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  1. I never took Latin in school but I did study it on my own (I've always been fascinated by languages and study whatever I can). The word order in Latin is relatively free, but tends toward Subject-Object-Verb like most of the older Indo-European languages. Classical Latin was always kind of an artificial construction, based off the language of the first century BC or so, something like Received Pronunciation. As the empire expanded and Latin speakers settled in other places the Vulgar Latin dialects developed. It was stress patterns and sound shifts in Latin that led to the case system becoming confused and ultimately falling away (similar to what happened in English). In contrast, Romance verb conjugations became more complex.
  2. A third authenticated photo of bluesman Robert Johnson has been found, kept by his stepsister. The only two photographs of Johnson ever published did little to dispel the mystery of the artist Eric Clapton once called “the most important blues musician who ever lived.” In one, Johnson strikes a stern pose, a cigarette dangling from his lips. In the other, taken at a Memphis photo studio, he is smiling but formal, perched cross-legged in a pinstripe suit atop a wooden stool. But Mrs. Anderson, as she prefers to be called, kept something of her stepbrother that reveals a different side of him. https://www.vanityfair.com/style/2020/05/exclusive-first-look-at-new-photograph-of-blues-legend-robert-johnson
  3. Rishi Kapoor has died. Fans are mourning the death of Rishi Kapoor. According to CNN, citing a family representative, the actor died in hospital on Thursday after a two-year battle with leukemia. He was 67 years old. https://www.eonline.com/news/1146546/actor-rishi-kapoor-dead-at-67-priyanka-chopra-and-more-stars-pay-tribute?utm_source=eonline&utm_medium=rssfeeds&utm_campaign=imdb_topstories
  4. The irregular shape is not as big a deal, it's more the thinness of the gourd and how close together I can put the holes without cracking. And I've been using a drill, my more sophisticated tools are still packed. But I've seen people do amazing things with gourd lamps. When the cable guy came he mentioned his son worked at a pawn shop and that was considered an essential business.
  5. Also I feel like I should point out that in addition to the longer time period, the data on the 2009 H1N1 mentioned 12,469 deaths out of 60 million infected. According to the CDC now, Covid has 42,000 deaths out of 776,000 infections. It doesn't take a statistician to see this is much more serious. Normally I make somewhat of a living as an artist, so I'm always doing creative things, (but I hate to think how I'll be when I come out of this). Unfortunately, Moving In The Time Of Plague put everything on hold. But during the move I found some gourds that someone gave me years ago (I don't even remember who) so I decided to try and make a lamp out of one, although early experiments tell me it will take more work than I thought.
  6. A friend said he throws his masks in the dryer on high heat for about 20 minutes or a half hour to kill any viruses.
  7. It falls under the umbrella of Personal Hygiene Services. Professional and personal services: Professional services, such as legal services, accounting services, insurance services, personal hygiene services (including barber shops and salons) with additional sanitization precautions as recommended for businesses by the Arizona Department of Health Services and real estate services (including appraisal and title services).
  8. The Governor of Arizona issued a Stay At Home Order effective tomorrow (March 31) at 5 PM through April 30. https://www.12news.com/article/news/local/arizona/arizona-stay-at-home-faq/75-2e3c7df0-fb7c-424c-ab07-146fcf275803 There are exceptions for essential services, although the list is rather broad, and includes things like golf courses and beauty salons. https://azgovernor.gov/governor/news/2020/03/list-essential-services
  9. I stocked up a few months ago from Little Red Cup and all the tea they sell now was imported from China before covid-19 hit. I would love to get some more, but that would require money.
  10. As I understand it, it's $1200 to all Americans making under $75000 a year, so we all get one. Unless you have direct deposit set up with the IRS, it will take a few weeks to get the paper checks out. This is a one time only thing, but if this crisis drags on (and there is every reason to believe it will) they will have to do more in the future, despite the fact that they seem desperate to avoid a Universal Basic Income.
  11. That's pretty good to know. I assume the copper statistic applies to brass as well, due to the high copper content. Brass doorknobs will disinfect themselves over about 8 hours. Funny, I've been washing off apples with soap and water for years because of all the wax they put on them.
  12. Fun episode and I liked that Chyler had a chance to shine, but does anyone else find it disturbing that all the dystopian elements of The Matrix are now the selling points of Obsidian?
  13. On 40 you'd pass through Flagstaff, not Phoenix. Which would be better, since Coconino County only has 17 cases compared to 139 for Maricopa.
  14. That sucks. Best of luck to her. The movers are coming to get the stuff we can't next week, so hopefully things will work out. Everything else we can get with some friends' help.
  15. I suspect they might go down. My town is lousy with AirBnB's and I suspect that a lot will want to dump them after this, since traffic in town is as sparse as I've ever seen it. I also have the luck to be moving in the middle of this. Personally, I wonder how many people will now learn to cook.
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