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"There is another world"

Happy birthday to izhilzha! May you have a most wonderful day and year to come.


My colloquium in Indianapolis went very well, although I was shaken awake on Friday morning by an earthquake that registered 5.2 or 5.4 (depending on which account you read) on the Richter Scale. Security cameras showed the downtown buildings in Indianapolis swaying -- and yes, I was on the seventeenth floor of one of them!

Tomorrow I'm off to Cleveland to participate in my last conference of the month, a colloquium which focuses on the political thought of Jacques Maritain and Christopher Dawson. I'll be online to a limited degree while I'm in Ohio, and then I'll be back on Sunday.


In the meantime, here are a few links of interest:

* There is a great Q&A with Lois McMaster Bujold regarding her forthcoming book The Sharing Knife: Passage (the third installment of the Sharing Knife story) at Fantasy Book Critic.

* PotterCast: The Harry Potter Podcast has devoted an entire show to the court case between J.K. Rowling/Warner Bros. and RDR Books. Members of the podcast attended the trial and offer firsthand accounts of the proceedings.

* In honor of Earth Day, Revolution Science Fiction has a countdown list of Apocalypses: The Best Worst Things To Happen To Earth.

* And, last but not least, my students are currently studying J.R.R. Tolkien's influence on world music, which brings two not-exactly-serious YouTube videos to mind. So, for your amusement...

*** A fan video for The Great Luke Ski's Eminem parody "Stealing Like a Hobbit"

*** The Lords of the Rhymes' rap "The Lords of the Rhymes" (with a cameo by Leonard Nimoy)


"There is another world, but it is in this one."
—W. B. Yeats

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Abbie [wordpress.com]
Apr. 23rd, 2008 02:18 pm (UTC)
Where have all the Indian gone? (...Small towns?)
There you are! I'm glad the colloquium went well.

I wondered about you when I heard about buildings swaying in Indiana. My oldest brother is in the Chicago area, so he felt it too. He thought his neighbor was shaking the wall at first....? Haha!

I hope the next one goes well too, but try not to shake things up this time.

I shall watch those videos...
Abbie [wordpress.com]
Apr. 23rd, 2008 10:13 pm (UTC)
amendment
Okay I loved "Stealing Like a Hobbit"!!

eldritchhobbit
Apr. 27th, 2008 10:44 am (UTC)
Re: amendment
All this medieval upheaval has led to evil retrieval!
eldritchhobbit
Apr. 27th, 2008 10:55 am (UTC)
Re: Where have all the Indian gone? (...Small towns?)
Where have all the Indian gone?

Bwahahaha! Four Sheets to the Wind! *high fives*

Wow, so your brother was "shaken up" as well! Does that often happen there? This was my first earthquake. I think I prefer tornadoes (with which I'm much more familiar) as my natural disaster of choice.

Thanks for the good wishes! This last one went well and was quake-free.
thehornedgod
Apr. 23rd, 2008 06:03 pm (UTC)
Heh. The Great Luke Ski is excellent, cheers for the link.
eldritchhobbit
Apr. 27th, 2008 10:33 am (UTC)
Isn't he great? I'm so glad you liked the video.

Oh man, your icon is full of ironic goodness.
thehornedgod
Apr. 28th, 2008 01:56 am (UTC)
Innit though. Sadly the chap holding the sign wasn't in on the joke.
primroseburrows
Apr. 23rd, 2008 07:17 pm (UTC)
Eep, earthquake! I'm glad you're okay. Scary stuff. And then there's your upcoming primary, which is another kind of scary. ;)

Shouting and killing and revelling in joy doesn't sound so bad, if you don't count the killing part. And even then we'd be joyful about it, so it's not like it's all bad, y'know?


"There is another world, but it is in this one."
—W. B. Yeats


Ooh, I like that. But then, there's likely very little Yeats you could throw at me that I wouldn't like.
eldritchhobbit
Apr. 27th, 2008 10:32 am (UTC)
Eep, earthquake! I'm glad you're okay. Scary stuff.

Thanks! It was rather scary. I think I'll go with tornadoes (with which I've had much more experience) as my natural disaster of choice. But of course, no natural disaster at all is preferable. ;)

And then there's your upcoming primary, which is another kind of scary. ;)

I think it qualifies as downright terrifying. ;)

Shouting and killing and revelling in joy doesn't sound so bad, if you don't count the killing part. And even then we'd be joyful about it, so it's not like it's all bad, y'know?

LOL! Excellent point.

I'm glad you liked the Yeats, too.
estellye
Apr. 23rd, 2008 09:08 pm (UTC)
Wow, that earthquake had to be a bit disconcerting. I am glad the colloquium was a success.

Elf girls like to rock and roll.
eldritchhobbit
Apr. 27th, 2008 10:27 am (UTC)
It was very disconcerting - especially to wake up to. Luckily no one was hurt anywhere.

Thanks for the kind words!

My man Bilbo’s older than Gerontius Took;
Yeah, you can read about it in the big Red Book.
sneezythesquid
Apr. 24th, 2008 12:32 am (UTC)
My colloquium in Indianapolis went very well, although I was shaken awake on Friday morning by an earthquake that registered 5.2 or 5.4 (depending on which account you read) on the Richter Scale. Security cameras showed the downtown buildings in Indianapolis swaying -- and yes, I was on the seventeenth floor of one of them!

See, I told you not to cast Summon Dhole until you were AT the conference, not before! :)
eldritchhobbit
Apr. 27th, 2008 10:29 am (UTC)
D'Oh! I always get that mixed up. ;)
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