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Random Topics / Re: Winter Holiday Thread
« on: January 06, 2018, 12:52:31 AM »

"Happy Fart in the New Year"

Random Topics / Re: Winter Holiday Thread
« on: December 20, 2017, 09:48:15 AM »
Sibelius actually wrote 5 Christmas carols as his Opus 1.  For some reason they're not too popular outside of Finland.  This is perhaps the most well-known, though usually in its roughly contemporary Swedish version, which I've endeavored to translate into verse.  I guess because of all the syllables in Finnish the Swedish text is a little more dense and adds the strikingly modern-sounding part about a guardian angel, šnglavakt, literally an angel-watch, but I can't find a good rhyme for that so I borrowed somebody else's solution.  I sincerely apologize for God/sod but this stuff is harder than it looks!

Give me no splendor, gold, or pride
To celebrate His birth;
I ask but for an angel-guide
And peace to men on earth.
Let's lay a feast and give our best;
The King we prayed for is our guest.
Give me no splendor, gold, or pride;
Give me an angel-guide.

The children ring, with joyful sound,
The spruce on native sod;
Though darkness gathers all around,
Our light's the Word of God.
O, let me live, my conscience clear,
With sturdy faith and hope and cheer!
Give me a home on native sod
Lit by the Word of God.

To rich and poor, to high and low,
Come, holy Christmas peace.
To children playing in the snow
Give warmth that will not cease.
O from Thy ancient bounty bring
These gifts! O come, my Lord and King,
To rich and poor, to high and low,
And children in the snow.

Random Topics / Re: Winter Holiday Thread
« on: December 20, 2017, 09:32:12 AM »
My favorite rendition of the Carol of the Bells

Good taste!  That is a particularly gorgeous cd, with a lot of the French carols I know only from the instrumental noels by Charpentier, Corrette and Delalande.

Random Topics / Re: Winter Holiday Thread
« on: December 19, 2017, 04:38:58 AM »

Oh cool, Rix!  I've never heard of this guy; he seems to be a sort of Oregonian (unless I'm mistaken that's the capitol building) Philip Aaberg, whose "Christmas on the Highline" has been a favorite since I was little.  And he has a couple Christmas cds, what joy!

Random Topics / Re: Winter Holiday Thread
« on: December 17, 2017, 09:47:59 PM »
Wow, I guess the rumors are true. And quick search says cardamom is the 3rd most expensive spice. Watch out! The criminals might decide to raid your house instead of a weed growhouse or meth lab house. Luckily the nisse will help protect.
Sounds like good stuff your making though!

Ha reminds me of this classic.  Can't wait to use my new fattigmann cutter!

Random Topics / Re: Winter Holiday Thread
« on: December 17, 2017, 08:22:08 PM »
Sounds great (your lussekatters, not the BLT who played Lucia. I hope he meets one of those friendly "refugees" when he goes for a stroll in Sweden.)

I always hear rumors about how saffron is the most expensive spice, I wonder how much $25 gets you? More expensive than weed? Before or only after your legalization? Do drug dealers disguise saffron as cocaine just so they don't get their shipment stolen en route? The second comment instantly brought Homer Simpson to mind. Something he would say or "approve" with a big hmmmm.

$25 gets you 5g Spanish saffron at the dingy middle-eastern grocery, which works out to about $140/oz if my math is right.  That's enough for two baking sheets of lussekatter.  I make them on the small side and get 48, so around 50 cents of saffron/lussekatt.  Plus I add cardamom to everything since it doesn't smell like Grandma's house without it.  It's only once a year, but if the dough fails at 4am you're kind of stuck.  I always keep backup just in case hahaha.

Random Topics / Re: Winter Holiday Thread
« on: December 17, 2017, 05:06:15 PM »
Thanks K_Dubb,  :o :'(   I would comment but I don't wish to offend any BLTQGIs or whatever, during the holidays, or turn the "Christmas" thread into a political cesspoll of crosspostings, but I will comment. I  would be outraged if I were a member of the Svenska kyrkan expecting a normal ceremony. He might be a talented singer and spokesman for BLTs etc but no place in that role. He should've tried to play a role in some Muslim ceremony in a Swedish mosque.
ps: had snow here!  All gone now and more like London or the NW, rainy and in 40's and 50's. Also good Norskie treats after SON dinner. Forgot to take pics .

Haha ya try to hold my tongue, but it's too much.  It's funny cuz I saw him in one of the Lucia concert videos posted last year as a guest soloist, not as Lucia, but with the long blond hair and makeup, and I kind of wondered whether he'd always wanted to be Lucia.  I guess this is the season where dreams come true, however grotesque their fulfillment may be!

I am glad you got some good food.  All our stuff is so early that by the time Christmas is here we've eaten it all and have to make our own.  I made my best-ever lussekatter this year, intensely golden with about 25 bucks of saffron and oozing with butter.  I used cream instead of milk and think I just about reached the butterfat saturation point hahaha.

Random Topics / Re: Winter Holiday Thread
« on: December 16, 2017, 03:16:21 PM »
An old recipe. 

Very cool, Rix!  That is nearly identical to my mom's sugar cookie recipe they got at the Tree House in northern California about 1961 attached as the tags to some cookie cutters, with the exception of butter for shortening.  We've made these every year.  I like the repeated frosting on yours ó red underneath, green on top.  Oddly specific; I wonder if that's how somebody's mom made it hahaha.  That nutmeg is essential; when I was little I could never figure out why everyone else's sugar cookies didn't taste like Mom's.

Random Topics / Re: Winter Holiday Thread
« on: December 15, 2017, 10:59:40 PM »
Merry Christmas, everyone, and a belated Happy St. Lucy's Day!  Presented without comment for albrecht's (and presumably old Gustav Vasa's) amusement:

Trump handing out rolls of paper towels in Puerto Rico was a ritual tossing-out of the pillars Jachin and Boaz.  I'm convinced he's just funning us now.

Random Topics / Re: Overused Words
« on: October 11, 2017, 12:48:36 PM »

Conflate comes from the Latin conflatus, past participle of conflare to blow together, fuse, from com- + flare to blow

I make my own etymology:  con- = with, flatus = well, you know.  Always seems appropriately descriptive.

Random Topics / Re: Sustainable Dieting and Health (Naps, Diet, Exercise)
« on: October 11, 2017, 12:25:53 PM »
Yes.  Use purple or green...

I have only used green but I watched this Austrian lady in a video make cabbage rolls with whole-head sauerkraut and she alternated red and green in a checkerboard pattern and it looked so damn festive the next batch will be half-and-half.

Random Topics / Re: Sustainable Dieting and Health (Naps, Diet, Exercise)
« on: October 11, 2017, 01:58:34 AM »

Would you consider it a high sodium food?  Do I have to use distilled water?

Ha I fill it from the garden hose.  You use a lot of salt but also a lot of water; the juice isn't any saltier than soup.

Random Topics / Re: Sustainable Dieting and Health (Naps, Diet, Exercise)
« on: October 11, 2017, 01:34:35 AM »
I like sardines for their calcium.  I like sauerkraut, but it's hard to find the ones with live probiotics!  Do you think regular processed sauerkraut is still beneficial?

Sauerkraut is ridiculously easy to make yourself if you want to eat live bacteria; all you need is a large pot or crock or even a home depot bucket I suppose and about 40 days.  I make it only because I prefer whole-leaf to shredded.

I haven't tried any of the various fish preparations that work on the same principle, i. e. salted and fermented like Norwegian ansjos or Dutch matjes, but that's on the list.

Random Topics / Re: Live Shooters Las Vegas Several Dead at Mandalay Bay
« on: October 03, 2017, 06:00:42 PM »
Recall the stories and reports about a Hispanic woman who was saying that 'all going to die tonight?' Weird coincidence of a crazy, upset person spouting nonsense and an unrelated crazy person who commences shooting?

She was either an end-of-the-world-is-nigh type (they occasionally appear at concerts), a wandering Cassandra, or an authentic seeress who needs to be interviewed by Art.

Random Topics / Re: Live Shooters Las Vegas Several Dead at Mandalay Bay
« on: October 03, 2017, 02:24:14 PM »
We need a man with journalistic integrity on the job to get us the accurate scoop.  We need.....

What we need is Art.  This guy is eerily within his demographic.

Politics / Re: Sports Kneelers
« on: September 30, 2017, 03:00:45 PM »

So, any way you look at it, there is no publicly available written NFL code of conduct that requires its players to do these things such as stand during the anthem that the league is not enforcing. 

Ooh that is interesting!  Not so much about the NFL and its players, about whose dispositions regarding the flag I couldn't possibly care less, but about the editorial standards of certain high-profile shows on Fox who perpetuated this apparent myth.  We shall see if a correction is forthcoming.

Random Topics / Re: Music
« on: September 25, 2017, 09:53:18 AM »
As long as we're on the Partitas...

Random Topics / Re: Music
« on: September 25, 2017, 09:45:23 AM »
For those of us for whom the vid is blocked by some myopic, niggardly clod:

Politics / Re: Sports Kneelers
« on: September 24, 2017, 02:27:54 PM »
Thing is, it's a base numbers game like the nonsense over statues.  He seizes every opportunity to paint his opponents as un-American.  Your average voter doesn't like that stuff.  Now, wrapping yourself in the flag is fundamental Republican strategy, to which Democrats have historically replied by insisting it's their flag, too.  Now, through what I can only attribute to sheer idiocy, they are obliging him.  On cue, you have edumacated voices arguing Francis Scott Key was pro-slavery and arguing that America The Beautiful should be the anthem because it was written by a woman.

There are flags all over every polling station.  Taken to its logical conclusion, they might as well be Trump signs.  Ugh.

Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: September 23, 2017, 12:25:12 AM »
"It looks like Obama did spy on Trump, just as he apparently did to me."(Sheryl Atkisson, The Hill 9/20/17)

The unconscionable hippocracy of the left in overlooking the misdeeds of the most corrupt Aministration in modern history while engaging in niggling criticism and character assassination of anyone associated with Trump will not be forgotten by fairminded, decent Americans when they go to the polls in 2018 and 2020.  When will it dawn on these chapped-ass liberals that after getting stuck in the hole they dug for themselves, it's a good idea to stop digging? .

Thank you for that delightful image.  Sometimes I think it would be an improvement.

Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: September 21, 2017, 12:57:14 AM »
Cool! Always be dubious. I, a decade (or more) ago I was searching for something and ran across something called "Black Book"- we've discussed this before- about 'magic' (really more folk-healing) from Norway and carried over to here (the "Dutch" in Pennslyvania, really German, also, have something similar- not sanctioned and even hated but, some, have, usually women)  and emailed the person mentioned in some article in some Scandi scholarly magazine who found it  (I forget her name and an email account long lost that she should continue research and publish. I think she did?)  Some "books" found in an attic etc. But I can't claim who it was or if my email was an impetus. But now the stuff on the interwebs and amazons are crazy (not quite "Texas" though) with runes, "black book" translations, and Nordic myths esoterica. I wouldn't trust the newer translations and popular accounts. And go for the scholarly articles and translations. But interesting how the popularity has increased. (Along with it though politics and even schisms left/right, racist allegations, neo/old, and the usual and lots of "cross-over" stuff, which legitimately there was, with other Germanic etc ideas/legends. Certain shows don't help, except, I guess make people money and get interest in the old legends and ways.)

Yes, those old black books!  The problem with that stuff is that half the people interested in them treat them as role-playing exercises, and the other half are dry-as-dust scholars (such as only Scandinavia can produce, especially Swedes, all description and measurement and there you go) with no imaginations at all.  I like people like Maria Kvilhaug who, instead of shrugging like a scholar and saying there's no way we can know, at least try to synthesize the old religion into a coherent belief that you can get your arms around, even though you know half of it's speculative and it probably varied considerably from place to place to a much greater degree than Christianity; they had so many more options.  But of course she's some sort of practitioner and does embarrassing videos of herself looking spooky in the woods wearing very little and waving her arms around.  I think she got kicked out of the university for it though or something.

Always skeptical, like the thing about the tailor runes.  Why you would need an entire futhark to mark up a suit of clothes escapes me.  I could see maybe a few symbols, but I've watched the little Cambodian lady I go to pretty closely and she's certainly not writing dissertations in that chicken-scratch they use.  Just sounds to me like something he heard some old docent in a museum say and put it in there.

Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: September 21, 2017, 12:15:01 AM »
While I'm chauvinistically proud of the American/English way of demanding people speak our language, reassign names of foreign places to our tongues, and control the marketplace on language- and, in the best cases, know that VOLUME will help them understand us when visiting their countries (often drunk or in garish clothes- if we are wearing a shirt.)

But I have a sneaking respect for those, like the Dutch, who will learn other languages so they can do business or the Chinese who, for business (and bringing back the Middle-Kingdom and proper rule of the world-order) will say "Hi, I'm Jeff Smith" (when their real name is some complected symbols and family name order reversed.)

I also like the idea of being able to just "pick an 'English Name' "- and, as I have mentioned before, suspect there is lots of skullduggery and tax-fraud, or at least avoidance, in this regard.) I've seen bank statements and mortgages going to "English Names" and seen, at same time, paystubs and correspondence going into Taiwan banks under a Chinese name, for example. And emails using different names when between Chinese (ROC and PRC) and between US and Europeans. I was suspect but also impressed with the inscrutable, often devious, Oriental mind. Sorry, I got into a Sax Rohmer mode there....I must correct myself by recalling Charlie Chan who helped us solve so many crimes and defeat the NAZI spies.

Haha I don't know about their mind but 'inscrutable' certainly describes their alphabet!  You could get away with all kinds of shenanigans on that basis alone.  Too bad we didn't keep those runes around a little longer!

Speaking of, I was reading about the Kensington runestone and was astounded to learn that one possible explanation for the presence of a runemaster/forger in the midwest around the time it was found was that certain tailors still used them!  That was in the Scandinavian book you told me about, and I'm still a little dubious on some of the stuff he says.  The author is an Englishman, after all.

Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: September 20, 2017, 11:43:00 PM »
All of the energy guys and students etc here say "Cutter" for "Qatar"- oddly, maybe not oddly since it happens elsewhere, a&m has a strong connection with Qatar, and even now has a campus there, just like rich Saudis go to places like Sandhurst etc.
Speaking of shibboleths, supposedly the resort of Scheveningen on the Dutch coast was used to identify German spies, lost troops, etc because- although close- Germans cannot pronounce the town correctly. Not sure if true, but considering how it is said and the Dutch language (a layman would say a mix of German and English with some odd gutturals etc.) I could believe it. I do know that the languages are "close" and often mutually intelligible but not "the same." (Obviously also there are dialects in both languages to further complicate and it can be fun to see regionalist use their dialect on purpose between others. Amazing that small areas can have such diversity. This happens in the UK also.) Been in some fun meetings (not really knowing either) where the Germans would speak German and the Dutch would speak Dutch and both understand each other, with the final talks, agreements, etc being in English, but not really comfortable speaking each other's language (and, likely, making some fun at us Americans in the process maybe?)

Ah that makes sense; a German would pronounce sch- like schultz whereas the Dutch take every opportunity to let the spittle fly hahaha.

Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: September 20, 2017, 11:23:02 PM »
I disagree. Actually I love that the "Anglo-Saxon" world, or at least once was, insisted on using our own names for cities- even ones in relative close proximity or ones we invaded, bombed, had show trials (kidding?,) forced to buy drugs, and what-not. "Cologne," Copenhagen (it is now also a best selling tobacco product in the USA,) "Nuremberg," Peking, Bombay, Burma, etc to name the popular ones. I don't like various press organizations in our countries reverting to some "native" or "restyling" the names. And we need to get our collective act together and deal with a famous Jewish holiday and a certain, now dead, Libyan dictator and an Osama/Usama terrorist (who liked porn*). Find a spelling and STICK WITH IT across the board.

* why wouldn't they the names and genres of the porn supposedly found at his compound and release to the public. Why did Obama protect his legacy by not releasing that information. It would be interesting. They released some details of his books (I heard there were some "inside job" and political books supposedly found there.)

Ha we are thinking the same; my point is that you can't make fun of people who don't say Thames quite right without realizing you commit the same blunders as soon as you get off your little island.

Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: September 20, 2017, 11:17:19 PM »
So much easier, but even then often changed a lot, during colonial or "European" controlled areas. Some of the name changes to natural attractions and cities are tongue twisters now. I suspect this doesn't help in tourism, hunting parties, and investment, actually. Speaking of which was it by train, I think? You used to pass by "Afrikahaven" and other cool old warehouses and docking named after place of origin on the way into Amsterdam?

Actually I'm always a bit suspect of a non-academic or career civil servant (or someone involved in certain international business or military ventures) who knows "too much" about place names in volatile foreign lands. Then again, what if we had a Jeopardy! (trademarked by Merv Griffin) competition for certain positions in government?

Well, I think a certain conservatism when venturing into recent changes is prudent.  I was told recently that referring to Ukraine with the article was an insulting demotion to province status, an absurd distinction since I am persuaded Russian (or is it Ruthenian here haha people have such short memories) has no articles to speak of.  Naming is territory fraught with peril over the most picayune distinctions.

I've been hearing all sorts of permutations of Qatar recently and was pleased to note that, in a commercial paid for by the Qataris themselves, they use a perfectly reasonable ka-TAR rather than some of the gutter nonsense I've heard.  Speaking of, when did all the Arabic ks become qs (without an attendant u, which bugs me to no end) with no discernible alteration in pronunciation?  I understand transliteration from a different alphabet is often ambiguous, but someone should make up his mind.  I have the sense that these differences become sort of shibboleths that mean a lot more to the people playing the game than they ever could to me in my American complacency, and I entirely share your suspicion.

Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: September 20, 2017, 10:49:51 PM »
It's not like YP actually listened to the speech.

Has Laura Kinch changed her user name to PudExit yet?

To be perfectly honest, I haven't heard the Africa speech either but I couldn't resist the urge to swing at that perverse linguistic imperialism whereby Britishers jealously preserve every idiosyncrasy of local pronunciation and orthography and snigger behind their hands as we try to cope, all the while stubbornly persisting with Copenhagen for KÝbenhavn just across the water.

Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: September 20, 2017, 10:29:14 PM »
He had a special mention for Nambia (Yes he did say that)...A country that doesn't exist. Maybe he'll get a hotel built there?

It's a mistake I've heard before and, as you people routinely swallow whole syllables in your place names, that's a rich nit to pick.  Considering there's a Zambia and a Gambia, the odds are better than usual.

Random Topics / Re: Firefighters told NOT to work during Harvey
« on: September 16, 2017, 07:54:59 PM »
What is it recently with all of these "stand down" orders and "don't show up for work" deals with firefighters and police? For riots, emergencies, floods etc they are told to "not come into work" or "stand down" or "don't interfere? Let rioters burn places, attack people, block traffic, loot, and now even don't turn up to work and help rescue people during a major hurricane and flood? It is weird.
~3,000 firefighters told to stay home during the height of the flooding.

I wonder if it is the same motivation as that behind several announcements I heard during Irma, that no response to any emergency would be dispatched once the wind speed exceeded 40mph.  I am sure this was done to scare people into evacuating, but I can't help but recall brig's comment about public servants turning, at least semantically, into authorities and officials.

Politics / Re: President Donald J. Trump
« on: September 05, 2017, 04:08:00 PM »
We didn't elect him.

So?  He was still, in my unfortunate choice of words, thrown up (here in the sense of vomited forth) by your system.  Anyway, you were for Corbyn; I do not take your appraisals seriously.

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