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Roses of the East Footnotes
In case anybody actually cares: I've finished the first round of footnotes on The Roses of the East. As you'd expect, the footnotes run about as long as the song itself, and explain at least some of the in-jokes. Feel free to ask questions, if there's stuff that isn't clear from the notes...

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I particularly like Footnote 32.


Truth in advertising, and all that...

Read "Anathem" by Neil Stephenson. Best explanation of Silverwinging (no, he doesn't call it that) that I've ever seen.

(It isn't enough for two people to agree on an answer. They both need to understand the question in the same way, and reach the same answer via the same method.)

Very, *very* well done, and an excellent performance to boot.

Thanks! ... and glad to see the video.

The footnotes make this even more awesome.

At some point I will need to take you up on the offer of an extensive philosophical discussion, though. 'Cause I'm curious and all.

herooftheages has been known to say: "It wasn't an order. If we liked your performance, we gave you a cup. If we really like the performance, sometimes there was something in the cup".

I will avoid lengthy rant about the fact that the Terp and the Troub are honors not orders and that bringing people into court to bestow them with scrolls and engraved cups and other such fooforall is wrong, wrong, wrong ;-)

We've actually discussed that at some length this reign. (Having a Silverwing for Vox Regis being dangerous that way.) The problem is basically that there are now two traditions: the way the things were founded, and the way they've *mostly* been treated in recent years. These two approaches are different enough that Royalty are pretty much stuck annoying *somebody*. (There are plenty of folks who will get hot under the collar if a scroll *isn't* given, and we got into a fair internal discussion about whether you can get them twice. If you're serious about it being an honor, that should be entirely ordinary, but it's not the way people think about them nowadays.)

Anyway -- I agree with you in principle, and prefer the spontaneous honor to the mini-Manche approach that has been more common. And indeed, TRM have been careful to have a cup and bell with them so that they *could* do it the traditional way if so moved. (They did at least one that way that I was present for; don't know if there were more.) But there's a lot of weight of habit going the other way...

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