The first of these is the post which got the most “reblog” attention back on Tumblr. Every few months someone would discover it and it’d get some action. Then, back to obscurity I went…

(11 September 2014)

“This was it, named after him. Alexandria. You could do two things here: get very rich, and get yourself the best education in the world.” – James Burke, Connections

Within the first five minutes of the first “real” episode in the series, “Death in the Morning,” Mr. Burke is making sure everyone knows he won’t be pulling any punches.

Now, I know that the story of the Library of Alexandria is slightly more complicated, but let’s be fair: This is accurate enough for the program’s purposes, and it certainly gets the point across.

Sorry it took so long to get from the first episode to here. I was distracted by shinies elsewhere… but I have another bit from this episode to post before too much longer, honest!

(21 September 2014)

“And these intrepid pioneers enjoyed all the privileges of going to high altitude without oxygen: bleeding at the ears and eyes, nausea, vomiting, swelling of the head, and passing out. Mind you, in spite of all that they did learn things they never would have if they’d stayed on the ground. Like, the temperature does not decrease steadily as you rise in the sky and nor does the air pressure. Some of them stayed up for days, drifting along, enjoying the view, dropping notes by parachute that never seemed to say much other than, ‘Everything going remarkably well.’ Including those who were never seen again…” – James Burke, Connections

Ah, weather forecasting. We’ve made such progress since the early days of balloon-based observations, haven’t we?

That takes care of the second Connections episode, “Death in the Morning.” Next up? James Burke describes the arms race throughout history (among other things) in “Distant Voices.” Stay tuned, won’t you?