> There are few human-made things in the world
> as beautiful as really well made tools
I wonder, where does the beauty* of a tool really come from?
Its functionality, or its designer's dedication, invention,
skill, talent, and other very human attributes?
* Being such a personal and fleeting thing, I doubt that
"beauty" is the right word / Beauty the correct concept.
From: Cheryl Addington
> Gee, I feel as if I've opened Pandora s box!
Oh, don't worry - that's totally normal on these lists!
Pandora might be beside herself with regret, but
without her "mistake" life would be so boring.
> why did Christian missionaries keep finding
> it necessary to invent new alphabets?
Sometimes for bad reasons, but in the case of Armenian, Mesrob
simply wanted the common folk (who of course didn't know Latin,
Greek or Hebrew) to be able to read the bible.
From: Gunnar Swanson
> Is this a last gasp for nationalism?
Are you forgetting the precedent: the new 25-cent US coins?...
> Will Italian banks deport them back to Holland?
Only after they beat them up real good.
> Is this all a scam to sell more coins out
> of circulation and into coin collections?
Well, currency *itself* was invented (in ancient
Ionia) as a gimmick of sorts: to replace bartering
with something that could be taxed more easily!