Use Ctrl+ to enlarge this blog page if you need to.
Nav Tools

--> Most recent Blog

Comments Policy
Maths trivia
Search this site
RSS feed for Stu Savory's Blog RSS Feed

Stu Savory ;-) School report for Stu Savory
Eunoia, who is a grumpy, overeducated, facetious, multilingual ex-pat Scot, blatantly opinionated, old (1944-vintage), amateur cryptologist, computer consultant, atheist, flying instructor, bulldog-lover, Beetle-driver, textbook-writer, long-distance biker, geocacher and blogger living in the foothills south of the northern German plains. Not too shy to reveal his true name or even whereabouts, he blogs his opinions, and humour and rants irregularly. Stubbornly he clings to his beliefs, e.g. that Faith does not give answers, it only prevents you doing any goddamn questioning. You are as atheist as he is. When you understand why you don't believe in all the other gods, you will know why he does not believe in yours.

Oh, and after the death of his old dog, Kosmo, he also has a new bulldog puppy, Clara, since September 2018 :-)

Some of my bikes

My Crypto Pages

My Maths Pages

Sunday, October 18, 2020

A different Halloween in 2020

Thanks to Covid-19, we will be having a different Halloween this year.

Now we are in a fairly safe situation in our little village : no Covid-19 in our little village :-) The nearest known infections being 20 kms north, 15 kms south and 30 kms east and west :-) But of course this could change at short notice since we are on the exponentially rising curve of the second wave here in Germany. SWMBO and I being in our mid-seventies and slightly(?) overweight, are regarded as overly endangered :-(

So we will be having a different Halloween this year. I'm refusing all invitations to costume parties - indeed to any parties - and will not be opening the door to anyone trick-or-treating this year, just a bowl of candies on the bench in the front garden with the hopeful note "Just take one, leave some for the other kids!" (in german of course).

As it is, we don't leave the house much anyway nowadays, dining out once a fortnight with close friends, doctor visits as necessary, etc. I do all the vittles-shopping so only one of us is exposed. Tendentially more online purchasing & delivery of other non-food stuff, very convenient SWMBO thinks :-)

So the only opportunity to dress up Halloween style will to be wearing the obligatory masks when going out. Scurrilous Halloween-style masks. We have narrowed it down to these two, L2R the face-hugger from the Alien movie and a pest-doctor from the middle ages. No Trump masks lest we scare someone ;-)

Neither is up to N95 standard of course, so we may have to wear an N95 underneath them. We shall have to see what the breathability is like then.

What are your Halloween precautions?

Comments (3)
Schorsch (D) said "Those two horror masks are probably just (or more) effective as the loose perspex shields shop-girls wear!" I agree.
Doug (Canada) wrote "Definitely the medieval doctor's mask - they are simply awesome. There are so few kids around here that it's not worth while doing anything for Samhain. " Both may be too hot / stifling?
Addendum: It seems that robots read my blog, because I got 7 eMails today trying to sell me FFP2 and/or N95 masks :-(

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Lord of the Flies ;-)

Much amusement was had in the USA during and after the vice-presidential debate about a fly which landed on and s(h)at on Mike Pence's head for over two minutes. Flies are known to like shit ;-)

The more erudite amongst the commenters referred to "Lord of the Flies", which was (the first) 1954 novel by Nobel Prize-winning British author William Golding. We had to read and analyze that book in secondary school in the UK, but I don't know how well it is known in the USA. Feedback, anyone?

Anyway, the name "Lord of the Flies" is a literal translation of Beelzebub, from the Bible verses 2 Kings 1:2 3, 6, 16 in the scene where Ahaziah fell through the Matrix ;-) In theological sources, predominantly Christian, Beelzebub is another name for Satan. So this must have been troubling for Pence - a prominent evangelist - since it associated him with Satan. Doubtless, he will protest that this doesn't count since Kings is in the Old Testament and he only believes in the New Testament.

However Beelzebub also appears in the New Testament - in three of the Gospels - In Mark 3:22, the scribes accuse Jesus of driving out demons by the power of Beelzebul, the prince of demons, the name also appearing in the expanded version in Matthew 12:24,27 and Luke 11:15, 18-19. The name also occurs in Matthew 10:25. So Pence is stuck with the Satan association. But since he has to associate with Trump daily, he may prefer Beelzebub ;-)

Here in Germany, Goethe's Faust refers to Mephistopheles as inter alia the Lord of the Flies. The word may derive from the Hebrew (mêp¯î?) which means "scatterer, disperser", and tophel, short for (top¯el eqer) which means "plasterer of lies". The name can also be a combination of three Greek words: µ? as a negation, (pho~s) meaning "light", and "philis" meaning "loving", thus giving "not-light-loving", possibly parodying the Latin "Lucifer" or "light-bearer". [quoting Wikipedia here]. This, for Pence, also characterises his association with the "plasterer of lies", Donald Trump.

So it also has a fitting literary tradition, Pence and Lord of the Flies ;-)

Comments (3)
Cop Car, who hails from Kansas (USA), answered my question thusly "Although I don't recall why I read the book, I do recall reading and being repelled by it. I think most of us on this side of the pond have been exposed." Then Golding (the author) achieved his aim :-) Or, as the Scottish poet Robbie Burns wrote Man's inhumanity to man makes countless thousands mourn!
David (NY,NY) grins "I don't think Trump has read it, nor any other book. Pence probably only reads The One Book ;-)" Heh, Heh.
Billions of Versions... wrote " I have not read it but it is well known in the US. Maybe I'll add it to my list of things to do. The longer my list gets, the more I enjoy not working on it." I'm a pensioner now, Mike, so I no longer pro-crastinate. Now I just amateur-crastinate ;-)
Addendum: (found on the Intertubes) :-

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Meeting the Daily Llama

No, that's not a typo ;-) I did once get to meet the Dalai Lama (ruler of Tibetan Buddhism) many years ago, or rather attend a lecture he gave. A very gentle man, wise in the ways of the world. He is 85 now, living in exile in India, so maybe we'll see another incarnation soon.

But, since I couldn't avoid the pun, let me tell you about my first meeting with a llama. We were staying at an old hotel in the Uckermark which is in the northeast corner of Germany where it borders on Poland along the river Oder. Turned out that the hotel owner keeps llamas. Each morning they are let out of their stall to graze daily in the fields behind the hotel. When they saw me walking the dog, they came running over to greet us, assuming that we had something for them to eat, or were just friendly and/or curious. This happened every day we were there.

My wife had warned me that they spit in self-defense but I didn't know if they also might bite, so I kept my hand closed. This one was fearless and even let me stroke his fur (very soft). But when it started a chewing motion despite an empty mouth, I realised it was just working up some saliva to spit at me, so I retreated rapidly. Here's the wife's photo of me meeting the daily llama :-)

That lunchtime I read the multi-page menu in the restaurant from cover to cover, just in case there was a delicacy I'd never tasted ;-) But I guess the hotel owner was just keeping them for their very soft wool :-)

Comments (2)
Billions of Versions... wrote " Some people down the road from me had one or the other. Llamas or alpacas. I was never sure because they were far from the road. I just assumed they were llamas. Haven't seen them for years now. Either the llamas got old or the people got old, or both." Or maybe the Llamas reincarnated, Mike?
Anon (China?) sent this YouTube video link about how a company in China ‘hires’ llama-alpaca mix to bring joy to workers :-)

Monday, October 5, 2020

Post-Covid Trump

Trump has been in hospital with Covid-19. But the virus has been gentle with him. Seemingly, the only long-lasting effect has been for it subtly to change the shape of his face.
The truth will out, not even orange makeup helps any more ;-)

Comments (1)
Carol (UK) noted "Coincidentally, today (Oct 7) is Putin's birthday, so a nicely timed post, Stu ;-)" Didn't know that, so it was not planned :-)

Link to the previous month's blog.
Recent Writings
A different Halloween
Lord of the Flies ;-)
Meeting the Daily Llama
Post-Covid Trump
JU-52 major overhaul
Who needs a catapult?
RIP Jimi Hendrix
Shi shi : a poem
Multiple Choice questions
My favourite scenic roads
Old Oak Down :-(
Sex during Corona
3rd A-bomb for Japan
Taking the Mick
Berlin Wall day
Nukes´ 75th anniversary
Cov-idiot Karens :-(
First Encounters
SWMBO's green thumb
PI approximation day
An unused device
Dambuster Museum
30th wedding anniversary
They were framed!
Just another jab?
Single-use plastics

Ain Bulldog Blog
All hat no cattle
Balloon Juice
Billions of Versions...
Cop Car
Digby's Hullabaloo
Earth-Bound Misfit
Elephant's Child
Fail Blog
Finding life hard?
Greg Laden
Mostly Cajun
Observing Hermann
Silicon Graybeard
Starts with a Bang
Yellowdog Grannie

Archive 2020:
Jan Feb Mar Apr
May Jun Jul Aug
Archive 2019:
Jan Feb Mar Apr
May Jun Jul Aug
Sep Oct Nov Dec
Archive 2018:
Jan Feb Mar Apr
May Jun Jul Aug
Sep Oct Nov Dec
Archive 2017:
Jan Feb Mar Apr
May Jun Jul Aug
Sep Oct Nov Dec
Archive 2016:
Jan Feb Mar Apr
May Jun Jul Aug
Sep Oct Nov Dec
Archive 2015:
Jan Feb Mar Apr
May Jun Jul Aug
Sep Oct Nov Dec
Archive 2014:
Jan Feb Mar Apr
May Jun Jul Aug
Sep Oct Nov Dec
This blog is getting really unmanagable, so I've taken the first 12 years' archives offline. My blog, my random decision. Tough shit; YOLO.
Link Disclaimer
ENGLISH : I am not responsible for the contents or form of any external page to which this website links. I specifically do not adopt their content, nor do I make it mine.
DEUTSCH : F?r alle Seiten, die auf dieser Website verlinkt sind, m?chte ich betonen, dass ich keinerlei Einfluss auf deren Gestaltung und Inhalte habe. Deshalb distanziere ich mich ausdr?cklich von allen Inhalten aller gelinkten Seiten und mache mir ihren Inhalt nicht zu eigen.

This Blog's Status is
Blog Dewey Decimal Classification : 153
FWIW, 153 is a triangular number, meaning that you can arrange 153 items into an equilateral triangle (with 17 items on a side). It is also one of the six known truncated triangular numbers, because 1 and 15 are triangular numbers as well. It is a hexagonal number, meaning that you can distribute 153 points evenly at the corners and along the sides of a hexagon. It is the smallest 3-narcissistic number. This means it?s the sum of the cubes of its digits. It is the sum of the first five positive factorials. Yup, this is a 153-type blog. QED ;-)
Books I've written

Index/Home Impressum Sitemap Search site/www