30 January 2008

Patron Saint of the Internet?

I make that a question because it seems such an utterly daft idea ... and that's coming from someone now living in the land of whispering chasubles, patron saints and, of supreme importance, NAME days.

Speaking around which, today's saint (Jan 30) is St Martina's, "Virgin and Martyr with incredible torments", which I find incredibly sad (and kinda kinky - what 'incredible' torments? Spell 'em out) because if a lady's going to be pushed around past the point of credulity, the least Le Bon Dieu could allow her is a decent roll in the sack.

Actually, it's not St Martina's - I just wanted to get that torment bit in - it's name day of Ara, Chrysi, Mavros, and Trion Ierarhon and I'm off the hook of having to rush out Emeral bakery for last-mibute cakes because I know no one of those names.

Alors - back to the subject matter. Envelope please ... and the saintly surfer is ... Saint Isidore.

Say who? Is that man or woman? Is that like, like, Saint Ashley? (Actually damn'd good saint for the 'Net, much more suitable than this Isidore cove)

And whom do we thank for Isidore? The Observation Service for Internet (which doesn't look like this link at all and has a very weird sense of humor over what it thinks it can and cannot find).

Anyway, the OSI is said to have drawn

"it's mission from the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, researched the Internet and related technologies to select a patron saint that best reflects the concerns and ideals of computer designers, programmers and users.

The saint chosen by the Observation Service for Internet was Saint Isidore. "The saint who wrote the well-known 'Etymologies' (a type of dictionary), gave his work a structure akin to that of the database. He began a system of thought known today as 'flashes;' it is very modern, notwithstanding the fact it was discovered in the sixth century.

Saint Isidore accomplished his work with great coherence: it is complete and its features are complementary in themselves."

So there, and God bless St Isidore for enabling this educational post *and* for the Paul Pair.

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