winter haiku d’hiver – snow misting the roof = voilé de neige 2007


winter haiku d’hiver -  snow misting the roof = voilé de neige 2007

snow misting the roof
of our warm chalet
while we’re on a stroll

snow misting the roof

notre chalet chaud
tout voilé de neige -
et nous en balade

Richard Vallance

Reprint from Canadian Zen Haiku canadien, ISSN 1705-4508, Vol. 5., no. 1, winter 2007

Canadian Zen Haiku canadien winter 2007

Réimpression tirée de Canadian Zen Haiku canadien, ISSN 1705-4508, Vol. 5., no. 1, hiver 2007


autumn haiku  d’automne – russet bonzai

the last vestige
of a frosty fall – 
russet bonsai

russet bonsai 620

le dernier vestige
d’un automne glacé-
bonsai roux

Richard Vallance

Reprint from Canadian Zen Haiku canadien, ISSN 1705-4508, Vol. 4., no. 4, autumn 2006

Réimpression tirée de Canadian Zen Haiku canadien, ISSN 1705-4508, Vol. 4., no. 4, automne 2006

Are Minoan and Mycenaean fractions fractions? I am not at all convinced


Are Minoan and Mycenaean fractions fractions? I am not at all convinced

Are Minoan Linear A fractions fractions or something else

Are Mycenaean Linear B fractions fractions or something else

Since Minoan and Mycenaean fractions, as estimated by Andras Zeke of the Minoan Language Blog and Prof. John G. Younger, fall as low as 1/10 and 1/32, I am not at all convinced that these are fractions at all. They are, as far as I can tell, crop shares. This makes a lot more sense, since we are dealing with farming, where crop shares have always been of paramount importance. As for units of measurement, we have no real idea what they were, since Minoan Crete and the Mycenaean Empire are so remote in history. No one can possibly determine fractions that far back in history. In fact, Prof. Younger and Andras Zeke cannot even agree on the values of the fractions... not that that argument invalidates the notion they are not fractions. That is a specious argument. However, it makes more sense to consider these as crop shares, especially in view of the fact that some of the Mycenaean symbols are so remarkably similar to their Minoan counterparts. The appearance of symbols has nothing to do with what we take them to mean. This again is an arbitrary decision, which may be right or wrong.  

Invitation by Cultural Anthropology and Ethnosemiotics ISSN 2411-6459 to submit my first article


Invitation by Cultural Anthropology and Ethnosemiotics ISSN 2411-6459 to submit my first article:

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I have just been invited by the international quarterly, Cultural Anthropology and Ethnosemiotics ISSN 2411-6459, to submit my first article. Since this is the second new journal to have invited me to submit, I will not be able to write my first article for them until the autumn of 2017. Thus my article will not appear in Cultural Anthropology and Ethnosemiotics until the summer of 2018.  I am deeply honoured by this unsolicited invitation. This article will doubtless focus on my ongoing efforts to decipher Linear A, at least partially.