Related: Westerners who reached China overland by way of the silk road picked up the name Cathay from central Asia, and westerners who reached China by sea picked up the name China from southeast Asia, and they didn’t realize both names referred to the same country until the late 1500s, when a group of Jesuits living in China started comparing Marco Polo’s account to their own travels and couldn’t find anyone in China who had heard of this “Cathay” place to the north.
The point where they met up with some Saracens in Beijing and asked them if they’d heard of “Cathay”, and they said, “We’re in Cathay right now” basically clinched it, though it took a while for them to convince everyone back in Europe.
Portuguese Jesuits in India sent someone overland to Cathay to check, and along the way he met a returning caravan who told him about the Jesuits they’d met in Beijing a while back.
Wiki-walking, found this article collecting “Early World Maps” from antiquity through around 1800. I’ve always found it interesting to look at maps where they got the coastlines right, because they needed to be for sailing, but the proportions are all wrong. And it’s fascinating to compare the older Chinese maps that sort-of include Europe to the older European maps that sort-of include China, based on what little was known of each other at the time.
Me: Want some breakfast?
Me: (makes coffee, waits for it to brew, puts some food together, sits down, takes one bite and starts to read)
Kid: Can you get me some breakfast?
Online school, week 1: OMG need to get showers and be presentable before the kid’s class starts just in case we show up in the background for two seconds!
Online school, week 527: Fuck it, I’m not doing anything until the coffee’s kicked in.
Oh, um, spoilers for a 150-year-old book, sorry about that.
And when he finally has to actually *think* about things instead of just following this extreme by-the-book authority, he freaks out and jumps because he can’t actually process anything
Death by cognitive dissonance.
Yeah, Russell Crowe was horribly miscast as a singing Inspector Javert, but he would’ve been incredible in a non-musical adaptation
And that visual image of him tightrope-walking on the edge of the roof during “Stars” is cinematically *perfect* as a metaphor for the way he sees the world and the way he goes about it. Narrow path, not an inch to the east, not an inch to the west, no thought, no decision, just one foot in front of the other or you’re doomed and it’s your own fault
Alumni association sent me an email about the upcoming “Stay@HOMEcoming” event
(not that I ever went to homecoming when I was *at* the school, so it’s not going to be any different…)
This shot of the same Black Phoebe (after it started to fly off, then decided to just land back on another post) came out a lot better!
#birds #photo #nature
#Fotofails: I had a lot of trouble getting the camera to focus on this Black Phoebe and not the tree behind it, but that wasn’t the problem in this shot. I always think birds look weird when you can only see the backs of their heads.
Going through my #LesMiserables blog after the conversion to Eleventy, making sure everything’s working right. I stumbled on this mention of Grantaire going beyond wine to some awful mixture of stout, brandy and absinthe.
Curious about what it was, I searched for the ingredients. Turns out it doesn’t exist, but someone tried to make it.
Let’s just say they don’t recommend it.
Discovered via iNat that one of my cameras (the compact one with the good zoom that I like using for birds) was off by exactly a month. Apparently I messed up the DST adjustment
Except that I didn’t mess it up *on* the DST weekend. As I went through fixing timestamps on observations since November, I discovered that the first couple of weeks had the right date, but the wrong time.
I’d forgotten to adjust it on DST day. And then I messed it up when I noticed. 🤦♂️
Kid’s friend just found an “Escape the Zoom Meeting” obstacle course on Roblox
Once 2 of them were stuck on top of the nether, we all agreed the sacrifice of achievements was worth it. Well, almost all of us. There was some drama over the holdout
Kids friend glitched onto the top of the nether in a long running survival realm and is stuck. They’re trying to get more ender pearls to him to get him back without turning on cheats