And now for something completely different.
Category Archives: Bagatelles
The ancient Greeks grappled in vain with three geometrical problems: the duplication of the cube, the trisection of the angle, and the squaring of the circle. What drove them to these endeavors? Divine inspiration? Well, yes—of a sort. The origin of the duplication of the cube is well-known. The story behind the trisection of the angle however has been lost to history—until now.
Awhile back, the BBC website History Extra had a post that included this tidbit:
AD 0… the date that never was
The AD years of the Christian calendar are counted from the year of Jesus Christ’s birth, and, as the number zero was then unknown to the west, Dionysius began his new Christian era as AD 1, not AD 0. …
This evoked the ire of the noted historian Thony Christie. In a post Something is Wrong on the Internet, he explained:
In the ancient days of the internet, nearly all webpages had an “under construction” graphic on them. It became something of a joke.
Originally, I was using this site mainly for “non-blog” features (the tabs other than the Home tab). Since I had no blog posts, the Home was reading “Not Found”. I felt that was even worse than “Under Construction”. Hence this stub.
Now that I’ve started to do some actual posts, the title of this post no long fits. But I’m too busy/lazy to figure out what my first post should really say. So I guess it really still is “under construction”.