Archive for April, 2013


A certain lighthearted whimsy has overtaken RT since publishing the first four tablets of Gilgamesh this morning. In the spirit of the moment, he offers this drawing…


Drawing: Here Comes the Parade (1881); Ida Waugh; WikiCmns; Public Domain.


Wow!!! Gilgamesh Tablets 1-4 is Available on Lulu!!!

April 29, 2013 7 comments


RT is stunned: after a morning-long struggle with his files, he is pleased and proud to announce that his book, Gilgamesh: The Ancient Epic, tablets 1-4, is now available on You can reach the book order for on Lulu ( by typing in the book’s title or the author’s name, Eric Quinn.

This is the first fruits of more than 12 years of work…whoa!!!

I will only add that I’m very pleased by the book’s appearance, and especially its covers, which turned out better than I had hoped. Thanks, everyone, for being so encouraging during the process of finishing the volume!   Eric

Book Cover: copyright © 2013, Eric Quinn.


Gilgamesh Back Cover–Redux!

Gilgamesh-Back Cover

RT has figured out a way to get around the SVG file/Wordpress impasse: he scanned a printout of the cover into his computer. So now, with some pride and relief, he offers the finished back cover. Now onto the Lulu upload…


© copyright 2013, Eric Quinn


Tea #4 Review – Russian Caravan


for the connoisseur of teas…  RT

(reposted from goodywinks)


Tea #4 Review – Russian Caravan.

Bread Pizza with Avocado Slices



long may pizza reign!   RT

(reposted from Gourmet Dad)



Bread Pizza with Avocado Slices.

Birds of Paradise

April 24, 2013 8 comments




hello from paradise!   RT

(reposted from Jessica Turnbow)


Birds of Paradise.

Gilgamesh–the Back Cover!!!

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The last hurdle in RT’s publishing Gilgamesh tablets 1-4 on Lulu is the book’s back cover. Nothing to be slighted, back covers help give a book a sense of being a finished product, complete in both its contents and design. RT has been using the freeware program Inkscape to produce uploadable files; all good and well. But he has just now noticed that Inkscape’s file format is incompatible with WordPress. Or maybe not–RT is tired.

In any case, the BC is coming along pretty well; another couple or three days should see it finished. Then the book will be actually e-published, and RT is seriously considering doing nothing for a day. What delicious rebellion…   RT


ImageIzdubar and Heabani in conflict with the lion and bull (1876); source: The Chaldean Account of Genesis, author, George Smith. WikiCmns. Public Domain.




QuikScript Puzzle #1

April 19, 2013 3 comments


RT has blogged quite a bit about constructed alphabets for English, that is, alphabets that have been designed specifically for writing English. His preference? Quikscript, designed by Kingsley Read.

So, to take the process of advertising the script one step further, RT offers the Quikscript sample to the left, two phrases taken from a famous work. Readers are encouraged to transliterate the sample into the Roman alphabet.

Here is a link to the Wikipedia Quikscript alphabet chart. Readers are also encouraged to leave their transliterations in this post’s comments section. Good luck!   RT


chess ?


some fine street art… RT

(reposted from tekapa)


chess ?.

Dodos–Saving the World for Wildlife *and* People

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Well, there’s no point in getting angry over human appetite; Mauritius is not the largest of islands, and the dodos were big (3 ft. tall), flightless, and easy prey. Readers should also note that while the demise of the Dodo has become a cautionary tale, few people are aware that the Dodo’s closest genetic relative, the Rodriguez Solitaire, also went extinct soon after discovery.

So what can we make of this uncomfortable bit of history? Maybe the first place to look for an answer is the present. What’s remarkable, from RT’s perspective, is a) the survival of Mauritius’s ecosystem and b) the impressive prosperity enjoyed by its people. This is not to say that humankind’s toll on the island’s wildlife hasn’t been significant; over the course of four centuries, it has. More than 100 species of plants and animals have gone extinct, and less than 2 percent of the original forest cover remains. But here is the good news: conservation organizations, starting in the 1980s, have saved the Mauritius kestrelMauritius parakeet and pink pigeon; undertaken forest management and restoration; and established captive breeding programs and endemic nurseries. Three organizations are engaged in the effort: the National Parks and Conservation Service; the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation; and the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust.

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The history of the nation is colorful, as we might imagine: discovered by the Portuguese, Mauritius was subsequently colonized by the Dutch, French, and British, the last of who granted independence to the country in 1968. The country has a political system modeled on the Westminster’s and a history of peaceful elections, despite its diverse demographic: the largest segment of the population is of Indian background, but the number of French-, Creole-, and Sino-Mauritians is also significant. Not surprisingly, the country is polyglot, with English and French being “unofficial” official languages, but Mauritian-Creole is the mother tongue of most citizens.

As for the Dodo: recent efforts have led to the recovery of at least 17 Dodo skeletons, and, in 2007, the most complete Dodo skeleton yet recovered was found in a highlands cave. No DNA has been extracted so far, but these finds are rapidly advancing scientific study of the bird.


Image: topPainting of a dodo head (1683); (one of the last images of the bird made from life). Cornelis Saftleven. bottom: Mauritius Pink Pigeon; Author, Trisha M. Shears. Both photos: WikiCmns; Public Domain.