Abalonian gladiators

May 21, 2017

Yannick Noah in 1983.

“I have always considered tennis [Abalone] as a fight in an arena between two gladiators who have their racquets [brains] and their courage as their weapons.”

Yannick Noah, French professional tennis player and singer (1960-)


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Abalone Academy

January 22, 2017



“Wer von Geometrie nichts versteht, hat hier keinen Zutritt.”


“Let none but geometers enter here.”

(Motto over the entrance to Plato’s Academy)

Plato, Greek philosopher (428/427 BCE – 348/347 BCE)



1 marble (black): a point
2 marbles (black): a line
3 marbles (white): an equilateral triangle
4 marbles (white): a rhombus
5 marble (black): a trapezoid
6 marble (black): a rhomboid
7 marbles (white): a regular hexagon


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Art is long, life is short

February 14, 2016


“Ὁ βίος βραχύς,
ἡ δὲ τέχνη μακρή,
ὁ δὲ καιρὸς ὀξύς,
ἡ δὲ πεῖρα σφαλερή,
ἡ δὲ κρίσις χαλεπή.”



“Vita brevis,
ars longa,
occasio praeceps,
experimentum periculosum,
iudicium difficile.”

(Hippocrates, Aphorismi 1.1)


“Life is short,
art is long,
opportunity is fleeting,
experience is perilous,
decision is difficult.”

(Aphorismi, section one, 1)

Hippocrates, Greek physician and philosopher (c. 460 BCE – c. 370 BCE)


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The measure of all things

January 11, 2015 blackribbon60

“Πάντων χρημάτων μέτρον άνθρωπο[ς]” *

Πρωταγόρας (Πλάτων, Θεαίτητος, 151e-152c)

* The human being is the measure of all things.

Protagoras, quoted by Plato in Theaetetus, 151e-152c
(in this dialogue, Socrates, talking to Theaetetus, quotes Protagoras)



Illustration based on The Vitruvian Mana drawing by Leonardo da Vinci, around 1492.


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