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Metro suit

Aren’t you one of those individuals who have to often endure the unbearable experience of Brussels’ metro travels ?

Haven’t you ever dreamed of a solution to escape from sensorial agression or momentarily dissipate the discomfort of a promiscuous environment ?

Weren’t you often worried about these millions of staphylococci, salmonella choleraesuis, escherichia coli, streptococcus pyogenes, pseudomonas aeruginosa, enterobacter aerogenes, shigella dysenteriae and other nasty rhinovirus lurking around you ?

Aren’t you sometimes tempted to plug a pair of powerful earplugs to easen the thrills of listening to a whole crowd speaking 60 different languages ?

Wouldn’t you sometimes want to plug another pair of (less powerful) earplugs in your nose, or to carry a transportable oxygen tank ?

Then here is the perfect solution!

In the following document we can see two people wearing the suit in the London tube.

Oracle scripts

I was looking for some information on Europalia, an annual cultural event having China on the spotlight this year. I found an interesting exhibition called the orchid pavillon, covering the origin and development of chinese writing, which I’ll try to attend this year.

How curious, however, is the fact that some of the oldest chinese writings are oracle scripts. eg divinatory scripts carved in animal bones, often turtle shields and other animal bones. I found lots of references to the so-called jiaguwen .

Funny enough, Oracle founders Larry Ellison, Bob Miner and Ed Oates didn’t think about divinatory rituals or ancient scriptum when baptising their flagship software, that complicated piece of software full of surprises and power, but rather an obscure CIA project code name they all worked on.
No doubt every Oracle dba or developer who’s been around for a while knows where the pythian group takes its name from (and I’m not mentioning all the ethymologies and the hypothetical presence of ethylene in Delphi’s temple)… That made me build a little list of possible similar group names.

– The shamans
– The sybilians
– The dogonian mazes
– The buzian sounds
– The baulé mickeys
– The ayahuasca drinkers
– …

To be continued…

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