September 19th, 2016


Monday night: Boring job is boring.

And that's not a complaint. I can spend the day listening to music and audiobooks while I work. Finished 'End of Eternity' today - amazing story, so many plot twists! I love Asimov's ability to describe a character in a few deft strokes. And how the characters are motivated by the same mundane, petty feelings that bother all of us: insecurity over professional and social status, pride, jealousy, lust, revenge, and so on. And as with the Foundation books, it's almost all dialog and some exposition - all of the action happens off-stage. It's a story about choices, not battles.

Also spent some time listening to the Feynman lectures. I'm in the section on mechanics, where RPF describes the motion of a rotating body (with precession and nutation) and the usefulness of torque vectors. Great stuff, from the middle of the last century.

Hebrew Then and Now: Intro

So for a while I've had this idea bouncing around in my head, that Hebrew should be presented for new learners as a single language, not two separate languages (Biblical and Modern). Because, while Modern and Biblical Hebrew differ in some details, it's still basically a single language. And just as many Arabic courses present two or more forms of Arabic concurrently (say, Modern Standard and Egyptian dialect, or Saudi or Iraqi or Lebanese), it shouldn't be difficult to introduce the beginning student to the language of the Scriptures together with the daily language of modern-day Israel.

I'm going to test out a few ideas here on LJ. I'll start with the alphabet and move on from there. I'm not fluent in Modern Hebrew but I know enough. If you're new to Hebrew and interested, let me know, and if you're knowledgeable about Hebrew, please feel free to chime in with suggestions and/or corrections.

I am notionally calling the program 'Hebrew Then and Now'.