January 25th, 2008

mourning

This was too awesome to not share

I said, over at wtf_humans in response to something posted by ysabetwordsmith=

Some definitions...

1. MONDOEPIC = More EPIC than The Illiad, The Odyssey, War And Peace, Lord of the Rings, and Star Wars combined, multiplied by ten thousand, taken to the 11,000th power, invested into a Certificate of Deposit at 12% interest for 20 years, cashed, invested on a stock that was doubling in value every other day, sold after a year of said doubling, spent on silver, the price of silver quadruples, sold at that high price, invested in ANOTHER Certificate of Deposit at 50% interest for 50 years, cashed, spent on gold, aliens steal 50% of Earth's gold and disappear into an alternate universe (none of MONDOEPIC's gold was stolen), price of gold increases thirtyfold as a result, gold sold to highest bidders at auction, highest bidders have to pay over the course of 10 years at 20% interest, and then those profits are taken to the power of twelve googol.

2. George W. Bush = MONDOEPIC FAIL


That was the entire post, but I will say the context is MONDOEPIC WIN.
moonphase happy

Feast or famine...

Sorry for all these posts, it seems to be feast or famine with me, and today is a medieval King's big feast of the year. But I had to post this. It's from "The Left Hand of Darkness" by Ursula K. LeGwin*, pages 153-154. The parts in bold are my emphasis, the parts in italics are her emphasis. The first line in bold made me literally laugh out loud in Border's as I was reading it, I even got weird looks=

(Copyright 1969 by Usula K. LeGuin)
      Sose heads a committee that purports to suppress the obscene plays performed in public kemmerhouses here ... Slose opposes them because they are trivial, vulgar, and blasphemous.
      To oppose something is to maintain it.
      They say here "all roads lead to Mishnory." To be sure, if you turn your back on Mishnory and walk away from it, you are still on the Mishnory road. To oppose vulgarity is inevitably to be vulgar. You must go somewhere else; you must have another goal; then you walk a different road.
      Yegey in the hall of the Thirty-Three today: "I unalterably oppose this blockade of grain-exports to Karhide, and the spirit of competition which motivates it." Right enough, but he will not get off the Mishnory road going that way.
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      To be an atheist is to maintain God. His existence or his nonexistence, it amounts to much the same, on the plane of proof. Thus proof is a word not often used among the Handdarata, who have chosen not to treat God as a fact, subject to either proof or to belief: and they have broken the circle, and go free.
      To learn which questions are unanswerable, and not to answer them: this skill is most needful in times of stress and darkness.
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      Here, the government can check not only act but thought. Surely no men should have such power over others.


Bear in mind, in the introduction Ursula says she is an atheist.

Oh, by the way, since I flocked it because I was saying some things out of anger, I will say for the public record that the people I've been living with the past few months are kicking me out and I have nowhere to go.

* = Yes, I know it's actually Ursula K. LeGuin. I just HAD to make that pun. Given what my LJ's subtitle is, can you honestly say you're surprised?
blanc

I have a place for the night.

Lilla's parents have graciously allowed me to stay the night, and help me look for a place to stay after that. Why was I reduced to this? Because every place I called was either full, expensive, or - in the case of most of the hosels I checked out - only serves out of state residents.

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I made a new word:

Hoime [hoym} = 1. n. A place of residence, a shelter for the body but not a comfort to the mind or spirit. A place where one lives but has no affection for, or may even hate the place and/or other people within it, or the people one lives with are merely roommates and very difficult to put up with. Example: "Home is where the heart is, hoime is where the heart is NOT."
2. adj. Of, pertaining to, or connected with one's hoime or country, domestic: hoime products.

And hoime can be used pretty much in place of "home", except of course that it means something different, and so some phrases would not make sense or would be ironic. Like "welcome hoime."

I have already been using this word for some time in my speech, though not around other people. I hope to drop it into conversation, it should be easier to spread this word around than some of my others. I came up with this word because I kept getting angry when I would call Chrissy's house "home" but it didn't feel like home because I had no love of it, and in fact I hated living there.