Autumn 2019 Reads for the ALPH Geek

Here is another rare update from everyone's favourite Yemeni paint-splattered social recluse. As I contemplate which disciplines to study in graduate school that would be worthwhile (interesting, challenging, and practical), I may as well do some leisurely reading :) Most of the world values STEM more than ALPH — i.e., Arts, Literature & Linguistics, Philosophy,... Continue Reading →

Socotra

SOCOTRA, Yemen . . . a celestial island of Dragon Blood trees and dragonflies. Her fragile ecosystem is falling apart. It was a slow death at first; climate change is a familiar culprit. Her wounds took a turn for the worse amid the ongoing war against Yemen. The world must not turn away from this injustice.... Continue Reading →

An Homage to Yugoslavia

I created this advocacy poster to honour Serbian Statehood Day, which occurred on February 15th and 16th. Actually, what triggered me to start sketching was last week's tragedy in Libya, which involved two Serbian embassy employees whom were abducted by ISIL last Fall, and then killed in a U.S. air strike. Since I have no knowledge of Serbian, I wrote... Continue Reading →

(from) Akkadian syllabary | (to) Hebrew symbolism — part II

As promised, our voyage into this subject is far from over! This post is a continuation of a previous post I wrote over the summer. Consider reading Part I before you proceed with my blatherings below. I recently found a credible resource that contains a cohesive list of Sumerian pictograms. It lists [figure 3a.] under E2 (scroll down to the letter 'E'; "E2" is the third entry). In... Continue Reading →

“Sapari (Tema Temima)”

See the complete version (+ audio) of Sa'adiah ben Amram's poem in the Piyyut database. Long ago, I remember trying to get in touch with Yemenite musical heritage, during which an acquaintance mentioned Sa'adia ben Amram to me. Information was sparse on this 17th century poet from the highlands of northern Yemen (normally, I'd use Jstor for this type of search, but my... Continue Reading →

(from) Akkadian syllabary | (to) Hebrew symbolism

First, a brief history lesson: The earliest Sumerians sailed from [wherever their origins were], and settled along the marshes of southern Mesopotamia. Their predecessors (much earlier Sumerians) scribed on papyrus and vellum (skin), but in their new settlement, they found an abundance of clay; a much more resourceful medium for the scribes! At that point, the Sumerian... Continue Reading →

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