- Name: Anniina
- Location: Austin, TX, United States
Scholar, Writer, Mother, Dreamer. Editor of Luminarium, an online library for English Literature of the Middle Ages and Renaissance.
Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Rhapsody for an Insomniac
Any-who, what I did last night instead of sleeping, was listen to music at YouTube. The cool thing about YouTube is also that not all of these are the original videos — some are live performances, some are set to entirely new videos. Here's a brief list of some of the songs I chose:
Where In the World Are You?
The Height of Neuroticism
"Are You Human?" (Digg.com)
am I the only person that for a second actually feels an irrational momentary twinge of worry? LOL. Now THAT, folks, that right there is a bundle of neuroses. No wonder I find Baltar so intriguing on Galactica.
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Dangerous Blackmage - Moi?
Me? Dangerous? *polishes her halo while batting her eyelashes* :P
(click for bigger pic)
Harry Potter's Dan Radcliffe in EQUUS
Press Pics of Harry Potter All Growed Up
Why can't kids stay kids!
The Dream of an Intern
I'm going to be really really good this year, so maybe Santa will bring me an intern next year. I still have over 3000 pages of Luminarium to update/upgrade, and I'm beginning to feel a bit hopeless. The sheer monotony of adding, deleting, and changing code is starting to damage my calm.
*Ignores the suppressed giggles of those who know her well and who, consequently, just chortled at the previous statement.*
Don't get me wrong. I love the site. I love improving it. But there are so many "big-ticket" items that could use improvement on the site, not the least of which is adding new materials. I still haven't gotten the blogs working right, and the discussion forums, though working, are somewhat anesthetic, nor have they been linked in. And let's not even start on Wiki and Bliki. I figure if I had an industrious little intern elf to take care of some of the basic maintenance, I would have time to make material improvements.
I know, even talking about this is a bit boring. But for those who are gluttons for punishment, here's an average day:
(30 min) Stare blearily at screen with beloved cup of coffee over email.
(30 min) Respond to urgent emails, label rest to do later.
(1h) Keep going down file list, cleaning, adding, deleting code from files.
(15 mins) Have a slight mental tremor. Read favorite blogs.
(30 mins) Begin a new encyclopedia entry or e-text.
(15 mins) Decide to post a bit of silliness on blog.
(1.5h) Add/change/delete files. Rinse, repeat.
(15 mins) Decide life worthless without Pop-Tart (frosted).
(1.5h) Finish encyclopedia entry, link it from relevant existing pages.
(15 mins) Wonder if the Pop-Tart is feeling lonely. Have another.
(1.5 hrs) Respond to emails, send out permissions requests, grant requests in turn, pacify the irate, thank the kind, add/change/delete links and materials sent in by colleagues.
(30 mins) Trawl around the web, doing anything but working.
(3 hrs) Uninterrupted "I'm going to update everything once and for all" time.
(30 mins) Unavoidable realization there are still weeks of updates to follow.
Medium-scale meltdown and self-pity fest.
(2 hrs) Final push, I can do it, dammit.
Rest of night, delirium. Begin again next morning.
Sorry, I know self-pity and whining is unattractive, and frustrating too, when there's little anyone can do to help me with this full-scale overhaul.
And it's not all brain-numbing or miserable. If it weren't for this particular 3700 pages updated (or else!) it would be quite fun, and you always keep learning, which is great. And there are good news, too. The Luminarium Margaret Atwood Page just won another award, and an educational publisher wants to publish an essay I wrote in their text books and teachers' guides. Which reminds me, I have to fax the permissions form.
Thanks for letting me whine!
Johnny Cash sings 'Walk The Line' Live 1959
Quote from "The Book of Lost Things"
Fie Diddle-Dee, a Chocobo For Me!
There's a lot of conjecture on the boards as to what the best strategies are for raising a Chocobo, but no-one really knows much for certain. I'm going to do my best, and hope for a happy Chocobo.
She hatched yesterday, as I said in the previous post, so today she was six days old (they hatch at 5 days). She's adorable. Today I fed her 1 Vomp Carrot, 1 Zeghoun Carrot, and some Azouph Greens. She ate both carrots "contentedly" but the greens, those she gulped down. So I bought more to give her tomorrow. What my baby wants, she gets. I also spent 50,000 gold pieces (gil) on 12 balls of worm paste (ground up worms for the chicks), and will try that tomorrow to see if she likes that.
I also took her out for a few walks to strengthen her, and she made a friend with another baby choco, named Air. After that I cuddled her, and then she was tired, and I put her to sleep until tomorrow. I befriended another Elvaan, whose chocobo is a full-grown black female named BlackDiamond. She was bred for speed and endurance, and will be a racing choco. Here's her picture:
I won't know what color RainFlower will be until day 19—they're all yellow as chickies. Which ever color she turns out, she'll be perfect.
And here's a pic of me - I've since gotten my artifact armor, but I like this picture because it was taken in the Queen's Garden at the Chateau in my home town of San d'Oria, and it's one of my favorite places in the game, so peaceful and romantic, and the gardener really knows his job:
Monday, January 29, 2007
The Who Would You Be in 1400 AD Test
You scored 44% Cardinal, 28% Monk, 38% Lady, and 43% Knight!
You are a mystery, a jack-of-all-trades. You have the king's ear, but also listen to murmurings of the common folk. You believe in the value of force and also literature. Truly you are the puzzlement of the age."
The Who Would You Be in 1400 AD Test at OkCupid
Secrets of A-List Bloggers
Apparently, A-List Bloggers write, on average, 30 entries a day! Okay now that's just mad crazy. You, my fluffy bunnies who visit, would all keel over and pass out, if I started jabbering on like that. I feel self-conscious on days when I do 3 entries; even when a few of them are, say, cartoons or YouTube clips.
Another thing A-List Bloggers do is that they enable people to subscribe to their blogs' RSS and Atom feeds. Yeah, you heard me. What that means is that someone can subscribe to your blog and have new blog entries delivered to, for example, their "MyYahoo" page, or their Google Reader page. Wowee! Never knew that. Well, after a few HOURS of puttering around, via trial and error, I figured out how to do that. You can now subscribe to this A-List wannabe blog on the top of the side bar, or at the very berry bottom of the selfsame A-List wannabe blog.
Now, I'm sure there's a million other things that go into this whole "A-Listing", including great content (HA! yeah OK, will work on that) but my brain started making spluttering noises, dark smoke started curling in wisps out of my (very pretty) ears, and before alien brain matter started oozing out as well, I decided to give it a rest for today, and just chill.
I sorta started writing my novel again, but so far I think it maybe crap, so I'm not gonna share yet.
Adoring of you,
Another Finland Winter Photo
Chocobo Raising and other FFXI Tales
So, in Final Fantasy, there's a new feature (well, for me, since I haven't played in so long) where you can raise your own personal chocobo. After five days of watching over my little chocobo egg, tonight the egg hatched, and I'm now the proud parent of a sweet little girl chocobo named "RainFlower" — they don't allow you screenshots of your baby choco's, but I found this image tucked away on a bulletin board.
Now I have to read all about her care, so she'll grow to be a brave, strong chocobo.
Later, Corrie and I stood outside the mog house chatting and doing silly things, and I'm hoping he'll send me some screenshots, since mine don't come out nowadays (>.<)
Sunday, January 28, 2007
Snow in Finland
Imagine growing up in all that purple and gold and silver.... Can you not almost see the little gnome footsteps leading deeper into the enchanted forest, the fox and her cubs safely in their burrow, the frost fairy touching each stalk of hay with her shimmering wand, the trees whispering secrets in their winter sleep?
HY is my verse so barren of new pride,
So far from variation or quick change?
Why with the time do I not glance aside
To new-found methods and to compounds strange?
Why write I still all one, ever the same,
And keep invention in a noted weed,
That every word doth almost tell my name,
Showing their birth and where they did proceed?
O, know, sweet love, I always write of you,
And you and love are still my argument;
So all my best is dressing old words new,
Spending again what is already spent:
For as the sun is daily new and old,
So is my love still telling what is told.
Friday, January 26, 2007
Literary History - TXT MSGS Revive Epistolary Genre
|A novel will be published next week, based only on text messages. According to the publisher, this novel will make literary history worldwide.|
The Last Messages ("Viimeiset Viestit") is, according to publisher Tammi, the first work based solely on text messages. The story is built around a thousand text messages, ordered by time of sending.
The book can be viewed as a new take on an extremely old literary tradition [i.e., the epistolary novel] in which the story is told through the exchange of letters between people.
The Last Messages is an adventure story. Its protagonist is a famous CEO of a computer company, who, after resigning from his post goes on a trip around Europe and India. Slowly, the purpose of the trip unfolds, surprising the reader, and bringing him face to face with an old confucian maxim: If you know what is right, yet you do not do it, you are a coward.
Worldwide, there are about 3 billion cell phones in use, and over 400 million new cell phones are being sold annually. In Finland, the number of cell phones surpassed the number of inhabitants in March, 2006.
The first SMS text message in the world was sent in Finland in December 1993. Annually, Finns send 2.8 billion text messages, which averages to about 500 msgs/person a year.
Text messaging is possible in numerous countries, but it can be surprising, that for example in the United States, the technology for text messaging was not adopted until 2003.
Author Hannu Luntiala was born in Helsinki in 1952. He is a multiple award winner for his poetry and short stories, which have been published in anthologies and literary magazines. His first (stand-alone) published work, the short story collection Hommes, came out in 2006. The Last Messages is his second published work. Luntiala works as CEO of the Finnish Census Bureau.
Thursday, January 25, 2007
Okay, Cute Doc said my x-ray was fine — no more pneumonia! He doesn't know why I still have symptoms, but stuck me on another 10-day course of antibiotics, and gave me a steroid inhaler.
Chances are I'll recover, LOL!
And if not, then I'll just have to go in for more healin' :P
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Treasures in the British Library
You can virtually browse several magnificent books in the British Library's boundless collections. Included are, for example, the Anglo-Saxon Lindisfarne Gospels, the Medieval Luttrell Psalter, the first Mercator Atlas of Europe, sketches from Leonardo, the original Alice in Wonderland, manuscripts in Jane Austen's hand, William Blake's notebooks, and Mozart's musical diary! And it doesn't stop there! You can zoom in to see more detail, and many of the texts have audio commentary. Run, do not walk.
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
High Points of Being Sick
2. On a high note, will see cute Doc tomorrow. Even higher note, will get to flirt with said cute Doc tomorrow, while we discuss my chest :P
*Sigh* Am I as sad as that makes me sound, LOL!
Finally some Mark Rylance News!
Eeeeeee, how do I get to London??? It may not be Mark at the Globe, but still, the Divine Mark Rylance. *sigh*
For the (incredibly dull) article, where this news originated, click here.
On the other hand, it's gently snowing now, and I just bought a donut with my coffee, so that goes on the plus-side of the ledger.
Monday, January 22, 2007
"Heroes" Returns Tonight
I can't wait - this show is great!
Sunday, January 21, 2007
Hermione to Leontes; Separated from her Love
in Body, but not in Heart. A Sonnet.
Like as the wanton wind my thoughts caress you
And brush the golden locks from your dear face;
My airy arms wrap 'round you to arrest you
In this, my heart's imaginary place.
Busied with other matters, you may feel
A sudden, gentle warmth upon the air —
'Tis my embrace invisible, yet real,
As if my heart in truth were with you there.
And if you then think tenderly of me,
Your heart, in turn, transported will be too;
I, far away, will know you long for me
As I, beloved, ever yearn for you.
And then, though miles us cruelly do part,
We'll one remain, thus sharing of one heart.
Chick Knows her Bible
Galactica Returns Tonight
Where's Starbuck? Is she alive? Will Adama nuke the planet?
Will 'Chief' unlock the Eye of Jupiter before the cylons arrive?
16 hrs folks, 16 hrs.
Friday, January 19, 2007
and it's something I have to do by hand.... so that's like 3200 pages, one by one by one. Not something I could do a "multi-file find & replace" for... I'm too much in shock to even cry :P So if you don't hear from me for a while, I've gone to code.
LALALAAAAAA - all in the day's work for a netgeek.
Labels: 'Days of Whine and Woeses'
Thursday, January 18, 2007
Betcha Don't Watch This Only Once
for the first snow.
Yesterday I smelled it
on the wind
Tomorrow the dance
of a thousand soft flakes.
When that I was and a little tiny girl...with a hey-ho, &c.
You're supposed to bold the statements that are true.... I may lie tho... but you never know.
100 Things I may or may not have done.
01. Bought everyone in the bar a drink
02. Swam with wild dolphins
03. Climbed a mountain
04. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive
05. Been inside the Great Pyramid
06. Held a tarantula
07. Taken a candlelit bath with someone
08. Said “I love you” and meant it!
09. Hugged a tree
10. Bungee jumped - HELL NO!
11. Visited Paris
12. Watched a lightning storm at sea
13. Stayed up all night long and saw the sun rise
14. Seen the Northern Lights
15. Gone to a huge sports game
16. Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa
17. Grown and eaten your own vegetables
18. Touched an iceberg
19. Slept under the stars
20. Changed a baby's diaper
21. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon
22. Watched a meteor shower
23. Gotten drunk on champagne
24. Given more than you can afford to charity
25. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
26. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment
27. Had a food fight
28. Bet on a winning horse
29. Asked out a stranger
30. Had a snowball fight - umm... Finland, hello!
31. Screamed as loudly as you possibly can
32. Held a lamb
33. Seen a total eclipse
34. Ridden on a roller coaster
35. Hit a home run
36. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking
37. Adopted an accent for an entire day
38. Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment
39. Visited all 7 states and territories in Australia
40. Taken care of someone who was drunk
41. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country
42. Watched wild whales - do dolphins count?
43. Stolen a sign. - stole a movie poster in Rome
44. Backpacked in Europe - I don't do the rucksack
45. Taken a road-trip
46. Gone rock climbing
47. Midnight walk on the beach
48. Gone sky diving
49. Taken a train through Europe
50. Been heartbroken longer than you were actually in love
51. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger's table, and had a meal with them
52. Milked a cow
53. Alphabetized your CDs
54. Sung karaoke
55. Lounged around in bed all day
56. Gone scuba diving
57. Kissed in the rain
58. Gone to a drive-in theatre
59. Started a business
60. Taken a martial arts class
61. Been in a movie
62. Crashed a party
63. Gone without food for 5 days - see #10
64. Gotten a tattoo
65. Got flowers for no reason
66. Performed on stage
67. Been to Las Vegas
68. Recorded music
69. Eaten shark
70. Buried one/both of your parents
71. Been on a cruise ship
72. Spoken more than one language fluently
73. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over
74. Walked the Sydney Harbour Bridge
75. Had plastic surgery
76. Survived an accident that you shouldn't have survived
77. Wrote articles for a large publication
78. Lost over 50 kilos
79. Piloted an airplane
80. Petted a stingray
81. Broken someone's heart
82. Broken a bone
83. Eaten sushi
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Parasailed - again, #10
86. Skipped all your school reunions
87. Shaved your head
88. Caused a car accident
89. Pretended to be "sick"
90. Surfed in the ocean
91. Saved someone's life
93. Been in the room while someone is giving birth
95. Adopted a child
96. Been caught daydreaming
97. Been to Ayers Rock
98. Called off a wedding engagement
99. Donated your blood
and number 100 offended me, so I bloody well deleted it.
Does it strike anyone else that like a zillion of these are geared towards Australia?
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Bee, Princess of the Dwarfs
Become a Brave Knight and Joust!
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Homer Simpson as King Henry VIII
Quiz: What American Accent Do You Have
Monday, January 15, 2007
Historical Shakespeare Audio and Video
Quiz: What Country Are You?
I was Sweden (!) Luckily (for the test's creators), I read what the possibilities were, and since Sweden was the only Scandinavian country listed, I guess I'll live with it - we do share a border after all.
Your country is highly liberal, and, to tell you the truth, your citizens are happy to pay higher taxes in exchange for government-sponsored comfort. You're not a very aggressive country, however--until the scent of Lutefisk starts to waft over from your neighbor to the west.
The "What country are you?" Test
Sunday, January 14, 2007
National De-Lurking Month
So. Whether you're a first time visitor or a long-time lurker, wontcha scribble a line to say hi?
Feel free to take the banner and use it.
The Wisdom of W. C. Fields
F the dull substance of my flesh were thought,
Injurious distance should not stop my way;
For then despite of space I would be brought,
From limits far remote where thou dost stay.
No matter then although my foot did stand
Upon the farthest earth removed from thee;
For nimble thought can jump both sea and land
As soon as think the place where he would be.
But ah! thought kills me that I am not thought,
To leap large lengths of miles when thou art gone,
But that so much of earth and water wrought
I must attend time's leisure with my moan,
Receiving nought by elements so slow
But heavy tears, badges of either's woe.
Saturday, January 13, 2007
A beautiful line I had to share
I have chiefly aimed to couple my words and notes lovingly together.
Beautiful thought, isn't it? I love the Renaissance!
Love is not complicated
Friday, January 12, 2007
Nerd? Geek? or Dork?
|I'm a Modern, Cool Nerd|
95 % Nerd, 60% Geek, 26% Dork
|For The Record:|
A Nerd is someone who is passionate about learning/being smart/academia.
A Geek is someone who is passionate about some particular area or subject, often an obscure or difficult one.
A Dork is someone who has difficulty with common social expectations/interactions.
You scored better than half in Nerd and Geek, earning you the title of: Modern, Cool Nerd.
Nerds didn't use to be cool, but in the 90's that all changed. It used to be that, if you were a computer expert, you had to wear plaid or a pocket protector or suspenders or something that announced to the world that you couldn't quite fit in. Not anymore. Now, the intelligent and geeky have eked out for themselves a modicum of respect at the very least, and "geek is chic." The Modern, Cool Nerd is intelligent, knowledgable and always the person to call in a crisis (needing computer advice/an arcane bit of trivia knowledge). They are the one you want as your lifeline in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (or the one up there, winning the million bucks)!
Are you a Nerd, Geek, or Dork?
Soul of the Garden - A Little Piece of Heaven
My favorite page so far is "Images from 2006":
If you want a respite from the gray of the everyday, you can find it at Soul of the Garden.
Photo ©2006 Tom Spencer. Used with permission.
The (Un)Glamorous Life of an Actor-for-Hire
Industrial films mean things like training videos or informational videos which are shown within a company or an industry - for example, a medical firm might make a video about how to market a new product, or how to interact with clients, or how a good boss manages his people, vs. how a bad one would. In short, they are films not seen by the general public, and are for informational or educational purpose, instead of an entertainment purpose.
While I'm making generalizations, I might as well say that most of them are poorly written, and few of them, at least here locally, are well made. But... generally they pay actors better than legit film work.
There were eleven of us yesterday. In the first scene we were restaurant patrons. The restaurant did not have heat, and we could see each other's breath in the frozen air. For more than an hour, we sat in summer clothes in this freezing restaurant, trying not to shake while cameras were rolling. In the second scene we were outside walking up and down a street as background, while they filmed; in the third, we were in a freezing cafe, and so on. In between the scenes we waited from a half hour to an hour and a half. And so went the whole day.
In industrial films, even more than in legits, actors are cattle. Often you work in sub par conditions, and directors see you as furniture. The one saving grace apart from the paycheck is that you often meet very nice people. The group of actors yesterday was a fun bunch, and we had a lot of time to chat and compare experiences, talk about movies, plays, etc. There were also a couple of nice crew members, who made the day bearable. One guy, whose name I never got to ask, lent me his jacket during a break between two shots in the restaurant, because he'd seen me shiver. It's people like that who give one hope for the industry.
I shouldn't have gone yesterday, because on Wednesday night my doctor diagnosed me with pneumonia, and now I feel like I gained a cold to boot. But I couldn't let my agent down — he wouldn't have had enough lead time to get a replacement for me. And I could use the paycheck.
Thanks for letting me whine a bit, I needed it :)
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Cate Blanchett Returns as Queen Elizabeth I
Oh, October, how far you seem!! Eeeeeeeeee!
Official Website at Working Title Films
Magic Wand Received
Nick Worthey's Film "Magic Wand"
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
Code, Code, Everywhere Code
Friday, January 05, 2007
New Year's Snoopy
More Margaret Atwood
The Banned Books Meme
#1 The Bible
#2 Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
#3 Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
#4 The Koran
#5 Arabian Nights
#6 Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
#7 Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
#8 Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
#9 Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
#10 Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
#11 Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli
#12 Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
#13 Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
#14 Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
#15 Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
#16 Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
#17 Dracula by Bram Stoker
#18 Autobiography by Benjamin Franklin
#19 Tom Jones by Henry Fielding
#20 Essays by Michel de Montaigne
#21 Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
#22 The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon
#23 Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
#24 Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
#25 Ulysses by James Joyce
#26 Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio
#27 Animal Farm by George Orwell
#28 Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
#29 Candide by Voltaire
#30 To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
#31 Analects by Confucius
#32 Dubliners by James Joyce
#33 Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
#34 Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
#35 Red and the Black by Stendhal
#36 Capital by Karl Marx
#37 Flowers of Evil by Charles Baudelaire
#38 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
#39 Lady Chatterley's Lover by D. H. Lawrence
#40 Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
#41 Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser
#42 Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
#43 Jungle by Upton Sinclair
#44 All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
#45 Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx
#46 Lord of the Flies by William Golding
#47 Diary by Samuel Pepys
#48 Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
#49 Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
#50 Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
#51 Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
#52 Critique of Pure Reason by Immanuel Kant
#53 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
#54 Praise of Folly by Desiderius Erasmus
#55 Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
#56 Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X
#57 Color Purple by Alice Walker
#58 Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
#59 Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke
#60 Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
#61 Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe
#62 One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
#63 East of Eden by John Steinbeck
#64 Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
#65 I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
#66 Confessions by Jean Jacques Rousseau
#67 Gargantua and Pantagruel by François Rabelais
#68 Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes
#69 The Talmud
#70 Social Contract by Jean Jacques Rousseau
#71 Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
#72 Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence
#73 American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
#74 Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler
#75 A Separate Peace by John Knowles
#76 Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
#77 Red Pony by John Steinbeck
#78 Popol Vuh
#79 Affluent Society by John Kenneth Galbraith
#80 Satyricon by Petronius
#81 James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
#82 Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
#83 Black Boy by Richard Wright
#84 Spirit of the Laws by Charles de Secondat Baron de Montesquieu
#85 Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
#86 Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
#87 Metaphysics by Aristotle
#88 Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
#89 Institutes of the Christian Religion by Jean Calvin
#90 Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse
#91 Power and the Glory by Graham Greene
#92 Sanctuary by William Faulkner
#93 As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
#94 Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin
#95 Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig
#96 Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
#97 General Introduction to Psychoanalysis by Sigmund Freud
#98 Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
#99 Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Alexander Brown
#100 Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
Hmm, I guess I'm pretty banned, but I've a long way to go. And then there's books there that I could not finish (e.g. Whitman. Nor do I think I'll ever read the Bible or the Qu'ran in their entirety). Did you know the Harry Potter books are the most challenged books of this century so far? Go Harry!
Hu's on First and What's on Second?
Labels: "A bit of silliness really"
Wednesday, January 03, 2007
Eighteenth Century Feminism: Mary Astell (1666?-1731)
|Truth is strong, and sometime or other will prevail.|
—Some Reflections upon Marriage
Women need not take up with mean things, since
(if they are not wanting to themselves) they are
capable of the best.
—A Serious Proposal to the Ladies, Part I
If GOD had not intended that Women shou'd use their Reason,
He wou'd not have given them any, for He does nothing in vain.
—The Christian Religion
I've just finished a Mary Astell site for Luminarium. Hundreds of years before her time, and a century before Mary Wollstonecraft's A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, Mary Astell wrote impassioned treatises on women's position in the world, a woman's right to education, male-female relations. She did all this, not because she herself would have called herself a feminist, although she is nowadays considered a proto-feminist, but because she was a brilliant mind in an era when it was socially unacceptable for women to have minds and voices to speak them—she saw an iniquity and she had to speak against it.
Many people have a skewed view of feminists as women who hate men, or treat matters unjustly to another extreme in their arguments. This is a misconception about most feminists, and should especially not be applied to Astell. Her view was that women and men were equal in capabilities, and should be treated as such. She was a forerunner for equality. Perhaps that is what we should change the moniker to — equalists. In Astell's own words:
He who will be just, must be forc'd to acknowledge,
that neither Sex are always in the right.
—Some Reflections upon Marriage
Her works ranged from educational to political and theological writings, all written in a marvellously fluid style. Having received an extensive education to complement her inborn intelligence, her works are rhetorical masterpieces. Her education in logic shines through everywhere, and her passion for her subject matters cannot help but sweep the reader along.
I must say I quite fell in love with Astell. It is a crime how little she is studied and how rarely included in "Survey class" curricula. With excellent new editions of Astell's works now in print by Patricia Springborg and with more forthcoming, I do not doubt but that in the future Mary Astell will be raised to the literary status she so amply deserves.
Weighty Resolutions for the New Year
For those readers who can read Finnish, here is the article: (top link on left sidebar) http://www.kiloklubi.fi/
Wow, I hope I look half as good as she does in the "after" picture when I'm 68. What an inspiration! Maybe I should do something about the Christmas belly? (>_>)
Monday, January 01, 2007
Happy New Year!
The Year's First Poem
The New Year still in swaddling-cloths doth lay;
In darkness soft his infant fingers curl
About night's blanket, waiting for the day,
While last year's stars around him twinkling play.
What does he bring with him, this babe yet new,
That innocently turns in tender sleep?
And will his reign be crowned with wonders true,
So filled with promise, can he yet them keep?
Each New Year comes and innocently wakes,
With eyes that see the world so burning bright;
And when his course is run, his sad leave takes,
And doffs his mantle at next New Year's night.
Upon this New Year other New Years wait,
Succession 'graved in stars behind Time's gate.