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Translation of #myscrawl :

It's been a while since anyone has posted their handwriting. Here's mine.

Anyone else game to show theirs?
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I'll try to post mine later :)
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Discovery of the day: +Dymphna C.  is researching the Black Death (as you do) and came across multiple sources that said that the 14th-century physician Guy de Chauliac ascribed it to "a triple conjunction of Saturn, Jupiter and Mars in the 40th degree of Aquarius." (Google "40th degree of Aquarius" and see.)

Her: What would be the significance of a triple conjunction of Saturn, Jupiter and Mars in the 40th degree of Aquarius?

Me: There is no 40th degree of Aquarius.

I check into it and see the reference over and over again online, so I finally dig up a copy of the book in which de Chauliac apparently made the claim, scour through the Latin, and find that he wrote that it was the 14th degree, not the 40th. Authors have just been citing this mistake over and over again without thinking about it.

I feel pleased with myself, and it's not even noon.
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I'll check my copy when I get home! ;-)
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A Space Oddity oddity

Ground control? I'm hearing guitars down there. Is that you, Bill? Bill, we've talked about this. 

"God's love"? I've told you I'm an atheist, Bill. Stop trying to push your religion on me. 

The papers want to know what? Seriously? Don't they have science writers? 

I'm stepping through the door, and zero-gravity is exactly the way I expected it to be. 

Bill? I mean it, Bill, cut it out with the guitars. I think there's a problem with guidance up here. 

Okay, guidance is completely shot now. I repeat, I have no control. 

What do you mean you know my wife loves me, Bill? I'm going to die up here and -- wait, is this about that time you hit on her at the Christmas party? Jesus, Bill, that was years ago. Get over it. 

I've lost all contact with you, ground control. All I can hear is a guitar solo. Repeat, all I can hear is a guitar solo. 

Turn off the damn music, Bill! This is serious! 

Bill? Anyone?
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Ha!

This reminds me of a fantastic reply I saw to John/Taupin's "Rocket Man", criticizing the singer for going to space but only working five days a week. I can't remember now if it was a video or written, or if I saw it in a standup routine. Anyway.
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I think my friends here might do fairly well on this.
The names of the furniture in IKEA sound a lot like the names of black metal bands. Consider this quiz an educational way to learn the difference between the two.
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But they all sort of make sense. Kallax the forest is this very "geometrical" pine forest. https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/bXVZiokT_1S2qoPG6q7JVG2q7wcuTf1eJo-Iilje9Bnu=w975-h731-no

While Kallax the shelf have the same sort of geometricalness about it. http://www.ikea.com/us/en/images/products/kallax-shelving-unit-white__0243965_PE383236_S4.JPG
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+Rowan Cota: +Dymphna C. reminded me that I'm late on this.

I'm not good on selfies, so you'll have to make do with this.
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Random Prose From the Past

"When I was born," she said, "the stars danced across the sky, flights of griffons left their nests in far Hyperborea, and even the ant-lions ceased their labours to hum my praise. When my father climbed the onyx steps of Bia's temple to consult the oracles, he was told that I was destined to marry the most gullible man in the world."

I watched her, briefly mesmerized, then repeated my first words: "Grande chai latte, please."

With a sigh, she complied, but as I turned away, I heard her begin again: "When I was born..."
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Some years back, I wrote a conference paper that challenged a statement from Kristeva's Revolution in Poetic Language. She claimed that magic, like poetry, was a revolutionary act, to which I pointed out that it was actually quite conservative. "There is, for example," I wrote, "no magical use for a potato."

Thinking about it today, I realized that the nightshade family (which includes potatoes, tomatoes, and some peppers) also includes the mandrake. Since mandrakes fall under the influence of Saturn, I can only assume that the others do, too.

Because that influence also includes cumin, I think this will make the curries that I cook far more ominous.
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If I have the Russian spell, it's buried in one of my old college journals and unlikely to be unearthed by a casual hunt.
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Genuine headlines from the CBC's Nova Scotia news site:

"Atlantic region aging faster than the rest of Canada"

"Atlantic Funeral Homes in Dartmouth to offer bar service"

I think they work well together.
Stay on top of Nova Scotia with the latest in news, weather, events and interviews.
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I feel like possibly Doctor Who needs to look into this whole region which is aging faster than the rest of Canada.  Or...is Nova Scotia outside the rest of Canada which is Fairy Land?
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Tonight's dinner: lemon sole with red pepper puree, fondant potatoes, chicken jus, and kale with bacon.

As an accompaniment: a cat.
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+Geoffrey McVey lol that's how it is at my house with two fur babies 
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Would someone be willing, every week or so, to remind me not to read anything involving #Gamergate ? Because I think it would be good for my mental health not to feel the urge to correct people who have no basic understanding of... well, anything.
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WAR (written by +Dymphna C.)

One of the reasons why the war between #Rothlingsmark  and the Gulgrimni was so devastating was because it violated many cultural notions of what war is like.

To the Laumir military caste, warfare is a highly ritualized affair.  Armies are led by armored, mounted thanes (who may have their positions either because of their martial prowess or for political reasons) who lead peasant conscripts against other armies.  While conscripts are killed readily in battle, thanes and higher ranking combatants (such as priests or mestari) are almost always taken hostage and ransomed back to their commanders.  Of course, plenty of thanes die in battle as well -- battlefields are dangerous places -- but any thane who surrenders in battle can expect that she will be captured and ransomed rather than executed, and her retinue can expect similar treatment.

The lower-class conscripts and citizens of Rothlingsmark have similar ideas about warfare.  The Rothlings have endured raids from the Gulgrimni for centuries, but they were unprepared for the war.  While a raid can have long-term disastrous effects, they are typically small in scale and conducted with a single objective: to steal as many goods as possible and get away quickly.  

The war was different.

The tactics of the Gulgrimni were brutal.  Crops were burned. Livestock were slaughtered.  Entire households, including the children and the elderly, were killed.  They took no prisoners and sought no parley.  They brought creatures of nightmare to fight alongside them -- trolls, creatures that a southerner might think didn't even exist -- and they fought to the death.  

The devastation cut across all walks of life, but unlike in typical conflicts, the ruling class may have suffered the highest level of casualties.  Many landed knights were killed and their manors utterly destroyed.  (Of course, Lady Gilmund survived the destruction of her manor and the plundering of the surrounding countryside.  Some of her peers are disappointed by this.) Of the jarl's entire household, only one of his housethanes -- Rukkokainen, a Tauthra, and only occasionally reckoned as a proper housethane -- survived.
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Something to add to the "Europe was only white people" files: St. Adrian of Canterbury, a Berber who was twice asked by the pope to become archbishop of Canterbury in the 7th/8th century.
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Yes, it is!
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