Justin du Coeur (jducoeur) wrote,
Justin du Coeur

Short Takes

Aoife's Links are an interesting weekly column: basically a whole bunch of links on a particular subject. This week's column is on breadmaking; I call it out mainly because it's more interesting and useful to me than most.

lebor gets my Weird Link of the Day award for this article on the Viennese Vegetable Orchestra, which is exactly what it sounds like.

eBooks of the Day:

De Orbe Novo, v.1, a translation from the Latin of the works of Peter Martyr. This is an extensive collection of letters concerning the discovery of the New World, as seen from the European perspective. Interesting insight into how the world looked at the beginning of the 16th century.

Routledge's Manual of Ettiquette. This is a 19th century book, so not very relevant to SCA manners. Still, I know a lot of people (including msmemory) who find ettiquette books fun in general, and this one is particularly intriguing. It contains a long section on dance, including narrative descriptions of all the major dance forms of the day. It wouldn't surprise me to find that the long discussion of carving is at least similar to the period techniques. And it has a considerable collection of toasts at the end, including a whole section on Masonic toasts, which is a magnificently concise distillation of a lot of Masonic symbolism into a very few words.

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