"Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he."
-- Proverbs 29:18, King James Bible (KJV)

Saturday, July 15, 2017

From Scrolls to Wax Tablets to the Codex to the Book to the Modern Digital Tablet

Look at the image below. Look familiar?

The paged "codex" was the forerunner of the modern "book",
which developed from the use of "wax tablets" in ancient days,
ultimately replacing the more ancient "scrolls".

Given the contemporary phenomenon of the digital tablet or notebook viz. laptop, many a disciple of modern hardware and "tablet patents" or similar would be surprised to discover that the "wax tablet" with stylus was already popular in Ancient Greece, as shown in the image below, dating the folding wax tablet to at least 500 B.C.

What is new under the Sun?



Staatliche Museen Berlin, Preu├čischer Kulturbesitz, Antikensammlung F 2285

For more, see DelanceyPlace.com
and its excerpt from
Mark Kurlansky Paper: Paging Through History



Friday, July 14, 2017

Stanford Law School Faculty Take On Recent Key U.S. Supreme Court Decisions

"Stanford Law School faculty members offer commentary on key SCOTUS decisions from the 2016 term (most issued in spring 2017), offering critical analysis."

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy and the Age at which Judges Should Step Down From the Bench

Should judges serve for a life tenure or should they step down at e.g. age 80?

Nonagenarian Carl Reiner, age 95, in his New York Times piece titled Justice Kennedy, Don’t Retire, urges U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, who turns 81 on July 23, and who is reportedly considering retirement,
to stick with it.

Contrarily, Debra Cassens Weiss at the ABA Journal reports on the opinion of Judge Posner, age 78, who suggests that judges should step down at age 80.
See 'No need for octogenarians' on the bench, including those on the Supreme Court, Posner says.

Hat tip to CaryGEE.


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Cave Paintings Earthworks & Mounds as Land Survey & Astronomy
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  • Sky Earth Native America 2 :
    American Indian Rock Art Petroglyphs Pictographs
    Cave Paintings Earthworks & Mounds as Land Survey & Astronomy
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  • Both volumes have the same cover except for the labels "Volume 1" viz. "Volume 2".
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    Both book volumes contain the following basic book description:
    "Alice Cunningham Fletcher observed in her 1902 publication in the American Anthropologist
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    See Alice C. Fletcher, Star Cult Among the Pawnee--A Preliminary Report,
    American Anthropologist, 4, 730-736, 1902.
    Ralph N. Buckstaff wrote:
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    The groups were placed with a great deal of thought and care and show long study.
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    The Pawnee Indians must have had a knowledge of astronomy comparable to that of the early white men."
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