Flat Earth Catalogue


Advice on choral warmups.

Cassandra Wilson, New Moon Daughter. Ella Fitzgerald, anything. Kurt Elling's 'Nature Boy'. Any Marsalis. Erroll Garner. Wes Montgomery.

Not enough just to listen? Agreed. Jazz-primer.com is oriented towards guitar, but has lots of clearly explained theory -- probably the best I've seen yet. Need to (a) start learning a chorded instrument, and (b) work through that site. There's also more on chord extensions and substitution in a very good summary form, together with a scale-over-chord recommendations summary (incomplete). And here's excellent theory lessons using PHP and Flash, from ground zero up through lots of stuff I need to know (progressions, cadences, when to use inversions), with printable charts at the end of each lesson. Ear-trainers for chords, scales, and modes, too. Smashing. I really ought to acquire a copy of Edwin Gordon and David Woods' Jump Right In curriculum too.


Recipies from Thailand! On an incredible travelblog.

Musica Russica carries sheet music and CDs of choral / religious / classical / folk works from all over Eastern Europe.

Full up-to-date Latin Mass of the Roman Catholic Church, with interlinear English glosses. There is also a broadly polyglot collection of prayers on the site,

Vispassana meditation is a seeking not only for shining times of tranquility, but for the permanent, everyday lessening of illusion. That concept rings well with me as a Saint, especially as one who is persuaded (with the Thereveda Buddhists) that humans at their innermost selves are holy and bright, but blocked off from that source by the destructive illusion of the self. This book is a simply-written guide to practice. Ritual is eliminated, theory is minimized, it is about how to do. I think I'd enjoy it much.

Jacques Lusseyrand's Let There Be Light seems to address the same subject, though he is not a Buddhist at all.

Either of these, or both, would go well into study with Bonds and with reciprocality.org.

All of them involve ways to be in the world and yet not of it. Gospel of Thomas: Jesus said, 'Become passers-by. 'Tibetan Book of the Dead: 'O nobly born, let not thy mind be distracted.'

Slavic culture: Art and Edibles

Beautiful resource for making pysanky. Mmm, traditional Ukrainian art. The extras section of the site also has recipes! The pel'meni / varennyky dough is just what I need. (One batch of that to about a pound of ground meat.)


Here Paul Graham examines the convergence of programming languages on something resembling Lisp. This, he says, is because Lisp was a theory of computing that incidentally got implemented, whereas (e.g.) Fortran was a theory of making-the-box-do-stuff that needed to be refined to match how people think (compute).

A Better Plan for Spam improves the input to naive Bayesian filtering, by improving token parsing, identifying special contexts for tokens (such as the subject line or the start of a sentence), and 'defaulting' to similar known tokens when a found token has no match. He refers also to CRM114, which takes the token list, slides a five-token window over it, and, for each combination of the first token and any of the four others, calculates a one-way hash. The ones from spam and those not thence go into different corpora, and the Bayesian filter goes at it. That algorithm has even been used for USENET filtering (successfully, I might add). Anyone to put it into an RSS reader?

Allconsuming.net watches weblogs.com, checks updated pages for Amazon links, and calcuates what people are starting to read lately. Also maintains lists of each user's have-read, now-reading, will-read, and favorites lists. Future versions will have individualized social-network-based stuff. Cool.

Les Orchard explains the tech behind decafbad.com, in the discussion section of this fine page on blosxom / TWiki.

Linux on bootable floppies. Some folks know how to put together a tight OS. Any admin information you could ask for, you'll likely find sooner or later on librenix.com.

Useful Information Inc. covers several very interesting web technologies, most XML- and especially RDF-based.

The Linguist List has assembled lots and lots of smachni recipies in the Linguist cookbook. Famous blogger Meg Hourihan has posted a few recipies herself. And when you don't want to get so fancy, well, there's Cooking for Losers.

Intratext has many Biblical resources in English and other languages, including apocrypha / pseudepigrapha. Resources too on Buddhism, Hindu, Islam. Example: Gospels in Esperanto, online, w/ concordance.

Bibliography for the study of Biblical Hebrew lists all the finest resources I knew and several more I now covet.


Urdu meters. Another site. Syllables are short or long depending on their vowel or closedness (vowels e and o can be used as either), and then the syllable weights are patterned in feet and the feet in lines. Line breaks or caesurae in certain lines may be preceded by an extra short syllable.

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Hard-won technical knowledge, old rants, and broken links from 10 years ago. I should not have to explain this in the 21st century, but no, I do not actually believe the world is flat.