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February 1st, 2007

Happy Birthday, susandeer!

You're finally legal and can stop using that fake ID to buy your Irish cream! =)

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

trumpet marine
An instrument with a bellows, resembling a lute, having a long neck with a string, which being struck with a hairbow sounds like a trumpet.
--Edward Phillips' New World of English Words, 1696


An Early London Concert Series
Jacob Larwood's A History of Songboards (1866) reprinted the following advertisement from the February 1, 1674, edition of London's Gazette: "A rare consort of four trumpets marine, never heard of before in England. If any persons desire to come and hear it, they may repair to the Fleet Tavern near St. James's about two o'clock in the afternoon every day in the week except Sundays. Every consort shall continue one hour. The places are one shilling, the others sixpence." The charms of this curious instrument were displayed on another occasion, October 24, 1667, when in his diary Samuel Pepys praised the playing of a Mr. Prin, "which he do beyond belief, and the truth is it do so far outdo a trumpet as nothing more. The instrument is open at the end, I discovered, but he would not let me look into it."

-The Gneech

PS: While I'm at it, stolen from kinkyturtle: Star Wars, done with hands.

Con Stuff

Okay, I've booked a room for AnthroCon and a room for Dragon*Con. I have an AC membership through the Dealer Room table already, and an Eternal Membership to D*C. However, I cannot apply for Guest status at D*C yet because they have not made the forms available. I'll have to try that again at the beginning of March.

I haven't heard any news about KatsuCon for two weeks, so I don't know what the status of that is. However, since the con itself is in two weeks, it's either going to fall into place this weekend, or fall all to pieces and be done with it.

Still to be done tonight: mail Sue the specs she needs for the Big Secret Thing! And possibly a little ahead on strip drawing.

-The Gneech

Writing Thingie

Snagged from trpeal and worth checking out:

The Snowflake Method for Writing

-TG

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