BabbleOn

This is my blog, which will be filled with a large amount of different topics about which I tend to babble quite a lot; hence its name, BabbleOn

Perhaps I should preface this by stating these are my own opinions of the dictionary that I bought and that I have by no means been compensated for saying what I shall be saying.

I have been on the search for a small yet comprehensive-ish dictionary for my Greek studies and have thus been scouring various forums to explore the different options that are available. I'm on a rather tight budget myself, so I was rather hoping to find something that would not put a hole into my wallet, yet it appears as if a large number of Ancient Greek dictionaries have a somewhat higher price-point; this is especially true for the dictionary I have seen many people recommend, namely the LSJ (Liddell & Scott) dictionary. It is, I would venture to say, one of the most comprehensive — if not the most comprehensive — of Ancient Greek dictionaries that can be bought; yet, its price-point is reflective of its comprehensiveness, for a complete volume of LSJ goes for over €150. There exist a number of abridged versions costing between €30 and €50, depending on what kind of abridged version it is and where you buy it, yet that was still a tad too high for me. This is, I believe, especially true since I am by no means an expert in the language yet — and won't be for a long time to come —, so a perhaps more beginner-friendly dictionary would have been in order — and that, I believe, I have found.

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Indeed, upon having started going through the third Unit of Hansen and Quinn's book, I have begun dreading Ancient Greek verbs even more than I did previously, for in this unit, the two other moods — subjunctive and optative — and two more tenses — perfect and pluperfect — are introduced; and, naturally, each of them using a different ending set and verb stem. Though I must admit that the two moods are rather straightforward and, as a way of helping me memorise their endings more easily, I shall herein give a small overview of them. I will most likely be doing something similar for the other tenses I have thus far had the pleasure of learning, both in handwritten form — as a small overview with endings and verb stems used — and in blog form; the latter of which you will be able to find on my blog at some later date.

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Χαίρετε φίλοι μου! (Hello my friends) and welcome back to my Ancient Greek Learning Blog. This time I want to write about the hellish force that clearly dwells behind the Greek verbal system.

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Anyone who has known me for a while will know that I like learning languages and frequently learn those that most people — most normal people at least — would not study. To those, it should come as no surprise that I have taken up the rather gargantuan ordeal of trying to learn the Ancient Greek language, and so as to better track my progress over time and perhaps share some useful resources with you, I decided to start a sort of “Online Language Diary” wherein I will be posting — irregularly — things regarding what I have learnt.

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I love fountain pens. Indeed, I love them so much that, shortly after rediscovering them, I stopped being able to write with anything else; so much so that attempting to write with a regular ballpoint pen seems to strain my wrist significantly, as the amount of pressure one needs to apply for the ink to flow appears much greater with ballpoint pens. Therefore, I own a handful of fountains pens which I use for different occasions; some I have at work, some I only use at home, some at college etc. Yet, this business of buying fountain pens is, obviously, rather expensive and thus, I started researching what kinds of pens one can buy that are not too expensive.

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I am fairly new to the SSD game, and I, thus far, the only computer of mine with an SSD is the IBM T60 which I have written a couple of blog posts of previously. Therefore, I was not aware of a few — or, indeed, any — of the quirks that accompany the usage of an SSD and would hence like to quickly explore which settings I have changed in order to increase the life span of my SSD.

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Previously, I had used Jekyll to host my blog and I had been mostly satisfied with it; yet, as my server was deleted for apparently violating my hoster's Authorized Usage Policy, which meant I was forced to set up everything once again on a new server, I decided to switch to something else, namely WriteFreely.

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Hello everyone and welcome back to another blog post. Firstly, I would like to announce that my book has finally been published with its own ISBN, namely 978-3-752952-49-0. It is currently being sold for €11.99 in Germany, but the price may differ significantly if you order it from a different country. Within Germany, it can be ordered at virtually every bookstore using the aforementioned ISBN. Additionally, I have decided against making it available under the GNU FDL and instead opted to return to my previous idea of publishing it under a CC license. Apart from this, you will still be able to download a version of my book as a PDF from my website.

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This is just a quick post wherein I would like to talk about how it's possible to watch YouTube without lagging or high CPU usage on such an old machine; I will talk about some strange noises coming from the PC; and I will talk about some issues I had with screen locking.

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In this post, we'll be discussing the new SSD that I have installed into the computer and some more improvements that I have done to that TrackPoint.

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