October 23rd, 2004

hermione by oatmilk

Some amusement before my workload murders me this weekend.

Archaeologists in Germany say they may have found a lavatory where Martin Luther launched the Reformation of the Christian church in the 16th Century.

The stone room is in a newly-unearthed annex to Luther's house in Wittenberg.

Luther is quoted as saying he was "in cloaca", or in the sewer, when he was inspired to argue that salvation is granted because of faith, not deeds.

The scholar suffered from constipation and spent many hours in contemplation on the toilet seat.


Dr Treu said there can be little doubt the toilet was used by Luther, the radical theologian who argued for a more "earthy Christianity", which regarded the entire human body - and not just the soul - as God's creation.


Luther left a candid catalogue of his battle with constipation but despite this wealth of information, certain key details remain obscure - such as what the great reformer may have used in place of toilet paper.

"We still don't know what was used for wiping in those days," says Dr Treu. The paper of the time, he says, would have been too expensive and critically, "too stiff" for the purpose.

And while it is probable that the inspiration that led to Luther's reforms occurred on this toilet, it is impossible to prove it beyond doubt, Dr Treu says.

Future visitors to Wittenberg's Martin Luther museum will be able to view the new find, though structural concerns mean they will not be free to test its qualities as a toilet.

Top Ten Secrets To The Boston Red Sox Comeback presented by Curt Schilling

10. Unlike the first three games, we didn't leave early to beat the traffic.

9. We put flu virus in Jeter's gatorade.

8. Let's just say Pete Rose made some phone calls for us.

7. We asked Pokey Reese to be a little less pokey.

6. It's not like we haven't won a big game before--it's just been 86 years.

5. Honestly, I think we were tired of hearing about the Patriots.

4. The messages of encouragement Martha sent on prison napkins.

3. We pretended the baseball was Letterman's head.

2. What'd you expect--we have a guy who looks like Jesus!

1. We got Babe Ruth's ghost a hooker and now everything's cool.
you think you know...

potshots, crazy birds, and graduate programs

Liz is in my room writing her reaction paper and asked me about "potshot" and i realized that although i used it in my paper i didn't know if (A) it was a legitimate dictionary word and (B) whether it was one word or two, hyphenated or no. So i checked Dictionary.com and apparently it is legitimate (doesn't even have a "Slang" notation or anything) and is spelled one word (two is okay as well but no hyphen). It even has a derivation! Collapse )</blockquote>I also really enjoy this:
pot-shot, -shotten, a. (n.2)


‘Shot’ or overpowered by drink; intoxicated.

B. as n. a. A drunken person, a drunkard. b. Drunkenness.

There were birds (swallows, i think) that kept swooping really near my window which was really kinda creepy 'cause there were a lot of them and no real reason for their behavior. And then a lot of them were settling on a phone line across the street and yeah, i've seen The Birds.

I've been doing more grad program research (and getting annoyed with websites that don't offer admissions information in a helpful manner). Most places want a 'critical writing sample' of 10-20 pages. My top choice wants a 20-page one. Much though i ramble and complicate things, my actual papers for school tend to be rather short for whatever reason (which makes me rather nervous about graduate school) and i find myself wishing that Smith English classes other than seminars (hi, the seminar i want is offered in the Spring, after all my grad school applications are due) made us write longer papers, only not really, because there's very little i've done in classes at Smith that i could have written 20 pages on -- and i understand grad programs wanting proof that you can write thoughtful, intelligent, coherent, lengthy, papers since that's what one has to do in grad school, but hi, we're not in grad school yet.
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in which Elizabeth is fannish about something other than Shakespeare again

yuletide is open for business again, with slightly different rules than in past years. Basically it's a rare fandom multi-fandom ficathon. I'm not participating, but interested parties should go check it out. It's just rare fandom this year, no rare pairings within popular fandoms. Until October 26 you can go and suggest fandoms (and characters therein) and then Nov. 1-8 sign-ups are open and you get to choose from everything that got suggested and it proceeds like a typical ficathon and all the stories get posted on Christmas Day.

I definitely took an extended break from work this evening to catch up on ats_nolimits.

Why won't my computer play the credits? I get "The file you are attempting to play has an extension that does not match the file format. Playing the file may result in unexpected behavior." and then "Windows Media Player cannot play the file. The file is either corrupt or the Player does not support the format you are trying to play."Allie said she thought this episode was the best one yet. I was underwhelmed for most of it, because it was just a good solid regular episode. A very good episode yes -- settling into the swing of things, Monster of the Week, still building up the arc and developing characters, and damn, these people have a way with words -- it just wasn't a blockbuster "Best episode yet" (definitely didn't top the hysterical Episode 2: Tremor by Wolfling and Mad Poetess). But then it got very interesting. And then there was the end and i was glad that i was so late in reading the episode that the next one had already been posted.
"Why does it always have to be the basement?" Gunn asked as he followed more slowly. "And why does this place's basement have a basement?"

"Because that's where the monsters live," Angel said.
Damn the lady can write. Now this may be the best episode yet. (Though yes Allie, of course it wasn't up for consideration when you made your Episode 3 statement.)
"Gear yourself up for the end then find out you might not've even hit the middle. It's not easy. Endings are nice, simple. Being forced to stick around is what takes it out of you."
Jonah's still working his way through Buffy and i enjoy dorking out with him in the rare times that we're both on AIM, though it's been so long since i've watched this stuff that i sometimes have difficulty talking details. He showed me a bb thread wherein someone had listed all 144 episodes in order of how good this person thought they were, and we discussed. There are so many factors involved that any rankings are problematic, especially getting as specific as individual episodes, but the discussion was still interesting. He asked me which 3 episodes i would place at the very bottom. There are entire arcs i dislike, but i think all the eps have good parts to them, them so in some ways it comes down to which episodes were least good. As i was attempting to list them i realized that i look more harshly upon episodes that could have been really good but failed than i do on missable throwaway standalone eps. So my hesitant list is Dead Man's Party, Doublemeat Palace, As You Were.

Oh, and jumping to an entirely different universe, after the ALCS i told sarah_p "it makes me sad that so many Sox fans are making the fandom look bad by being total bastards about the win" and jrs1980 said "Heh. There's a Red Sox fandom? Do they have slash fic and all that good stuff?" and my immediate reaction was to laugh because i had just meant the fans in general but fandom terms have invaded my vocabulary, but then i remembered a comment i had seen earlier in the day: "Can you believe it's been a year since we were angsting about last year's playoffs and writing baseball slash?" So yeah, theboysofsummer for anyone who's interested. (It's baseball fic, not just Red Sox.)