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Today’s INSIGHT: Ever Wonder As To How Church Steeples Came To Be, & What Church Had The First?

by Anura Guruge


Iconic white church steeple in Machias, Maine — so quintessential of New England churches.


Last week during my perambulations on the Bold Coast of Maine, I got thinking about church steeples — given that every town (or village) in that neck of the woods appear to have a quintessentially New England white church with a rampant steeple.

Yes, of course, I have heard the theory as to their symbolism — the desire to reach out to the heavens. But, there is also a phallic element — as in Obelisks (& I was thinking of the iconic one that dominates St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican). That ancient obelisks, in Egypt, paid homage to male ‘fertility’ is well understood. Putting a cross on top of a obelisk, as at the Vatican, does not disguise the original intent. So, there is that aspect.

What I got thinking about was ‘what would have been the first church to sport a steeple (as we know them now)‘? I did realize that this piece of history might have gone unnoted, unrecorded & is possibly now not known. Some quick research confirmed that. We just don’t know. It is now surmised that Christian steeples probably came to be around the 6th century. I guess that kind of makes sense. We do NOT know what church sported the first steeple.

The best that we can do today is identify the majestic Chartres Cathedral (in France) has having the OLDEST original steeple that is still standing. These steeples were built in the 12th century. So, he have appear to have lost about 600-years worth of history when it comes to church steeples. Thought that you may want to think of this.


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Today’s INSIGHT: Did You Know That ‘Belvedere’ Means A Building With A View?

by Anura Guruge


A belvedere. The ‘Liberty Hall’ in Machiasport, Maine (Bold Coast). See sign below, which is on the right of the stairs.




Then there was “Mr. Belvedere” the U.S. TV sitcom that I was familiar with. So, I had assumed that it was a Surname.


The Belvedere I was familiar with. Yes, at the Vatican. I had assumed (wrongly) that it was named after a cardinal who paid to have it built! Click to ENLARGE & read here. Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cortile_del_Belvedere



This imposing building is in Machiasport, Maine, on Route 92 — across the road from the river (opening). I had parked the car, just south of ‘Fort O’Brien State Historic Site‘ & was exploring the area, starting with the Fort, on foot. I stop & read signs. So, I saw the sign shown at top. I had never seen ‘Belvedere’ used as such. It was obvious it was referring to the building. So, that evening when I was back at the motel (in Machias) I Googled it. WOW.

Yes, I knew ‘Belle’ was beautiful. ‘Verde’. I had seen Spanish variants in Arizona. I had never put it together. It was interesting. I wanted to share with you.

What do you think? Cool … eh?


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Today’s INSIGHT: Did You Know That ‘Stew’ Was The Name For A Brothel (A Whorehouse)?

by Anura Guruge


I had no idea. I was confused the first time I heard it used in that context. Appears that in 12th Century England it WAS the word for a whorehouse. Routinely used.

I learnt this via the latest Amazon Audible book I am listening, viz. “A Mortal Bane”. See below. Kind of neat. I can see how this word could evolve over time.


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Today’s INSIGHT: Ever Wondered What The Name ‘Canada’ Means?

by Anura Guruge


As some of you know names intrigue me & I spend a fair amount of time thinking about the origins & meanings of names. I wish I had more time to pursue this fobile. Ideally, I would look up each & every name I come across. I still need to find what ‘Craig‘ stands for & where it came from. That is just one of thousands.

The other day ‘Canada‘ popped into my mind. Had no idea. Did YOU? Had to look it up.

Check the Wikipedia entry. They even have two alternate, humorous, suggestions.


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Today’s INSIGHT: ‘Drummer’ Used To Be Another Name For Travelling Salesman.

by Anura Guruge


Did YOU know that? I did not.

I was reading a book set in the 1860s when the term came up — it was talking about two ‘drummers’ who were visiting a midwest Army fort carrying their ‘goods’. Stumped I. So, had to look it up. WOW.

So, I had to SHARE with you. What do you think?


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Today’s INSIGHT: ‘Bagatelle’ Is An Actual Place & There Is A Board Game Of That Name.

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The board game. A type of pocket billiards. Goal is to get the small balls into the ‘holes’ made from the pegs using the small cue.


‘Mere bagatelle’ (a phrase I am fond of) comes from the Château de Bagatelle, outside Paris (France). It was basically built as a ‘folly’ — a trifle. Hence, mere Bagatelle. COOL. I just found that out, after encountering the Bagatelle board game on Facebook. Had never heard of it or seen a board. The board game was played at the French Château, hence the name. Cute. I love to learn new things. Wanted to share this with you. Pass it along. SMILE. Enjoy.


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Today’s INSIGHT For Thought: Babies Are Born Capable Of Speaking ANY Language In The World.

by Anura Guruge


It is patently obvious when YOU THINK about it, BUT I am not sure how many of us have ever given it any thought.

Babies, worldwide, when born are NOT ‘programmed’ (or predisposed) to speak any particular language. As long as they are ‘normal’ they will pick-up & learn whatever TONGUE they are most exposed to, i.e., the so called ‘mother tongue’.

I, as you should be able to tell, am NOT good at languages. I listen to Chinese or Russian & am CONVINCED that I would never have been able to master such languages. But, IF I had grown up being exposed to one of those languages it would have become my mother tongue. WOW.

You have to think about this. Quite neat when you finally get you mind around all of it.

No baby is born to speak English, Swahili, Sinhalese, Italian, Russian, Vietnamese or whatever.

Babies are born language-neutral.


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What IF Garmin Supposed Ransomware Attack Is A DISGUISED Hack From China (Or Google)?

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE & skim. From ‘Google News’.


Click image to access my post from 4-days ago.


I was at least 4-hours AHEAD of the pack. As soon as I heard that Garmin had been down for a ‘few’ hours I suspected a HACK. It was much, much later that others cottoned onto this & the rumors of the ransomware surfaced.

I am, however, still NOT convinced.

Being the professional cynic that I am (& a pioneering hacker from the early the 1970s) I have doubts.

What if the supposed ransomware is BUT a ruse to cover up a MASSIVE hack. Yes, the files & data has been encrypted per ransomware, BUT what if they sucked up all the data beforehand.

I am convinced, rightly or wrongly, that we are headed for a major cyber war with China. I think China is trying out their technology & tactics all over the place, Australia in particular. I have a theory that this could be China trying it out on a medium size US company — though I think many of the Garmin servers are in Europe.

Then again, it might be Google! Remember they are in the process of buying up FitBit. Plus, they are HUNGRY for fitness/health data. By hacking Garmin they get access to millions of active users!

Think about it.

P.S., I am a Garmin shareholder, & yes, I sold some of my GRMN shares today, on the news. SMILE.


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What Am I Thinking: Are The Cyber Attacks In Australia, A Dress Rehearsal By China, For The U.S. Pre-Election?

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Click to ENLARGE & study. From ‘Google News’. Google as I have shown …


Not sure how many of you have been following this, i.e., MASSIVE cyber attacks in Australia that the Australian GOVERNMENT believes is from China, STATE-SPONSORED at that.

OK?

Scary?

I thought last week’s Twitter hack was related. It still could prove to be so. They are clever enough to provide some convenient red herrings to throw us off course.

So, what I am THINKING.

Is this just a DRESS REHEARSAL?

Real target is the U.S., pre-election.

Biden, just yesterday, said that he has had security briefings that intimate that China & Russia plan to interfere with the election. See below.

This worries I.

I think the Chinese have had it up to their eye-teeth with the US.

They have the resources. This could get UGLY with all of us as helpless pawns.

Have YOU thought about this?

Should you?


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What Am I Thinking: HOW & WHY Are We, The ‘Sapiens’, Standing Singularly Alone?

by Anura Guruge



I drove for 9.5 hours, to Acadia & back, Wednesday/Thursday of this week. That gave me a LOT of time to THINK. And this was one of the THINKS that popped into my stack & kept me THINKING.

Evolution, at least within our niche in the world (meaning the ‘Ape’ family (& i.e., Hominoidea)) seems to have STOPPED.

Chimps & gorillas don’t seem to be getting any smarter? Shouldn’t they. That is how we came to be us. We evolved. While I don’t expect chimps to be us, why haven’t they got CLOSER.

Also, within the ‘Homo Erectus‘ family. There were a LOT of splits & we & the Neanderthals lived side-by-side for quite a long time.

NO MORE. We are alone.

How come we haven’t seen a SPLIT?

Worth THINKING about. Well worth THINKING about.

I came home & serendipitously found this book. I have been listening to it, as an Amazon Audible (for FREE), yesterday & today — during my 100-minute walks.

Bingo. The book addresses my concern right up front.

Click to ENLARGE & read here. Link to book BELOW.


Click to access Amazon listing.


So, it would appear that this was a GOOD THINK.

I am not done yet. The book hasn’t answered all my questions. But, it has given me more to TH


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