Mid-Winter; Warm Love

cc-licensed derivative work from flickr user Kjunstorm


“All passions make us commit some faults, love alone makes us ridiculous.”

François duc de La Rochefoucauld
Reflections; or Sentences and Moral Maxims from Project Gutenberg. [Link to Reflections; or Sentences and Moral Maxims no longer available]

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A Cowboy Valentine’s Day Date

If a cowboy should ask you out
On a Valentine’s Day date,
Don’t get in a hurry,
‘Cause you can bet that he’ll be late.

Sustainable Farmers offer poetic advice for dating cowboys on Valentine’s Day.

St Valentine baptizing St Lucilla

WebMuseum, one of the oldest and still well used and referenced sites on the web, offers St Valentine Baptizing St Lucilla by Jacopo Bassano (circa 1575).

Voyez donc comme elle est belle, ma Valentine

Écrit en français, George Sand raconte une histoire de valentine et de l’amour – bien sûr. via le Projet Gutenberg.

MidWinter Rituals at ibiblio in years past

20 years ago — December 1994 in Doctor Fun

Santa runs a tight ship

Frosty tales

The Persians used to celebrate a festival of fire called Sada or Saza at the winter solstice. On the longest night of the year they kindled bonfires everywhere, and kings and princes tied dry grass to the feet of birds and animals, set fire to the grass, and then let the birds and beasts fly or run blazing through the air or over the fields and mountains, so that the whole air and earth appeared to be on fire

From Part VII: Balder the Beautiful: The Fire-Festivals of Europe and the Doctrine of the External Soul.The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion by James George Frazer, D.C.L., LL.D., Litt.D., Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, Professor of Social Anthropology in the University of Liverpool. 1919 edition.

20 years of streaming radio -invented here

Jeopardy on April 20, 2004

20 years ago today, we officially announced (and made public) a special skunkworks project that we had begun in late summer 1994 here at ibiblio. We had invented, largely by cobbling together available resources in a unique way, simulcasting live radio.

We chose ground-breaking UNC station, WXYC, largely because of the good relationship that Michael Shoffner (one of the leads on the project along with David McConville) had at the time — and because, unlike say a classical station, it was difficult to determine whether the stutters and gasps of the audio flow were artifacts of the original recording or of network delay.

The whole story was written up pretty well for the 15th anniversary during which WXYC offered a music download compilation here (with broken or non-existant links to additional material).

An earlier story, on an earlier WXYC site, from the 10th anniversary has mostly working links.

Listening to radio online? Thank Michael, David, WXYC and ibiblio.

Wikipedia entry for Internet Radio (history) also has good links and a great shout out to Carl Malamud‘s great internet-only Geek of the Week radio show.