Citanda: “The Internet Will Fail”

There’s an article at Asylum going around all about assorted ‘bad predictions’ … one has a bit o’ classcon:

“Using Twitter for literate communication is about as likely as firing up a CB radio and hearing some guy recite ‘The Iliad.'” — Bruce Sterling, a science-fiction writer and journalist, told The New York Times.

via “The Internet Will Fail” — Bold Predictions That Completely Bombed –

Well we know there’s literate communication on Twitter … the Iliad Trucker Hats might suggest we just might hear that CB recital at some point …

This Day in Ancient History: ante diem v kalendas maias

Edward Gibbon, by Henry Walton (died 1813). Se...
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ante diem v kalendas maias

  • ludi Florales … a.k.a. Floralia (day 1) — a festival originally ordered in response to an interpretation of the Sybilline books in 238 B.C., it fell into desuetude only to be revived in 173 B.C.; it was a general festival of drinking and other merriment in honour of Flora, who presided over (of course) flowers and their blossoms (Chloris is also mentioned … I’m still trying to figure that one out).
  • 4977 B.C. — birth of the universe, according to the calculations of Johannes Kepler
  • 1737 — Birth of Edward Gibbon (he wrote some sort of book apparently)