May 28th, 2004

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Short Takes

Thanks to alexx_kay for the pointer to Troy in 15 Minutes. Fun little parody...

Thanks to dglenn for a reference to a sobering editorial that I hadn't come across before, reminding us that there are people out there (other than the Bush Administration) who Really Don't Get the Point of the Constitution.

New and interesting eBooks:

The Troubadours (1912) -- a pretty readable-looking overview of the Medieval Troubadour, with discussions of the historical context as well as the basics of technique.

El Diablo Cojuelo. I think this is a period text: from what I can make out of the introduction, it appears to be early 17th century. But it's all in Spanish. Those who actually read Spanish might find it interesting.

Legends of the Middle Ages, Narrated with Special Reference to Literature and Art -- a modern retelling of a bunch of the classics. Some are well-known nowadays (Beowulf, Reynard, the Nibelungenlied, Tristan and Iseult), some less-so (the Amblings, Titurel and the Holy Grail, Ragnar Lodbrok). Seventeen major legends are covered. Hopefully they'll follow with an HTML version that includes the illustrations.
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Reviews of the Season

Okay -- with the last episode of Enterprise now watched, I've completed watching all of the series that we have been keeping up with. There are a few more waiting: I prefer to watch a season of 24 at a shot, and we haven't started watching The Sopranos yet. But I think we're done enough to review The Year in Television.

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Toy Lust

One more brief posting for tonight. Yesterday I went gaming at metageek's house, and taught him, cvirtue and pamelina how to play Ice Towers. So today cvirtue went Googling around and found semi-precious Icehouse Pyramids. They're just like the plastic ones I have, but the four colors are made of Obsidian, Hematite, Aventurine and Jasper.

Intellectually, I know that there is no chance that I will ever have so much money that it makes sense to blow $500 on four Icehouse stashes. But man -- this is the coolest toy I've seen in a while. There's a real tactile lust, wondering what it would feel like to play Ice Towers with these stone pyramids...