Archive for May, 2019



haiku d’été – perched in a tree = perchés dans l’arbre

perched high in the tree
a murder of squawking crows –
goofy guffaws




perchés dans l’arbre
plusieurs corbeaux stridents –
comme ils gloussent !

Richard Vallance


haiku d’été - chirping in the grass = elle stridule dans l’herbe

chirping in the grass
the iridescent grasshopper -
a warm day’s rondeau




elle stridule dans l’herbe,
la sauterelles iridescente  -
rondeau d’un jour chaud

Richard Vallance


summer haiku d’été – my Tuxedo cat = mon chat Tuxedo

my Tuxedo cat,
fur fluttering in the wind –
easy breezy boy

Tuxedo colours

mon chat Tuxedo,
son poil flottant au vent –
garçon débonnaire

Richard Vallance


Fabulous cat blog, KATZENWORLD! You have to check it out! Click on the logo to visit:


Katzenworld

Oliver & Nubia

Gwennie

The last two photos below are of my own Tuxedo cat, Silhouette and my stuffed Tuxedo cat, Alouette, who as you can see are the girlfriends of Oliver and Nubia!

Silhouette

Alouette

Enjoy!


Restoration of the top of Minoan Linear Tablet ZA 20 (Zakros) REVISED:

Since the last post on my original restoration of the top of Minoan Linear Tablet ZA 20 (Zakros), I have reconsidered the hypothetical text, and I have come up with this more plausible restoration:

Linear A tablet ZA 20 Zakros top restored

The running decipherment reads as follows:

1. a field
2. of 20 bales of einkorn wheat
3. and 20 bales of emmer wheat
4. and 65 bales of barley
5. all measured by bales
6. 4 bales of MI ?? ZA (unknown) + 1 bale with wheat
7. and 12 bales of wheat with 2 spin-offs of chaff from the wheat 
8. totals for all the above = 130

This restoration is the basis of an article on it soon to be published on academia.edu. I shall keep you posted. 


winter haiku d’hiver – frosty spider web = toile d’araignée glacée

frosty spider web
draped on a rusty gate –
filigree necklace

spider web rusty gate 620

toile d’araignée glacée
sur un portail rouillé –
collier en filigrane

Richard Vallance


funny summer haiku d’été rigolo – on our clothesline = sur la corde à linge

on our clothesline,
fluttering in the wind 
my torn undies

clothesline torn undies 620


sur la corde à linge,
mes sous-vêtements déchirés
flottent au gré du vent

Richard Vallance
 

Late Bronze Age Clay Time!


Guest post by CREWS Visiting Fellow Cassandra Donnelly

During the last week of April the Program for Aegean Scripts and Prehistory (PASP) hosted its first ever “Late Bronze Age Clay Time! Study Break” in the Classics Lounge in Waggener Hall at the University of Texas at Austin. Approximately twenty  undergraduate and graduate students, along with some staff and their children, produced a veritable archive of Late Bronze Age (LBA) tablets.

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We provided attendees with the clay (local-fire “Longhorn Red” clay from Armadillo Clay), three types of styluses, and one of three different instruction packets. The first type of instruction packet pertained to Mycenaean Greek and Linear B, the second to Ugaritic, and the third to Cypro-Minoan. Each packet included instructions for how to make one of three tablet types, a signary in the corresponding script, and a model text to write in the corresponding language. Each of the texts, once…

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senryu – I kitty snow white = moi, chatte neige blanche

I kitty snow white,
who needs seven dwarfs
with my sky blue eyes?

snow white

moi, chatte neige blanche,
qui cherche sept nains, si mes yeux
sont bleux azurés ? 

Richard Vallance


summer haiku d’été – Minoan Linear A saffron goddess haiku in Linear A, English & French

Minoan Linear A haiku saffron goddess

sea sarai
sapa punikasa
adakisika *

* The Linear A text of this haiku is absolutely beautiful!
Read it for yourself. 

the saffron goddess
her crimson dress
adorned with ivy

la déesse du safran
sa robe cramoisie embellie
de lierre

Richard Vallance


senryu – I’m a black kitten = moi, chaton noir

I’m a black kitten
with pretty blue eyes –
I’m not a toy!

blue eyed black kitten

moi, chaton noir
aux beaux yeux bleus –
moi, pas un jouet !

Richard Vallance


senryu – my chubby cat = mon chat joufflu

my chubby cat,
his ass in my face – 
fed up with the rain!

fat cat on a leash

mon chat joufflu,
son cul vers mon visage –
tanné de la pluie !

Richard Vallance


Richard Janke’s conjectural restoration of the missing top of Linear A tablet ZA 20:

Since the top of Linear A tablet ZA 20 is missing, I boldly took it upon myself to restore the top of this tablet. My restoration is of course conjectural, but I am quite sure it is something like what the original must have looked like, because line 6 mentions sitetu and line 7 situ. These are variants on the same Linear A word, situ, which just so happens to look a great deal like the Linear B word sito, which means “wheat”. SO it is natural to suppose that in fact situ and sitetu also mean “wheat” in Linear A.  

linear-a-tablet-za-20-zakros-restored

Here is the decipherment of the entire Linear A tablet ZA 20 (Zakrs), including the restored lines 1.-7.

1. kireta2 11 = 11 units (probably bales) of barley
2. dideru 42 = 42 bales of einkorn wheat
3. dideru 30 qerie 22 = 30 bales of einkorn wheat (2) and 22 bales of another type of grain (3)
4. qerie 6 = 6 bales of grain type (3)
5. ro? + direza- = (dide)ro [left truncated] = einkorn wheat = didero + direza = a unit of measurement
6. se + mi? +ru? 4 sitetu 1 = “se” is the last syllabogram, i.e. syllable of the word direza+se, which implies the word is inflected.
7. situ 6 te*123 12 rumitase 2 = 6 bales of wheat + 12 bales or units of te*123 (unknown) 2 units of chaff  
8. kura 120 = kura = TOTAL of all items listed in lines 1.-7.

No one has ever attempted to decipher even the extant bottom portion of Linear A tablet ZA 20 (Zakros) before, let alone to restore the missing lines in the missing top portion of this tablet.


senryu – heart to heart = parler à coeur ouvert

a heart to heart
with my tuxedo cat
spaces her out!

heart freaked out Tuxedo Cat

parler à coeur ouvert
avec ma chatte tuxedo
la laisse flippée !

Richard Vallance


Fun facts about Tuxedo Cats! ... the most amazing are...

One Tuxie inherited $ 6.3 million, making him the richest cat in the world! Tuxedo Cats are the only cats admitted to the Metropolitan Opera House! Amazing, eh? 

facts-about-tuxedo-cats 620



haiku d’été – the crescent moon = le croissant de lune

the crescent moon
in the great-horned owl’s eyes
mirrored in the cat’s

gray-horned owl 620

le croissant de lune
aux yeux de l’hibou grand duc
aux yeux du chat

Richard Vallance


haiku d’été – blue-eyed tuxedo = tuxedo, yeux bleus

my blue-eyed cat
in his spiffy tuxedo –
bluebird soprano


tuxedobluebird 620

mon chat aux yeux bleus
qui porte son smoking si chic –
l’oiseau bleu soprano

Richard Vallance


senryu –  blueberries on Mars? = bleuets sur Mars ?

blueberries on Mars?
you gotta be pullin’ my leg !
... or bird turds?

blueberries on mars 620

bleuets sur Mars ?
est-ce tu me taquines !
... ou des crottes d’oiseaux ?

Richard Vallance


senryu –  tuxedo cats = chats tuxedo

gee, tuxedo cats
all curled in a ball  –
ah true love!

luv

ces chats tuxedo
roulés en boule –
que c’est l’amour !

Richard Vallance


haiku d’été – black assed bears nuzzling = ours noirs qui sentent

black assed bears nuzzling
a patch of wild blueberries –
family picnic

bears and blueberries 620

deux ours noirs qui sentent
les bleuets sauvages –
pique-nique de famille

Richard Vallance

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