May 20, 2003
Blogroll Changes

I have just reclassified my Blogroll, using a new method borrowed from a famous passage of Jorge Luis Borges describing a probably-fictional Chinese encylopedia, the Heavenly Emporium of Benevolent Knowledge:

In its distant pages it is written that animals are divided into

  1. those that belong to the emperor;
  2. embalmed ones;
  3. those that are trained;
  4. suckling pigs;
  5. mermaids;
  6. fabulous ones;
  7. stray dogs;
  8. those that are included in this classification;
  9. those that tremble as if they were mad;
  10. innumerable ones;
  11. those drawn with a very fine camel's-hair brush;
  12. etcetera;
  13. those that have just broken the flower vase;
  14. those that at a distance resemble flies.

This is from "John Wilkins' Analytical Language", first published in 1942 and later included in Borges' collection Other Inquisitions.

Posted by Dr. Weevil at May 20, 2003 03:10 PM

Curse you Dr. Weevil! Borges and blogrolling, brilliant. (Why didn't i think of that?)

Posted by: craig henry on May 20, 2003 04:41 PM

And not a mermaid in the bunch. Shucks.

Posted by: CGHill on May 20, 2003 06:43 PM

I just arrived at this web log for the first time, I think. (I started my blog during the last fall semester.) I haven't looked around much here, but this site appears to be very well-designed. Keep up the good work.

Posted by: Aakash on May 20, 2003 07:51 PM