Saturday October 18th 2014 Tim
Day Forty Two about now,
I guess this would be. In "Feels Like" terms it seems
much longer. But worth noting that in forty two days Spodoptera
Exempta, when conditions are right can lay waste to vast
tracks of land. 'Spodop' comes from Greek for ash and
and maybe something about 'foot.' I think the 'tera'
part has something to do with the earth, or that part of
the planet that is dry land. 'Exempta' has all the
makings of 'exempt.' Early meanings of 'exempt'
include the idea of 'taking out.' So with Spodoptera
Exempta, you're kind of looking at a meaning that is
thinking in terms of 'Scorched Earth.' And the African
Armyworm, can do just that.
I mention this because
currently in the world there is someone who is a little
bogged down with his titles. Mind you he's not been off his
compound for something like three weeks, so these things can
be expected. And too, in the grand tapestry whether the
title is 'Grand Pombo,' or 'Laughing Octopus Dancing Hippo,'
or 'Queen of England' does not make a great deal of
difference. But according to Mark Bittman, it's the little
things that matter. Quite why he says this, I'm not
absolutely certain other than to guess he's completely given
up on anything much larger than Cucumber sandwich. How about
Ogden Ampleforth, III. Ampleforth is a religious institution
in Yorkshire. The III part is all about provenance and verité.