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Dear Willis Group Holdings, Ltd.:

You must be really stupid to think that you can steal the name-recognition of our most iconic landmark building just by slappin' your name on it instead.... )

Thank you for your kind consideration.

(*cough* Bullshit *cough*...)

Sign petition/customize letter at http://www.itsthesearstower.com/ if you're against the reckless renaming of things and places by virtue (supposed) of money alone.  And while we're at it, can we get a bunch of Santas to demonstrate outside "Macy's"...?


The Knight
You scored 42% Cardinal, 25% Monk, 29% Lady, and 72% Knight!
You are the hero. Brave and bold. You are strong and utterly selfless. You are also a pawn to your superiors and will be lucky if you live very long. If you survive the Holy wars you are thrust into you will be praised for your valor and opportunities both romantic and financial will become available to you.

My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:

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You scored higher than 59% on Cardinal

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You scored higher than 12% on Monk

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You scored higher than 10% on Lady

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You scored higher than 95% on Knight
Link: The Who Would You Be in 1400 AD Test written by KnightlyKnave on Ok Cupid

Hmmm...you don't say.
(Superiors?--*What* superiors???)
Nice painting....

Seriously, though, I still totally want that "Black Death European Tour" t-shirt...lol. 1347-1351--and man, it really knew how to knock 'em dead in the aisles...yeah, I know that's sick, both viscerally and karmically...enh, okay, so how's about my ideal writing style?


GOTHICS! - Deep, dark, mysterious and melodramatic.
You are drawn to write tales of the shadows and
what might lurk there. Could it be Love? Or
Madness? Anne Rice and Bram Stoker are your

What Kind of Novel Should I Write?
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Why are we not surprised.....?

Note: I did have to correct the damn typo where I could...it wasn't Brahm Stoker who wrote Dracula, okay? Geeez. And, for your information, Anne Rice and the atmospherically Gothic genre are pretty hard-pressed in my library beside the serial-killer true crime, supernatural crime/horror, the high/dark mythological fantasy, the paranormal action/fantasy, supernatural action/romance, "speculative romances" (i.e., science fiction of the philosophical kind, as so it first began), and the more snappy modern fantasy/horror/erotica a la Mercedes Lackey and Laurell K. Hamilton. And all things suitably psychological, whatever their native century. Oh, and all the reference books on psychology, religion, sociology, criminology, magic ritual, folklore/mythology, torture, erotica throughout history, espionage, secret societies and governmental nefariousness.

(--and I got dibs on that for a song title, capisce?)

Okay, I'm planning to go up to Ren Faire for the (counts on fingers) I think sixth time August 21st, with a bunch of pals from the local chapter of ShadowLore (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ShadowLore_Indiana-Illinois).

Must alter my doublet...I was watching Shakespeare in Love tonight, and my attire as it stands needs to be updated to the casual Elizabethan rather than remaining half in the rather rococo Italian Renaissance. Which means, turn under the bottom skirts and tag it, rearrange the buttons closer and smaller, and probably curtail the loft on the shoulder-rims, especially if I plan to bring a cloak atall, which I ought to in order to match my crappy old crushable black slouch hat, which still looks a helluva lot better than my black suede beret, even if it does have the ultra-long pheasant's feather I yoinked from that horrid eggplant-purple suede Robin Hood hat I bought last time at Faire...sorry, it was a cheapo stall knockoff and looked worse than a short-order cook's paper hat, imho. And I don't care if it (the black crushable-bendable) looks not quite natty enough for Court, 'cause I ain't in Court! Nor am I a vendor...I am of no Guild, and therefore I may in my own personal wardrobe subtly thumb my nose at the costume Nazis, altho' I may pander to them for others' sake.

My knee-high black suede moccasin-boots, for example...tactfully bereft of their fringes, they might at worst mark me as some itinerant pirate from the New World...

Point of historical accuracy, though--by the time I go to Faire, I shall have my ear pierced in customary gentleman's fashion, so that at least is quite i' the order of the day. And my hair longer.

Hah...yeah, I'm on a roll (role? /:)...) all right...I was just thinking tonight, watching the movie, seeing them rehearse their lines and business and all, how much the faculties of memory and imagination have degraded over time, as data has become more permanent and endlessly retrievable with so little effort. Admittedly, we are talking of "professional" players, who might be supposed to have those gifts in larger measure to play their parts--but no, in general, people have let their imaginations be more dictated-to than stimulated-within by those things they imbibe via their senses, not to mention their capacities for mental recall being taken up much more with matters of worldly concern, the exacting financial and legal details and passwords and policies and all sorts of internal paperwork. I was shocked (shocked!) in sophomore-year Honors English, to realize how few of my classmates knew how to read dramatically--and from Cyrano de Bergerac, no less...!

I asked Amber if she'd gotten the latest Harry Potter book, supposing that a girl hooked on Rupert Grint (who plays Ron Weasley in the movies) just might be interested in seeing what lies ahead to be filmed of him...and she said she doesn't like to read. "That's it, we're through!" I said, joking only by a fraction--I just can't continue to associate with people who "don't read"...who blather (par l'example) about arcane gaming/film terminology (Lycans, anyone? *snicker*) or horror/fantasy characters as if they were "real" as given, without having read anything of either original novels nor lore...you know what I'm talking about, people...*lowering glare*

*Sigh* Yeah, I'm an intellectual...I mean, my idea of a fully convivial evening with friends necessarily involves some sort of mental/artistic activity, whether it's watching and critiquing movies, reading plays or poems or stories aloud, deepdark cultural/philosophical discussion, or delving through the piles of classical/opera/Broadway music in the livingroom. Or psychical explorations, but those I shall not detail at the moment here--suffice it to say, they are not fit endeavours for the shallow nor wit-less...

Ah, go on, say it...'old souls' never do quite belong in their own times, do they?--or any time? All we can do is make use of where we happen to land, and try to make it work out for the best. With a shiteload of self-research, admittedly...but what do we think Jesus was really doing all those years before he started "working"?

Ah, there's a thought...


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