Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Tidbits on a Tuesday

Prices in Dublin are about the same as Manhattan, New York City.  I guess my "global purchasing power" is holding up, as far as Europe goes.  I did not go into the countryside or any small towns, hence no data on those prices vs. US small towns.

Newspapers and TV in Ireland had enormous coverage of the bin Laden operation.  The comedians were hilarious in joking about the changing US "story" of the details, etc. 

From several books I read as backup for the trip, old Irish society structures were much like the old social structure of India with various "castes" and a strong intellectual class.  The writer thought that was related to both being on the outer fringe of the Indo-European expansion across Eurasia.

I ordered some books on the Irish language, thinking that I will learn how it is pronounced and the basic grammar.  Irish is reported to be quite difficult, but how hard can it be compared to Polish?

In the 7th and 8th centuries, Irish culture was the intellectual pinnacle of western and north central Europe.  Irish monks spread over Europere, taking much knowledge and learning skills along that provided a seed for Charlemagne's later efforts.


My language program will be re-started after a year's respite.  The goal is literacy, not fluency, in all the great languages of Europe.  My grey cells need more stimulation.

I will include Irish now, too, as the Celtic cultures had huge impact on Europe over the centuries.

Word of the Day

"Torpid" - adjective [$10] from Hawthorne's, "The Scarlet Letter".  Also "Torpor" - noun [$10] and "Torpefy" - verb, transitive [$10]
Torpid means 1. sluggish, inactive, dull, apathetic; 2. numb; 3. (of a hibernating animal) dormant.
Torpor means torpidity.
Torpefy means to make numb or torbid.
Sentence:  A torpid mind is a wasted mind.  Use your head!


Bud said...

Bman is the killing of an unarmed man with no boduguards murder ???

PS...........i have zero problem with OBL's killing............but the facts are the facts...........we blew the brains out of an unarmed man

Bud said...

Bman just go to your local grocery store and tell me if your global purchasing power is 'holding up' ??????

Bud said...

what type of Jameson's ???

Bud said...

was it rugby season in Ireland ? did you go to a professional match?

Bud said...

Bman should the debt ceiling be raised ?

Spin-em said...

Is it Thursday already???...did mern slip me a mushroom???...Ive missed 2 days....

Bunkerman said...

Wanted Dead or Alive was rather common in the old west. No difference for OBL.

For that guy in Yemen, I have a problem with what Obama is doing.

Bunkerman said...

I bought a bottle of Jameson's "Rarest Vintage Reserve" - cost about $500 duty free.

I used to drink mucho Jameson 12 yaer old at the AC bar ... on the rocks.

Bunkerman said...

I think some food prices are up due to specific conditions.

Odd, but the price of good sirloin steak here is about what it was in recent years ($9/lb)

Bunkerman said...

prime beef is much higher now than the past - I guess the restaurants are buying it all, or cost of feed is pushing it up.

Black olives (small in a can) about the same.

Bunkerman said...

We watched the rugby on TV; yes it seems to be the playoffs for various cups.

Bunkerman said...


booboo re title .. will fix.

Bunkerman said...

yes, raise the debt ceiling. Fight the wars over spending bills.

Bunkerman said...

default is too risky game of chicken.