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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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"The movies were speaking; the market was peaking.
  We lived off the fat of the land.
But the banquet was ending, a plague was descending,
  the day of the locusts at hand.
But down at the Bijou bitter gall became brandy,
 and humble pie turned into cotton candy."

"America was standing in bread lines,
Dillinger was stealing all the headlines,
 but down at the Bijou people said lines
     like Boop Boop Be-Doop, Boop Boop Be-Doop."

"Thru the dust bowl the black winds were wailing,
 the rivers were rising, Ohio was bailing,
 but little Shirley Temple always had clear sailing
     on board the good ship Lollipop."

"Andy Hardy never had to go hungry.
There was no bank panic at Tarzan's branch.
Il Duce and the Fuehrer couldn't have been obscurer
 on the Planet Mongo or the Melody Ranch."

I loved Matinee at the Bijou on PBS...

Not only was it fun, I discovered I prefer Hayes Commission Era films (the dialogue is made of awesome). They're a guilty pleasure. Where the heroes and heroines are as interesting as the villians...or, as Tom puts it in Rocket Ride:
"I want more than 'Action! and Special Effects!'
 I wanna think about what might happen next
 I want a hero -- not a weapon shop with pecs
 I want a heroine -- not the excuse for sex..."

One of my coworkers loves movies. All movies. Any movies. Even the ones that are so horrible she thinks they're stupid. She still loves them.


Yah, not so much ;)

What's the best movie you've seen in the past 12 months?

vesta_aurelia: Fangirl your Armor (head-desking)'re asked if you're gonna give someone the bird and your reply is, "Uhm, no... I have no say in the Pelican council."

Because that is the first thought that pops into your head...
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Written by [ profile] thnidu 

A Fan's Alphabet
© MMIX thnidu
A is for Ascians, who spin through the air (1)
B is for Bilbo, feet covered in hair
C is great Cthulhu, whose time will soon come
D is for Dent, who escaped on Ford's Thumb
E is for Escher, defying perspective
F is for frakkin' and other invective
G is for Grimm and for Grendel and giants
H is the Horsetamer's Daughter's defiance
I is for Illyan, who never forgets
J is for Jubal and Jedi and jets
K is for Kryptonite,
red, green, or blue
L is for lead, which it cannot get through
M is for Morpheus, master of slumbers
N is neutronium, nixies, and Numb3rs.
O's the Librarian's language of ooks
P is for Potter and millions of books
Q on the Enterprise sows consternation
R is for Rossum, the robots' foundation (2)
S is Silverlock, Golias' friend
T is for Terminus Est: It's the end!
U is for Underhills -- three, and all thrillin'
V is for Voldemort, Vader, and villain
W's [Widget] and [Wadget], a pair
X is for X-Files: The truth is out there!
Y is great Ymir, from whom we were made
"Z was the Zither he left to the maid."

(1) It's origin is Greek for tropic-dweller (literally "person with no shadow at noon") - Gene Wolfe used it for a group of people in The Book of the New Sun.
(2) Overt nod to Čapek and subtler one to Asimov.
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You see, it all started with a war. A War. War of the Trees between the shires of Briaroak and Tymberhavene (in the Summits).
And they're trying to develop site tokens for their War.
So they posted art ideas.
And asked for feedback.

And, great ghu help them, received it.

I recommended adding a sword, making it two sided... or 

adding monkeys throwing coconuts. )
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Anyone interested in Elizabethan cannon?
Sounds cool...

And, oooo, check out the Facebook security risk
And this is why I've pretty much declined all games/plug-ins in Facebook...

And wierd stories of the day
I'm loving the car ;)
I'm loving San Diego's mating ritual.
And SanFran's take on pillow fights :)
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to the fabulously slightly improper [ profile] avalaine !!!

It was lovely to see you, oh so briefly, this weekend. A thousand hugs!

(Armageddon! Armageddon!)
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Here comes Vesta! Here comes Vesta! Right down Vesta Lane!

Here Comes Santa Claus
from the Christmas Song Generator.

Get your own song :
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Well, look at that weather!

I am going to work today.
I went to work on Friday.
I went to work all last week.  :)
I stood outside in a long-sleeved T-shirt and played with the dog, yesterday.
I stood outside on the deck last night, in the rain, and burned old papers in the Solstice fire.

I think we might have wet pavement again this morning.
o noes!

Off to work!
Vesta, the Snow-less
*whistles innocently*
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People in your state are wierd....
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She pointed out THIS and I explored and found (for the Obama fans out there) THIS.

The first is bad language, the second is very political.
Both, as she says, sublime Britishness.

But now, I'm going to have to visit the Daily Mash, pretty much -- uhm -- daily.
*shakes fist*  Like I NEED another site to visit.... ;)

Two things

Nov. 22nd, 2008 09:21 am
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First: Hippo Birdie to 'Lainie!!!

Second: Old Fat Naked Women for Peace
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Remember, mateys, what TODAY be?

AYE! Yer right, ye scurvy cur!

It be International Talk Like A Pirate Day

Go HERE to learn how to talk like a pirate!
Go HERE to learn the Official Theme Song and HERE for other Piratical Tune-age.

ETA: And if yerrrr one of them desperrrrrate ones, here's a new Song: Zombie Pirates In Love
(Yes, Tom is a sick, sick man. That's why whe adorrrrrrre him.)

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O Tell Me The Truth About Love

Some say that love's a little boy,

And some say it's a bird,

Some say it makes the world go round,

And some say that's absurd,

And when I asked the man next-door,

Who looked as if he knew,

His wife got very cross indeed,

And said it wouldn't do.

Does it look like a pair of pajamas,

Or the ham in a temperance hotel?

Does its odour remind one of llamas,

Or has it a comforting smell?

Is it prickly to touch as a hedge is,

Or soft as eiderdown fluff?

Is it sharp or quite smooth at the edges?

O tell me the truth about love.

Our history books refer to it

In cryptic little notes,

It's quite a common topic on

The Transatlantic boats;

I've found the subject mentioned in

Accounts of suicides,

And even seen it scribbled on

The backs of railway-guides.

Does it howl like a hungry Alsatian,

Or boom like a military band?

Could one give a first-rate imitation

On a saw or a Steinway Grand?

Is its singing at parties a riot?

Does it only like Classical stuff?

Will it stop when one wants to be quiet?

O tell me the truth about love.

I looked inside the summer-house;

it wasn't ever there:

I tried the Thames at Maidenhead,

And Brighton's bracing air.

I don't know what the blackbird sang,

Or what the tulip said;

But it wasn't in the chicken-run,

Or underneath the bed.

Can it pull extraordinary faces?

Is it usually sick on a swing?

Does it spend all it's time at the races,

Or fiddling with pieces of string?

Has it views of its own about money?

Does it think Patriotism enough?

Are its stories vulgar but funny?

O tell me the truth about love.

When it comes, will it come without warning

Just as I'm picking my nose?

Will it knock on my door in the morning,

Or tread in the bus on my shoes?

Will it come like a change in the weather?

Will its greeting be courteous or rough?

Will it alter my life altogether?

O tell me the truth about love.

W.H. Auden

When it comes, will it come without warning

Just as I'm picking my nose?


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My Unitarian Jihad Name is: Sibling Sword of Quiet Reflection.
Get yours.

Inspired by Jon Carroll's column in the Chronicle 

I also ended up with
Sister Spikey Mace of Warm Humanitarianism
Sister Claymore of Love and Mercy
Sister Howitzer of Patience
Sister Logging Chain of Enlightened Compassion
 Shotgun of Moderation

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If you've joined Our Heroine over the past two to three years, you wouldn't know this.
It had been a particularly crappy past two to three years.
However, I feel closer to Who I Is than I have in years.

The point?

Uhm... I'm a little ... irreverent.
To whit: I get a newsletter (an e-newsletter) for work a few times a week. It's called Daily Candy and it's a fashion/cool things/pop culture kind of newsletter.
Anywho -- one of their sponsors is Samsung. And Samsung is having a contest!
Describe your perfect day, in 50 words or less. And, if you're picked, they'll fund it for you!
I anticipate some very confused people at Samsung.

'Cause I wrote this:
The perfect day for an old-fashioned girl?
In armor. 

Shoes and facials are fun. A pedi? Watch me puddle.
But all day in armor, all evening shopping…?

Knitting supplies? Check.
Silk? Check.
Jewelry? Check.
Sushi? Check.

Actual Knight in Shining Armor?

A day at Pennsic is the perfect day.

I am making people in NYC go "WTF?!?!"

poor Muggles...

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Okay, so it's a commercial for the Discovery Channel.
Oh well.
Boom De Yada, Baby. The World Is Just Awesome.

fun quiz for myspace profile and blog

Lets101 Quizzes - Myspace Quizzes For Fun

Occasionally own naivete lands self in hot water, but is always forgiven.
Ahhhh, grasshopper, if only ... *smirks*

fun quiz for myspace profile and blog

Lets101 Quizzes - Quizzes for Fun

*laughs heartily*
I love the contradictions in this one: Stubborn and hard-hearted....A caring person.
Can I haz consistency now?

Jedi meme

Jun. 26th, 2008 05:54 pm
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how jedi are you?
:: by lawrie malen


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