Saturday, October 29, 2005

on the occasion of finally adding Laura to my blogroll 

If I were ever to start knitting (and admittedly, that's a big if), i think this would be what i'd want to make.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2005

This day is call'd the feast of Crispian. 

Thicky pointed out that today is St. Crispin's Day. (or St. Crispian's. Or both. Take your pick. [There's really two of them -- brothers! who knew??])

So, in honor of this mighty day, and because it really can't be invoked too often, I give you the Crispin's Day speech:

Henry V, Act IV, Scene iii

O that we now had here
But one ten thousand of those men in England
That do no work to-day!

What's he that wishes so?
My cousin Westmoreland? No, my fair cousin;
If we are mark'd to die, we are enow
To do our country loss; and if to live,
The fewer men, the greater share of honour.
God's will! I pray thee, wish not one man more.
By Jove, I am not covetous for gold,
Nor care I who doth feed upon my cost;
It yearns me not if men my garments wear;
Such outward things dwell not in my desires.
But if it be a sin to covet honour,
I am the most offending soul alive.
No, faith, my coz, wish not a man from England.
God's peace! I would not lose so great an honour
As one man more methinks would share from me
For the best hope I have. O, do not wish one more!
Rather proclaim it, Westmoreland, through my host,
That he which hath no stomach to this fight,
Let him depart; his passport shall be made,
And crowns for convoy put into his purse;
We would not die in that man's company
That fears his fellowship to die with us.
This day is call'd the feast of Crispian.
He that outlives this day, and comes safe home,
Will stand a tip-toe when this day is nam'd,
And rouse him at the name of Crispian.
He that shall live this day, and see old age,
Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours,
And say 'To-morrow is Saint Crispian.'
Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars,
And say 'These wounds I had on Crispian's day.'
Old men forget; yet all shall be forgot,
But he'll remember, with advantages,
What feats he did that day. Then shall our names,
Familiar in his mouth as household words-
Harry the King, Bedford and Exeter,
Warwick and Talbot, Salisbury and Gloucester-
Be in their flowing cups freshly rememb'red.
This story shall the good man teach his son;
And Crispin Crispian shall ne'er go by,
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remembered-
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition;
And gentlemen in England now-a-bed
Shall think themselves accurs'd they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day.

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Wherein I make up for 2 months of silence 

An abundance of riches! A plethora of intriguing sites!

  • Getting ready for Halloween? Feeling a little tentative about your carving techniques? Try out your designs before touching a knife.

  • The Dynamic Einstein Picture Generator. There is no end to the joy this can create. well, not until you crash the site. (thanks to snideclown for this one)

  • They claim it is useful. I'm not so sure. But it is a fun interface for browsing graphic novels, at least for a minute or two.

  • I suspect there's a few hidden gems on here. But I don't have QuickTime installed at work, and I refuse to download iTunes just to get the QuickTime plugin. So the verification that this has the best ads on tv will have to wait til a later time.

  • Who'da thought that the Amish would have a FAQ? No, it's not a joke site, and apparently the answers come from honest-to-goodness Amish. i suspect they didn't type in the answers themselves tho.

  • The Morning News has compiled a list of one star Amazon reviews of the top 100 novels since 1923 according to Time Magazine. Go forth and giggle!

  • Take a break from shaking your head over the Intelligent Design trial and enjoy Paul Rucker's reimagining of Genesis.

  • Dictionaries are not to be trusted. But it's for a good cause.

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