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Manuscript, computer

Several laconic months and ten folios later, my transcription is complete. Now there's "just" all the translation and annotation to do.

I've really loved working on this text. Indeed, I'm rather tempted to go on and do an edition of the whole rest of the manuscript - in the long run, that would be a useful service too. Indeed, when I was talking to a Toronto professor about this project at Leeds, her first question was whether or not I was working on the volume and its companions in their entirety. We'll see how the smaller project turns out before I tackle the larger.

In less happy news, my laptop isn't work UKP 650 for repairs. It needs a new logic board fitted. That amount goes a long ways towards buying a new laptop, after all. I've already paid a small fortune for repairs to it when it was thirteen months old - one past its native warranty. In the future - the very near future now - I will buy an extended warranty with a new laptop.

I got a dissertation and four years use out of it; not so bad really, if not quite as long as I'd hoped. The machine still works, mostly, as long as I use it with external keyboard and mouse (i.e. don't touch it), and don't care if it freezes at least once every two or three hours, often more frequently. This means I can revert it to emulating MacOS9 and run all my old software on it, especially the older Ambrosia games.


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Aug. 3rd, 2006 03:15 pm (UTC)
Re: Emulation
I have the OS9 disc(s), so I can certainly try the install - whenever the machine stays up long enough to do so. Also, last I checked, they had no plans to update Barrack for OSX, which is the one I miss most.
Aug. 3rd, 2006 03:13 pm (UTC)
Can you back up for a second? What manuscript did you translate? I have been really bad with LJ lately given all the school/work stuff.

thanks :-)
Aug. 3rd, 2006 03:24 pm (UTC)
I never said! It's a section, the "Invenire" which probably is, but arguably, part of John Whethamstede's Granarium. The Granarium is mostly an enormous encyclopedia of famous men, but with thematic sections on other topics as well. The "Invenire" in particular is the earliest prolonged history of invention anyone I know has ever heard exists; plus, the earliest history of invention which is particularly interested in near-contemporary inventions. Also, it looks quite likely that the "Invenire" is the basis for some later very famous histories of invention.

My current project is do to the edition and translation of the "Invenire", a mere 10 folios. The whole Granarium would be a huge project - volume one alone has 180 folios, although volume 2 hardly exists - it was mostly destroyed in the Cotton fire in the late 18th century. Parts of the text also exist in another eight or so mss, which I'd like to see anyways, but which I'd really need to see if I was doing the larger edition. There's a project that would take years....

John Whethamstede was twice abbot of St. Alban's (they invited him back for more!), prolific author, and part of Duke Humphrey's circle. Nifty factoid picked up at K'zoo this spring: Whethamstede was the first English author to quote Dante's De Monarchia in Latin.
Aug. 3rd, 2006 03:38 pm (UTC)
That is very interesting.

Even though I have a lot of interests outside of my field, but there is so little time.

Aug. 3rd, 2006 11:02 pm (UTC)
Neato! That sounds fascinating!
Aug. 3rd, 2006 03:57 pm (UTC)
Mine is 6, and I really do need to replace it. I just am having a hard time, because it seems like this would be the right occasion to go Mac, but I just am having a hard time justifying the extra costs. I'll wait till I see what my paychecks look like before taking the plunge, I expect. But if you go mac, see if you can still get the academic discount somehow!
Aug. 3rd, 2006 07:23 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry about your computer!
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