Author: opoudjis

On petitions to retract articles: II

By: | Post date: October 12, 2017 | Comments: 2 Comments
Posted in categories: Culture

L’affaire Tuvel continues to haunt me. To get you up to speed: here’s the dime summary from Wikipedia. The feminist philosophy journal Hypatia became involved in a dispute in April 2017 that led to the online shaming of one of its authors, Rebecca Tuvel, an untenured assistant professor of philosophy at Rhodes College in Memphis. […]

“Why? To What End?”

By: | Post date: October 9, 2017 | Comments: 3 Comments
Posted in categories: Culture

When I alighted on Medium, almost all the Classics content there was Eidolon. Eidolon is an unabashedly leftist (well, more to the point, identity-politics–driven) Classics online publication. When Eidolon isn’t talking about the collisions of Classics and modernity, it talks a lot about how to stop making Classics complicit in US white supremacist discourse. The […]

On petitions to retract articles: I

By: | Post date: October 7, 2017 | Comments: 3 Comments
Posted in categories: Culture

De Koine en de Oude Dialekten van Griekland The most interesting thing about Tsakonian is not that it is descended from Doric. That impresses nationalists, but the survivals of Doric are less overwhelming than the nationalists would like to think. The most interesting thing about Tsakonian, compared to other dialects of Greek, is the extreme […]

Just because I agree with you doesn’t mean you get to spam me

By: | Post date: October 7, 2017 | Comments: 4 Comments
Posted in categories: Culture

I write this with trepidation. I don’t wade into political matters, and I’m a conflict-averse kind of person. I am also discovering I’m more politically moderate than I used to fancy myself, and that is never a comfortable thing. But, having the courage of my convictions is a novel experience; one that drove me off […]

RFC 2739

By: | Post date: September 28, 2017 | Comments: No Comments
Posted in categories: Information Technology

I’ve been doing a fair bit of development work of late on Upwork, joining the gig economy in my spare time. Yes, that gig economy time eats into my blogging time, and yes, the pay is… well, it’s gig economy pay. But I’ve missed programming, and I do enjoy it. Even if programming now, compared […]

On Facebook Groups about Quora that I cannot stay in

By: | Post date: September 27, 2017 | Comments: 5 Comments
Posted in categories: Quora

My detoxification from Quora is progressing well. I am managing to stay away from checking on comments there are maybe a week at a time. I no longer daydream about slapping Jonathan Brill in the face. I am actually reading websites other than Quora, although I am dismayed to discover how stupid they have become […]

I’m back

By: | Post date: September 12, 2017 | Comments: 8 Comments
Posted in categories: Admin

I’m back. This is going to all sorts of audiences, so I now need to spell out where I’m back to, and where I’m back from. I maintained two blogs up until 2011. hellenisteukontos.blogspot.com was a blog about Greek linguistics, and opuculuk.blogspot.com was a blog about everything else. Hellenisteukontos in particular developed quite a following, […]

Brag about yourself. What are you really good at doing?

By: | Post date: August 16, 2017 | Comments: No Comments
Posted in categories: Personal

“Let us now praise famous Nicks.” I hope I’m good at popularising obscure topics in the set union of Greek and linguistics. It’s what I’m ostensibly supposed to be doing here, instead of complaining about the site’s misdeeds. When I’m firing on all cylinders, my intellectual labour is quick. Fearsomely quick. I’m quick to pick […]

What are some sentences that make perfect sense to you but sound like gibberish to most people?

By: | Post date: August 15, 2017 | Comments: No Comments
Posted in categories: Culture, Personal

Opening up my Master’s thesis randomly, this para makes all the sense in the world to me, and I’m sure it makes somewhat less sense to most. Unlike volitionality or temporality, these principles underlying these relations cannot be captured by a referential, truth-conditional semantics. The relationships described by these relations are not real-world relations; they […]

Poe once wrote: “Oh! That my young life were a lasting dream! /My spirit not awakening, till the beam/Of an Eternity should bring the morrow.” What do you make of that sentiment, as someone who writes so poignantly of illness?

By: | Post date: August 15, 2017 | Comments: No Comments
Posted in categories: Culture

https://m.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/dreams-0 Oh! that my young life were a lasting dream!My spirit not awakening, till the beamOf an Eternity should bring the morrow.Yes! tho’ that long dream were of hopeless sorrow,’Twere better than the cold realityOf waking life, to him whose heart must be,And hath been still, upon the lovely earth,A chaos of deep passion, from […]

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