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Link Snack: February 23, 2009

Strangely, I haven't been in a blogging mood for a few days.  I've gotten lots of other things done, though (grin).  Here are some recent finds.

  • KrakdesChevaliers Younger son and I have been studying the Middle Ages.  He's particularly interested in castles and their defenses so we spent some time today looking up information on the Krak des Chevaliers, a fortress dating from 1031 which was expanded by the Crusaders from 1150 to 1250.  It's built in a concentric form, and the outer wall on the most vulnerable side is 80 feet thick.  More on it from How Stuff Works and a YouTube video.
[Drawing from the Wikimedia Commons]
...The problem is you have to make a vegan, environmentally friendly, culturally respectful, racially supportive argument, every time you point to a woman’s mutilated body. It’s exhausting. It’s like being told you must save the planet, the animal kingdom, ancient cultures, heal race relations, and create world peace. If you have any time left over, you can talk about the woman’s body lying on the floor.

But see, women are not an “issue” to be prioritized. We’re not a sub-division of a category rated on a list. We are the environment and the culture. We’re half the human race...
  • Botanical Match Game at Fine Gardening:  I do much better on this than I usually do on match games.  That's probably because I spend lots of time in the garden trying to remember which flower is where so I don't dig up one while trying to plant another!  [Hat tip to Soliloquy]
  • I've noticed this seeming contradiction while reading about Episcopalian political debates:
...It helps to note that the U.S. Episcopal hierarchy tends to be very liberal when it comes to traditions about doctrine, but almost fundamentalist when it comes to traditions about power and ecclesiastical structure. Meanwhile, the people running the emerging conservative structures are very strict about ancient doctrines, but many of them lean to more open, congregational, even megachurch approaches to church life... (Spilling more Anglican ink at GetReligion)
If anyone can explain why liberal Episcopalians get fundamentalist about "traditions about power and ecclesiastical structure," please comment.  I would think that, coming also out of the traditions of the 60's, they would be less authoritarian.  My cynical thought is that it's a matter of practicality - being fundamentalist in this area is useful to them. 
My editor at Quirk had wanted to do a mash-up of some type for a long time. He had all these lists of public domain titles and lists of modern literary devices. The robot phenomenon. The vampire phenomenon. And zombies. And we arrived at Pride and Prejudice and Zombies because, when you take a look at the original book, it's almost as if, subconsciously, Jane Austen is laying out the perfect groundwork for an ultraviolent bone-crushing zombie massacre to take place. For instance, there's a regiment of soldiers camped out near the Bennett household. In the book, they're just there for characters to flirt with. But it's not that big a leap to say, Okay, they're there because the countryside has been overrun with what they call the "unmentionable menace."...
...there's this zombie onslaught that's been going on for years and Elizabeth Bennett has spent her whole life training to become a highly efficient killer of the undead, as has Darcy. It's more about a love story between two headstrong independent zombie slayers.
The opening sentence of the new book?

“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.”
(from the Quirk Books website)
[Hat tip to The Awkward Blogger]
  •   And, a LOLCat:

funny pictures of cats with captions

more animals



Ha! That poor kitty!

How Stuff Works is great, isn't it?

M Light

Yes! - and it particularly helps with younger son who has questions about everything (so did the other two at that age).

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