erynn: Gaelic merman image (Steamy time travel)
I got an email today that [livejournal.com profile] joyful_storm won't be making it down to PCon this year (I am sad), but we will get together sometime soon, with any luck, just for hanging out purposes.

B has moved in today. We discovered that the guest bathroom tub does not drain if one takes a bath. I'm going to have to get some drain unpluggy stuff for it tomorrow when the stores are open.

I have started [livejournal.com profile] ogam's flamekeeping shift, followed immediately by my own, tomorrow. Also, there will be steampunkery at the AFK.

I dredged through McQuarrie's Manannán dissertation and dug up incidents of Manannán as a healing deity. I also put together my basic outline for the presentation. Tomorrow during the day, I'll drag out my big pad of paper and start writing out the names of the 30+ deities so that people will be able to spell them properly (at least from the sources I've compiled) if they are interested in exploring these figures further.

Also, there is banana bread. Noms.

Oh, and here, have a vid from the Abney Park show I went to earlier this month:

erynn: Gaelic merman image (Holmes & Watson & Lestrade)
I ended up driving down to Puyallup for the Sound of the Baskervilles annual Sherlock Holmes birthday party. The place was a bit of a problem to locate, and traffic was heavier than I expected, but I met some very nice folks there, a couple of whom will be at the Sherlock Seattle party tomorrow at Seattle Center. I introduced a middle-aged lesbian couple to fanfic. As a member of the SoB's, I was told I must choose a canon name (a person, place, or thing that appeared in one of Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories) and came home newly christened The Giant Rat of Sumatra.

When I got home, I sent comments on a fic somebody had asked me to look over for them. Who sent along art for one of the fics I wrote a while back. Like a boss.

And to top it all off, the headache today was really mild and I was pretty much completely functional!

Not bad for a day's work.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Lestrade)
It was a slow day today. I prepped three books to send out, but didn't have the wherewithal to haul them down to the mailout place this afternoon. It was dark and raining all day, but I braved the weather and went out to give rides to two gals to the Sherlock Seattle afterparty over at the AFK. About 25 of us showed up, and we had an absolutely fantastic time. I was there from about 7pm to around 11 before I took my passengers home.

When I got back, I did some more writing and am at 19,210 words at the moment. Not bad at all, really. Finished up the scene I'd been working on last night, and am having plottythoughts for the next one.

Tomorrow, more writing. I may try doing a haircut Sunday, if my usual place is open.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (two ravens)
No, it wasn't the box of poetry books I was expecting. It was this:

Suibhne Geilt by Michael Quirke

This is the Suibhne Geilt carving I've been waiting for from Michael Quirke in Ireland. I knew it had been shipped out a week or two back, but I wasn't certain how long it would take to arrive. That was the package I'd missed on Saturday while I was out at the veterans day parade, which seems rather fitting, all things considered.

Also in the mail I got Sherlock: The Casebook from the UK, which is a hilarious combination of diary/scrapbook of John Watson, with inserted annotations by Sherlock and Mycroft (and responses from John) via sticky notes, and talk about the behind the scenes stuff and various Sherlockiana. I'd had a chance to look at it very briefly during the Sherlock con a couple of weeks ago, but this is a treat. This kind of thing is one of the reasons I love fandom so much. People with weird senses of humor, and nerdcraft. I'm about halfway through it and will probably finish it up sometime tomorrow.

I did a little more writing today, but not a lot. Current word count is 13,157 but I may add a little more before I go to bed. Tomorrow is my monthly shrinkage, Thursday is group, then some of the Krakens are getting together at a new place in Lake Stevens to check that out. Friday is the Sherlock Seattle afterparty at the AFK. Busy week!
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Lestrade)
Today was the final day of the Sherlock Seattle con. I got down to Seattle and parked right behind the building where the con was being held. Thank you free Sunday parking! It made up for yesterday's hike up to 14th and Union from Broadway and Pine.

There were more panels, a hilariously funny trivia contest hosted by the delightful [livejournal.com profile] berlynn_wohl (who is fantastic and will be at NorWesCon next year), more cosplay moments of magnificence, and sushi with fangirls. The cliffie season two ender The Reichenbach Fall was shown and there was much sniffling and sobbing heard in the darkened theatre. I was like, "Yeah, yeah, I know, but how the fuck did he do it, dammit!" I await the season three opening episode with bated breath. Except I will die of asphyxiation before it actually airs.

The con was immense fun and next year's is in planning as we speak, for the organizer is insane and quite possibly demented. I hope she has more help next year! She was running around like a squirrel on crack making sure that everything ran as close to on time as possible (damn near, unlike so many things I've attended), and that everybody was happy. I found many like-minded fen and gathered a bunch of new acquaintances.

It was truly a lovely weekend, and one I shall remember with delight for a long time.

Thanks to everyone who made it so fantastic.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Mystrade)
Overheard last night at Grims at the Sherlock slash meetup: "That was a Sherlock meetup? I thought it was lesbian speed dating."

I got down to Seattle and parked Garuda over beyond 14th and Union, where parking was free, so I didn't have to keep moving him or running off to plug the meter. I arrived before the first session, so all was lovely and fantastic. Lunch was had with a friend, an AU panel was attended, then one on writing and inspiration, then we watched two episodes of Sherlock - A Scandal in Belgravia and The Hounds of Baskerville. There was a pretty hilarious cosplay contest, and dinner afterwards with about 15 really fantastic fen over at Charlie's. One of the gals I met there is one of the Steamrats, and we talked about steampunk and fandom and such, then I gave her a ride home to Shoreline on my way back to Everett.

Tomorrow they're showing The Reichenbach Fall, and the official schedule on the con website allows half an hour afterwards for "Gross Sobbing."

My kinda con.

I got a chance to meet the organizer and thank her for getting me on the list of folks for NorWesCon this coming year. Tomorrow, more fun will be had by all. MUCH MORE FUN.

ALL THE FUNS!
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Cthulhu attacks!)
I was in Seattle today with Geordie for the second day of his permaculture workshop. I was really kind of half asleep for much of it, but it was a good session, and I was able to participate. As we were getting ready to wrap, I got a ping from [livejournal.com profile] lupagreenwolf about the Rose City Steampunk Film Festival, on the road in Seattle today, and we went over to have a watch.

There were some excellent short films, and a couple of longer ones, but one thing stood out as wonderfully freaky and hilarious - Doctor Glamour, a steampunk Lovecraftian psychedelic comedy musical. The trailer for the vid is on the website linked above, but there's another complete film on the website as well. It's called "Frank DanCoolo: Paranormal Drug Dealer," embedded below for your hilarity quotient for the day. Rather NSFW, but sooooo much fun.



Due to the film festival I was out much later than I anticipated, but it was well worth it. And I got to introduce Geordie to steampunk in one of the most fun ways possible.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (cthulhu ONOES!)
I'm doing better today. I'm at least no longer in agony. My ears mostly work again and the pain in my back was better enough by about 4pm that I was able to leave the house. I'd been wanting to get some Zombie Dice for a while, so I went over to the mall to see if I could find some at the game shop there.

The shop I'd remembered was gone. I asked at the comics shop, and she sent me over to the video game shop. The guy at the video game shop said there was a new game shop where the old Borders had been, so I went over there and, sure enough, Zombie Dice!

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Not only did I get Zombie Dice, I got a Munchkin Cthulhu expansion set, and on a whim picked up another card game that basically is about building Rube Goldberg devices. Should be interesting.

After I got home, I got a text from Geordie (neither [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor nor I made it to his class today) hoping that I was feeling better. I pinged him and asked if he wanted to come up for the night, which would guarantee that I'd be at his class tomorrow, but also allowed me some time to run some of the pilgrimage stuff past him (I made some new notes, so at least a little progress was made today on it), and I was able to give him the old iPhone. We're not sure if it will function in Canada, as the old iPhones were locked, but AT&T says that they will unlock phones now, so he might be able to go to his provider and get it functioning. Even if not, he can use it for wireless access, calendar, and all that other stuff that an iPhone is good for.

So tomorrow I'm taking Geordie down to Seattle early to set up for his 12-3:30 class. We went next door for dinner and grabbed some pizza, then came back and poked around with the above-noted details. I'll be heading for bed shortly so that I'll be able to actually wake up in time to get us out of here by about 10am or a little after.

Nutshell: Doing better but not perfectly. Things got done. Yay me!

Lovecraft!

May. 14th, 2012 12:03 am
erynn: Gaelic merman image (cthulhu ONOES!)
A fair few of the folks who said they'd be along today canceled, but it was (a) Mother's Day and (b) gorgeously sunny and warm out today, so I was not at all surprised. I did have several people, though, and a wonderful time was had by all.

Geordie got here around 11 or so, and we hung out for a bit and then went for a walk around the lake to catch up on stuff. He's spent a fair bit of the day pawing through my library making notes for his herbalism class coming up next weekend. Tomorrow he'll be asking [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor for Gaelic pronunciation for some of the stuff in the Carmina Gadelica, which he also wants to use.

Folks started arriving about 4pm, and at 5 we started the movies. First up was The Call of Cthulhu, which I've seen several times, as had a couple of the folks in attendance. New to all of us was The Whisperer in Darkness, which was a fabulous 30s noir horror with a wonderfully creepy twist ending. The whole thing was really well done and I would highly recommend it for anyone who has seen the first movie and enjoyed it. You will not go amiss!

Most everyone bailed after the movies, but Brianna stayed and had dinner with me, [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor and Geordie. I made some curried lentils on basmati rice that turned out very well. We finished up the rhubarb cobbler for dessert. Upon finishing up dinner, we watched The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra before Brianna headed home.

We're currently winding down for the night. I'll try to get to some of the comments in the last few days of my LJ tomorrow before we all head down to Seattle. The schmooze is tomorrow, and Geordie will be coming down with us. He'll be staying in Seattle but will probably be up here at least once more before his class next weekend.

Geordie says he looks forward to "another action-packed day filled with adventure and colluding," so I'm sure we'll have a lovely time tomorrow.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Deduce it)
The tech came over. It took him about half an hour to fix things, but fix them he did. Everything is working as it ought, now. The slowdown for speed is in the wireless router, which promises a lot more speed than it's delivering. I know there's some loss between the ethernet and the router broadcast, but the tech said it's only getting about half what it should be. I'll have to talk to the Cisco people about that and find out why their equipment is performing at such a substandard rate.

Anyway, that's dealt with.

While the tech was here, I spent time digging around in my files from 2008-present for the proper paperwork. I found the social security stuff but didn't find the annual notices about the amount of the VA compensation. I'll go down to the county offices first and see if I actually need those documents, given that they don't count that income for tax exemption purposes. I may actually be able to file with the documents I have, but it can't hurt to check into it. I don't think I have all the various documents showing what I paid in taxes for every year, but the county should keep records, and the clerk in the office should at least be able to tell me where I can get copies.

I was feeling rather better today, in addition to having the email working again, so I went over to the AFK for a bit to hang out with Gary and Melody and Bill. G&M will probably come over on the 13th for the Lovecraft movies, so that's probably about the limit of how many people my place can hold. We shall see what we shall see. The AFK was packed, given it was Star Wars Day (May the Fourth Be With You, and Revenge of the Fifth). There were a lot of cosplayers. Boba Fett was sitting at the table behind us, playing Jenga. It was epic win.

Tomorrow night, party with [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor. You don't need to know anything more than that...
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Holmes & Watson & Lestrade)
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erynn: Gaelic merman image (triple nerd score)
I hauled my ass out of bed at 9am today to be ready to head down to Seattle to see Metropolis with [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor. On-street parking was a 2-hour limit before you had to plug the meter again, and the movie was longer than two hours, so I had to pay the full day price for the parking lot (weekends you pretty much only get that option) as well as shell out for the tickets. The show was well worth it, though. [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor had never even heard of Metropolis before I mentioned the tickets to her. One of her roomie's friends/sweeties was over when she was talking about it and was "wait, what? You've never heard of Metropolis?!?!" I was happy to correct this lack of geekitude.

I was pretty well still in geekgasm territory while we had lunch afterwards. Alloy Orchestra totally delivered the goods, as last year, and this time I briefly got a chance to go up and tell them that they were pretty damned epic and that I'd really enjoyed their performance last year as well. Sadly, lunch wasn't as stellar as the movie. We walked a couple of blocks over to Serious Pie, a pizza and salad place downtown. Apparently, her salad was good, but my pizza was only middling. There wasn't much flavor to it, and most of that came from the rather overdone garlic salt that substituted for actual ingredients. The crust was overdone and burnt in places, which didn't please me much, but in looking at the other tables, it seemed to be the rule for that place. I won't be going back. Not that I usually go to downtown restaurants for lunch anyway, but it was overpriced and underwhelming.

It being a lovely, sunny, and quite warm day in Seattle, we wandered up to Volunteer Park to see if the Conservatory was open. It was closed for a private party or something, so we went for a walk around the reservoir. I only made it about 3/4 of the way around before cramps caught up to me, and had been aware that my day wasn't likely to be very active. The walk was a little more than I'd anticipated, but I had hoped I would make it around without too much trouble. We sat under some trees and rested for a bit before finishing up the walk, up the hill back to where I'd parked Garuda. Once we'd staggered back to the car, I dropped [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor back near her place, as she had to run an errand up that way. Sadly, I didn't get a chance to see [livejournal.com profile] joyful_storm, who was in the area but not done with what she'd been doing by the time I had to leave.

Upon my arrival home, I caught up with emails and whatnot, and took some valerian and feverfew in hopes of heading off a migraine (mostly successful, but I still have a very mild one). Eventually I put a couple of patches on my newer light jacket. It's a North Face jacket, and they have a very unfortunate tendency to not just put their logo on stuff, but to put it prominently on both the breast and the back shoulder of the damned thing, and I resent being used as a billboard when the corporation isn't paying me. The offending logos are now covered with a couple of Burning Man patches from when I was there in 2007. I find those much more aesthetically pleasing. I quite like the jacket, don't get me wrong. I just hate the whole "YOU WILL NOW ADVERTISE FOR US WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT" attitude they have to their clothes.

The post brought a copy of Rekindling the Flame: A Pilgrimage in the Footsteps of Brigid of Kildare, recommended by [livejournal.com profile] mael_brigde. As luck would have it, this little book actually contains a rough map of the area and includes the location of the original Brigid's well, and an approximation of how long a walk it is from St Brigid's Cathedral in Kildare (about 20 minutes), so now that can be crossed off the list of worries I've had. There's enough information here that it might be findable on Google Maps or maybe Google Earth, though I'm not certain they would show it. Anyway, it'll make things easier for planning, at the very least! My scanner isn't working, and won't be until I download the driver for it again, but I took a photo of the pertinent part of the map and emailed it to [livejournal.com profile] vyviane so that she can look into it as well.

There was dinner later, and a couple of loads of laundry, which will get folded tomorrow, as I'm simply not up to dealing with it tonight. And now, bed. Tomorrow, there will be #writechat, provided I manage verticality before it ends at 3pm. At the moment, I'm not sure I can guarantee that.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (kermitflail!)
Some of you might remember last year when I was thoroughly flaily about the restored Metropolis, with live music by the Alloy Orchestra.

Guess what?

They're back.

Tonight through Saturday, Metropolis is playing at the Cinerama as part of the SIFF Science Fiction Film Festival and if you like silent film performed with live music, you MUST see this. I swear, it is the most amazing performance of Metropolis ever. Tickets are $30 but I promise you by all that's holy that it is worth every penny. I have two tickets and will be taking [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor to the Saturday matinee at 12:30. (With any luck, we'll go to lunch afterwards.)

If you're in the Seattle area, if you love film, if you love live music, GO SEE THIS. You will not regret it.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (lotus)
Today was a group day down at the VA; I ended up waking an hour earlier than my alarm was set for, despite having gone to bed after 3:30am. It was sunny when I got up but didn't, sadly, stay that way. Group was good, and I talked to someone at the VA who gave me a phone number for an office in Kansas where I can deal with the travel compensation issue I've been having -- they're taking a $6 co-pay out of my check almost every time I go down there and, rated at 100%, the travel office is apparently Not Supposed to Do That. The woman I talked to is another disabled vet (tons of disabled vets work at the VA, unsurprisingly) said that they would probably send me back compensation for what I'd not been paid, as well, which might be at least a couple of years' worth of visits. At six bucks a whack, that could potentially be a few hundred dollars. I don't know if it will happen before I leave for Europe, but if it does, that would be spectacular. That said, it has to start with a phone call, which is not at all my strong suit. I'm not looking forward to it, but I'll probably try to call tomorrow sometime before 4pm their time, which means I will likely still be trying to kick-start the brain.

It turned out that the friend who had offered to do some massage work on me had another commitment today, so it's likely to be next Thursday before I get any work done, but that's certainly way better than not having it on offer at all. I'll be looking forward to getting pummeled.

The mail today brought the gift of a prototype for a larger féige find from [livejournal.com profile] chronarchy. Here's a photo, with the other one and a quarter for scale comparison. It's quite nice work, and I was surprised and delighted to receive such a ritual tool.

Féige Find 2 - prototype for large size

Travelers was quiet this afternoon and I managed to finish reading Brigid of the Gael, take some notes, and get a little work done toward the incubation ritual for Ireland, so I felt pretty accomplished with the whole thing. It was tempting to consider going over to [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor's place instead, but I really had to get things done today. She'll be up tomorrow night sometime, as she'll be having a game night at her place with some mutual friends, but I'll be spending tomorrow dealing with the Circle of Stones galley.

Bits of me are a little afraid to open the file and see what it looks like. This is the last opportunity to make any corrections or changes, though, before it goes to press, so it's important to actually get my anxiety under control and do it. I went over to Bartell's after I got home this evening to pick up a couple of ink cartridges for the printer, as I was out of black ink; if I think I need to print out the galley, I needed a fresh cartridge. At least that was done. I also picked up a knee brace. I haven't tried it on yet, but I will tomorrow.

In other news, [livejournal.com profile] unwoman posted a short trailer for her documentary on steampunk music, Beautiful Fish: Unwoman Plays Cello for Steampunks. Aside from the fact that she is, quite simply, fucking amazing, there's also a bit where [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor and I appear, dancing in the audience at her SteamCon show, so watch for us!



I was pretty tickled, even though I don't feel like I'm particularly photogenic. [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor, however, is terribly hot and you should watch just to see her. ;) She's the dancer, I'm the awkward one.

So: tomorrow = working on Circle of Stones and more work on the incubation ritual to flesh out some ideas I had, provided I get through the galley with enough brain cells to work on something else.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Cthulhu attacks!)
Last night I didn't actually get to sleep until about 9am this morning. That was a lot more annoying than usual. I honestly tried dealing with it. I went to bed about 5am, but just couldn't get to sleep. I woke about noon, then tried to sleep again, and stayed in bed until a little after 2pm, finally just giving up. I had a few things to do and couldn't really lie around any longer.

I did some research on places for the pilgrimage, though not enough. I'm supposed to be putting together some readings and links for the pilgrimage packet (due this week, but everything's been running at least a week behind the schedule that was initially set), but only got to the point of opening a doc to put the stuff in and plugging the URL for it into the shared scheduling document for Vyviane. I'll do some more work on it tomorrow, hopefully after I've had a little more sleep.

This evening I went over to the AFK to hang out with the steampunks. Five of us showed up and we had a lovely time. We talked about upcoming projects - one of the gals was describing some of what she's working on for SteamCon this year, and it sounds awesome. I caught a couple of them up with some of the work I've been doing, and more info about how the pilgrimage planning has been going. Disappointment was expressed that I hadn't brought the new ogam set along to show off, so perhaps next time I'll take it with me.

The conversation took a turn toward the Lovecraftian (as you do) and I mentioned that I'd ordered the Whisperer in Darkness DVD, which should arrive soonish. I proposed a Lovecraft viewing party at my place where we can watch both of the HP Lovecraft Historical Society movies of an evening. One of the waitstaff lives down the street from me, and if he's off for the evening we schedule it on, he might come by too. He's not familiar with the mythos, but he's the sort who would probably appreciate the movies anyway. I was also pointed to a short story that was a wonderfully creepy Lovecraft meets Doctor Strangelove sort of cold war nuclear Chtulhian horror thing, very well done. I need to figure out a way to get Late Bloomer, the Lovecraftian short, onto a DVD to play for everyone, as my computer screen just isn't going to cut it for half a dozen or so viewers.

[livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor isn't feeling well, so she skipped out on band practice tonight. I sent her a text to see if we're having Irish class tomorrow, but she hasn't replied, and I suspect she's probably still not going to be up to it. If that's the case, I'll just stay home and get more work done on the pilgrimage packet materials.

Overall, it was a good but not terribly productive day. Given that it started with a stark lack of sleep, I can't complain too much.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Whitman: not all who wander)
In a few minutes I'll be doing the last packout to Garuda for the trip to points south.

This morning in the email I got notice that my proposal for Ogam: From Medieval Manuscripts to Modern Magicians was accepted for the Esoteric Book Conference this fall here in Seattle. I'm very excited about this and will probably have more information for you when I get home. Their website still has the info for 2011 up, but watch the page for updates, as they wanted presenter info by the 20th for inclusion on the page.

To those of you traveling to PCon this weekend, find me! Say hi! I'll see you in San Jose.

Thank you to the folks who have sent good wishes for travel. They are greatly appreciated. I'll check in tonight from Ashland.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Awesome takes practice)
I headed down to Seattle this afternoon, thanks to [livejournal.com profile] mythworker and spent the day at FaerieCon West. I first popped in to see him interviewing Charles De Lint, which was a fun and interesting time. After that [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor and I went for some dinner with him. We had run into [livejournal.com profile] lupabitch and [livejournal.com profile] unwoman down in the lower level vending area when we first arrived, and talked with them briefly before dashing off to see [livejournal.com profile] mythworker.

After dinner ([livejournal.com profile] lupabitch and one of her friends joined us toward the end of it before we headed downstairs again), we went down to the [livejournal.com profile] unwoman and Abney Park show. The concert was pretty damned epic, and I saw the Idaho steampunks that I always see at the Abney Park show, and Kate, a local steampunk friend. After the show, we ran into Jeff who comes to the CR schmooze, and Butterfly, a dear old friend of mine whom I hadn't seen in ages. We grabbed something quick to drink with them (I was dry as bones and got a ginger ale) before we walked back up the hill to where I'd parked my car, by [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor's place, as it's free up there. The walk's ten-ish blocks, with steep hills between, but I managed to stagger back up without falling apart. I'm considerably creaky right now, but still pretty wired, as I tend to be after a show where I've been dancing my butt off.

Here's a pic of [livejournal.com profile] unwoman performing before Abney Park took the stage:

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It was taken on my phone, so the quality's not that great, but I was glad I got something that wasn't completely blurred and useless.

Tomorrow I'll be going back down to see the steampunk panel, and there's another more fantasy/faerie themed concert tomorrow night as well that we will likely go to see.

Sunday didn't have anything on the program that I was too interested in seeing, so that will be my drop dead date for getting my Brigid and Sarasvati presentation together. Monday I can do a little more work on it if necessary, then it's the CR schmooze. M will be meeting us after the schmooze so that I can haul him up here to house/pupsit for me when we take off Tuesday morning.

Life, she is busy.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Ogma)
http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2012/0202/1224311112743.html

Spellbound text in old Irish finally yields to translation

RONAN McGREEVY

AN AUSTRIAN-born professor claims to have comprehensively translated one of the first written passages of old Irish, which has defied previous translations.

The passage is the third of three charms, or spells, in the ninth century Stowe Missal, a Mass book written mostly in Latin, which has a single page at the back containing the charms written in old Irish.

The charm is on urinary diseases and only a couple of passages, including the last two lines, have been translated before.

Prof David Stifter of the department of Old and Middle Irish at NUI Maynooth said many who had examined the passage in the past had dismissed it as “hocus pocus”.

He will unveil the results of his research in his inaugural lecture today in the college.

Prof Stifter, originally from Vienna, came to the study of old Irish through his interest in the dead Celtic languages Celtiberian, Gaulish and Lepontic.

He described old Irish as “terribly difficult but great fun”. The key to translating the text, he said, was understanding the word “suilid”, which meant to let flow, because silid was the word flow and the letter u gave it a causative function; and the word “lindaid”, to produce liquid, from the word “lind” meaning liquid.

He said there were still a few words and a passage that had defeated even his forensic investigation of the text.

He admitted being baffled by the phrase “let it flow like a camel”. Prof Stifter surmised that the author would have known about camels from the Bible and would have thought that because they lived in hot climates they must have drunk a lot and therefore urinated a lot. “The person who wrote this clearly did not know a lot about camels.”

The Stowe Missal is housed in the Royal Irish Academy and is one of the first surviving examples of written old Irish.

The first of the charms about the eye is unintelligible because the manuscript is damaged and the second on removing thorns has been translated.

The third has confounded well-known Irish scholars until now.

RIA academic librarian Siobhán Fitzpatrick said the Stowe Missal was the first “decent body of prose in the Irish language”.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Dance for Animala!)
I went down to the VA today for my meds appointment with my new meds doc. We spent about 20 minutes talking about stuff and things and anxiety and whatnot. New things will be tried. We'll see what happens.

I came directly back up to Everett after the VA rather than trying to deal with travel, so I avoided the worst of the traffic. [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor was here when I got here, as she had band practice tonight north of here. I dashed off to hang with a couple of steampunks at the AFK for the evening and when she and I got back here, we watched Vincent Price in Master of the World, which was exactly as cheez-whizzy as one would expect from a 1961 Vincent Price sorta-steampunk movie (very loosely) based on a couple of Jules Verne novels. It was hilarious. YAY VINCENT PRICE!

Tomorrow I need to see if I can get Garuda in for an oil change and to get the squeaky belt dealt with (and possibly a haircut), then down to Seattle for Irish class.

I still have to work on my Brigid & Sarasvati presentation.

INSANE!

Jan. 29th, 2012 10:08 pm
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Okay. This. Just this.

INSANE!

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