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Dianne said it best... farewell to my baby.

Ten (and a half) is too damn young. I'm heartbroken.

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Juxtoposition

On one hand, my very religiously conservative uncle, who could not bring himself to attend the wedding because he couldn't support it. However, hosting the family for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, he was gracious, loving, and totally welcoming to my wife, and kept responding with confusion as I thanked him for his generosity.

On the other hand, people responding to a newsletter that we just sent out that used a 200 word Kirk/Spock slashfic to draw attention to the Museum of Science Fiction, which has had several people bleating about how homosexuality is aberrant and the Bible says so and we should be ashamed and they're taking their business elsewhere.

Between my uncle's example and their example, I know who I consider to be a genuine follower of Christ's teachings.

Cold as a witch's tit...

Argument that the "Burning Times" directly correlate with the (really really really loosely defined) "Mini Ice Age":
http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/history-of-geology/2014/11/03/the-season-of-the-witch-climate-change-and-witch-hunt-through-the-centuries/

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Toby Daye novels

So in 5 days I read ("read" probably not being a good word, "inhaled" or "made like Toby faced with a gallon of coffee after having to make nice with people in caffeine-free land for too long") all 8 Toby Daye novels. Really, really, REALLY good urban fantasy.

More now, plz.

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Long time no post again

- Heat in new house has been brutal. 94 degrees inside at 10 PM. Brain melted.
- Watched 6 episodes of Outlander on Saturday. They are doing such a good job!!!! All the actors are clearly having fun -- "Black" Jack Randall in particular, but the actor playing Jamie continues to completely GET his character and is gallant, silly, frighteningly intelligent, and stubborn in proper measure.

Starz Outlander Series

First thoughts:

Good Lord, I heart their casting for Jamie

Why Samhain rather than Beltaine? Probably because Samhain / Halloween is easier to understand (and possible because it has the potential to clear up Gabaldon's historical bobble that 2 months (less?) after VE day Britian wouldn't be quite so already normal again.

Did I mention I heart their Jamie? Nice job, guys.

Actually not bad...

Just got an email from Spring Hill Suites regarding my upcoming visit, noting that I would be there over a Monday night and did I need reservations at any restaurants? It would be extremely useful if I hadn't visited this hotel... 11 times before?

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So <lj user=kirbyfest> reminded me of this series -- I'd read the first one and had kind of gone "eh" (it's problematic to have stories where major major characters are actual historical people and other major characters would have completely left marks on the historical record if they had existed -- it's a particularly weird kind of fail-of-suspension-of-disbelief for me).

The premise is... Anne Boleyn miscarried (far enough into her pregnancy that the child was clearly a boy) in January of 1536 and was executed in May of 1536. In our reality.

In another reality, she didn't miscarry, didn't get executed, and gave birth to a boy in June of 1536. Henry VIII never had more than two (punitive) wives and never became known for beheading excess ones, and when he died in January 1547, he left an 11 year old heir with two older sisters and a jumped-up uncle as regent (rather than in our reality, where he left a 9 year old heir with two older sisters and a jumped-up uncle as regent).

The first novel picks up just before said son's 17th birthday (May/June 1553, where in our reality Edward VI was slowly dying and trying to figure out how to keep England Protestant after his death). It last novel ends January 15, 1558.

In an entirely different way, those years were dramatic and traumatic and owie in this reality.

So... interesting, I have problems of both nit-pick variety and deeper with all three books, but I think the trilogy is worth a read.

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Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester.

Stay with me... Dudley's father and brother were Earls of Warwick, whose traditional badge was the bear and the ragged staff (shake-spear). He spent much of his life in the Midlands -- his father controlled Warwick Castle, 9 miles from a small town on Avon called Stratford (so any minor non-London dialect that comes through in the plays would be consistant).

Leicester had an outstanding education -- Elizabeth would have laughed him off otherwise. Shakespeare's plays are remarkably free of taking sides on the Reformation, although they are slavishly loyal to the Tudors.

Okay, so Leicester died in 1588, at the bleeding beginning of what we guess is Shakespeare's literary career.  Maybe better is his "illegitimate" son, "Sir" Robert Dudley. Born 1574, grew up at his father's houses (again, largely centering in the Midlands). Had an outstanding education and was very close to his father. It looks like he left England for good about 1605, but I'm sure conspiracy theorists can work something out there.


EDIT:  CROWNING PROOF EARL OF LEICESTER = SHAKESPEARE - was played by the same actor in two movies within a year of each other!!! (Wait, that means the same guy was also Martin Luther...?)
And after all the work I did to try to accustom myself to Chrome.

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