October 20th, 2007

poetry

Poet's Corner: Peace

Peace

WHEN will you ever, Peace, wild wooddove, shy wings shut,
Your round me roaming end, and under be my boughs?
When, when, Peace, will you, Peace? I’ll not play hypocrite
To own my heart: I yield you do come sometimes; but
That piecemeal peace is poor peace. What pure peace allows
Alarms of wars, the daunting wars, the death of it?

O surely, reaving Peace, my Lord should leave in lieu
Some good! And so he does leave Patience exquisite,
That plumes to Peace thereafter. And when Peace here does house
He comes with work to do, he does not come to coo,
        He comes to brood and sit.

Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844 – 1889)

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And now, my name spelled out with Topps Monster Initial Stickers:



That is all.
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Ten random things: Reader Request Month, day 50

Ten costume dramas:

  1. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
  2. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)
  3. I Capture the Castle (2003)
  4. Chariots of Fire (1981)
  5. The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933)
  6. Barry Lyndon (1975)
  7. Great Expectations (1946)
  8. Amadeus (1984)
  9. The Remains of the Day (1993)
  10. Sense and Sensibility (1995)

Today's list is for caerwynx, who requested costume dramas. I've seen all of these but Barry Lyndon, which flopped on first release but has recently come to be thought of as one of Kubrick's best films, and I Capture the Castle, which may be really good, but which features a former Buffy cast member and therefore probably isn't. My favorite of these is probably The Remains of the Day, though Lawrence of Arabia, Chariots of Fire, Amadeus, and Sense and Sensibility are all right up there near the top too.

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politics

Politics quiz

The other day at work I got into a discussion of American government with a couple of my employees, and when the conversation turned to the Senate I discovered that neither one of them -- one of whom is a government major -- could name the President Pro Tempore of the Senate. Just then, a customer came up to the register, and I told her that I'd give her ten percent off her purchase if she could name the current President Pro Tempore. She couldn't do it. (In fact, she gave every indication of never having heard the term before.) So the question is, could you have earned that ten percent discount? No cheating!

Poll #1074727 Who's the President Pro Tempore of the the Senate?

The current President Pro Tempore of the Senate is:

For an additional ten percent off, who was the previous President Pro Tempore?

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crosswords

How am I supposed to work under these conditions?

Los Angeles Times crossword, 19-Across: Frankenstein portrayer. Ten letters, second letter E. Hmm, let's see. Gotta be GENE WILDER. Whoops, no, actually it's PETER BOYLE. But wait, Peter Boyle didn't play Frankenstein, he played Frankenstein's Monster! Sloppy cluing! You're on the list, L.A. Times!