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Dief
Three Four things make a post, right?

I'm voluntarily breaking my heart by watching "Victoria's Secret" again, for reasons having to do with the 20th anniversary of due South on the 23rd of this month. (Their anniversary is on Shakespeare's death date? This seems oddly appropriate somehow.) God, this episode hurts.

Sword class is turning out to be a great deal of fun, if a little hard on my elbows. To my vast amusement, my inner Aidan keeps surfacing, when it's not my inner Connor. (I'm worrying some of the teenagers with my comments. Oops?)

Upon reflection, I think the movie title for Cap 2 was just a little wrong. Meandering Captain America: The Winter Soldier thoughts, with spoilersCollapse )

Last, and most minor, is anyone else playing Dark Manor? If so, what's your Id there? I'm at 2 High Flyers Lane.

Okay back to watching this ep. God. They did a good job of it.

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Hermes running
From Cahill's Mysteries of the Middle Ages*, p. 21 of the hardback:

The human body, an iffy thing, easily undone, was yet the acme of the beauty of the cosmos.  No wonder that a male on the cusp of full manhood was the loveliest thing in the universe, repeatedly portrayed in statuary and fresco, "the beauty of the world, the paragon of animals," desirable by all, whether female or male (though completely possessable by none), whose hot blood beat against the walls of his body, seeking release, turning to white foam and spurting from his engorged penis--"a human Espresso machine," as Brown~ calls him.

Pardon me, I'll just be over here laughing helplessly.

* At this point, he's still talking about Alexandria and the Greek influence on the middle ages.
~ Brown seems to be Peter Brown; precise book unknown.

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I almost used my history icon for this post

cheerful gryph
Because I have learned a new word today and seen something wild: gryphomachie, or battle between human and gryphons. The picture of a gryphomachie is beneath the cut. Enjoy!

Oh, look, a griffin!Collapse )

For the curious, the picture is from this article about ancient cartography. The article mostly seems to be an overview of an exhibit on display at New York University until Jan 5. Going back to writing now....

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plot
Walt Whitman and Oscar Wilde probably hooked up.  Yes, really.

Okay, back to writing up the notes on that wild dream last night that I think was my subconscious discussing a book with me.

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Man, that was fun!

Gen Hammond
I haven't done concentrated data hunting in a while, and I just spent three hours tracking down Air Force and Army service ribbons and medals for a friend. She inherited a box from her dad with random, and sometimes repeating, service ribbons. Some are amazingly faded, several are no longer issued (he served before WWII was declared, during WWII, during Korea, and did a tour in Vietnam before he finally retired), and a couple were a stone witch to trace down because he was originally Army Air Corps, so I ended up hunting through the Army service ribbons to track down some of them.

However, I have done it.  I have achieved victory over the service ribbons and now I just have to figure out what the blazes the rank patches are.  I'm starting to think that it's as simple as the chevron to rocker ratios were handled differently, but I'm going to have to hunt that down, too. ::amused:: Then I have to pull out the order of precedence chart and some implements of destruction flat-head screwdrivers and needle-nose pliers to assemble these in the right order to hand them all back.

Amazing how accomplished I feel for pulling this off, though.  And how much I miss the gentleman.  ::amused:: Dad G loved to hear stories about our group's D&D campaigns, and would give advice on what he thought we were doing wrong.  Frequently it included, "Yeah, not looking up will get you in trouble."  Tomorrow, I'll lift a glass in his honor again. (Tonight, I'm going to bed.)  Night, all!

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Thought for the day, et al.

Haven Teagues
Katherine Hepburn balanced on Cary Grant's shoulders.  Text reads, "If you always do what interests you, at least one person is pleased."  - Katherine Hepburn

Also, [personal profile] killabeez, [personal profile] samjohnsson? I blame y'all. I dreamed the next part of that Haven/HL fic this morning. Guess what I'm writing/rewriting today?

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October writing
This article, reproduced in full below the cut for when I read this six years from now and the article is gone:

No idea what I'm gonna do with it, but wow.Collapse )


Way too neat not to do something with later!
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US History

Marcus
I don't know about the rest of you, but I didn't know the White House had ever been gutted and rebuilt in the 20th century, much less that it had been done for fear of collapse. Some neat pictures here!

Okay, back to writing and drinking tea...
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Sure, why not? The year-end meme.

light in the dark
Gacked from [personal profile] lomedet and [personal profile] ilyena_sylph : 

First line of the first post of each month: 

I'm thinking I should have started this post much earlier today.
A website of photos of Memphis in the '40s, '50s, and '60s.
Gacked from[personal profile] kayim , I think:  Name a woman in one of my fandoms and I will attempt a drabble about her, or personal canon, or tell you why I think she's awesome.  [Dec '12 note: Oh my gods, I somehow forgot to do this?  Eep! I know what I'm doing next...]
Am I writing what I meant to be writing?
Happy May Day to everyone and happy Beltane to those of us who celebrate it!
I could be writing pr0n.
But who cares, when I now have all sixteen volumes of Burton's translation of the The Book of the Thousand Nights and One Night?
There's not a Miss Marple story set during WWII. 
I'd forgotten how much fun some of this is.
Also available at the AO3.
A. I'm back to writing a story (and have, um, at least two more lined up to write) that requires an actual table listing day, place, events, and characters involved.
Gacked from </a></b></a>thingswithwings : Pick a character I've written and I will give and explain the top five ideas/concepts/etc I keep in mind while writing that character that I believe are essential to accurately depicting them.

::amused:: Clearly I talk a lot about writing.  I probably need to do more of it too, but I have 10 days to finish one more fic for the year, right?  Right.  Night, all!
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On a much more serious note

fire and water
A first-hand observer's report of the Pearl Harbor bombings was finally published today by the Washington Post; it was originally considered too graphic to print.  It's available here.  (The reporter who wrote this went on to be a wartime spy; at 97, she's still alive today and was featured in an early WP article on two former senior CIA women who only met in a retirement home and are now great friends.)  No, parts of it aren't easy to read, but the ending gave suggestions on how to help the war effort.  The lady who wrote it sounds fascinating and now I'm headed to wikipedia to see what they have.
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I had no idea there was a word for this

October writing
Mithridatism:  The developing of immunity to a poison by taking gradually increasing doses of it.

I can't decide if I love that there's a word for this, or if it worries me.  Off to look up the etymology...

ETA:  Personally, I think pretty much everyone reading this journal is smarter than to try that out, but my advice on the subject would be: don't.
warclaw is very sensible.
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Strange things I have seen...

Marcus
Don't ask me why, either. Today I saw a guy wearing sunglasses that had a grey camo pattern on the outside of the lenses. I don't doubt he could see through it, but wow. ::amused:: I completely *do not* see the point of that.

Complete ensemble: Chevy cap, camo sunglasses, grey wool greatcoat looked like it was straight out of the Confederate army, blue jeans, black cowboy boots. Honestly, he looked like former CSA army who'd discharged long enough ago to get some weight back on -- if, you know, the Civil War'd ended a couple years back, not 150....

Some days, living in this town is more interesting than others!

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History fans, you may enjoy this.

Marcus
The link alone should tell you what you're getting into. (This was fun!)

In A Mass Knife Fight To The Death Between Every American President Who Would Win And Why

(I do agree with some of the comments that Jimmy Carter was underrated.  Naval academy and then years as a farmer?  That can make you pretty tough.)
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Add me to the waiting list, please....

hot
From the play/movie 1776, an exchange between Stephen Hopkins, a glorious man from Rhode Island (the one who's always drinking rum), and Dr. Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania. (What?  Does he need introduction?).

Hopkins: Ah, Ben! I want you to see some cards I'd gone and had printed up. Oughta save everybody here a lot of time and effort, considering the epidemic of bad disposition that's been going on around here lately. "Dear Sir, you are without any doubt, a rogue, a rascal, a villain, a thief, a scoundrel, and a mean, dirty, stinking, sniveling, sneaking, pimping, pocket-picking, thrice double-damned no-good son of a bitch." and you sign your name - what do you think?

Franklin: I'll take a dozen, right now. 

So will I, gentlemen. Please. No one in this town can drive in the heat, apparently... 

Other memorable quotes can be found here.  ::happy sigh:: I love this movie.

ETA:  And the barbershop quartet singing about, among other things, "Homicide!  Homicide!  We may see murder yet!"
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Quotes on Excellence

Dief
Seeing as yesterday was the birthday of Royce of Rolls-Royce, excellence was completely appropriate.

Appreciation is a wonderful thing; it makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.  - Voltaire, 1694 - 1778

The society which scorns excellence in plumbing, because plumbing is an humble activity, and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy, because philosophy is an exalted activity, will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy. Neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water. - John W. Gardner, 1912 - 2002

He is happy whose circumstances suit his temper but he is more excellent who can suit his temper to any circumstances. - David Hume, 1711 - 1776

I saw one excellency was within my reach; it was brevity and I determined to obtain it. - John Jay, 1745 - 1829

In character, in manners, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity. - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1807 - 1882

The sad truth is that excellence makes people nervous. - Shana Alexander, 1925 - 2005


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100 years ago

Rebecca Amanda make history
A century ago today, Juliette Gordon Low decided to start up a Girl Guides program.  (Girl Scouts here in the US.)  Meanwhile, I'm dodging the grocery store anytime there might be Girl Scout cookies; Thin Mints are dangerous.  So, have some cookie quotes.

I got a fortune cookie that said, "To remember is to understand." I have never forgotten it. A good judge remembers what it was like to be a lawyer. A good editor remembers being a writer. A good parent remembers what it was like to be a child.   - Anna Quindlen

We'd get sick on too many cookies, but ever so much sicker on no cookies at all.  - Sinclair Lewis, 1885 - 1951

Children ask better questions than adults. "May I have a cookie?" "Why is the sky blue?" and "What does a cow say?" are far more likely to elicit a cheerful response than "Where's your manuscript?" Why haven't you called?" and "Who's your lawyer?"  - Fran Lebowitz

Think what a better world it would be if we all, the whole world, had cookies and milk about three o'clock every afternoon and then lay down on our blankets for a nap.   - Barbara Jordan, 1936 - 1996

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More neat quotes

sleep
Facts are the air of scientists. Without them you can never fly.

Men will gather knowledge no matter what the consequences. Science will go on whether we are pessimistic or optimistic, as I am. More interesting discoveries than we can imagine will be made, and I am awaiting them, full of curiosity and enthusiasm.

Satisfaction of one's curiosity is one of the greatest sources of happiness in life.

The scientist, if he is to be more than a plodding gatherer of bits of information, needs to exercise an active imagination.

If you want to have good ideas you must have many ideas. Most of them will be wrong, and what you have to learn is which ones to throw away.

Do unto others 20% better than you would expect them to do unto you, to correct for subjective error.

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A website of photos of Memphis in the '40s, '50s, and '60s.  (US Memphis, not Egyptian.)  And a website of "The 20 Most Beautiful Bookstores In The World."  Which is of course purely  subjective, but hey, they were all pretty and I've even been to one!  Enjoy!
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Fandom Snowflake Challenge, days 3-5

fourpawdrive by lanning
::cheerful:: Some of this is only technically late. I'm late posting it, not doing it.

Day 3

Comment to someone you haven't ever interacted with before.  It doesn't have to be anything complex - it can be feedback for a fanwork or discussing something you might have in common or even simply admiring their icon. The point is to reach out to someone you normally wouldn't and connect with them, even if it's only for the briefest moment.

Day 4

Introduce yourself to someone you admire and friend/follow them on whatever platform you use - journal or Twitter or Tumblr or whatever.


Day 5

In your own space, share something non-fannish you are passionate about with your fannish friends. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


History, labyrinths, stuffed animals, and hikingCollapse )

Three more days tomorrow, I think. I'll be catching up until this thing is done on the 15th, at this rate...
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Walter Cronkite would have been 95 today.

reading
I grew my mustache when I was nineteen in order to look older. I never shaved it off even though it overran its usefulness many, many years ago. Once you get started in television, people associate you with your physical appearance - and that includes the mustache. So I can't shave it off now. If I did, I'd have to answer too much mail.

Our job is only to hold up the mirror - to tell and show the public what has happened.

For how many thousands of years now have we humans been what we insist on calling "civilized?" And yet, in total contradiction, we also persist in the savage belief that we must occasionally, at least, settle our arguments by killing one another.

America's health care system is neither healthy, caring, nor a system.

The profession of journalism ought to be about telling people what they need to know, not what they want to know.

And that's the way it is.

-- All quotes from Walter Cronkite.

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Eisenhower quotes

kick at the darkness
It would have been Dwight D. Eisenhower's birthday today, and honestly, I couldn't bear to cut any of today's quotes from him. 
  • Here in America we are descended in blood and in spirit from revolutionists and rebels - men and women who dare to dissent from accepted doctrine. As their heirs, may we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion.
  • By leadership we mean the art of getting someone else to do something that you want done because he wants to do it.
  • Unless each day can be looked back upon by an individual as one in which he has had some fun, some joy, some real satisfaction, that day is a loss.
  • We will bankrupt ourselves in the vain search for absolute security.
  • Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.
  • The best morale exists when you never hear the word mentioned. When you hear a lot of talk about it, it's usually lousy.
  • Un-American activity cannot be prevented or routed out by employing un-American methods; to preserve freedom we must use the tools that freedom provides.
     All from Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1890 - 1969

I wish the Republicans paid more attention to him and less to 'St. Ronnie.'

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"In the first place I don't understand where it begins and in the second place I'm not sure it has an ending and in the third place even if I understood the ending it wouldn't do me any good because I don't understand the beginning in the first place."

[Master Li] gazed at me in silence. Then he said, "My boy, stay away from sentences like that. They tend to produce pimples and permanent facial tics."

Barry Hughart, The Story of the Stone

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