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Occasional Reflections on Several Subjects

I am considering changing my journal title to that! It's the name of Robert Boyle's book on moral essays. Rather brilliant title for a book, that is! There is also the title for Robert Fitzroy's book about captaining the HMS Beagle called Narrative of the Surveying Voyages of His Majesty's Ships Adventure and Beagle Between the Years 1826 and 1836, Describing Their Examination of the Southern Shores of South America and the Beagle's Circumnavigation of the Globe. AJ Jacobs was so impressed with that particular title he used it three times in his entry on Knox, John. Or maybe he wasn't impressed so much as it takes a while to type so you should get your money's worth out of it.

Narrative of the Surveying Voyages of His Majesty's Ships Adventure and Beagle Between the Years 1826 and 1836, Describing Their Examination of the Southern Shores of South America and the Beagle's Circumnavigation of the Globe. Narrative of the Surveying Voyages of His Majesty's Ships Adventure and Beagle Between the Years 1826 and 1836, Describing Their Examination of the Southern Shores of South America and the Beagle's Circumnavigation of the Globe. Narrative of the Surveying Voyages of His Majesty's Ships Adventure and Beagle Between the Years 1826 and 1836, Describing Their Examination of the Southern Shores of South America and the Beagle's Circumnavigation of the Globe.

However, it's not as all-purpose as the Boyle title and there's probably a character limit on LJ titles. Plus, I'm more of a fan of chemistry than of biology so I'd rather go with the chemist's creation than a Darwin relation.

I like what he chooses to ellaborate on - he doesn't always pick a major movement or historical figure. He will pick out something crazy, like odd book titles.

Did you know that Louis XIV was given the idea for biological warfare by an Italian chemist but he thought it a terrible idea and not only did not use it againt other countries he paid the chemist an annual salary to not share the idea with other political leaders? That's cool! He may not have prevented bioweapons, but he delayed them. Otherwise, apparently, he was a bit of a prat.

I think I would have a hard time reading the Britannica for many reasons. One of the "great truths" he has discovered so far is that no one is completely evil or completely good. I'm already wishy washy enough. AJ Jacobs is Jewish and so probably predisposed to not liking Max Schmeling. (Duh.) But he found out Schmeling openly associated with Jews, his trainer was Jewish, he shielded two Jewish boys in his Berlin appartment during Kristallnacht (that is blatently taken from the book, it's barely paraphrased) and because of all of this he was treated unfavorably by the Nazi regime when they assigned him to parachute forces instead of a nicer assignment like most celebrities. He also gave financial support to the widow of Joe Louis. That's kind of cool.

Good and bad.

Tomorrow our friends will be up to engage in quodlibet (free-ranging conversation on any topic that pleases us). How cool is that word? Oh, and DW Christmas Special and Futurama. Oh, and a DW related suprise...

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