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So. I have this post I want to make, but first I want to update my "pagan" filter, because not all of you are pagan, and there's some stuff that I'm not sure I'm happy sharing with "lay people". And I'm sure not all of you are actually all that interested. So, I made a poll! Ah, the joys of the permanent account.


And a bonus linkie: The true meaning of Christmas! Featuring one of Jesus' less well known relations ...
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So, I managed to completely miss December holiday cards this year, due to not really being online much and general vagueness. So I decided (since I love sending and receiving them so much) to send out January cards. While perusing the intarnets for a suitable holiday to celebrate, I checked out Wikipedia's "holiday" entry. And I found the very thing.

Right at the bottom of the page, it claimed that January 7 is Steampunk Day. Now, as I cannot find any other reference to this in the vast wading pool we call "cyberspace", I think this is what is technically known as a "lie". Still, like all good traditions, no-one said that it had to be based on fact.

So. In order to celebrate Steampunk Day on January 7, I shall be sending out Steampunk Cards to all who want them. If you want to participate, feel free to leave your details below (I'm the only one who can view the poll); or, if you prefer, to email them to my LJ username at If you'd like to host a Steampunk exchange yourself, by all means feel free; if you could link back to this post that'd be spiffing. If you want to send me a card, either leave a note in the poll, or send me an email to my LJ username. For those who've sent me cards before, I've moved, and am no longer living with my folks.

This is my plan for the cards: each one sent out will have an illustration, or a flash fiction, or both, somehow related to steampunk. The sender can send the same item to every person, if they will, or they can send out individual somethings, so each person has a different story or picture. I think I'm going to write a piece of flash fiction, which I am planning on posting in my LJ on January 7 (or as near as I get on the computer). If others do the same, it'd be awesome if they linked me to it.

I may have left the first line of a new story I'm working on in the poll. Guess which it is.

[Poll #895671]

Food words

Jun. 22nd, 2006 11:43 am
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I love Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, and for putting it online.

Sir Walter Scott remarks that live cattle go by Saxon names, and slain meat by Norman-French, a standing evidence that the Normans were the lords who ate the meat, and the Saxons the serfs who tended the cattle. Examples:

Sheep Ox Calf Hog Pig (Saxon).
Mutton Beef Veal Bacon Pork (Norman-French).

Meat, Bread.

These words tell a tale; both mean food in general. The Italians and Asiatics eat little animal food, and with them the word bread stands for food; so also with the poor, whose chief diet it is; but the English consume meat very plentifully, and this word, which simply means food, almost exclusively implies animal food [...] (emphasis mine)

Oh, and this is my favourite. We shouldn't call it the Fatkins diet, we should call it the Banting diet:

Doing Banting. Reducing superfluous fat by living on meat diet, and abstaining from beer, farinaceous food, and vegetables, according to the method adopted by William Banting, a London cabinet-maker, once a very fat man (born 1796, died 1878). The word was introduced about 1864.

This is all due to the fact that I'm planning on setting up my food blog on my website. I've been humming and hawing over a title. I thought of calling it Scaramouche's Kitchen (just because I really like the name – Scaramouche is a character from the Commedia Dell'arte, a roguish adventurer who replaced Il Capitano in later troupes), then I thought of calling it Belly-timber: “And now, Dame Peveril, to dinner, to dinner. The old fox must have his belly-timber, though the hounds have been after him the whole day.”—Sir W. Scott. Peveril of the Peak, and at the moment I'm leaning towards Eat not the Heart, from Pythagoras:

Pythagoras forbade judges and priests to eat animal food at all, because it was taking away life. Other persons he did not wholly forbid this food, but he restricted them from eating the brain (the seat of wisdom) and the heart (the seat of life).

I still like Belly-timber. Has an almost pirate edge to it. Also, I do want to have a memorable title to my blog! Otherwise what will happen when I have a spin-off book? *grins*

So now, the poll! Also, do not hesitate from discussing further in comments. I like discussion.

[Poll #753342]

Edit: Apparently "Eat not the heart" in its original form was "Cor ne edito". This amuses me, due to my chosen field.
And woe! There is already a blog called "Belly Timber".


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