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May 05, 2009


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Sedate tea-sipping and genteel conversation leavened with vague innuendo and the odd pun are quite acceptable

What about teabagging?

What about teabagging?

Um, I think that goes a little beyond innuendo and significantly beyond genteel.

I thought so too. I'll stick to puns. Besides, I'll need the practice for the Fiestacon/Westercon panel.

Dang, had I known you'd be in K-zoo, only an hour and a half away, I would have taken THIS Friday as comp time instead of LAST Friday! Hmm... that's still a lot less driving than going to CT. Hmm...

I arrived in Kalamazoo a couple of hours ago. My back and hips have yet to declare war on me after driving all day, but we'll see what tomorrow brings.

Sadly, the wireless connection isn't connecting to my laptop, although the signal is strong. If that continues, I'll only be online while on campus (granted, that will be most of the time starting tomorrow).

I'm planning to attend your session, but am happy to meet up at other times as well for tea or food or whatever. I still look like this with the addition of a cane.

Susan, you're becoming a world traveler! That's awesome...

Carol, I have your CD with me! I still look like the picture above right, though I have new glasses now.

I'm about to board my first flight of three to MI.

Yay, Susan! Yay, CD!

After I posted last night, I realized that I brought everything that I'm wearing in the picture, thus I look exactly like the same today. :)

I'm at Fetzer this morning, Valley I at 1:30, Schneider at 3:30/7:30, and I feel an obligation to be at the UofT reception. I expect I'll also spend some time at Mug Shots and the exhibit hall.

I am currently stuck in the Philly airport after my flight arrived late and I missed a connection. I have hopes of recovering from this in time for the final connection through O'Hare. (Yeah, I know, optimism past sanity...)

On the bright side, Philly, unlike O'Hare, has free wireless.

Good luck!

"I look exactly like the same today"? Good grief. I should have tried to sleep more instead of attending the first session.

Hey, I heard there was a wild blog-wrecking party in the comments! I can't stay, as I'm off to see Star Trek, but I'll come back later with wacky tales about teenage kids who have interesting ideas about Henry VIII, and maybe some booze.

Neil... teenage kids who have interesting ideas about Henry VIII

What about Prince Hal and once more onto the breeches of the French?

On the ground in MI. My connection time at O'Hare was long enough that I caught up with my itinerary. Now I'm waiting to see if my baggage came along...

Ooo -- good luck with baggage making it too! Did you fly into K-zoo or Detroit? Good luck with tomorrow's session!

I flew into Grand Rapids, actually. There are a lot more flights than K-zoo. My luggage, alas, is still in Chicago, hopefully arriving this evening. In the meantime, I am grumpy. I'd been hoping to change clothes before the evening.

Quick travel update:

My luggage arrived at the university at 2:00 am. I was reunited with it at 6:00 am. I am not a happy camper.

My paper went well, and I managed not to mess up the one-minute dance demo at the end, despite being somewhat underrehearsed. I was pleased that my two co-panelists presented papers that actually addressed the nitty-gritty of dance reconstruction rather than going off into post-modernist critique. I'm tentatively planning a paper for next year on the topic of Victorian reconstructions (to use the term loosely) of Renaissance dance.

I saw Carol, who had a spiffy hat, delivered her Sooj CD, and had a chance to sit with her and chat for half an hour over tea (hers) and smoothie (mine). That mostly consisted of me babbling non-stop with leftover jitters from having to speak publicly. (Sorry, Carol!)

I am now back at the airport waiting for my flight to O'Hare (sigh) and my connection to Los Angeles. Hopefully this time my luggage will stay with me.

So what about the teenagers and their wacky ideas about Henry VIII? Is this because of The Tudors?

Susan... am now back at the airport waiting for my flight to O'Hare (sigh) and my connection to Los Angeles

Coming soon...
"Susan de Guardiola - National Woman of Mystery"

In L.A.

Sleep now.

Susan... Sleep now.

Or as they say in French, 'dans les bras de Morphée', which translates as 'in the arms (or embrace) of Morpheus'...

By the way, I met a fan of "Repo" at last night's meeting of the local SF club.

dans les bras de Morphée

The arms of Morpheus, you say, Serge? That's a relief...

Paul A... Mind you, 'brassiere' does come from 'bras', the French word for 'arm'. Now, about that tea-sipping and genteel conversation...

I quite enjoyed the paper and conversation. I spoke more than I normally do, so you couldn't have talked too much.

I've been in a lot more pain since last night (especially my back). I think I may stay an extra day in order to recover before driving home.

Wearing a bra is much more convenient than walking around holding them in place with your arms...

Oh. Wait. Genteel. Darn it. I'm not good at this ;)

AJ... One other French word for 'bra' is 'soutien-gorge', which translates as 'support-for-the-throat'. Either that's supposed to be a euphemism or the person who cooked the word up didn't know much about anatomy.

Carol... I hope things will improve soon.

Is this because of The Tudors?

Possibly. One pupil who wasn't supposed to be in my lesson has been called a weirdo by a teacher for suggesting Henry VIII was a great king and not actually all that tyrannical. Admittedly she was in a PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) lesson at the time. From there we got onto Bernard Cornwell's Warlord Chronicles, before she eventually went back to where she was supposed to be.

I suspect they were just being silly when they asked if Henry VI had 8 wives ("Just one, and... let's not go there. Shall we do some maths?"). That lesson ended with two fruit bats and a baseball bat drawn on the board; it was a bit sillier than usual that period.

Obviously it's unfortunate that your luggage has been having adventures* without you, but it's great that it's caught you up.

Serge, I've heard "In the arms of Morpheus" used in English, specifically in an episode of 1960s radio comedy show "Round the Horne".

Carol, hope your journey back goes well.

I had intended to create a vast list of fake-but-amusing spoilers for Star Trek but instead will be getting some sleep.

* Adventures probably involving sitting in a warehouse for hours on end.

Neil... That lesson ended with two fruit bats and a baseball bat

That reminds me of the Bugs Bunny cartoon where Bugs meets Dracula and defeats the vampire by becoming an umpire.

'dans les bras de Morphée'

Morphée looks to me like the feminine of Morphé.

Just saying.

Cornwell's Warlord Chronicles

Hmm, whazzat?

I read some of his Sharpe stuff and at least one standalone novel of his whose name completely escapes me. I know exactly where it is on my bookshelf, but I can't quite visualize the cover.

L.A. is fun so far. Spending time in good conversation with friends. Tonight we're going to have a Sing, which is to say we get together with a guitar and sing folksongs and such, like we used to do at university. (The "such" will involve some non-G-rated songs, at least once the one kidlet goes to sleep.)

I will be leaving a copy of Repo behind me for my friends to watch after I'm gone.

Susan... I know, 'Morphée' looks like its gender should be feminine, but it is maculine. Same thing for 'Orphée'.

Glad you're having a good time in LA.

Neil... I've heard "In the arms of Morpheus" used in English, specifically in an episode of 1960s radio comedy

1960s? Not a common usage then, although not unhgeard off by those who are older than AJ.

Argh. 'Unheard', not 'ungheard'.

Hmm, whazzat?

It's a trilogy set in Dark Age Britain consisting of The Winter King, Enemy of God and Excaliber. The last title gives away the subject matter; a re-telling of King Arthur, lurking somewhere between history and legend. For example, our protagonist is recounting one of the tales of his youth, and is interrupted to be told that then Merlin made them all fly away. Not at all, he replies, Merlin actually calls up a fog and they sneak away under cover of it. So the legend is more fantastic than the people there see, and nothing that happens is actually impossible (a fog comes up in the morning, when they're by the sea - Merlin could easily have predicted this and taken the credit for it).

This is not to be confused with his current and ongoing series set in Dark Age Britain, but during the time of Alfred the Great.

A swift google suggests that "In the arms of Morpheus" was coined by Ovid. I guess having a knowledge of the classics was more likely to be a requirement for radio comedy writing in the 60s.

Neil... I guess having a knowledge of the classics was more likely to be a requirement for radio comedy writing in the 60s

Been downhill since then, I guess - and, no, I'm not making any reference to Benny Hill, to whom the movie "V for vendetta" paid homage.

Broken plane.
Waiting for new one.
Redeye flight getting redder and redder.

1960s? Not a common usage then, although not unhgeard off by those who are older than AJ.

Well, let's face it... everyone's older than me.

Except for the people at the party I was at last night, where most people were around 21, and I felt old at 27, but looked younger than most of them. They had to make sure I had my ID when I tagged along on a trip for more booze (I don't drink, but the only people who I knew where the ones making the trip... lol).

Lousy food in terminal.
Last flight leg in about forty-five minutes.

AJ... I felt old at 27, but looked younger than most of them

Coming soon, "The Portrait of AJ"...

Susan... Broken plane

Are they going to ding you for that?
Have a safe trip.
And get some sleep, with or without that Frenchie guy Morphée.

Hey, I didn't break it! The cockpit window wouldn't close. I didn't even realize those things opened (doesn't that seem like a bad idea?) They eventually got us another plane.

Home now, or, more specifically, back at the office, joy. Going to be a zombie by 5pm.

If the cockpit window won't open, how is the pilot's dog going to stick his head out for air?

I'm glad that you finally arrived home, Susan. Sorry that your trip was such a SNAFU!

AJ... how is the pilot's dog going to stick his head out for air?

I have this image of a canine pilot sticking his head out the window while flying.

Susan... how is the pilot's dog going to stick his head out for air?

A dancing zombie Susan sounds like something for a sequel to "Repo".

glad to hear you got home safe. Now I'm working on next year's submission...

I have heard and seen used 'In the arms of Morpheus', but, then, I'm an academic and part of a *very* odd crowd. I'm also probably one of the youngest here...

You and AJ are pretty close in age, I think, and there are other folks who drop by who are younger.

I guess I should start looking at those Victorian sources now, eh?

I'm glad you made it home eventually! My return was deliberately long, resulting in much less pain than anticipated (although some muscles/joints are inflamed). I think skipping the Saturday evening/Sunday morning events helped, even though it meant missing the Pseudo Society papers.

Carol... What is the Pseudo Society?

Serge: The Pseudo Society sponsors a session of comic/satiric academic papers held on Saturday night at Kalamazoo, just before the dance. Here's a description of one of the papers given this year, taken from a comment on a medieval listserv (the writer said it "was one of the best that I've seen"):

"A. Mark Smith used complex statistical evidence to conclusively demonstrate that the death rate in the Middle Ages was only about 22%. The reason that Europe was not overpopulated as a result of this was that the average age of Menarche was 29, while the average age of Menopause was 16, resulting in a very low birth rate. This obviously raises the question why modern mortality rates are 100%, and he attributed it to the increasing monetization of society, since every time there were currency reforms, the death rate jumped."

Carol... :-)

I've heard "in the arms of Morpheus" often enough that I didn't think it noteworthy when Serge mentioned it, apart from I've never heard it in French before. (Though not absolutely often.)

On the subject of kings and wives: I've seen it convincingly argued that, strictly speaking, Henry VIII had fewer than six wives - and interestingly, there's two different explanations, with correspondingly different correct totals (although both are less than six).

If you accept Henry's claim to be able to have his marriages annulled, then the ones he had annulled (as opposed to the ones where death did them part) don't count, because that's what annulment means.

If you don't accept Henry's claim to be able to have his marriages annulled, then any wedding that occurred while one of his previous wives still lived was invalid, and so those marriages don't count.

This is why I was deeply offended when my father went for an annulment of my parents' marriage. Divorce was bad enough, but trying to claim a seventeen-year marriage with two children had never really been a marriage? Pfui. Even though I didn't, and don't, believe in the relevant theology, it's offensive.

I've never heard that argument applied to Henry VIII before, but it's an amusing one and theologically valid in a historical context, though not super-useful in practical terms.

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