speaking of fakes, I’m very unconvinced by this inscription that’s been circulating

TIL possibly the oldest Greek abecedarium we know of is written retrograde on an *8th-7thC BCE loom weight* from the Athenian Agora (Lang, Graffiti and Dipinti A1, pl. 1)


[defeating a security screw by using the corresponding security bit]

left my copy of “Lingua Latina per se Illustrata” in an ornate old chest I found in our attic and now it looks like this??

too many publishers missing out on the burgeoning market of consumers who prefer to read their books in “plastic comb” format

Going through papyri that the British Library has put digital images online for in the past year, and here's a fun one: portion of a papyrus roll of Bacchylides' Dithyrambs with a palimpsested(!) parchment(!) sillybos(!) still attached(!)


Just noticed that old macOS release pages (apple.com/macos/mojave, apple.com/macos/catalina etc.) now just redirect to the Big Sur page, so when you click the "More Info..." link here you in fact don't get any information relevant to the upgrade you'd be doing. Quality!

I like my reading of this papyrus (the editors just gave up on it):

ἔθος ἐστὶν μνααίους εὐτυχεῖν τοὺς πλουσίους
It is the custom of high stakes to be fortunate to the wealthy.


so youtube auto-transcribed at least one instance of “multispectral image stacks”, a phrase i use 1,000 times in this talk, as “multi-special image sex”

My brain upon seeing a plausible argument that “yahweh” was originally vocalized in Hebrew as “yaho” or “yahu”:

iOS Instapaper has had a bug for years where it will slowly consume all your storage, which is frankly amazing for an app designed for reading text-only articles

Aristarchus of Samothrace finishing his edition of Homer (2nd century BCE, colorized)

Zoïs to her brother Ischyrion, greetings,
Nobody brought me a letter ASKING for bread, but look, if you send a letter with Kollouthos, I'll send you an artaba immediately. If you want to go to Alexandria, see Apollos…
, November 25th, 30 CE


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