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Monday, August 19, 2013

Fredrik Swahn

Quest for Camelot - The Prayer

Viva La Vida

Djingis Khan (Dschinghis Khan)

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Friday, July 19, 2013

An old TED talk on the E-Cat by the late Sergio Focardi

There are TED meetings being held in various parts of the world these days.  At a TED conference held in Bologna on October 14, 2011, Sergio Focardi, Emeritus Physics Professor of the University of Bologna, and collaborator with Andrea Rossi on developing the energy catalzyer, presented a talk on his work of the E-Cat entitled “L’E-cat e la fusione nucleare con il Nichel e l’Idrogeno”.  The English translation of the title is “The E-Cat and Fusion with Nickel and Hydrogen"

Monday, July 15, 2013

Stuck in a 2009 Timewarp

If anyone missed the music from the summer of 2009, now is a good time to catch up.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Linda Bengtzing

Linda sometimes has blonde hair, sometimes black and sometimes in between. No black in this selection of videos.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

The Definition of Cool

I could not find a good definition of the word, cool, so I made up my own.

Swedes worry when they say “kul” meaning fun or funny, people will think they mean cool. Cool has come to mean “quite pleasantly acceptable in the current social context”, but dictionaries generally claim ignorance of what it really means.  In Danish, kul derives from Old Norse, “kol”, meaning coal in both languages.   Based on the old Anglo-Saxon meaning, English, as well as,in German, “kühl“, and Dutch, “ koel”, it still has the meaning of a “pleasantly low temperature” as distinct from chilly. In French, “col”, means col from the Latin word, “collum” meaning neck. When the word, “cool” appears in French or Swedish text, it means the English word.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Adding up the "ands" in the World

The story of “and” and “also”.  I was wondering when "also" became "and", but I kept thinking about  taihuntaihundaukanhund or  10X10=100. Why can't language be like that?

Gothic                   jah  meaning “and”;  auk meaning “also” or "but", aukan meaning "to add", og meaning "I fear"
Finnish                 ja      (gotiikka vaikutus?)
Saxon                    and / ond / und   (various spellings all meaning “and’ as do the others below:)
Old Norsk            ok 
Gutnish                 u  from Gothic "uh"
Old Swedish       oc
Swedish                och
Danish, etc         og         (Norwegian, Icelandic,etc)
English                 and
French                  et
German                und
Italian                   e          (also in Portuguese, Galician, etc.)
Czech                     a          (also in Welsh or Cymraeg)
Swahili                  na
Spanish                 y         (и in Russian, Serbian, Macedonian, etc.;  i in Polish)
Bahasa Melayu   dan      (and in Indonesian)

Etymology of “also”
·         Old English: ēac
·         Middle English: eek, ek
·         Scots: eik, ek
·         English: eke
·         Old Frisian: āk
·         West Frisian: ek
·         Old Saxon: ōk
·         Middle Low German: ôk
·         Low German: ok, ook (generally 'also', but 'and' in Pomeranian dialects due to the influence Swedish exerted during Sweden's occupation of Pomerania)
·         Plautdietsch: uk
·         Old Dutch: ōk, ouk, ouch
·         Middle Dutch: ooc
·         Dutch: ook
·         Afrikaans: ook
·         Old High German: ouh
·         Middle High German: ouch
·         German: auch
·         Yiddish: אויך (oykh)
·         Old Norse: auk, ok meaning “and”
·         Icelandic: og, auk
·         Faroese: og
·         Norwegian: og, òg, au
·         Swedish: och, ock
·         Danish: og
·         Gothic: auk
meaning "and", "also", "for", "but", "however", or "when"
meaning "and"
meaning "and", "and yet", and "and further"
meaning "but", "however", "and", "moreover", and "also"
meaning "and", "and lastly", "both ... andas well as", "but", or "or"
meaning "and"
meaning "because", "and", "fact that", "now," "although", or "whereas"
meaning "and", or "to"
Greek epísi̱s
meaning “also”, “too”, “as well”, or “likewise”
επί πλέον
meaning “moreover”, “furthermore”, “also”, or “over and above”
·         Hebrew
also, either, and
כְּמוֹ כֵן
also, likewise, so, too
גַם כֵּן
also, as well, too

Etymology of “and” (note: “and” became confused with “but” in Icelandic and then “than” in Scandinavia)

·         Old English: and, end, ond  meaning “and”
·         Scots: an  meaning “and”
·         English: and
·         Old Frisian: and, ende meaning “and”
·         North Frisian: en
·         West Frisian: en, in
·         Old Saxon: endi meaning “and”
·         Middle Low German: ende, unde
·         Low German: on, un, unde
·         Plautdietsch: un, en
·         Old Dutch: indi, in, enda, ande, anda
·         Middle Dutch: ende, en meaning “and”
·         Dutch: en  meaning “and”
·         Afrikaans: en meaning “and“
·         Old High German: unti, inti, enti, unta
·         German: und  meaning “and“
·         Old Norse: enn
·         Icelandic: enn  (became “en“ meaning “but“)
·         Faroese: enn meaning ”than”
·         Norwegian: enn  meaning “than”
·         Swedish: än  meaning ”than”
·         Danish: end  meaning ”than”
Greek  και meaning ”and”
 meaning “and”
meaning “also”, “either”, or “and”