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Name: mike dillon
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I am a guy who does stuff, some of which is related to computers. I like free software. I regularly help out with jEdit (

Just so you know, I am not Matt Dillon (the FreeBSD hacker, or the actor), and, as far as I know, I am not even related to anyone named Matt.

Also, I am not Mike Dillon, the NASCAR driver, nor do I ever intend to follow in his footsteps and become one.


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cameron : any piercing that is being done with any sort of gun has already gone wrong. find a professional piercer that uses hollow surgical needles and you'll not only avoid some pain, but you may just heal correctly.
raph, you're the man. there's nothing i love more than HREF's with trailing slashes where needed to prevent wasted 301 errors (that may be hyperbole).
caolan : i studied linguistics for a few years, and as far as i know, there are no languages that are conventionally written from bottom to top.

in addition to the left-right, right-left, and top-bottom writing conventions that you mention, the only other conventional style that i'm familiar with is called boustrophedon (Greek for "turning like oxen in plowing"), which is writing that reverses direction each line.

after an initial period of being right-left about 2500 years ago, Greek was typically written in the boustrophedon style for a while before finally settling on left-right around 500 BCE. inscriptions in this style have also been found in Semitic languages, Etruscan, Latin, Ethiopian (Ge'ez), and Runic (Futhark), among others. apparently, it was a rather popular and widely failed experiment.

now that i think about it, even English is conventionally written bottom to top sometimes. the situation i'm thinking of in particular is traffic instructions in the road bed, where from above, the text is written from bottom to top (at least everywhere i've every travelled, which is limited), while the words appear sequentially to a moving commuter. there are doubtless other situations where bottom to to writing is the norm.

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i'm glad to see there are other Latinists on advogato. i'm a little rusty, but perhaps i'll get up the nerve one of these days and post a diary entry in latin.

the updated latin lexicon mentioned by schön is:

Egger, Carolus. Lexicon Recentis Latinitatis. Civitas Vaticana: Libraria Editoria Vaticana. ISBN 88-209-2239-8.

it is an Italian -> Neolatin lexicon. perhaps not surprisingly, i can't seem to find anyone selling it online. it may be out of print, although i doubt that since Vol I was published in 1992, and Vol II in 1997.

hmm... the UC Berkeley library seems to have both volumes, so perhaps i'll have my brother check it out for me to peruse.

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