February 25th, 2014

Random Violin

There is still some mystery in this world

Although there's less and less each day. I just read about the "Voynich Manuscript" and how, finally, a scholar has started cracking the code to decrypt the 600-year-old text. It's fascinating stuff! You can read the history of the manuscript here, browse the contents - including illustrations that seem to have lost none of their colour over the years here (scroll through the plates, they're amazing!) and then read about the translation work here.

A somewhat more mundane mystery popped up in a fic rec I was reading tonight. Moreover the author implented a particular rhetorical device which really ameliorated the expression of the text. Now I'm afraid to read the fic, in case I don't understand it either.