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Last night I awoke in the middle of the night to hear an ongoing discussion on television of the treatment of slaves in ancient Rome.

A slave had no rights, and could be put to death for even the most trivial offense.   In one common form of punishment, the slave would be crushed to death in a device which was the functional equivalent of a wine-press.

The victim would be required to lie face up in the bottom of a sort of chamber, while the lid would be forced down upon him from above.  Another slave would be required to operate the device.   I imagine the first part of the victim to be crushed would usually be the rib cage, and sometimes a fractured rib would puncture the heart.  Ultimately, if nothing else proved fatal, the skull would be crushed.   I leave it to you to judge which of the two slaves suffered the most during the procedure.

I had to flush the horror of that from my mind, so I turned to another channel, anything that might be even slightly more positive.   By chance what I found was a bio-pic about the Funk Brothers en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Funk… I wouldn't have bothered with that at any other time, but I needed something less horrible than slaves being squeezed to death in wine-presses. The movie was entitled "Standing in the Shadows of Motown" www.imdb.com/title/tt0314725/
www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYTUtD…

A new favorite performance of Tchaikovski's 5th Symphony, by the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Han-Na Chang.   A most vigorous and exciting performance.

My favorite part, as always, is the fourth movement, which begins about 34:00 into the video.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2dX6R…

There is a good deal of overlap between the content of this video and that of a television miniseries I see from time to time on AXS-TV.    I especially enjoy the shots of an Alpine "hut" or observatory perched seemingly precariously on the edge of a lofty ridge.   They are reminscent of daydreams I often indulged in long ago.  I never knew such places really exist.  Note especially the shot of the hut at 8:00 into the video.

It's uncanny how the shots of an Alpine railway a little earlier in the video echo scenes from a computer-animated video I've been working out in my head for some 35 years.  Maybe one day I'll actually complete it.  
For a short while, the link to my dA account disappeared from the nameserver, so attempts to open my account here failed.   I wouldn't say I panicked, exactly, but I suspected I had been "hacked" (as some people call it), so I reset and re-initialized my wifi router.  (Probably ought to change the important passwords, pain in the wazoo...)  By then my account here had re-appeared.   Probably ought to write a script to update all passwords...
Sad to report, I now have two fewer cats than only a few weeks ago.

Friday didn't quite make it to winter.   At 17 years of age, he was not ancient for a cat, but had lived an ample life.   He had survived being run over by his previous owner's car,  with only a slight impairment in his ability to jump.    I'll miss his company on cold winter nights...

Spot simply didn't show up one morning to claim his breakfast on the front porch.  No sign of foul play.   I hope some kind neighbor has taken him in.   Perhaps one day he will escape and return.   Many's the times he warmed my lap on the front porch rocker.     On the dark side, there is the off possibility he was taken by one of the local coyotes.   Yup, coyotes.   But as I said, there is no evidence of that, as there was in the case of a neighbor's cat.

There is still the third cat, whom I had never named, he has been so stand-offish.  He used to snarl at me whenever I came near.   He has survived a severe mauling, probably in a fight with Spot last spring, and demonstrated cats' near-miraculous powers of self-healing.   I have long suspected he fathered a litter of kittens born in my garage, when I had a garage, so I called him just "papa cat".

Maybe now I'll shorten that to Papa, or perhaps Papacito, "little father". Oddly, now that Spot is not around, he seems much friendlier.   He now acts like he wants to be petted,  though by now I know better than to make the first friendly gesture;  the way to earn a cat's trust is to ignore him.   Perhaps earlier he acted out of fear of Spot, not fear of me.   Spot was much to be feared;  even my pit bull Kiya feared him.   

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UPDATE:   Yesterday Papacito went so far as to rub himself against the cuff of my jeans.   That's amazing progress.    Maybe I'll call him Frito instead.

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I claim to be a professional artist, because I have actually sold a few paintings, though none recently.

Favourite genre of music: anything but rock or grand opera. By "rock" I mean any of various contemporary genres, including rap, heavy metal, techno etc, characterized by raucous monotony. I don't include jazz.
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Last night I awoke in the middle of the night to hear an ongoing discussion on television of the treatment of slaves in ancient Rome.

A slave had no rights, and could be put to death for even the most trivial offense.   In one common form of punishment, the slave would be crushed to death in a device which was the functional equivalent of a wine-press.

The victim would be required to lie face up in the bottom of a sort of chamber, while the lid would be forced down upon him from above.  Another slave would be required to operate the device.   I imagine the first part of the victim to be crushed would usually be the rib cage, and sometimes a fractured rib would puncture the heart.  Ultimately, if nothing else proved fatal, the skull would be crushed.   I leave it to you to judge which of the two slaves suffered the most during the procedure.

I had to flush the horror of that from my mind, so I turned to another channel, anything that might be even slightly more positive.   By chance what I found was a bio-pic about the Funk Brothers en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Funk… I wouldn't have bothered with that at any other time, but I needed something less horrible than slaves being squeezed to death in wine-presses. The movie was entitled "Standing in the Shadows of Motown" www.imdb.com/title/tt0314725/

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lol I'm using ubuntu as well :)
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Thanks for the critique and +watch! I really appreciate it!
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