February 5, 2008

Links 2008

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February 11, 2007

The Extents to Which The Death of a Salesman is an Aristotelian Tragedy

In 350bc, Aristotle wrote Poetics, and in that discourse he defined the elements of a tragedy as compared to other plays like an Epic. According to Aristotle, “Every Tragedy…must have six parts, which parts determine its quality- namely, Plot, Character, Diction, Thought, Spectacle, Song.” When Arthur Miller’s play, Death of a Salesman, is compared to Aristotle’s definitions for tragedy, we can indeed put it in the ranks of Aristotelian tragedy in more of a modern form. My senses tell me that a Greek tragedy played out in exacting 350BC Greek style would seem strange to the modern viewer. The choric song, for example, would not suit modern tastes any more than three actors changing full head masks. Therefore I submit that, short of the modifications necessary to make a play interesting to a modern audience, Death of a Salesman indeed fits the spirit of Aristotelian tragedy in a modern style.

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October 6, 2006

A Concise Comparison of Hebrew, Mesopotamian, and Egyptian Law

Whether you thank Yahweh, Ishtar, or Osiris for your daily bread a few literary comparisons may prove to be insightful when looking at the written laws for your particular flavor of faith. For example, The Negative Confessions, The Code of Hammurabi, and The Ten Commandments and Covenant Code all offer insightful similarities. The Mesopotamian and Hebrew texts are remarkably similar. That being said, while the Egyptians, Mesopotamians, and Hebrews subscribed to remarkably similar laws, their concept of God differed in distinct ways. While the outcomes of these documents were likely similar, their individual intents differed slightly. These documents provide uniquely prime insight into the inter-influenced moral traditions and legal codes of the ancients as well as our current western legal traditions and historical roots.

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September 24, 2006

One Maltese Postage Stamp

"Stamp Collecting dispels boredom, enlarges our vision, broadens our knowledge, makes us better citizens and in innumerable ways, enriches our lives" – President Franklin D. Roosevelt

In the course of my life, I have had many hobbies. There is much to be said for the notion that having too many interests and not enough focus is somewhat of a downfall, and on reflection, I tend to agree. I will soon be thirty seven years old; I have enjoyed and still enjoy many hobby activities too numerous to mention here. There is one hobby however, my first hobby, which stands above all as being a very special part of my life, and that is my love for philately, the collecting of postage stamps and all that is related to the hobby.

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September 18, 2006

Christian Parallels in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Clive Staples Lewis, the author of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, is considered to be one of the greatest Christian apologists of the modern era. In his lifetime he wrote over fifty books of fiction and nonfiction including many discourses and lectures on medieval literature. He was a professor at Oxford for nearly thirty years, as well a professor of literature at Cambridge. This is all very interesting in and of itself, but coming closer to the point, many of us know him as the writer of The Chronicles of Narnia and his first installment on that chronicle which was recently cinematized by Disney.

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September 17, 2006

All Quiet on the Western Front: The Great War Through the Eyes of a Soldier

“Once and for all the idea of glorious victories won by the glorious army must be wiped out. Neither side is glorious. On either side they're just frightened men messing their pants and they all want the same thing - not to lie under the earth, but to walk upon it - without crutches.” ~ Peter Weiss

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September 15, 2006

A Personal Interpretation of The Five People You Meet In Heaven

“It’s a wonderful life!” ~ Jimmy Stewart

A typical human life is that of random collisions with life altering events whether positive or negative in perception. Perception is the key here. We may not notice an event that alters our humanity, and neither do we always perceive these occurrences to have an impact for the better; nonetheless, we are a product of the happenings of our existence.

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September 13, 2006

Java IRC

joelperry.com uses a Java client to connect to an IRC channel on Nullus.NET. If you are having problems please make sure your java program is installed correctly.

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September 10, 2006

Links 2007

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