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"Will you go hunt?"
"What, Curio?"
"The hart."
"Why, so I do, the noblest that I have."

"And what should I do in Illyria? My brother he is in Elysium."

"Wherefore are these things hid? Wherefore have these gifts a curtain before 'em? ... Why dost thou not go to church in a galliard and come home in a coranto?"

etc. )

Happy Twelfth Night, everyone!
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I switched tracking methods partway through the year and I think some books fell through the cracks; my new method ended up being not entirely reliable; and unlike last year I didn't track rereads.

nevertheless, it's still long enough for a cut )
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I've linked to it before, but here's this year's version.

I get:
about 17.5 answers, I think )

ETA: While I'm rehashing the past, I should note that a certain Easter egg in Google Maps has popped back into existence. More or less.

My longest route: 18717 km. Definitely optimizable.
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To the best of my knowledge, the two best filmed Hamlets are the Branagh and the Jacobi. (I should probably watch the Burton before I make a more definitive claim than that, though it does stretch the boundaries of "filmed".)

The biggest problem with the Branagh Hamlet is that it's overly cinematic, with its random inter-monologue flashbacks, extreme close-ups, and falling chandeliers. The biggest problem with the Jacobi Hamlet is that it was made for television, on a budget of roughly $-12, and thus is utterly uncinematic.

Sadly, the two best Romeo and Juliets may be the Luhrmann and the Zefirelli. (They're the only two that I've seen, but I haven't heard anyone suggest a better one...) The biggest problem with the Luhrmann is that it fetishizes the text; the biggest problem with the Zefirelli is that it ignores the text.
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The iTunes shuffle feature seems to think that it's a good idea to play the Choral Fantasy immediately after Beethoven's 9th.
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We just finished the Ang Lee Sense and Sensibility.

I'm pretty sure this is the first evidence I've ever seen that Alan Rickman is capable of smiling.
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I really shouldn't be surprised when the sole hit on my google search, intended to determine if anyone else has noticed that "to boldly go where none have gone before" is a perfect line of blank verse, is a Making Light comment.


Dec. 2nd, 2008 03:19 pm
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A phrase from the current (mostly pretty well-written) book I'm reading:

"...the U.S. election commission decided not even to try to apply its media coverage rules to blogging."

Someone either has an overzealous editor or had an overzealous English teacher.
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Boy, is there ever.


Nov. 25th, 2008 09:28 pm
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Does anyone know if Tolkien describes the non-Shire calendar anywhere, in greater detail than in the appendices?

(I have a Theory about the brontosaurus the "hundred years ago last Thursday" problem.)
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Totally out of nowhere.

a recipe

Nov. 22nd, 2008 01:28 pm
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Noted without comment.

Okay, one comment: if for some insane reason I were doing this, I would not wrap the duck.
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So, apparently metaphorical Kool-Aid is poisoned? I had always been under the impression that it was laced with LSD.
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I lost my phone a couple months ago. I didn't call it because I was sure I'd turned it off.

It's now making out-of-battery noises at me from somewhere in my apartment. This means that: a) I could have found it by calling it, and b) now I can't, as the last set of minutes I put on it expired sometime in October. Grrr...

[ETA: Or not.]

Also, I fail at Netflix queue management.
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A 4NT opener should not be Blackwood. If you think it should, it should instead be "start bidding your first-round stoppers now".

(This post is brought to you by the following hand, which I had last night:

S: AKQJxxxx
H: Kx
C: AKx

holy crap

Nov. 14th, 2008 12:06 am
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Empirically, it seems that 2/3 to 3/4 of the world population of spam was dependent on one company.
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A C, an Eb, and a G walk into a bar. The bartender says, "Get outta here! We don't serve minors!"

So the Eb leaves and the C and the G have a fifth between them.
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In the state of California, it is possible to get a confidential marriage license.
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I kind of want an icon that says "Blame me; I voted for Saxon", except that I don't have room for it. (I've seen the "don't blame me" version floating around, but...)

This is kind of insane. I got a little over 100, mostly on the strength of roman numerals. Sadly, they forgot to include [ profile] sillygoosegirl.
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