October 31, 2003
Over at Media_Queen I found a link to a story about a "warrior queen" who was buried in Lincolnshire, England around A.D. 500-600. This reminded me of Marya Morevna's story of the "Ice Maiden," who was buried around 400 B.C.E. in the Steppes.
I like these stories about strong women from ages ago. It reinforces in me the belief that women aren't born to be subservient or even stay-at-home or quiet. Even if I never do the things these women did, I relish the thought that in a culture long ago women were given the same respect as men were. I'll post more on this later, but now I have to hand out candy to goblins, gangstas and future warrior queens.
I love the smell of
napalm honey in the morning
In the Bizarro World, I found this movie: Apocalypse Pooh. It's....just....eerie.
This is Halloween!
Happy Halloween/Samhain/Harvest Festival Time! I was mentioning on Joe's site that when I was younger (c. 22) a few of us got dressed up and drove around neighborhoods tossing candy at the trick-or-treaters. It was great fun, and better than waiting for them to come to us. I didn't think at the time that their parents might not appreciate it. We tossed far enough so no one ever had to get in the street to retrieve the loot.
What is your favorite Halloween memory?
October 30, 2003
destruction by fire
Everyone knows there are fires blazing in the West right now. People losing houses, homes, lives. I found this at Tequila Mockingbird. A personal account. I wanted to cry. I wanted to go put a blanket around her shoulders and tell her things would be taken care of. I wanted to...well just read her story.
Harry Potter and the Pounding Headache
Three young patients saw Dr. Howard J. Bennett in Northwest Washington in June, complaining of headaches. So? you might think, as I did. The common thread was that each had been reading the latest installment in the beloved Harry Potter series. These kids, ages 8-11, had been staying up late reading the hefty tome, 870 pages long and weighing in at a couple of pounds. They were suffering from eye strain. Two of the patients opted for acetaminophen instead of heeding the doctor's advice to cut back on the reading time.
Three patients hardly constitutes and epidemic, but Bennett says with the way J.K.Rowling's books have been increasing in size each time, we may well see more "Hogwart's Headaches." He is quick to praise Rowling for her part in the rise of literacy among children. I concur.
Headaches from staying up way too late reading? Welcome to my world :)
which is which?
Don't believe everything you read.
There is currently a conflict between riverbendblog.blogspot.com, an Iraqi woman, and riverSbendblog.blogspot.com, a 70 year old Republican activist who is copying Riverbend's blog and changing the message. The theory is that the Riversbend blogger hopes to mislead people seeking Riverbend to come to his site instead, because he so thoroughly disagrees with what the Iraqi woman is saying. On a quick glance you might not realize you were on the wrong site.
But don't take my word for it. Bending Truth has a weblog dedicated to this "blog war" and shows how posts can be back-dated to appear they were written earlier than they were. John Gorenfeld reports on this and appears to have also solved some of the mystery. I have found no website or information defending riversbendblog in this matter.
time is on our side, yes it is
Following a link from Making Light's Particles, I came across a reference to John Titor, a man who allegedly came back to the year 2000 (when his "now" self was 2 years old) from the year 2036. His mission was to find a computer from the 1970's, because Unix had (will have?) a problem that they couldn't fix and they needed an IBM 5100 computer to help figure out the solution. In his 4 months online, Titor describes the future and makes some statements that a great number of people (IRC nuts) are watching to see if they come true. There is supposed to be a nuclear war from events starting in 2004, among other predictions (or history, for John). Maciej Ceglowski continues with hints on "best practices for time travellers" in his post on Titor, aimed at helping the man from the future get by in the world of today.
I followed up by finding this site which has John Titor's IRC posts from 2000. I haven't finished going through them yet, but I figured it was interesting enough to share.
I really ought to be sleeping instead of analyzing someone's time travel stories. Sweet dreams.
October 29, 2003
an inherent yearning for freedom
"General standards of human rights apply to the people of all countries because, regardless of their cultural background, all humans share an inherent yearning for freedom, equality and dignity. Democracy and respect for fundamental human rights are as important to Africans and Asians as they are to Europeans and Americans."
-His Holiness the Dalai Lama, "Harvard International Review," 1995
From "The Pocket Dalai Lama," edited by Mary Craig, 2002. Reprinted by arrangement with Shambhala Publications, Boston, www.shambhala.com.
happiness is a warm....
Are you happy?
Do you remember the last time you were really happy?
October 28, 2003
a collective of nouns
In the Halloween Quiz comments, I wondered about the collective nouns for these Halloween creatures. I said at first a bridge of vampires, but I find in Kipling West's book "A Rattle of Bones: A Halloween Book of Collective Nouns" that it is a bridge of trolls. I said "Aha! of course!" (to myself, as no one was around to hear this outburst.) She also calls it a knot of witches, which fits for me.
Logophile that I am, I love collective nouns. What other Halloween collective nouns do you know or can you make up?