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In definition, fact, festive, how to, meaning of, party, politics, rituals, traditional on January 29, 2010 at 1:02 am

The Greek symposium was a key Hellenic socio-political institution. Though the name originally referred to a drinking party (from the Greek sympotein, “to drink together”), the symposium was a forum for free men to debate, plot, boast, or simply to party with others. They were also held to celebrate the introduction of young men into aristocratic society or other special occasions, such as victories in athletic and poetic contests.

The sympotic elegies of Theognis of Megara and two Socratic dialogues, Plato’s Symposium and Xenophon‘s Symposium all describe symposia in the original sense.

The term has since come to refer to any academic conference, or a style of university class characterized by an openly discursive format, rather than a lecture and question–answer format.


In keeping with Greek notions of self-restraint and propriety, the symposiarch would prevent matters from getting out of hand. The playwright Eubulus, in a surviving fragment of a lost play has the god of wine, Dionysos himself, describe proper and improper drinking:

For sensible men I prepare only three kraters: one for health (which they drink first), the second for love and pleasure, and the third for sleep. After the third one is drained, wise men go home. The fourth krater is not mine any more – it belongs to bad behaviour; the fifth is for shouting; the sixth is for rudeness and insults; the seventh is for fights; the eighth is for breaking the furniture; the ninth is for depression; the tenth is for madness and unconsciousness.



In art, books, chat, fact, friends, multitude, poem, politics, sms on September 28, 2009 at 3:50 pm

utboks: 02:45 – Jeg fatter .ikke w ikke alle bare er fan?!
jævla losers az..


Paul Halmos

In fact, meaning of, semiotic, symbols on July 31, 2009 at 2:25 am

Q. E. D. er en forkortelse av den latinske frasen «quod erat demonstrandum» (ordrett oversatt til norsk: «det som skulle demonstreres/bevises»). Dette er en oversettelse av det greske ὅπερ ἔδει δεῖξαι (hóper édei deĩxai), som ble brukt av mange tidligere matematikere, blant andre Euklid og Arkimedes. Q.E.D. kan skrives i slutten av matematiske bevis for å vise at resultatet man trengte for å fullføre beviset, er oppnådd. Det blir ikke brukt så ofte i dag som i tidligere århundrer.

I dag brukes gjerne symbolet ■ (en hel sort firkant), som kalles gravstein (tombstone eller halmos på engelsk, sistnevnte oppkalt etter Paul Halmos, som var en pioner innen bruken av den sorte firkanten). Enkelte bruker også en åpen gravstein, □ (en sort firkant med hvitt fyll). En annen enkel måte å fastsette beviset som ferdig er enkelt og greit å skrive «bevist» eller bare «vist» i parentes etter det siste steget i beviset, eller å skrive to skråstreker (//).

Unicode gir tegn til å bruke i beviser som tegnet U+220E (∎), men også tegnene U+25A0 (■, sort firkant) og U+2023 (‣, åpen firkant) som alternativer.

source – wikipedia


In charm, definition, dreamcatcher, fact, lucky charms, native american on March 17, 2009 at 2:16 am

Traditionally, the Ojibwa construct dreamcatchers by tying sinew strands in a web around a small round or tear-shaped frame of willow (in a way roughly similar to their method for making snowshoe webbing). The resulting “dream-catcher”, hung above the bed, is then used as a charm to protect sleeping children from nightmares. Dreamcatchers made of willow and sinew are not meant to last forever but instead are intended to dry out and collapse over time as the child enters the age of adulthood.


In alphabets, definition, emoticons, fact, hieroglyphs, semiology, semiotic, signs, smiley, sms, traditional on March 4, 2009 at 2:35 pm

English is based on 26 characters–letters. Letters that are combined into words…and then into sentences…which tell a story.

Ancient Egyptian writing uses more than 2,000 hieroglyphic characters. Each hieroglyph represents a common object in ancient Egypt. Hieroglyphs could represent the sound of the object or they could represent an idea associated with the object.

A modern type of hieroglyphic writings would be a rebus. A rebus is a picture puzzle that can be “sounded out” by reading the sounds symbolized by the pictures. When these sounds are read aloud together, the statements often becomes obvious.

Deliver with just a hint of a smile, and she’ll get the joke.

In death, fact, girls, how to, manhood, occult, shamanism on February 27, 2009 at 1:07 am


In fact, I MAKE STUFF 2 on February 26, 2009 at 12:02 am


Richard Dawkins, “The Selfish Gene”

In fact, memes on January 21, 2009 at 10:38 am

“Examples of memes are tunes, ideas, catch-phrases, clothes fashions, ways of making pots or of building arches. Just as genes propagate themselves in the gene pool by leaping from body to body via sperms or eggs, so memes propagate themselves in the meme pool by leaping from brain to brain via a process which, in the broad sense, can be called imitation. If a scientist hears, or reads about, a good idea, he passed it on to his colleagues and students. He mentions it in his articles and his lectures. If the idea catches on, it can be said to propagate itself, spreading from brain to brain. As my colleague N.K. Humphrey neatly summed up an earlier draft of this chapter: `… memes should be regarded as living structures, not just metaphorically but technically.(3) When you plant a fertile meme in my mind you literally parasitize my brain, turning it into a vehicle for the meme’s propagation in just the way that a virus may parasitize the genetic mechanism of a host cell. And this isn’t just a way of talking — the meme for, say, “belief in life after death” is actually realized physically, millions of times over, as a structure in the nervous systems of individual men the world over.'”

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In art, definition, duodji, fact, sami on December 14, 2008 at 11:43 am

En duodjar utnytter og bearbeider råstoff og materialer fra naturen til å fremstille klær, verktøy, redskaper og pyntegjenstander. Duodji er et samisk kunsthåndfag med forskjellige prosesser og arbeidsmetoder hvor tekniske hjelpemidler blir lite brukt. Duodji gjenspeiler samisk kultur og samiske særtrekk i ulike regioner. En duodjar bør ha allsidige kunnskaper om duodjiprodukter fra flere regioner. I duodjifaget arbeider man med både harde og myke materialer. Det jobbes med plantefarging av stoffer og garn, veving av stoffer og bånd til samiske klesdrakter, strikking av luer, votter, sokker og kofter. Reinskinn brukes til å lage vesker, klær og skotøy. Av tre og horn lages kopper, boller og knivskaft. Av metall lages kniver, bjeller og smykker. Man kan være ansatt i håndverksbedrifter, tekstilindustri eller turistnæring.

Duodji is a term used to describe many types of Sami handicraft.
Duodji can be anything from silversmithing and knifemaking, to sewing, embroidery and all of the fabric arts including fashion design, to woodworking including boat and sled making, and beyond.
A duojar is one who creates duodji.



In fact, sacred stone, seid, sieidi on December 9, 2008 at 4:16 pm

Sieidi er den samiske benevnelsen på en hellig stein. Sieidier kunne fra naturens hånd ha en særegen form. Størrelsen varierer fra blokkstore til mindre stein. Små sieidier kunne for eksempel plasseres oppå større sieidier (offersteiner) eller på andre hellige steder.

Større steinblokk som fra naturens hånd i seg selv er iøynefallende og/eller er plassert på et iøynefallende sted. Enkelte slike steiner kan være utstyrt med skålgroper (eks Engeløya, Steigen) – se også skålgropstein), men vanligvis er de uten menneskeskapte markeringer. På oversiden av noen offersteiner kan en finne innhugd en stor grop, og rundt den en ringformet eller rammeformet fure. I samisk kulturtradisjon kan offersteiner bestå av enkeltstående stein eller av steinblokker som er spaltet i flere deler. Offergavene kunne bestå av horn, kjøtt, fisk, tran, blod, kaffe, smør, mynter o.a. Ofte er det slik at det kun er selve naturformasjonen eller steinen i kombinasjon med muntlig tradisjon og evt stedsnavn som vitner om at det dreier seg om en offerstein.