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January 8th, 2007

Happy Birthday, softpaw!

For your present, here's today's Forgotten English!

goodman's croft
The name given in Scotland to a strip of land, or the corner of a field, left untilled. It is a popular superstition that unless some such place is left, the Spirit of Evil will damage the crop.
--Edwin Radford's Encyclopedia of Phrases and Origins, 1945


Plough Monday
On the first Monday after Christmas holidays it was customary for farm laborers, or plough-stots, sometimes dressed in white and adorned with flowers and ribbons, to raise plough-money for drinking revelries. In Rustic Speech and Folklore (1914), E. M. Wright remarked, "Among them were usually two special characters, the Fool, and a man dressed up showy female costume called the Bessy; but in some places, there were two, and even four female characters with such names as Sweet Sis, Old Joan, Maid Marian, or collectively named Bessybabs, Ladymadams, Queens. This troupe performed some kind of morris-dance or sword-dance, and collected money from the onlookers."

<deep voice> But they were totally butch and not at all a bunch of whoopsies, honestly. </deep voice>

Re: "goodman's croft", what do you want to bet that started out as the fairly straightforward practice of leaving part of the field fallow to avoid overplowing, and got corrupted into pseudoreligious gobbledegook by later generations?

-The Gneech

Fictionlet

"Hmm," said Greg. "What do you think: Orko, Snarf, or that winged monkey from Pirates of Dark Water?"

"Niddler?" said Alex. "No, winged monkeys get points for creepiness. Besides, he was voiced by Roddy Macdowell originally, that's gotta count for something."

"You get points for creepiness for remembering his name," said Greg.

"Well it can't be Ookla the Mok," said Alex. "He was awesome. How about the talking pig from that show where Laverne and Shirley went all Private Benjamin?"

Greg shook his head. "No, I don't think he counts; he was supposed to be annoying."

"True."

"Bandit? Slimer?"

"No."

Brigid, who had been looking at the pair of them the whole time as if they were both nuts, finally said, "You guys are just clueless, aren't you? It's totally got to be Bat-Mite."

"Bat-Mite?" said Greg. "Seriously?"

"Yes," said Brigid. "Definitely Bat-Mite."

Alex thought for a moment, then nodded. "Yeah, Bat-Mite, I can see that."

Greg shrugged. "Okay, the multitudes have spoken. Bat-Mite it is! I'll call the piñata place and get them started."

-The Gneech

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Well Said!

Convention Pre-Flight Checklist

In an effort to keep myself from getting to a con and realizing, "Holy crap, I didn't bring the ______!" I'm trying to put together a convention pre-flight checklist that I can just fill out and check off as I go. I'm posting it here for people to snag and use if they like, but also in case people can help me think of items that need to go on here that I've forgotten, or changes anybody might want to suggest. So, comments welcome!

GENERAL INFO

Convention Name:

Convention Dates:

Convention Location:

Dates Off From Work:


ADVANCE (12 - 8 months out)

Register for table/convention

Register for hotel

Sales license or other required paperwork

Conbook art

Submit to conbook (if any)

Artshow art

New merchandise (if any)


INTERMEDIATE (7 - 2 months out)

Book flight/car/travel

Ship Tiffany standee (if needed)

Ship anything else (if needed)

Register for art show (if any)

Charity auction items


IMMEDIATELY PRE-CON (less than 2 months)

Shipping directly to hotel (if any)

Price list

Art supplies

Badge supplies

Cash box


AT CON

Paperwork/application for next year?

Tax info?


POST CON

Count/split money

Post mortem analysis (what worked, what needed improvement, ideas for next time)

Pay taxes

Make sure everything gets home okay!

-The Gneech

Crank, Crank, Crank

Got tomorrow's NN posted to the server, finished SJ for the rest of the week, sent the room party poster to the printer, shipped the Tiffany standee to mammallamadevil, made some tweaks to both the NN and SJ sites...

Holy crap it's been a busy night!

I think, no cartooning tomorrow night. @.@

-TG

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