I was doing fine until I hit 40. Then my perfect vision went to crap, and I have to wear glasses to read anything.
But that doesn't mean tverbeek originally read Shakespeare in English. Mr. T. Verbeek could have read Shakespeare in a Dutch translation, and is translating it back to English from memory.
Not saying that is what happened, but it is a possibility.
Translation issue, maybe?
Well, "the Inca's" don't exist anymore. They were a group that ruled the area in the past.
As to why Peru hasn't "totally blocked off the area", it would take thousands of troops to surround the area, just to prevent the one group of morons in several decades who thought trampling world historic sites for political messages sounded like a good idea.
No, I heard they spray painted that on the pyramid at Giza.
I'd say it is more like pissing on the Kaaba Stone in Mecca. It is something that defines a group of people, part of their heritage. Not simply some picture that one guy painted.
I'm not the AC you are responding to, but sometimes I'm not on my own computer, and just don't feel like logging in to make a comment. Or maybe the person is just a lurker, and never made an account.
And what do timepieces have to do with it?
When I first saw the photo yesterday or day before, that's exactly what I thought it was. Because no one would be stupid enough to go trampling through that area and defiling one of the Nazca lines with some crude political message. Right?
Go to a sand trap in a golf course. Sprinkle a thin layer of black dust over the sand, but thick enough so that you cannot see the sand beneath. Walk through that area of black dust over whitish sand.
Now use a rake to remove the footprints.
Jared Diamond mentions some Pacific Island language that has words for "towards the sea" and "away from the sea", as in "there is a speck of dirt on your seawards cheek"
Hawaii has that.
mauka - towards the mountain
makai - towards the sea
The mauka side of a house is whichever one faces the mountain. If you live on the north side of the island, mauka is southward, and on the south side mauka is northward.
Also, if you are in Honolulu, and you are heading "eva", you are going west. If you are somewhere west of the town of Eva Beach, you might use that phrase, but I'm not sure whether it would mean you are going west or east.
I still don't know why people wrap up douches.
I still mention the carnival ride to people: The riders have a 1 in 1,000 chance of dying. And I don't simply mean "statistically" or "potentially".
I agree with your sentiment as well.
Unlike stick-up-his-ass drinkypoo, I like Piers Anthony's books, and always will. But if he was just some random author that got people reading, who then moved on to other authors, fine. No skin off my nose. Same thing if someone first got into reading because of the classics, or westerns, or sparkly vampires.
Good to see another PA fan, though.
Yes, I'm sure you read everything he wrote by time you graduated eighth grade, and can compare it to your new favorite author now. Good for you.
Or did you just read a couple Xanth books and the first Space Tyrant book and decide he wasn't serious enough for you?
Yeah, it does show how people judge him. Thankfully for me, he is one of my two favorite authors, mainly because of his disregard for our common sense of decency. (Isaac Asimov is my other favorite.)
The Space Tyrant series has sex throughout it, graphic to an extent. Xanth always had the "stork calling ritual". I read the book that page mentions, Tatham Mound, with the honey lube/birth control. Firefly is a full length novel that contains a section that, IIRC, is presented as something one of the characters dreams while being affected by a powerful aphrodisiac. In truth, that part was actually written by a pedophile serving time in prison.
Sex is not a taboo subject for him. No aspect of it seems off limits, as far as story line goes. I wonder if that Stross guy considers him to be worthy of praise for that.
--I just looked for mention of Piers Anthony in Stross's essay. There are a couple comments that mention one of his short stories, but I'm not sure if the comments are from Stross, a reader, or both. PA's story "In the Barn", which they attribute to a collection edited by Harlan Ellison, was actually published first in a collection of short stories by PA, called "Anthonology". I read that back in the late 1980s. Certainly doesn't get praise for not following our social mores.