I’ve spent a lot of time the last two months listening to the History of Rome podcast, I’m on about episode 60, which has covered the foundation of the city by Romulus & Remus, though the whole of the Republican period to the founding of the Empire under Caesar Augustus. As I mentioned last week: you can subscribe here.

All of this talk to Roman history and culture over the last few months makes me regret not having learned Latin. Apparently The Gallic Wars is accessible reading, while the strength of Livy’s prose is tied up it how complex it is. (and, by extentison, hard for a beginning reader to understand. A lovely electronic edition of The Gallic Wars is here and a great many other Greek and Latin texts is available at Tuft’s University’s Project Perseus.

I’ve also been reading the wonderful Two Years Before the Mast by way of a Project Gutenberg edition, but there’s a lot more to be said about that book.

Short, recent reading of note:

  • Two insects with interesting names:
  • Sections of the following two books, though my work’s ebook collection:
    • The Intellectual Foundations of Information Organization by Elaine Svenonius
    • The Unimaginable Mathematics of Borges’ Library of Babel by William Goldbloom Bloch

I think I’m coming down with a cold, so I’m calling it quits for tonight.

No Knead Bread

This bread came out a little too dense, but it is my first shot at doing an enriched dough. The house smelled so good while this was in the oven. I think it would be well-served by more fluff, since it is a little too close to brioche.

Only biked 15.5 miles this week, but am deeply engrossed in Bruce Sterling’s Holy Fire: an SF novel that tackles the culture and effects of very long-lived people in what seems to be on page 200 a fairly deep, interesting way. (Reading taht book has been most of my weekend, so a good if somewhat stationary way to spend the weekend.)