Author Archives: Brian D. Butler

Existential Crisis Solved


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Omnes viae Romam ducunt

The saying: omnes viae Romam ducunt (all roads lead to Rome) began in 20 BCE when Emperor Augustus had a large golden spike installed next to the Temple of Saturn on the Forum Romanum. This was the Milliarium Aureum, or … Continue reading

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Bookshop Mysteries

When Sam and Adam Morris opened Your Brother’s Bookstore in downtown Evansville, Indiana last October they expected to be selling mystery novels not discovering their own mystery. While renovating the building and replacing the floors before opening they found an unexpected trapdoor … Continue reading

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Why Orwell’s 1984 Still Matters

Each year around this time someone remembers that George Orwell’s iconic novel Nineteen Eighty- Four was first released in June of 1949. I think that bringing attention to the book is always a valuable exercise, now more than ever. Ironically, in … Continue reading

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Sunday Sundries

Atlas of endangered alphabets – is an excellent project aiming to save indigenous and minority writing systems. High Life – Just discovered that you don’t even have to leave home to read British Airways’ really rather good in-flight magazine. Worth … Continue reading

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Surf’s Up

It has been decades since my surfing days (and by surfing days I mean a wet weekend at the Jersey Shore), but the Surf Truck Hotel has me dreaming of hanging at the beach in Portugal. The mobile accommodation in … Continue reading

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Taste The World

Taste Atlas is a website based on a map that will help you discover delicious local food around the world. The next time you are planning a trip, consider checking the taste atlas site to locate a tasty new treat or … Continue reading

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the lie was the weapon and the plot was empty

“Either peace or happiness, let it enfold you. When I was a young man I felt these things were dumb, unsophisticated. I had bad blood, a twisted mind, a precarious upbringing. I was hard as granite, I leered at the … Continue reading

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Lost and Found

Uber has released its annual Lost & Found Index with interesting lists of the items that riders left behind. As you might expect, the most commonly forgotten things are obvious: phones, wallets, keys, and backpacks. The most “forgetful”  U.S. cities … Continue reading

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The Massacre of Innocents

THE MASSACRE OF THE INNOCENTS William Jay Smith (1946) Because I believe in the community of little children Because I have suffered such little children to be slain: I have gazed upon the sunlight, dazed, bewildered, As is a child … Continue reading

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