Reality just warped a little for me. If you can't trust Elements of Style what can you trust?
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Latin Quotes and Phrases
Some are classic quotes, some are silly, and a lot of them would make great sig lines.
Cave canem, te necet lingendo - Beware of the dog, he may lick you to death
Estne tibi forte magna feles fulva et planissima? - Do you by chance happen to own a large, yellowish, very flat cat?
Estne volumen in toga, an solum tibi libet me videre? - Is that a scroll in your toga, or are you just happy to see me?
Sake World Newsletter Issue #75
Sake Brewing in Shrines and Temples
There is a reason Mushin has a constant supply, he probably makes it himself.
In addition to the history of Sake brewing there are some interesting tidbits about the interaction between Buddhist monks and Shinto priests. At one point they happily shared temples as well as the results of their brewing.
I can almost guarantee that if you haven't read the rest of this post your first reaction upon clicking that link will be to think I've lost my mind. The big ads for hot Japanese girls and hotels give it a particularly tabloid trashy look. What could be of interest here?
Quite a lot actually once your eyes adjust and you can focus on the text. Here you will find links to dozens of articles on just about everything Japanese, many of which are illustrated. Some are better than others, and most are drawn from other sources, but there is a lot of good information here.
Do you want to know how the Japanese celebrate Christmas? What a wedding kimono looks like? What is the climate like? Need a map of the country or of a particular city?
Here you go.
Confrontation II: Trials and Tribulations by Simonkal of Inuy http://www.mediaminer.org/fanfic/
Then in chapter 14 she has a character wear "a halberd on one hip, a sword at the other". Okay, so it's a bear youkai who is about eight feet tall, but even so, wearing a weapon that is at least six feet long on your hip has to be awkward. I suspect that the word does not mean what she thinks it does.
A halberd is a kind of European polearm with an axe and a spike at the end. The term has been used by Viz in it's translations of Inuyasha to refer to Banryuu, Bankotsu's polearm, which is a fantasy variant on the zanbatou, or horse killing blade. While the article at Wikipedia says that these are not known to be used except as temple displays I have seen an article that has a reference to these huge blades as being used experimentally at one point. I have lost the link and can't locate it at this time though.
I've been talking about posting the links I've found over the past several years of researching stuff for my game. I've got stuff on Japan that fanfic writers really, really need to read to avoid cultural goofs. I've got stuff on Ancient Egypt. I've got stuff. I'm losing track of the stuff so putting it up in an organized way on my LJ would seem to be a good way to allowing others to benefit from my Google addiction AND keeping track of it for myself.
But actually organizing the posts and how I would present the information had me chasing my tail. Forthright to the rescue! I realized that her Sesshoumaru Syllabus solves a similar problem so I emailed her to find out how she manages it and she graciously helped me out.
So, instead of doing two or three large posts I'm going to be doing a separate post for each link with commentary on the material and just like Forth I'll do a main post with a general introduction and a listing of the sub-categories backdated to a point before the LJ version of my blog started. The “Reference Library” Link to the right will take you to the main directory which is empty at the moment except for some place holding text but which will give you an easy way to find info by subject.
Anybody know how to change the text header for the Blurb box?
To avoid spaming my friends, and to give those that are interested a chance to check them out, I won't add more than a link a day.
I'm thinking about copying some of my posts from the Oops! thread at WASIF and adding them in somehow. Oops! is a thread I started in which members are encouraged to post factual errors they find in professional and fan fiction along with the correct information. I think it would fit in with this pretty well. We'll see.
Comments and suggestions will be welcome.