Once more into the breach…..

Posted By on June 7, 2012

It has been so long since I logged on into this wordpress dashboard that I had damn near forgotten my own password. There are some good reasons, trust me, aside from the fact that I liked that Andrea Rossi piece so well that I thought I would let it ride on the top of the stack of posts for a while.

That gave me some time to watch what Rossi did or listen to what he said next.

A lot is being made at this point in the discussion of the distinction between those two ideas (saying and doing), with a meme that Rossi says this or that but never does anything. His defenders are tagged as being card-carrying members of a gullible “Rossi sez” clan incapable of distinguishing real from “pathological” science. The purpose: apparently the real goal is simply to insure that anyone who gets interested in the Rossi story must be properly instructed that there’s nothing to it and all Rossi’s ever done is just talk-talk-talk while he accumulates more money to spend from gullible followers.

Sigh……here we go again.

Meanwhile, back on the farm, all sorts of new ideas have been taking sprout. I’m (hopefully) a few days away from starting protocols to determine the authorship of the Hydrarchos manuscript using computational linguistics. ┬áThe tests will involve a blinded selection of samples from dozens of 19th century writers all of which will be tested against one another. Watch for further details.

I started a new website devoted to the exploration of that manuscript and some other treasures washed up ashore on the internet tides – in this case, 39 handcrafted Valentines owned by Harvard’s Houghton Library, dated to the mid-19th century.

Stay tuned for more on that.

Of course I have not forgotten about the Shakespeare question or even the de Vere Bible. The book that Lynne Kositsky and I have written about The Tempest is about to be delivered to the publisher later this month, hence I’ve been scurrying about getting image permissions.

Enough for now.

About the author

Roger Stritmatter is a native liberal humorist who lives in Baltimore, Maryland. Contrary to rumor, he does not live on North Avenue. He does, however, work on North Avenue. A pacifist by inclination, one of his heroes is John Brown. But he thinks that Fredrick Douglass, another of his heroes, made the right decision. Stritmatter's primary areas of interest include the nature of paradigm shifts, the history of ideas, forensic literary studies, MS studies, renaissance literature, and the history of the Shakespearean question, the latter a field in which he has published extensively.


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