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Looks like an interesting meme, might actually kickstart my LJ-writing a bit, yet not require immense amounts of original thought from the get-go.

Day One: Ten things I want to say to ten different people right now.
  1. I miss you. I wish you were still here. I felt safer when you were in the world.
  2. I don't hate you. I don't love you. I've gotten fairly indifferent to you. I consider this progress.
  3. I changed a lot. You changed a lot. I don't like the you that you are, right now. I hope we grow closer, again.
  4. I really, really hope you like your present. I had a hard time finding something for you that I thought you'd like.
  5. I wish we still wrote stories together. I love all our characters.
  6. You shouldn't have done that to your kids. It was abuse and you should be ashamed of yourself. I wish I could have stopped it.
  7. Thank you for saving my life. And my sanity. I wouldn't have made it without you.
  8. Dear coworker, your children are very talented. How about you let them tell us about their accomplishments, instead of telling us how awesome they are while you talk over them?
  9. Will you both stop throwing politics at me? I don't agree with either of you and the polemic is annoying.
  10. Thank you for loving me. I didn't think anybody ever would.

Day Two: Nine things about myself.
Day Three: Eight ways to win my heart.
Day Four: Seven things that cross my mind a lot.
Day Five: Six things I wish I’d never done.
Day Six: Five people who mean a lot to me.
Day Seven: Four turn offs.
Day Eight: Three turn ons.
Day Nine: Two smileys that describe my life right now.
Day Ten: One confession.
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the Scythian "Sun Lord" burial

Any images out there? I'm looking especially for clothing embellishments (plaques, bullion, etc.)
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Who was Lunardo Fero?

Jeanine in Canada writes:
I have never been to the Victoria and Albert Museum in London but you can bet that if I ever get the chance, I'll probably spend my entire vacation there. They have many Italian needlework-related things. One of them is a book of embroidery designs done in ink and watercolours by Lunardo Fero, Venice, October 16, 1559. Lunardo? I'm no expert on names but this is one I haven't come across before... could it be Leonardo? Either way I can turn up nothing doing internet searches on this guy.

The information I can find on this little book is that it "contains dozens of beautifully crafted embroidery patterns displaying an impressive range of floral and ornamental motifs, some inspired by classical forms, others by contemporary Middle-Eastern designs." It is dedicated to the "virtuous and noble" Elena Foscari. The Foscari coat of arms is on the last page "both as a mark of ownership and as a pattern to be applied to all kinds of household textiles".

Do you know anything about Venetians Lundardo Fero or Elena Foscari? A historical embroiderer wants to know!

Who was Lunardo Fero?
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Here's how it works:
Leave me a comment by saying "Beam Me Up, Scotty!"
I'll respond by asking you five completely random questions.
Update your LJ with the answers to the questions.
Include this explanation and offer to ask other people questions.

And what was **I** asked? )
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...amongst other things.

[ profile] herodocles  and I had planned to attend War of the Trees, me in a marshal capacity (I'm not-so-fond of wars) and him getting to stabbity people. Alas, he has three (four?) Finals on Tuesday, including the math and C++ classes that have been dogging him all semester. So, in the interest of getting a good grade, he stayed home to work on final projects and to study.

I was both bummed out AND immensely proud of him. It's really nice to have an adult in my life :)

Alas, I am not nearly so purely self-sacrificing as he is *hee* and rather than driving to Coquille for War of the Trees on Friday, I drove to Adiantum and snuggled his socks off. It was very nice. Very, very, very nice. Then I left Saturday morning and traipsed off to Tymberhavene.

I got there just in time for Armor Inspection, did a few, then finished unpacking. I had a little area right by the river, under the trees. Quiet and very pretty and near-ish the perma-biffs. YAY! I loves me some flushing toilets.

Purchased fiberglass pole for The Greek. He will have a fiberglass spear for A&W. Bwuahahahahahahahahaha.

Then put on girldress of Redness (+5), grabbed marshal staff of stripiness, and helped marshal the last 3 scenarios of the war. What can I say, but "Fashionably Late"? :)

There was court -- I got to help with the handy-offy of bits (I had never done THAT before -- I was always GrimGuardGirl on Stage Left). Then the afters began.

Had some great convo -- Mehitabel, Sir Morgan, a fellow from Tymberhavene whose name escapes me, Brendan and Visc. Brian. (Hrm. must remember to ask Brian about the electical at his workplace for the Stirling fic....Arminger would LOVE to have that as a fortress...) and a lovely talk with my honey on the phone as I went to sleep.
*gets warm fuzzies*

Sunday involved packety-pack (mostly all before the rain landed) and brunch/lunch with [ profile] sca_herald_girl at the KozyKitchen. How long DID we talk? 2 hours? Much fun-ness! I have totally not geeked out about ballet for Years!

Finally home around 4pm. Fed the hungry beast (couscous!), and had the nightly honey-chat, then off to sleepitude for me.

Full weekend. Can't wait til Wednesday!
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to [ profile] hrothgar1 

Here's to a day of rest, relaxation, good food and good painkillers :)

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Monkey Cake!
From the "Our Best Bites" cooking blog
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Found this at work.... but an amazing, amazing detailed embroidered (and bead-embroidered) shopping tote:

The Queen's Garden

It's stunning liekWow.

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[ profile] herodocles made the journey southward this weekend, as we were originally slated for May Revel...and that prompted my roommate "Crash" to schedule a HouseParty wherein we would all be hosting, etc. She bought the ribs from Cartwrights (NOM!), because they do the best mesquite barbecue on Saturdays, and the wines, and the rest was potluck. May Revel ended up being cancelled, but the modern party for the evening was still on, so we stayed in town to help with that.

She was expecting about 100 people (eep!). About 30% RSVPed but didn't show, which is about standard for a modern party. So I have beef rib leftovers for the rest of the week. OMG I'm drooling just thinking about them.

I like parties...of SCAdians. Moderns -- even when most of them are my coworkers -- are exhausting. Because I've found it so difficult to find out what to say to moderns. I don't watch TV. I don't have kids. I don't go to bars. I don't follow the local political scene (and even if I did, really -- don't discuss politics at a party). In the SCA, we talk stick. Or garb. Or useless trivia about long-dead cultures. But I don't know (other than TV and kids -- and modern politics) what moderns really talk about, these days.

And [ profile] herodocles is even less social than I am.
Poor man.

We petered out at 10.30 or 11pm, inserted earplugs and became unconscious.

But it was nice to have him around for the weekend. We wandered around Myrtleholt on Saturday -- walked around the historic downtown, into all the old shops and antiquemalls, and just generally had a bood time being together. He's hungry about every two hours, so there was much feeding of the Greek (including, of course, the local Greek restaurant Abu's Oasis Deli).


"Crash" started the party around 6pm and I've heard it finally wound down around 2am, but I was loooooooong unconscious by then.

This morning we visited a swap meet and then did our usual Myrtleholtian fun, which was to drive around town looking at the old houses. There are some exquisite homes down here, old beautiful places which were built back when construction was done with trees, not fiberboard. Amazing houses. And there are some amazing trees around them. So we enjoy the Sunday drive together. It's just ...nice... to be able to spend time together doing... undramatic... things.

Language Meme (from lots of folks) )
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Replying to post at sca_snark

Let me address the most personal notes first: This is not a new snark. This is based on an old email I came across while cleaning out my old printout files. (We had access to a diamond-cut shredder for EarthDay, at work. It was lovely to see a certain pointy-hatted jerk’s emails and MySpace posts shredded, let me assure you. :P)

I’m not going to post any “new” snarks. I’ve been inspired by [ profile] unawicca, who does not post things that have just happened to her. I HAVE posted things that have just happened to me and, frankly, they’ve come back to bite me in the butt. I don’t want a solution. I don’t want dialogue. I just wanna kvetch!

So, some data:
  • Thank you for the feedback. Please remember that liquids are not to pass through nasal passages. The Heralds call that “norking through the nose” and it’s considered appropriate for hazard pay, if we got paid for this.
I documented a chiffon-weight undergown (made of out cheesecloth, as I didn’t have access to veil-weight linen at that time).
Tabletweaving is problematic for Minoan culture. There’s no evidence that they *did* -- nor is there evidence that they *didn’t*. The extant archaeological information shows evidence of wool working (from large wool-washing vats) and linen-working (from the “wetting bowls” for spinning linen). There are drop spindles and loom-weights. But there’s no evidence of any tablet-weaving cards. There are a number of ivory artifacts found in various layers in the Palaces (mostly Knossos, although some in Phaistos), but there’s no wood or ivory or metal tabletweaving cards yet discovered. 

Unfortunately, the frescos seem to be of people “at play” (or involved in religious ceremonies: “the Bull Leapers” or “the Saffron Gatherers”) – there’s no visual representations of people “at work.” No farmers, no hunters, no weavers, no mothers with their children, etc.

Recreating clothing from statuary and frescos, there’s the possibility that the “bands” of pattern along the seams of the tunic-top and the bottoms of the layered skirts and men’s kilts were tabletwoven. It’s possible! We just have no archaeological or visual indications either way.
as [ profile] trimguy points out, the first indication of trade was the unique shape of the ingots. When Minoan researchers started going deeper into ties with Egypt, they uncovered a number of otherwise anomalous tomb paintings within the same timespan that seemed to visually indicate a Cretan or Minoan connection. The most famous of these is the tomb of Rekhmire the vizier (although there are representations in the tombs of Puimre, Senmut, User Amon and Menkheperre-senb as well).

This makes the Minoan/Egyptian connection roughly contemporary with the reign of Pharoh-Queen Hatshepsut and her successor Thutmosis III. The male figures (unfortunately, only male) in the frescos are wearing Minoan-style kilts (very different than the Egyptian ones) and carrying Minoan-style rhytons (vessels). The name commonly used for Minoan-culture peoples in Egyptian art seems to be “Keftiu”

Alas, very old and untimely snark. Not sure if that makes it good cartoon fodder or not

Well, you can see the resulting Minoan dress in a few images online…

I’m working on finding the copies of my documentation. My former Baroness may have a paper printout still….I can’t find any of my electronic files for it, which really bugs me, since it’s a huge paper. It was for my sergeant’s trials and I’m rather attached to it. :P  Almost everything I own is in storage, since I’m living in a room. So I’ll have to check with Marian. If she has a paper copy, at least I could scan it.

You know, I never thought of that! I get flack for being “out of period” sometimes, but it’s less of a problem now that I’m a better fighter. :D

The Internet is an idiot savant, seriously. Sometimes you can find the most amazing pictures, and sometimes it’s just the same old re-iterated lies.

ooooooo… you worked on Groa’s Minoan? What was that process like? What fabrics did you use…it was for a July coronation, right?

Hey, Marian? Do you have a printout of that old Minoan paper in your Stuff From Old Sergeants piles? If you stumble across it in your cleaning frenzy... :)

The research paper is something I’m proud of – I worked very hard at it, and made a lot of choices based on my understanding of the technology and the materials and the archaeological finds. That’s not to say I’d make the same choices again. I wrote that paper back in 1998/1999 – there’s been new information come to light since then (ooooooh, the Thera excavation!). Ideas have changed.

For example, I wouldn’t use wool, if I were making another Minoan gown, which means I disagree with Barber, but after *wearing* the gown, I have to say it would be unpleasant in the summer, even of the lightest weight wool. Seriously, gah! But I would still advocate an undergown.
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(MENN)  Intolerant Iranian clerics who make stupid pronunciations and tempt people into being bigots are to blame for earthquakes, a leading American Reverend in the Universal Life Church and practicing witch  has apparently said. The prayer leader, Reverend Happydog, says women and girls who "don't dress appropriately" are "not a problem with God, or with me either, when it comes down to it."
Cusswords, Religion and Politics -- the Triumvirate of DON'T )Bwuahahahahahahahahaha.

Totally crediting [ profile] happydog, where credit is due.
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Author Seanan McGuire has a long post about Phoebe Prince.

If you teach, if you have kids, heck, even if you don't have kids, please, join in.
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A snark is not a request for solutions!

Can't I just kvetch?

I'm Jewish! I'm genetically pre-disposed to excel in it!


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[ profile] herodocles  came south to visit this past weekend and we were sitting on the sofa watching Mythbusters or Dirty Jobs or something. The house's cat Tigger had been delightedly head-butting, thigh-kneading and nostril-diving the captive apes/captive laps when he finally settled down on [ profile] herodocles' lap. In a few moments, herodocles made this noise... and said:

Now I know why women like cats.

I laughed so hard, poor Tigger ran away.

In other news:  my sister [ profile] koolknave is back in Korea, I have these awesome treats from [ profile] missypumpkin and my mother flipped off her respiratory therapist.

I think my mother is going to be one of the more fun ancestors for my nieces and nephews.
I hope one of them turns out to be a storyteller.

That is all. Carry on.
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anybuddy in Eugene wanna hang out?
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I read this today:
The fourth day of Megalesia continues with Ludi scenici. Originally the Ludi Megalesia consisted of theater shows shown on a single day, 10 April, and only on the Palatine Hill in front of the Temple of Magna Mater. In fact it was first at Megalesia that ludi scenici were first introduced to Rome in 193 or 191 BCE. It was likewise in the Ludi Megalesia that new forms of dance and music were first introduced. Apparently that tradition continued into the Late Republic when Cicero claimed that Catalina had desacrated the Ludi Megalesia when he brought in new dances, and he accused Clodius of incestum for adopting a new form of music for the games. Cicero insisted that only the playing of flutes and strings should accompany ludi scenici, since
". . . nothing can so easily influence young and impressionable minds as the variety of vocal sounds; one can hardly express what an enormous power that exerts for better or worse. It animates the sluggish, calms the excited; now it relaxes the emotions, now it makes them tense. In Greece many states would have benefited from retaining the old-fashioned manner of singing. As it was, their characters changed along with their singing and degenerated into effeminancy. Either they were corrupted, as some think, by the sweet seductiveness of the music, or, after their sternness had been subverted by other vices, their ears and souls became changed, leaving room for this musical change too." ~ M. Tullius Cicero, De Legibus 2.38

Yes, that's right, children. There have been people like Cicero around for millenia screaming sacrilege at the introduction of ragtime, or jazz, or swing, or warning how rock-n-roll will rot your mind, how wild dances cause licentious behavior and will lead to a generation of degenerates, and how new visual displays will corrupt the youth of Rome! I heard Cicero scream when Elvis was thought to usher in the end of the world, then when the Beatles arrived, and my father and grandfathers heard the same in their times. Somewhere today Cicero cries "Sacrilege!" at the sound of Cage the Elephant.

AUC 1282 / 529 CE: Justinian closes the Academia at Athens.
The Academia founded by Plato had greatly declined, as had Athens itself, by 336 BCE. But at the beginning of the fifth century it received a large endowment and revived under the leadership first of Proclus, then Isidorus, and finally Damascius. At first Justinian prohibited cultores Deorum from teaching. It was one of several measures he took at the beginning of his reign against those who remained loyal to the culti Deorum ex patria. Then in April he closed the Academy at Athens, but this did not end the Academy itself. Then, by the early part of 532, Justinian confiscated the Academia's endowment. Damascius at first moved the Academy and its faculty to Harran, where it remained, still honoring the ancient Gods, until the arrival of the Turks at the end of the eleventh century. Even that was not the end of the Academia. Accounts of the cultores Deorum and their practices were a normal part of the stories brought back by Christian pilgrims to Jerusalem before the First Crusade. Many of the students and faculty of the Academia at Harran had travelled to Damascus well before this time, and then to Bagdad, making that city the center of learning and the Neoplatonic Academia of Damascus laid the foundation of Islamic philosophy. When the Abbasids drove out the Umayyads from Damascus, they travelled to Spain where they established the Caliphate of Cordoba, and with them the remaining members of the Academia followed. It was then from such Islamic beacons of learning that preserved the Academia that a humanist revival arrived in Europe during the Renaissance.

Today's brief thought is taken from Monimus, an obscure Cynic who is quoted by Marcus Aurelius, Meditations 2.15:
"All is as thinking makes it so."



What has been shall always be again.


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