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Scheduling and Humpty Dumpty

When Alice met Humpty Dumpty in Lewis Carroll's book, Through the Looking-Glass, chapter 6, we are told: “When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less.” “The question is,” said Alice, “whether you can make words mean so many different things.” “The question is,” said Humpty Dumpty, “which is to be master—that’s all.”

Tina and I were on holiday last month (which is part of the reason why I didn't post at all in May) and we visited the city of Arles, in the south of France.  Arles has a long history, and is noted for its surviving Roman buildings.  On our last full day there, we visited the modern archaeological museum, which houses a wooden Roman ship, recovered from the bed of the river Rhone.  As well as the preserved ship, and some of the contents which survived its sinking, there is a short video about the discovery, excavation and preservation of the vessel.  And it had commentary in Eng…

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