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February 13th, 2006

Happy Birthday, thirdhorse and mearls!

Actually, I doubt mearls is even aware of my existence. But who cares, have a happy birthday anyway! For your present, here's Today's Forgotten English!

manes
By some scholars supposed to be the plural of Old Latin manis, good (compare im-manis, cruel). The deified souls of departed ancestors as beneficent spirits, as opposed to larve and lemures, the malevolent "shades" of the Lower World. Also, the spirit of a departed person, considered an object of homage or reverence, or as demanding to be propitiated by vengeance. Taken in the sense of "mortal remains."
--Sir James Murray's New English Dictionary, 1908


First Day of Parentalia,
on which the ancient Romans paid tribute to their dead parents and relatives. This was the start of a weeklong purification festival, whose Latin name referred to "parental rites," provided an opportunity for healing and reflection. Charles Hardwick's Traditions, Superstitions, and Folk-Lore (1872) shed light on a lesser known feature of Parentalia that involved legumes: "Peas and beans have had symbolical or sacred characteristics from the earliest times. Beans were regarded by the Greeks and Romans, according to Plutarch, as highly potent in the invocation of the manes of the departed. ... Beans contain the souls of the dead, for which cause they were used in the Parentalia."

Beans, beans, the magical fruit indeed!

-The Gneech, serving up chili with ancestral souls

Gettin' the Word Out

In case you didn't read it in suburban_jungle, SJ is seven years old this month! As this is a pretty significant milestone for any comic, much less a webcomic, I decided I'd start tossing out some press-release-like objects to various appropriate sites.

At which I point, I stopped, blinked a few times, and thought, "Like where?"

I submitted it to Flayrah, a furry news site (and I see that they've run it, w00t!), and I'm going to have a Keenspot newsbox on Friday that will feature it, but I'm not sure where else. I'm open to suggestions!

It occurs to me, that I could really use a publicist.

And more tasty biscuits. I wonder if demiurgent takes bribes. ;)

-The Gneech, who needs to create some new, fresh banner ads for SJ as well

Hooray, I Didn't Suck!

Well, for my Valentine's Day prezzie, we got a pair of Red Octane Ignition 3.0 pads for DDR.

Wow, what a difference! At least now, when my score tanks, it's 'cause I sucked, not 'cause the controller did. ;)

We (well, mostly I) played for about 1/2 an hour. I managed to get a B on "Brick House" on Beginner, and a C on Light. I also got a B on "Baile La Samba" on Light -- which is actually much easier than Beginner. ("Baile La Samba" is too dang slow on Beginner!)

I tried to incorporate bauske's suggestion of stepping from pad to pad instead of returning to the middle (although you have to return to the middle for repeat steps, obviously).

I also tried "Baile La Samba" on Standard -- HOLY CRAP!!! I don't see how that's even physically possible, much less achievable by mere mortals.

My theory is that everyone who says they managed to finish any song on Standard, much less get a decent score, is a Big Fat Liar. And until I witness somebody do it with my own eyes, I'm keeping to that theory.

So anyway, now we've got a pair of wireless Datel pads to foist off on somebody. Anybody want 'em, cheap? ;P

-The Gneech

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