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6 days. Biking from
Syracuse, NY to Toronto, ON.
Trip finished. Still processing. Everything is tired.
Acting Class. The professor is explaining a story-telling exercise.
Professor: What are the three basic elements of a story?
Voice from the back: Drugs, Sex and Rock-n-Roll?
Professor: well, I was thinking something more along the lines of beginning, middle and end...But that'll do.
"they weren't, when you got right down to it, particularly evil. Human beings mostly aren't. They just get carried away by new ideas, like dressing up in jackboots and shooting people, or dressing up in white sheets and lynching people, or dressing up in tie-dye jeans and playing guitars at people. Offer people a new creed with a costume and their hearts and minds will follow....
It may help to understand human affairs to be clear and most of the great triumphs and tragedies of history are caused, not by people being fundamentally good or fundamentally bad, but by people being fundamentally people. "
- "Good Omens" by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
For the love of God, Mary, Joseph, Scottish Fairies and Dubliners Cheese - I implore you!
Do not, DO NOT, even if your soul is driven by experimentation forget rice in a rice cooker for a couple of weeks.
And if you do, invite someone you really dont like and offer them acute amounts of money to open the said cooker.
For the rice will look at them.
This man Chaucer, were he not dead, would be sitting with a BLEEDING HEAD.
His book. House of Fame. (I recommend it, it's delightfully loony), ends like this (not direct quote):
"and so then there was a great commotion, and everyone began running around, shouting, and nobody would tell me what is going on (he goes on in this way for two pages or so), until suddenly I turned around and saw a Man who seemed a Man of great authority and he ..."
that's the end.
the bloody end.
cliffhangers be damned.
yes, it bothers me.
yes, I am a freak.
Today Regan and I played an exciting game called "build a doll house out of goat bones".
I love archaeologists' children.
When talking about death today in class, our professor shared the following:
it is entirely possible to kill someone with eyedrops. Eyedrops cause the blood-vessels in the eye to contract, thus taking away the bleeding. However, if a copious amount is injested, they can cause the blood vessels in the heart to react much in the same way, causing a stroke.
"In Shilluk ideology, the king represents the fertility and well-being of his entire nation, and for this reason no decay of his body can be tolerated. If the king dies, so does the land. Indeed, so direct is the connection between the king's well-being and that of the nation that not only is death a problem, but so are age, sickness and especically decreased sexual potency. ....At the first evidence of lessening powers, the king is secretly suffocated and his body walled up in a mud hut. One moment, the king is strong and unimpaired, the next, he has vanished." - Peter Metcalf, "Celebrations of Death"
(for more on regicide, see the excellent book by Sir James Frazer "the Golden Bough" 1963 and the reversal of Frazer's analysis in papers by Evans-Pritchard)