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by Phylax
Thu Aug 23, 2007 4:40 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: looking for ideas/input for textkit
Replies: 82
Views: 23145

Sorry, I agree your link to the SMF features without any mention of which would specifically be an improvement here was a very useful post. Absolutely no need to apologize! :wink: And thank you for your link: it was good to be reminded how 'feature-rich' the new release of PHPbb is, particularly in...
by Phylax
Thu Aug 23, 2007 3:03 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: looking for ideas/input for textkit
Replies: 82
Views: 23145

Bert, you might want to go back and delete that post. If the European Union finds out that you are using the wrong button to make the text more readable they may come after you (probably while they are already on this side of the ocean to pick up Jeff and the other administrators of this site). Mos...
by Phylax
Thu Aug 23, 2007 12:39 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: looking for ideas/input for textkit
Replies: 82
Views: 23145

I use IE7 and I can increase the size to the size that all I see on the screen is -(four dots)Home(four dots)L- from the menu bar at the top of the page. I can decrease it to about an 1.5" wide band. How do you get it to do that? Are you perhaps using the 'Change Zoom Level' control at the bottom r...
by Phylax
Thu Aug 23, 2007 6:32 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: looking for ideas/input for textkit
Replies: 82
Views: 23145

Perhaps I ought also to point out that the coding of this forum appears to me at the moment to contravene the UK's Disability Discrimination Act (1995) and possibly equivalent legislation in the EU, Canada, USA and lord know where else, in that it is not possible (with my browser, at least, IE7) for...
by Phylax
Thu Aug 23, 2007 5:43 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: looking for ideas/input for textkit
Replies: 82
Views: 23145

textkit has always been the best functioning and most aesthetically pleasing forum that I visit with any regularity. That may well be true for you. But your experience may, perhaps, be limited. Others may think differently, with more varied and wider experience. I suggest this with humility. To get...
by Phylax
Thu Aug 23, 2007 5:10 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: looking for ideas/input for textkit
Replies: 82
Views: 23145

Goodness. I think it would be MUCH less work to upgrade the phpbb and work with that.
You may think that. But what about investigating it dispassionately?
by Phylax
Sun Jul 22, 2007 3:27 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: looking for ideas/input for textkit
Replies: 82
Views: 23145

So far as the Forum is concerned, it is still 'powered' by a particular release of phpBB, and is now looking somewhat oldfashioned, and 'clunky'. There are other free forum softwares available, for example SMF: http://www.simplemachines.org/ which give enhanced functionality. I have some experience ...
by Phylax
Thu Apr 26, 2007 11:42 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: BBC Radio 4 programme on Greek and Roman love poetry
Replies: 0
Views: 1705

BBC Radio 4 programme on Greek and Roman love poetry

As part of Melvyn Bragg's In Our Time series, BBC Radio 4 broadcast this morning a programme on Greek and Roman love poetry. You can listen to it by following this link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/history/inourtime/inourtime.shtml (Click on the 'Listen to the latest edition' button towards the top ...
by Phylax
Thu Mar 09, 2006 3:32 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: It's good to be back!
Replies: 15
Views: 3812

Re: ...

am i right, Philax? I am sorry to have been so long in replying to you, Romarius. There are ruins in the bottom left quadrant of the photo; but my main objective was to give some impression of the wildness and remoteness of the place. I have got photos of the archaeological remains, though, if you ...
by Phylax
Fri Feb 03, 2006 1:50 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: It's good to be back!
Replies: 15
Views: 3812

Thank you, Bert! :D
by Phylax
Thu Feb 02, 2006 12:49 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: It's good to be back!
Replies: 15
Views: 3812

Why, thank you, 1%homeless!


Here is the photo I took:

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by Phylax
Thu Feb 02, 2006 2:42 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: It's good to be back!
Replies: 15
Views: 3812

It's good to be back!

I'm sorry, dear colleagues, that I haven't posted here in several months. I went to Greece last October, the ambition of a lifetime, and my thoughts are still there rather than in these misty isles. I went on one of those classical sites tours. All was good, but Delphi, navel of the Hellenic world, ...
by Phylax
Thu Nov 17, 2005 12:02 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: You know you're a Hellenist when...
Replies: 14
Views: 3390

Why do that - just casually slip me\n and de\ into otherwise normal English sentences.
Infuriating indeed! The ancient Greeks really should have been more assiduous in their study of modern English! :lol:
by Phylax
Thu Nov 17, 2005 3:54 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: You know you're a Hellenist when...
Replies: 14
Views: 3390

You know you've been reading too much Greek thought when your English discourse starts to approximate to the following form: While on the one hand blah-blah-blah , yet on the other blahdi-blahdi-blahdi . Now, I could be unimpeachably right about this, perhaps; ah! but let's face it, there is also po...
by Phylax
Sat Oct 01, 2005 3:44 am
Forum: The Academy
Topic: Good arguing
Replies: 15
Views: 13849

In a lighter vein, but illustrative of some of the points Will makes in his article How to hold an argument , here is a little 'lightbulb joke' which I have copied from elsewhere and am unable to ascribe, about the way things sometimes go in forum threads (I apologize if this is 'old hat' to my foru...
by Phylax
Sat Oct 01, 2005 3:20 am
Forum: The Academy
Topic: Good arguing
Replies: 15
Views: 13849

Grave apologies, Paul and Will, for my having neglected this thread for a while, but enormous thanks for your contributions. Paul, you are of course entirely right when you suggest that nowhere did you say that because Peter is Canadian he has no authority to comment on things American. But you did ...
by Phylax
Tue Sep 13, 2005 2:19 am
Forum: The Academy
Topic: Good arguing
Replies: 15
Views: 13849

Good arguing

I've seen convincing arguments in this forum, and less convincing arguments. Most of us here are to learn or revise Latin and Greek, and we have recourse to a wealth of appropriate text books. In this particular board, would it help if we also occasionally revised our skills in 'disputation'? There ...
by Phylax
Tue Sep 13, 2005 12:11 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: New Orleans
Replies: 49
Views: 9728

Also, you sure have a lot to say about America. Yet you know absolutely nothing about it. So why don't you stop telling us what America is supposed to be? Pretty much everything you say is wrong. Am I right in assuming (a) that Peter is a Canadian, and Paul is an American; and (b) because this is s...
by Phylax
Mon Sep 12, 2005 11:08 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: I do not enjoy this
Replies: 22
Views: 5326

Hey, there's a medieval tune named like that. Maybe it's supposed to go with that song...? Yes indeed, the words and the tune make up the same song. It constitutes one of the earliest examples of polyphony in the western tradition, I believe. There is a little picture of the manuscript, and an arti...
by Phylax
Tue Aug 23, 2005 12:05 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Ancient Currency
Replies: 19
Views: 4579

Really? with salt? How much salt?
It would depend on whether they were "worth their salt" ...
by Phylax
Mon Aug 22, 2005 10:38 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Faeroese; or words you can't do without
Replies: 14
Views: 3089

This, alas, is a linguistic urban myth.
Without wishing to be over-self-defensive, I didn't say that I actually took it to be true, merely that I had "heard it said"! :D
by Phylax
Fri Aug 19, 2005 4:35 am
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: Late Summer Intensive? Plato's Alcibiades
Replies: 19
Views: 5889

Actually, Will, I meant to go on to say, that so immersed - and wonderfully so - are you in your hellenism, that your objections to Sokrates and Plato as if they were modern people, are a terrific compliment to you, too.
by Phylax
Fri Aug 19, 2005 4:17 am
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: Late Summer Intensive? Plato's Alcibiades
Replies: 19
Views: 5889

I'm not so fond of Plato's thought Reading it would only make me angry. But why should you be angry? Plato made many howlers in argument, and his Socrates character pulls a number of fast ones - one thousand and four hundred years ago . You might as well be angry with LaoTze, or Jesus, or Akhenatem...
by Phylax
Fri Aug 19, 2005 3:45 am
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: Late Summer Intensive? Plato's Alcibiades
Replies: 19
Views: 5889

intensive reading group
As a newby, may I claim total ignorance (like ho Sokrates), and ask how this works, and what's involved for the eleusinians who join up for it?

Again, and please forgive, but by 'green n' yellow', are you referring to the Loeb?
by Phylax
Fri Aug 19, 2005 3:12 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Faeroese; or words you can't do without
Replies: 14
Views: 3089

By all accounts, the Faeroe Islands are an edenic exception to the crime, hatred, prejudice, insanity, and cynicism of the world at large . I am certain you are right, Bellum Paxque, and although you didn't explicitly say that I did so, I did not wish to poke fun at the Faroese. My idea was a more ...
by Phylax
Sat Aug 06, 2005 1:59 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Faeroese; or words you can't do without
Replies: 14
Views: 3089

Faeroese; or words you can't do without

A book I'm reading at the moment tells of some useful expressions in the language of the Faero Islands. For example: Skeinkjari , 'the man who goes among wedding guests, offering them drink' Brenna krakk , 'burning the three-legged stool after turning down a suitor' Fjall , 'to go into the hills to ...
by Phylax
Mon Jul 25, 2005 5:02 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Soul Food
Replies: 48
Views: 9907

German friend Even German? Good heavens :roll: - criticism from a nation whose entire cuisine consists of 101 ways to cook a pork chop! :lol: I'm glad you like British beers, Misopogon. Next time you are in the UK, you must try the beers of our local brewery here in Lewes, Harvey's: http://www.harv...
by Phylax
Mon Jul 25, 2005 12:16 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Soul Food
Replies: 48
Views: 9907

You are English and talking about food! Fie on you! Despite Jamie the glam cook whipping up gourmet meals, English food still has a reputation to overcome - ask any Frenchman! :D :D :D :D Well, you're not wrong that British food has a reputation to overcome, Carola! But despite French prejudices, a...
by Phylax
Sat Jul 23, 2005 10:03 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Soul Food
Replies: 48
Views: 9907

Marmite is the poor cousin of Vegemite. Well of course, we Poms would claim it was the other way round, Carola, particularly as Marmite predates Vegemite by twenty years, thus settling the question as to which product was an imitation of the other. This may be me, but Vegemite has a slight odour of...
by Phylax
Tue Jul 12, 2005 11:58 pm
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: lol...erm...hi...cud u help with my grk plz
Replies: 22
Views: 6455

Episkope emou, if you're about to try your hand at Classical Greek, then please may I salute your bold endeavour, and predict that you will bring to it the same enormous dedication that you brought to the Latin. You will know that you have here many friends who will help you on your way, including m...
by Phylax
Sun Jul 10, 2005 3:06 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Soul Food
Replies: 48
Views: 9907

Excellent! Thank you, Rhuiden :D : that sorts it out nicely!

Phylax
by Phylax
Sun Jul 10, 2005 1:13 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Soul Food
Replies: 48
Views: 9907

You left out pie-floaters, Carola.
What about that other wonderful Australian invention, the Peach Melba?
by Phylax
Sun Jul 10, 2005 1:06 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Soul Food
Replies: 48
Views: 9907

Apparently the most popular dish in Britain is not in fact Fish and Chips, but the Indian dish Chicken Tikka Massala - I say Indian, though apparently it is a dish unknown on the Subcontinent: invented here in Blighty by Indian (or possibly Bangladeshi) restaurators. For my soul food I would probabl...
by Phylax
Sun Jul 10, 2005 12:19 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Soul Food
Replies: 48
Views: 9907

biscuits. I know that biscuits are something Americans and Brits (and possibly Canadians and Aussies) get confused about: the Brit 'biscuit' when sweet being equivalent to a cookie, when savoury or unsweetened equivalent to a cracker. So what is an American biscuit? Is it like a scone, or a griddle...
by Phylax
Sat Jul 09, 2005 11:21 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Another reason I prefer Greek.
Replies: 19
Views: 5764

Nucular Could the reason be that some people think of the word as splitting in a different place, i.e., 'nucle - ar', as opposed to 'nu - clear? Anyway, we Brits (with the exception of East Anglians and Cockneys) say it in a way that probably sounds odd to at least some North Americans: 'nyooclear'...
by Phylax
Mon Jul 04, 2005 4:49 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: What is the meaning of your avatar, Paul?
Replies: 12
Views: 2487

As to the tunic or toga It looks more like a Greek himation (rectangular) than a Roman toga (semi-circular) to me, but have a look at http://www.cwu.edu/~robinsos/ppages/resources/Costume_History/greek.htm and http://www.cwu.edu/~robinsos/ppages/resources/Costume_History/roman.htm to make your own ...
by Phylax
Mon Jul 04, 2005 11:08 am
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: lol...erm...hi...cud u help with my grk plz
Replies: 22
Views: 6455

I liked it better
I liked your former avatar too, mi Turpissime!
Phylax
by Phylax
Mon Jul 04, 2005 10:59 am
Forum: The Academy
Topic: American Independence: Good?
Replies: 26
Views: 19418

Where's the rest of that Declaration, Phylax? I'm still sceptical.
Coming soon, Bardo, I promise! When I have had a chance to pick out the facts from the fallacies ... :D
by Phylax
Mon Jul 04, 2005 10:54 am
Forum: The Academy
Topic: American Independence: Good?
Replies: 26
Views: 19418

I think this is deep for me, for I'm a very ignorant boy.
No you're not, Yhevhe! Please do keep posting to this thread!

Phylax
by Phylax
Sat Jul 02, 2005 1:29 am
Forum: The Academy
Topic: American Independence: Good?
Replies: 26
Views: 19418

This seems to be a good place to start. The Declaration of Independence has been hailed as one of the great documents of the Enlightenment, and is regarded as seminal to the birth of the US. I find it difficult to understand the esteem in which it is held. I will skip over the its first paragraph, s...