A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: Tony Oz
Date: 2017 Feb 26, 11:48 -0800
Thanks for the Bruins as a confirmation of the story.
Some more off-topic on Medved/Bear: yes, most probably the old English word "mead" has common root with our word "мёд" (honey). I can bet what ever you want - the second part of the "Medved" word is "ved" - the knowledge in Sanskrit, in modern Russian the verb "ведать" is "to know", not "to eat". That wikipedia article needs to be revisited by a qualified person. You can compare Russian "Медведь" with Ukrainian "Ведмiдь". See: "Вед" + "мiдь", i.e. "to know" and "the honey".
Once I met a Tamil girl named Vedia, she asked me if I could guess the meaning of her name - to her surprise it was easy - it means "she who knows, the knowledgeable one". And then came the second surprise for her - in Russian language we have the ""ведьма" word - the witch in English! :) You know the connotations - a lady who knows some sorcery.
Now back to our star-gazing topic. :)
I was able to learn the Morse code only when I was introduced to the method of connecting a character's melody with a word beginning on the same character and having same rythm. All my previous attempts to brute-force memorise Morse code led only to frustration and fatigue. But using "melodies" it took less than a week and was really fun and easy.
So I'm searching for the same thing on star's names and positions.
Your comments are welcome!