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treasures-and-beauty: Japanese export silver bowl featuring...

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 23:52


Japanese export silver bowl featuring stylized koi fish hand chased to the body. Circa - 1900.

While doing research: thoughts on medieval popular culture

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 15:23
DD: (reads to PM from Guerber's MYTHS AND LEGENDS OF THE MIDDLE AGES) So Huon and Sherasmin the Cave-Dweller, who is this guy who, well, has been living in this cave, are in this enchanted forest. And they're sitting under a tree and 'They saw the golden castle of Oberon, king of the fairies and son of Julius Caesar and Morgan le Fay.'
PM: (blinks)...Don't ever tell me they didn't have shipping in the Middle Ages.
DD: (reading) 'Then as they gazed spellbound at the wonderful sight they beheld the glittering gates of the palace roll back as the king drove through them in a chariot of silver, drawn by leopards, himself appearing in the guise of the God of Love.'
DD: (blinks) Seems legit...

Zero to bitch in 30 seconds

Sat, 08/26/2017 - 16:14

Yeah, I get these too. (Also: maybe it’s a bot. But if it is, it doesn’t respond well to nonstandard answers. Which is also satisfying.)

20,000 bees chase car for TWO DAYS after queen bee gets trapped in boot

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 21:28
20,000 bees chase car for TWO DAYS after queen bee gets trapped in boot:

I typed in the link from that story further down the timeline to see what happened. Those were really persistent bees…

8 Badass "Game Of Thrones" Tours Every Fan Will Want To Go On

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 21:23
8 Badass "Game Of Thrones" Tours Every Fan Will Want To Go On:

Having had the advantage of being married to a Northern Irish guy, I’ve been lucky enough to visit most of these places before they got famous. Tollymore Forest in particular is full of fond memories. (The stream running through it also featured one of the BIGGEST F***ING BROWN TROUT I have ever seen. The thing was the size of a salmon.)

This is apropos of nothing whatsoever except a momentary bit of...

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 20:47

This is apropos of nothing whatsoever except a momentary bit of delight.

The Horror Channel (a CBS/Viacom channel on the Sky platform in the UK) has been stripping ST:TOS five nights a week for some while, and tonight they were showing  “Metamorphosis” (s2e09), the episode that introduces the Zefram Cochrane character and the alien being that saved his life in old age and fell in love with him thereafter.

When Cochrane (with the assistance of the tinkered-together universal translator device Kirk is holding here) realizes what the score is, he first has a nasty little fit of xenophobia – which Spock describes with some distaste as “totally parochial” – but then over the course of the episode gets past it. As he and the newly-embodied Companion walk off together hand in hand, Kirk watches this happen while wearing the most gloriously sappy expression I’ve ever seen William Shatner produce. It was so wistful and sweet that I wanted to dive through the screen and give him a hug.

I mean, just look at that face. He looks like the groomsman/bridesmaid at somebody’s wedding. (And bearing in mind that in earlier parts of the script Kirk has been pleading the case for Love quite hard – with a certain amount of resonance to the concept that this would be a nice thing for starship captains to have if only they were free to do so – the moment gains some poignancy.)

And it’s no surprise, of course, that as this denouement starts to unfold Spock stands there holding the “I find this whole business very suspect” expression. It just points up the look on Kirk’s face all the more.

…Apropos of nothing, as I said. But when an actor does something I find memorable, if I don’t have the DVD handy I’ll dive for the phone. (shrug) Just one of those writer things. Don’t mind me…