"\u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=weekly_links\"\u003eweekly_links\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=programming\"\u003eprogramming\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=early_modern\"\u003eearly_modern\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=china\"\u003echina\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=mathematics\"\u003emathematics\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=myanmar\"\u003emyanmar\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=portugal\"\u003eportugal\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=tang_dynasty\"\u003etang_dynasty\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=mythology\"\u003emythology\u003c/a\u003e"}

18-08-05 Weekly Links



  • A Dynamic Forth Compiler For Web Assembly. I think we're going to start getting a lot of weird, cool, and useful stuff out of Web Assembly in the coming years.
  • I'm still really loving the Yale series of lectures on Early Modern England, which I've featured in weekly links a couple times now. Particularly good is The Structures Of Power. The video is really messed up, so I listened to it while playing relaxing online solitaire.
  • Possibly the largest bell to have ever existed, cast in Burma, was accidentally sunk to the bottom of a river when a 17th century rogue Portuguese warlord tried to steal it.
  • Speaking of the seventeenth century, I knew Leibniz discovered calculus, and that he was a famous and awful philosopher, but one of his most important discoveries to modern math and computer science is almost never talked about. Leibniz also discovered binary arithmetic and semi-indirectly encouraged people to play with different numeral systems.

    In that article Leibniz talks about Fuxi, the snake demigod. In Chinese mythology, Fuxi and his sister/wife Nüwa (both pictured above) were the father and mother of earth, and the original creators of human beings. Among their many gifts to humanity, Fuxi was thought to have created the original structure of the Yijing (hence the binary counting), as well as the first sentence of every chapter.
{"content":{"id":187,"title":"18-07-29 Weekly Links","body":"\u003cul\u003e\r\n\u003cli\u003e\r\n\u003ca href=\"https://github.com/dylanbeattie/rockstar\" target=\"_blank\"\u003eThe Rockstar Programming Language\u003c/a\u003e sounds like just another esoteric programming language, but read the first few paragraphs.\u003c/a\u003e\r\n\u003c/li\u003e\r\n\u003cli\u003e\r\nAn Oxford lecture on \u003ca href=\"http://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/old-english-context-lecture-3-religion-and-magic\" target=\"_blank\"\u003eReligion And Magic In Early Medieval England\u003c/a\u003e. It's a pretty good series overall (and short), but I especially enjoyed this one.\r\n\u003c/li\u003e\r\n\u003cli\u003e\r\n\u003ca href=\"https://www.jwz.org/blog/2018/07/low-bandwidth-makes-arty-jpegs/\" target=\"_blank\"\u003eLow Bandwidth Makes Arty JPEGs\u003c/a\u003e has some deep knowledge from jwz.\r\n\u003c/li\u003e\r\n\u003cli\u003e\r\n\u003ca href=\"https://www.sandimetz.com/blog/2016/1/20/the-wrong-abstraction\" target=\"_blank\"\u003eThe Wrong Abstraction\u003c/a\u003e is an excellent article by the author of one of my favourite programming books of all time. I'm a pretty cynical person, but if Sandi Metz wanted to start a crazy cult I would join it unquestioningly.\r\n\u003c/li\u003e\r\n\u003cli\u003e\r\n\u003ca href=\"https://youtu.be/f-qdApVXVS0\" target=\"_blank\"\u003eYale Lecture On Community In Early Modern England\u003c/a\u003e. Even if you're not interested in history, listen to the first ten minutes where he talks about the connotations of the word 'community' in different contexts.\r\n\u003c/li\u003e\r\n\u003c/ul\u003e","publication_date":"2018-07-29T00:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2018-07-22T17:14:55.000Z","updated_at":"2018-07-29T18:43:42.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":null},"tags":"\u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=weekly_links\"\u003eweekly_links\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=programming\"\u003eprogramming\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=hype\"\u003ehype\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=middle_ages\"\u003emiddle_ages\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=early_modern\"\u003eearly_modern\u003c/a\u003e"}

18-07-29 Weekly Links

{"content":{"id":160,"title":"18-07-08 Weekly Links","body":"\u003cbr\u003e\r\n\u003cul\u003e\r\n\u003cli\u003e\r\n\u003ca href=\"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxjKJ3JgXvc\" target=\"_blank\"\u003eYale lecture on day-to-day life in 16th century England\u003c/a\u003e. At one point, he describes a large wooden crane powered by a giant running wheel with a woman inside.\r\n\u003c/li\u003e\r\n\u003cli\u003e\r\n\u003ca href=\"https://htmlpen.com/george/illusion-clock/\" target=\"_blank\"\u003eOptical illusion clock\u003c/a\u003e.\r\n\u003c/li\u003e\r\n\u003cli\u003e\r\n\u003ca href=\"https://www.artima.com/weblogs/viewpost.jsp?thread=24807\" target=\"_blank\"\u003eWorse is worse\u003c/a\u003e. Revisiting the old East Coast vs West Coast programmer beef. Not pointed out: Most of the West Coast stuff was originally made in New Jersey, and Tupac mainly grew up in New York.\r\n\u003c/li\u003e\r\n\u003cli\u003e\r\nFacebook is apparently required to have a scandal every three months. This time, they are \u003ca href=\"https://www.xda-developers.com/whatsapp-sends-cease-desist-apps-native-android-api/\" target=\"_blank\"\u003esuing people for using free tools developed and released by Google\u003c/a\u003e.\r\n\u003c/li\u003e\r\n\u003c/ul\u003e","publication_date":"2018-07-08T00:00:00.000Z","created_at":"2018-07-01T19:46:22.000Z","updated_at":"2018-07-06T21:47:02.000Z","user_id":1,"rating":null},"tags":"\u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=weekly_links\"\u003eweekly_links\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=uk\"\u003euk\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=early_modern\"\u003eearly_modern\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=time\"\u003etime\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=two_pack\"\u003etwo_pack\u003c/a\u003e \u003ca class=\"changeable-title\" href=\"/q?tag=trimonthly_facebook_scandal\"\u003etrimonthly_facebook_scandal\u003c/a\u003e"}

18-07-08 Weekly Links