July 30th, 2007

Kero asleep


Man, did I get slapped around for typos enough yesterday? Oy.

In other news, made lots of progress on S&S SAGA over the weekend (finished the skills, feats, and basic magic rules, and wrote up about 1/3 of the magic spells), and came up with some interesting tidbits for both NN and SJ, which will show up a ways down the road.

Other than that, not much to report here. Life carries on.

-The Gneech
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Party Guy

Happy Birthday, bearblue!

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

run like winkin
Though it has been plausibly argued that the comparison has reference to the rapid passage of the welkin, or cloud, through the heavens, the last word of the expression is probably a contraction of winking, meaning the time taken to wink the eye. We have moreover almost an exact parallel in the French clin d'oeil, and our own expression, in a wink, an abbreviation of twinkle, the opening or shutting of the eye; and again in German augenblick, a moment.
--A. Wallace's Popular Sayings Dissected, 1895

Goodwood Races
Begun in 1802, many of the horse races held at Sussex's Goodwood racetrack have become part of the modern English racing season, which Edward VII called "a garden party with racing tacked on." Ebenezer Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (1898) mentioned these races: "So called from the park in which they are held. They begin the last Tuesday of July and last four days, but the principal one is Thursday, called the 'Cup Day.'" These races, being held in a private park, are exclusive and admirably conducted. Goodwood Park, the property of the Duke of Richmond, was purchased by Charles, the first duke of the Compton family.

"Augenblick" meaning "moment" is just so very German. Germany is home to some of the richest syllable mines in Europe, so they're always very generous with them.

-The Gneech
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Me Barbarian

Monday Workout Report, and a Mini-Rant

I didn't really do any workouts last week after Sunday (last Sunday I did DDR and helped hantamouse buy and carry rugs and shelves for his new place). Mainly last week, I dealt with a bunch of "stuff that needs dealing with" and did some decompressing. This week, tho, I'm back on the program. But hey, I lost two pounds, so I musta done something right. ;)

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And now for a mini-rant:

99.99% of fans are wonderful -- but every once in a while I run into that one who seems to think that I'm on retainer as their personal entertainment factory. So let me say this for that 0.01% who apparently haven't gotten the memo:

Web cartoonists, writers, and other creative types do their art because they love it and want to share it with the world. This does NOT mean that just because you partake of their work, they somehow owe you more!

I mean seriously, how would you feel if you offered somebody, say, an ice cream cone, and after they finished it they gave you a nasty look and said, "Well where the hell is the REST of it?" That's pretty much how a cartoonist (particularly one who does their art for free in their spare time) feels when they get grief for not updating often enough, or for not providing an update that meets some arbitrary (and not set by the artist) standard.

Like I say, almost all fans I have ever encountered have been wonderfully appreciative, and I love you guys for it. I just wanted to get it off my chest 'cause people have been poking me about it lately. Believe me, if I had my way, Suburban Jungle and NeverNever would update seven days a week and there'd be a daily Fictionlet. But I don't have my way, and giving me grief about it is more likely to make me say "Screw the whole thing!" than it is to change the constraints I'm working under.

Anyway, that's all, and I'm tired, so I'm going to bed now. G'nite world, and have an awesome tomorrow. :)

-The Gneech
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