The Grave of the Dwarf

Tara had three wonders; but as the first was in no degree important I will omit it. The second was the grave of the Dwarf. If you went to measure it you found its length exactly three lengths of your foot; if another person with a different sized foot did the same, he found it to answer the length of his foot in like manner. In short whoever measured this marvelous little grave, whether man or boy or child, found that it was exactly three times the length of his foot, neither more not less.


P.W. Joyce, The Wonders of Ireland

First of three wonders with allabair being the last.


The Grave of the Dwarf

Temair = ‘eminent height’

Above, left, right, forward, behind.

The human body the organizing factor.

it doesnt give the distance to Tara

Read that as a poetic statement.

Movement beyond this habitual measure of things.

Temair in gaeilge

The Hill of Tara (Temair in gaeilge)

Temair = ‘eminent height’

thugann an t-achar go Teamhair
(it doesnt give the distance to Tara)
Temair = ‘ a sacred enclosure’, Greek, temenos (sacred precinct) Latin, templum (temple)
conjectural I.E. root tem = ‘to cut‘ 
tem-r-is = cut of/ separated from/ demarcated area



Screenshot_2020-02-28 Some Account of the Writings and Opinions of Clement of Alexandria

A Gloss on Glosses

pleasant to me the sunshine for the way it glitters on these margins so

Clement numbers the question Whether the foetus in the womb is an animal? among the foolish questions which engender strife………… yet in the book…. he discusses the question minutely. But surely he might do this without any contradiction; since he only brings forward the question with the view of illustrating the mode in which an investigation is to be conducted in these circumstances, (i.e. with questions that engender strife).  

Watching the Detectives

“In his short essay  On the Order of My Own Books , addressed to the friend and fellow doctor Eugenianus, Galen gives recommendations about the order in  which his writings should be perused. These recommendations reflect different needs and capacities of his readers. Thinking of them as doctors or students of medicine, Galen distinguishes two groups among his readers: those  who believe that his doctrine. Thinking of them as doctors or students of medicine, Galen distinguishes two groups among his readers: those  who believe that his doctrine (δόγµα) is true, having been convinced of that by Galen’s exemplary way of life and by the success of his medical practice; and those he describes as “naturally intelligent and, at the same time, disciples of truth” (καὶ φύσει συνετοὶ καὶ ἀληθείας ἑταῖροι), who want to find the truth for themselves while being able to judge the statements of others. The first group, he says, can benefit from his writings by getting a correct opinion; but only the second one can hope to gain “precise knowledge of things.”
M. Havrda, The Purpose of Galens Treatise On Demonstration

Bloody Instruction(differences)

What I am reading in Galen is descried as a philosophical position or basis.

Its familiar but I have always thought about it as an anthropological observation.

Method of demonstration, its highly familiar as a rhetorical instruction.

But in drama its embodied in movement.

Its a good posture to hold.

Movement of the spine.

‘Freedom of movement required to properly observe things.’

A ‘relaxed posture’ = ‘unconstrained movement.’

observation/ philosophy.

Chicken/ egg/ egg /chicken.

My personal preference is move first think later. Situational, first thing learned. It has its advantages and disadvantages.

Thought is always going to be retro, and its going to be confronted with a space that is something of a disordered and unruly mess.

Ta/ Ra

Ta Ra = Goodbye/ Goodbye (for now)

Ta Ra! The thing revealed

Ta Ra using it in a lazy relaxing way when I don’t want to think at the moment or think about echo/ report/ distortion.

Not concerned if it makes no sense.

If the distortion rate is low and the echo/ report rate has a high correspondence does this tell me something about acoustic perception?

Or I have no reason to be optimistic that it will make sense outside of my own imagination where the range of examples I have is small.

Bloody Instruction

Each student reacted in a different characteristic way. For example, those who had been over-anxious to please authority discovered that they could be themselves with impunity, ceasing to be such model students, but becoming better performers… In our opinion, this approach is the best means we have yet encountered for solving the artist’s problem of communication and should form the basis of his training

W. Barlow, More Talk of Alexander