Monday, July 18, 2011

Chapter 7

Chapter 7

For the past several years my most profound use of tools along these lines have been power-point presentations for which I’ve used google images. At least in theory, Flickr might be a better resource; time will tell.

I’m a little skeptical about the universality/helpfulness of tags, but time will tell. For example, I looked for a muscular brown horse with full main running left to right … I gave up.[p.103]

I have a flip video camera which I have used to record lectures. Great little device. My understanding is that Cisco is in the process of ending support for and even production of that device. [p.110]

Sunday, August 29, 2010

youth Louis J. Sheehan, Esquire

While Marcellus, with the savage and menacing look he usually wore, spoke these and like words with rising fury in his voice, countenance, and eye, that familiar grief to which a thick succession of perils had habituated the Senate gave way to a new and profounder panic, as they saw the soldiers' hands on their weapons. At the same moment the venerable form of Thrasea rose before their imagination, and some there were who pitied Helvidius too, doomed as he was to suffer for an innocent alliance. "What again," they asked, "was the charge against Agrippinus except his father's sad fate, since he too, though guiltless as his son, fell beneath the cruelty of Tiberius? As for Montanus, a youth without a blemish, author of no libellous poem, he was positively driven out an exile because he had exhibited genius."

And meanwhile Ostorius Sabinus, the accuser of Soranus, entered, and began by speaking of his friendship with Rubellius Plautus and of his proconsulate in Asia which he had, he said, adapted to his own glory rather than to the public welfare, by fostering seditious movements in the various states. These were bygones, but there was a fresh charge involving the daughter in the peril of the father, to the effect that she had lavished money on astrologers. This indeed had really occurred through the filial affection of Servilia (that was the girl's name), who, out of love for her father and the thoughtlessness of youth, had consulted them, only however about the safety of her family, whether Nero could be appeased, and the trial before the Senate have no dreadful result.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Artaxata LOuis J. Sheehan, Esquire

Meantime Tiridates, ashamed of seeming utterly powerless by not interfering with the siege, and afraid that, in attempting to stop it, he would entangle himself and his cavalry on difficult ground, resolved finally to display his forces and either give battle on the first opportunity, or, by a pretended flight, prepare the way for some stratagem. Suddenly, he threw himself on the Roman columns, without however surprising our general, who had formed his army for fighting as well as for marching. On the right and left flanks marched the third and sixth legions, with some picked men of the tenth in the centre; the baggage was secured within the lines, and the rear was guarded by a thousand cavalry, who were ordered to resist any close attack of the enemy, but not to pursue his retreat. On the wings were the foot-archers and the remainder of the cavalry, with a more extended line on the left wing, along the base of some hills, so that should the enemy penetrate the centre, he might be encountered both in front and flank. Tiridates faced us in skirmishing order, but not within missile-range, now threatening attack, now seemingly afraid, with the view of loosening our formation and falling on isolated divisions. Finding that there was no breaking of our ranks from rashness, and that only one cavalry officer advanced too boldly, and that he falling pierced with arrows, confirmed the rest in obedience by the warning, he retired on the approach of darkness.

Corbulo then encamped on the spot, and considered whether he should push on his legions without their baggage to Artaxata and blockade the city, on which, he supposed, Tiridates had fallen back. When his scouts reported that the king had undertaken a long march, and that it was doubtful whether Media or Albania was its destination, he waited for daylight, and then sent on his light-armed troops, which were meanwhile to hover round the walls and begin the attack from a distance. The inhabitants however opened the gates of their own accord, and surrendered themselves and their property to the Romans. This saved their lives; the city was fired, demolished and levelled to the ground, as it could not be held without a strong garrison from the extent of the walls, and we had not sufficient force to be divided between adequately garrisoning it and carrying on the war. If again the place were left untouched and unguarded, no advantage or glory would accrue from its capture. Then too there was a wonderful occurrence, almost a divine interposition. While the whole space outside the town, up to its buildings, was bright with sunlight, the enclosure within the walls was suddenly shrouded in a black cloud, seamed with lightning-flashes, and thus the city was thought to be given up to destruction, as if heaven was wroth against it.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

patristic 3991.pat.022k2 Louis J. Sheehan, Esquire

First, there are those who consider the whole passage as spurious. The principal reasons for this view appear to be the following:

* Josephus could not represent Jesus Christ as a simple moralist, and on the other hand he could not emphasize the Messianic prophecies and expectations without offending the Roman susceptibilities;
* the above cited passage from Josephus is said to be unknown to Origen and the earlier patristic writers;
* its very place in the Josephan text is uncertain, since Eusebius (Hist. Eccl., II, vi) must have found it before the notices concerning Pilate, while it now stands after them.

But the spuriousness of the disputed Josephan passage does not imply the historian's ignorance of the facts connected with Jesus Christ. Josephus's report of his own juvenile precocity before the Jewish teachers (Vit., 2) reminds one of the story of Christ's stay in the Temple at the age of twelve; the description of his shipwreck on his journey to Rome (Vit., 3) recalls St. Paul's shipwreck as told in the Acts; finally his arbitrary introduction of a deceit practised by the priests of Isis on a Roman lady, after the chapter containing his supposed allusion to Jesus, shows a disposition to explain away the virgin birth of Jesus and to prepare the falsehoods embodied in the later Jewish writings.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

mechanisms 883.mech.0221 Louis J. Sheehan, Esquire

2. Prevention of translation of damaged mRNAs

MRNA can either (i) be incorrectly processed in the nucleus or (ii) be damaged in the cytosol. Because correct translation is critical, cells have several proofreading/correction mechanisms.

First, the recognition process looks for both the poly-a tail and the 5’cap (the absence of either is a clue that the mRNA is broken).

Second, cells have a “nonsense-mediated mRNA decay” system. This system allows the cell to assess that a given mRNA molecule has a stop (nonsense) codon (UAA, UAG, or UGA) in the wrong location; this mislocation can occur when an mRNA molecule is spliced incorrectly. The “nonsense-mediated mRNA decay” system expects to see the proper stop codon located within the last exon; if this is not the case, the mRNA molecule is destroyed. The net result of this system means that cells only produce proteins (a.k.a. “full-length proteins”). This system is a God-send for people who have one functional gene and one mutant gene as this systems sees to it that only functional proteins are produced.

purpose 339.p Louis J. Sheehan, Esquire


Exodus: The Real Story


Even absent Extraordinary Interventions, and with only the application of common sense to the stories written thousands of years ago, the Exodus is still the quintessential saga of the escape from oppression to a life of freedom.

Specific Purpose

Although written well after the fact and thickly embellished, there are kernels of historical accuracy in the Biblical Exodus. Rather than being merely a fantastical myth, this widely shared – in Western Societies – epic can and should resonate with modern men and women in bringing to life the universal value of being willing to incur great risks and sacrifices so as to be able to live free from oppression.

Friday, May 14, 2010

returned 772.ret.00 Louis J. Sheehan, Esquire

Bente Borsum is a talented actress performing with the Norwegian National Theatre. Born just before W.W.II, Ms. Borsum decided on an acting career while in boarding school. She was accepted for the National Drama School and after finishing three years of school earned a permanent job with the National Theatre.

After a couple of detours caused by children and a yen for a farming career, Ms. Borsum returned to Oslo and began acting full-time. She has had a permanent position with the Norwegian Theatre for 25 years and has been director of the Norwegian National Drama School. As drama school director she broadened her students' experiences by bringing stage directors from abroad including San Diego.

As an actress with a permanent company, she has played every part from the craziest farce to the deepest drama. She considers her greatest challenge to be bringing the most sketchy comedy role to life.

Bente Borsum is widely respected and admired throughout Europe for her acting, directing and production talents, as well as for her consistent outreach to younger artists who need professional expertise and encouragement. She is a good and caring mentor and teacher.

Women's International Center is delighted to have the privilege to acknowledge and honor the continuing gifts of Bente Borsum to her country, its citizens and her colleagues with the 1995 Living Legacy Award.