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June 27th, 2007

Hmm.

Seeing that I can find no subject specially useful or pleasing -- since the men who have come before me have taken for their own every useful or necessary theme -- I must do like one who, being poor, comes last to the fair, and can find no other way of providing himself than by taking all the things already seen by other buyers, and not taken but refused by reason of their lesser value. I, then, will load my humble pack with this despised and rejected merchandise, the refuse of so many buyers; and will go about to distribute it, not indeed in great cities, but in the poorer towns, taking such a price as the wares I offer may be worth.

--Leonardo da Vinci

Yeah, I know just how he feels. But I guess if Leonardo had that problem, I shouldn't feel too bad!

-The Gneech

PS: For more Leonardo goodness, go to davinci_200706.

Happy Birthday, jfd62780!

For your present, here's today's Forgotten English (© Jeffrey Kacirk):

bouillands
In cookery, little pies made of breasts of capons minced with udders.
--Nathaniel Bailey's Etymological English Dictionary, 1749


Birthday of Rev. James Woodforde (1740-1803),
of Ansford, Somerset, who kept a diary during the last forty-four years of his life. While it was not as personally revealing as James Boswell's, as philosophical as Henry David Thoreau's, as caustic as Nathaniel Hawthorne's, or as aristocratically oriented as Samuel Pepys's, this journal offered readers reliable, if often mundane, vignettes of rural eighteenth-century life. The following example from 1763 is typical of the unpretentious writing style, laced with understated humor, in which Woodforde discussed his meals and expenditures: "I dined at the chaplain's table with Pickering and Waring upon roasted Tongue and Udder; and we went on, each of us, for it [cost] a shilling, ninepence. I shall not dine on roasted Tongue and Udder again very soon." Tobias Venner must have sampled this fare, as he wrote in Via Recta: A Treatise on the Right Manner of Living (1650): "The udders of beasts are not easily digested. ... They are a convenient meat for them that have good stomacks and a strong naturall heat to digest."

...and whooo lique to spelll theyre words randommly.

-The Gneyche

Just a Friendly Reminder

Tossing random "fuck"s, "fucking"s, and "damn"s into your writing doesn't make you sound enthusiastic. It makes you sound like an idiot.

So please, if you are not an idiot, do not engage in this practice.

-The Gneech

Food For Thought (Nom Nom)

Arts & Letters Daily has had a lot of interesting links this week. Some that caught my eye:


-The Gneech

Artspots, Plus Wednesday Workout Report

Alas, my application for Artspots was turned down. It was a nice note with suggestions on how to improve, as opposed to the curt "no" I got from Yerf, which helped at least. Meanwhile, I've still got a Jaxpad gallery of course. I am eligible to reapply pretty much whenever, but as I haven't done any new art since my application, there's not a lot of point yet. Maybe in a few months.

In other news, have a workout report.Collapse )

This was actually supposed to be my workout for last Wednesday, but I was just too busy with work and medical stuff to do it. C'est la vie. Also, apparently I'm 312 lbs at night and 307 during the day, as my doctor's scale consistently puts me at 307, as did my scale on Saturday. I know people vary by time of day, but 5 lbs seems an awfully big swing.

Oh well. We carry on.

-The Gneech

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