philo + barb
philo - from the Greek philos ' loving ' - pre- or suf- fix in compound words
barb - from the Latin barba ' beard ' - a recurved point difficult to dislodge
a sharp retort, cutting comment ( see below )
"There's no possibility of being witty without a little ill-nature—
The malice of a good thing is the barb that makes it stick."
Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751-1816), Anglo-Irish dramatist & parliamentarian
( Lady Sneerwell, in The School for Scandal, act 1, sc. 1).
Anyone who has read or seen John Clarke & Bryan Dawe will understand this.
The above notwithstanding, the purpose of this site is, as the Whole Earth Catalogue
would say, Access to Tools - in this case, links the Philobarb hopes readers will find
useful, interesting, funny and above all else, thought-provoking.
So, Who is this Philobarb ?
The Philobarb is a 1954 vintage 'semi'polymath* ( in the sense of ' jack of
all trades ...' ) who has been variously employed as a mail order clerk,
storeman, glass-cutter, gardener, telecom technician, maths research
programmer, maths and physics tutor, commercial software developer,
technical services manager, company director, hardware designer and
technical writer. Studies have included psychology, computing science,
mathematics, physics, engineering, metallurgy and chemistry. Interests
include electronics, chess and gardening, but mostly, a love of learning,
embracing Alberti's ideal that " a man can do all things if he will ".
(applies to women too ! )
* Real polymaths include the likes of Avicenna, Galileo, Newton and da Vinci !
What Next ?
This site will ( I hope ) always be a work in progress - readers are invited to contact the author with links to sites they feel should be included, or just comments on what they think of the site.
"Drink deep or taste not the Pierian spring." - Alexander Pope - Essay on Criticism
Petronius - Satyricon
also see Sir William Jones - Caissa