Aergia (Ἀεργία "Inactivity") is a goddess in Greek mythology, a personification of sloth and laziness. She is the daughter of Aether and Gaia. She is said to guard the court of Hypnos in the Underworld. Aergia is simply the transliteration of Latin Socordia or Ignavia. She was transliterated to Greek because Hyginus mentioned her based on a Greek source, and thus can be considered as both a Greek and Roman goddess. Her opposite character is Horme, a goddess of effort.
AERGIA was the female spirit (daimon) of idleness, laziness, indolence and sloth. Her opposite number was probably Hormes (Effort). N.B. Aergia is the presumed Greek form of the Latin Socordia mentioned by Hyginus. Although his list of abstractions derives from a Greek source, the names have mostly been translated into Latin.
- AITHER & GAIA (Hyginus Preface)
This will probably become the website for my old dyno project. But for the time being it is here!
Why did I purchase a domain name I can't even pronounce? Is it air-ghia or air-geeah? aergia.com was taken (and so was aergia.org) so I grabbed aergia.net the dot net is probably more suitable for my purpose than dot com anyway. When I started on my dyno project in 1997 the internet wasn't as vast as it is now and my search-fu was much weaker and I couldn't find who the Roman or Greek goddess' of sloth were (or perhaps I hadn't thought of it that far back or that early in its development) and settled on the acronym WOTID for Wide Open Throttle Inertial Dynamometer. I called the Visual Basic project WOTID rather than the default name of project1. All files, research, documents etc went into the 'wotid' folder on my computer. I ran out of web space provided for free by my ISP and purchased wotid.com in 2005
Oh yeah, why Aergia?. It came from the definition of inertia :
Inertia: Is the resistance of any physical object to a change in its state of motion. It is represented numerically by an object's mass. The principle of inertia is one of the fundamental principles of classical physics which are used to describe the motion of matter and how it is affected by applied forces. Inertia comes from the Latin word, "iners", meaning idle, or lazy.
in·er·tia /ɪnˈɜrʃə, ɪˈnɜr-/
- inertness, esp. with regard to effort, motion, action, and the like; inactivity; sluggishness.
- the property of matter by which it retains its state of rest or its velocity along a straight line so long as it is not acted upon by an external force.
- an analogous property of a force: electric inertia.
- Medicine/Medical . lack of activity, esp. as applied to a uterus during childbirth when its contractions have decreased or stopped.
1705–15; < L: lack of skill, slothfulness. See inert, -ia
1. torpor, inaction, laziness.
So I thought a God or Goddess of idle and laziness was fitting for a dyno built with a lot of inertia.
Maybe the dyno information will stay on wotid.com as it has been there since 2005 and aergia.net might become a blog or something. I'm not sure yet. The domain name was cheap to buy and cost nothing to host as I can have add-on domains as part of the existing hosting package I am on for wotid.com anyway.