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I was asked, by an educated adult, why my blog is called, Veni, Vidi, Voce. I replied that it was a play on Caesar’s “Veni, vidi, vici”, “I came, I saw, I conquered”. My reply was met with a blank stare and further conversation revealed that the individual had never heard the phrase before. I hope I don’t sound snobbish when I say, I was astonished.

Maybe I have stumbled upon another item for the Heinlein Maneuver: Latin You Should Know. This could prove to be a valuable addition because Latin lives on in plenty of English words and phrases. Following is my starting list.

Ad hoc: Literally meaning “for this,” best translated as “for this purpose” and generally used to mean improvised.

Ad infinitum: “To infinity, without end.” In context, it usually means continue forever.

Caveat emptor: “Let the buyer beware.”

Citius altius fortius: “Faster, higher, stronger” – the motto of the modern Olympics.

Et cetera: Means “and other things”, or “and so on”.

Exempli gratia: “For example,” often abbreviated “e.g.”

Id est: “That is,” often abbreviated “i.e.”

Ipso facto: “By the very fact,” i.e., “absolutely, regardless of circumstances.”

Nolo contendere: When you want to enter a plea of “No contest” in as fancy a way as possible.

Quod erat demonstrandum: “That which was to be demonstrated.” Abbreviated QED, often the end of a mathematical proof.

Subpoena: “Under penalty,” as in “Do this or you’re in trouble.”

Veni, vidi, vici: “I came, I saw, I conquered,” and the inspiration for a very interesting blog, Veni, Vidi, Voce. ☺

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Boys & Cars What Should They Know?

The first knowledge/skill category in the Heinlein Maneuver program is the automobile.

Midway through the 20th century, cars became a central feature of life for young people. The automobile provides mobility, status, challenge, and social freedom. Nearly every aspect of our lives has developed around this technology. Without a drastic change in our thinking the automobile will continue to dominate our lives. The Heinlein Maneuver would be remiss, if it did not prepare its charges for their lifelong relationship with the automobile.

Basic Knowledge of Automotive Systems & Technology. This is geared towards answering the question, “How does my car work?” This knowledge should include basic understanding of: Engine, Cooling System, Charging System, Ignition System, Automatic Transmissions, Brakes, Wheel Alignment, Hybrid Power Systems, Dashboard Gauges, Air Conditioner, Electrical Systems, Fuel System, Emissions System, Battery, Starting System, On Board Diagnostics, and Timing Belt.

Driver’s Education. Everyone should know how to drive and the rules of the road. This is the kind of knowledge and skills acquired in a good Driver’s Education course.

Specialty/Emergency Driving. Driving a manual transmission vehicle. Maneuvering a car out of a skid. Getting a car unstuck. Pulling and backing up a trailer.

Preventive Maintenance. In its simplest form, preventive maintenance can be reading and following the service schedule in the automobile manual. A Heinlein Maneuver preventive maintenance program will include the ability to:

  • Perform non-destructive testing
  • Perform periodic inspection
  • Schedule preplanned activities and maintenance to correct deficiencies found through testing or inspections.

Emergency Repair. Change a flat. Jump Start a car.

That should get a young man started tooling around as well as provide the ability to speak knowledgeably to a repair professional.

What do you think? Enough or too much? What needs to be added?

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