November 10th, 2004


Today's Forgotten English

A genuine Newcastle word applied to ... the beauty of form, as of manners and morals, but most particularly is used to describe those mild and affectionate dispositions which render the persons agreeable in the domestic state.
--John Brockett's Glossary of North Country Words, 1825

On this date in 1871, New York Herald foreign correspondent Henry Morton Stanley encountered David Livingstone in "darkest Africa." Two years earlier, the newspaper's publisher James Gordon Bennett had telegraphed Stanley, asking him to track down the Scottish missionary-explorer. On finally finding him, he uttered, with conspicuous formality, "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?" Stanley had located the good doctor at Ujiji, on Lake Tanganyika, an area Livingstone was helping open to European business interests. Taken by surprise, Livingstone managed only the tepid response, "Yes, that is my name." The public found this stilted exchange entertaining, and it has remained a favorite anecdote in the annals of ettiquette. In fact, Dr. Livingstone was not lost, and he remained in Africa until his death.

Those wacky missionary-explorers. ;)

-The Gneech
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Vote Six

Alas, Poor metaquotes

Stupid politics. :P Poisons everything.

I was enjoying metaquotes when it was people being witty, silly, or just plain surreal. But for the past week, it's been bitter rants along the lines of "How dare those moronic, brain-dead, stupid, evil Bush supporters say that we're hateful???" In the words of cleolinda, "Whatever, Legolas."

At least right-wing hatred, you can avoid by not listening to talk radio.

So I've jettisoned metaquotes for now. Maybe in a few months it'll calm down. -.-

-The Gneech

Edit: Oops, left out a sentence.
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Torey Rave

Snagged from bauske...

From witches who could change into cats with magic
spells, to tribes of anthropomorphic tigers
living in the jungles of Malaysia, to
bloodthirsty werecats of Japan who would prey
on humans for sustenance, tales of werecats
rival their more well-known werewolf cousins in

As a werecat, you are aggressive, fiercely
independant, short-tempered and prone to
violent outbursts. You can also be very kind
though, by protecting those you care for from
those who wish to do them harm. Those who
befriend you are very lucky (as long as they
stay on your good side!)

Who is your inner Shapeshifter?
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-The Gneech

PS: And from plonq...

You're a Wereleopard
You're one cool kitty with a lazy streak a mile
wide and a fondness for the finer things in
life, like a juicy steak and a comfortable bed.
Congratulations, you're a wereleopard!

What Kind of Were-Animal Are You?
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I'm noticing a trend. ;)
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One True Trek

James "R" Kirk???

laurie_robey pointed out something I've never noticed before, in all my bazillion watchings.

We have been slowly watching the Star Trek: Season One boxed set and tonight we watched "Where No Man Has Gone Before." When Gary Mitchell materializes a headstone for Kirk in the episode's climax, it reads "James R. Kirk" instead of "James T."

Did the show not have a bible at that point? Or is it a goof? Or maybe Gary just got it wrong -- having phenomenal cosmic power doesn't mean you can't make phenomenal cosmic typos, I guess!

-The Gneech

PS: Yes, she's amazing at finding continuity glitches. She does have a degree in cinematography, after all.
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