Countdown to NaJoPoMo
Just a note: remember, November starts next week.
In between groaning that this means Election Day is just around the corner - but hoping that the horror will soon be over - we ought to be thinking about our journal projects for this year.
I'm trolling the web for music: I'm doing hymns next month. Some of them will be weird, and not all of them will be Christian.
We've got the instructional piece for the NaJo Challenge ready to go.
1. Think of your theme for the month.
2. Prepare your A-space: main page that you're going to attach your journals to, or archive-type page with daily links. (If you just use your journal space, o-kay...but don't expect the Post to link to it. We can't, for technical reasons beyond our control. We blame aliens and 2legs.)
3. Spread the buzz.
The Post will have an AltChallenge for November. It involves Marcel Proust and recipes. You will like this. Srsly, you will. If you can't come up with a recipe that's better than a petit madeleine, I miss my guess.
My personal thanks to each and every contributor who made my Sunday a nightmare - the Halloween issue is gonna be MASSIVE.
So, NaJo. Personal journal. Plans. Get to work.
More About h2g2's Insidious Influence
Posted 6 Days Ago
Ahem. I came across this purely by accident while trying to research a writing column.
I'm only linking to it because:
1. Somebody out there might like 'Guys and Dolls' and enjoy the trivia.
2. It proves that the Edited Guide gets applied in the most unusual places.
3. It might make you laugh to see me turn up in a footnote. It made ME laugh.
Voting in the Grand Canyon?
Posted Last Week
As the planet continues to turn in spite of the odd wobble caused by the madness in the US, I felt the need to share this cheery news story I've just found about some very dedicated voters and poll workers. They make you proud.
Did you know they have a polling station IN the Grand Canyon? They helicopter in the equipment. The poll workers hike into and out of the Canyon. And the 120 or so voters who live there are served.
Apparently, translating for older voters can be tricky in languages like Navajo - there's no word for 'marijuana', who knew? It must not grow there. Anyway, so you have to ask voters, 'Do you want to legalise the Smoke That Makes You Crazy?'
You can read these and other revelations about voting here:
My favourite factoid was that you could draw a map on your voter registration form in lieu of a street address. As in, 'My house is near this very big rock.' What a cool solution.
Some Light Political Reading to Cheer You Up
Posted Last Week
If the US election campaign is getting you down, may I recommend 'The Borowitz Report' from the New Yorker? The headlines of Mr Borowitz's articles alone provide chuckles. Here's the one I found today, entitled 'Putin Cancels Campaign Event with Trump':
Others include, but are not limited to:
Obama Reassures Foreign Tourists: "No Other American Man Is This Horrible"
Republican Party Could Recover as Early as 2096, Experts Say
Christie Calls Trump Genius for Plan to Burn Down White House and Collect Insurance
Gary Johnson Says His Favorite Foreign Leader Is Obi-Wan Kenobi
That last headline might require some explanation. Gary Johnson is the Libertarian Party's candidate for president. Normally, nobody would pay attention to him (see previous journal on how many 'alternate' candidates we've got), but there's all this to-do about the chaos in the Republican Party... Anyway, Gary Johnson is geographically challenged, to say the least. He flubbed a question on what he would do about Aleppo by smiling smugly and saying, 'And what is Aleppo?' Maybe he thought it was a website or a new dance craze... Johnson is also reputed to have once stayed in his freezer to prove he could withstand the cold...he's the front-running 'third party' candidate...so we need the likes of Mr Borowitz.
A Rant in the Classical Style
Posted 3 Weeks Ago
Brethren and Sistren,
'Tis the season for political rhetoric that rouseth the masses.
Think for just a second of the greatest speeches in history:
Cicero's Catiline orations.
Marc Antony's funeral oration for Julius Caesar.
Henry V's speech, either in its original plain English, or better, as enunciated by Shakespearean actors.
Lincoln's Second Inaugural.
Kennedy's First (and only) Inaugural.
What do they all have in common? Great rhetoric. Elegant turns of phrase. Passion. A sense of justice.
It is in that spirit that I give you a US commentator, one Keith Olbermann. Olbermann used to be a sports commentator. For some reason, he's switched over to politics, and I'm rather glad. It's refreshing to hear an honest opinion delivered with such conviction - and in such good English. See if you agree with me. Here's his latest, the headline-making 'We Have Had Enough'. It's a rant worthy of Cicero. Srsly.
For ease of reference:
Marc Antony (according to Shakespeare): http://www.dl.ket.org/latin1/things/holidays/ides/brutus.htm
Henry V: https://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/GCMS/RMS-2008-06_A._Curry,_The_Battle_Speeches_of_Henry_V.pdf
or the more popular: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-yZNMWFqvM