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by Marianne
Thu May 16, 2013 8:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Corinth - *Adult Content*
Replies: 221
Views: 14646

Re: The Corinth - *Adult Content*

*facehands* A Tumblr thread provoked me into writing stupid Enjolras/Grantaire limericks in what is probably very bad French. Which, by the way, is harder than it looks, because English meter is a bitch and a half to impose on non-Germanic languages. But I do derive some juvenile entertainment from ...
by Marianne
Wed May 15, 2013 6:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Around the World for Abaisse
Replies: 86
Views: 9720

Re: Around the World for Abaisse

Not most of the time. Malaria has been all but eradicated in the United States, and we've had a growing number cases of West Nile virus recently but it's nowhere near as much of a danger as mosquito-borne diseases are in most tropical places. (This also means most Americans and Europeans have almost...
by Marianne
Wed May 15, 2013 4:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Around the World for Abaisse
Replies: 86
Views: 9720

Re: Around the World for Abaisse

DC and the Southeast don't even have the worst of it where mosquitoes are concerned... my cousin went on a summer mountaineering trip to Alaska and came back with a t-shirt that had a picture of a baseball-sized mosquito on it and the caption "Alaska's State Bird."
by Marianne
Wed May 15, 2013 4:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Around the World for Abaisse
Replies: 86
Views: 9720

Re: Around the World for Abaisse

Fun fact: Washington DC used to be a malaria hotspot! Somebody had the bright idea to build our capital city on a swamp, and we even have a neighborhood called Foggy Bottom that's named for the pestilential miasmas that were thought to be disease vectors at the time. The lovely Tidal Basin , with th...
by Marianne
Wed May 15, 2013 3:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Le Cafe Mu(in)sain
Replies: 48071
Views: 2185944

Re: Le Cafe Mu(in)sain

Regarding colonialism, the geography teacher I mentioned used to defend it a lot, saying the legacy of colonialism was things like great infrastructure that developing countries would never had had the advantage of otherwise, the benefits of single languages, etc. It was interesting from another po...
by Marianne
Wed May 15, 2013 4:19 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Le Cafe Mu(in)sain
Replies: 48071
Views: 2185944

Re: Le Cafe Mu(in)sain

I think it's important to recognize both that what the Founders hammered out was a foundation for an entirely new political system that became the basis for free democracies around the world, and also that in major ways they were tied down by the reality of the society they lived in and wound up bet...
by Marianne
Mon May 13, 2013 4:33 pm
Forum: The Brick
Topic: Read-Through Reboot
Replies: 42
Views: 4808

Re: Read-Through Reboot

Maybe try it with the old threads, on the understanding that the previous discussion is there in case anyone's interested but it isn't required reading? It might also be a good idea to have a fancy bolded "COMMENCE DISCUSSION FOR THE 2013/14 READ-THROUGH HERE" post that the first person to...
by Marianne
Mon May 13, 2013 5:34 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: We are living in the future
Replies: 3
Views: 851

We are living in the future

Today I discovered that one of the biggest sources for the history section of my website, Les Révolutions du XIXe siècle , for which I spent hours driving to university libraries and sitting hunched in a study carrel typing up excerpts by hand back in 2006, has been quietly digitized in its 12-volum...
by Marianne
Sun May 12, 2013 8:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Doctor Who
Replies: 187
Views: 16234

Re: Any Doctor Who fans here?

Is it my total imagination that sassy cyber Matt Smith was channelling Cassandra!Tennant from New Earth? I kept expecting him to go "Oh, yum, I'm a Time Lord! So many hearts--and hardly used!"

(Neil Gaiman, meanwhile, was evidently scarred by Kinda in his youth. :lol:)
by Marianne
Sun May 12, 2013 8:42 pm
Forum: The Brick
Topic: Read-Through Reboot
Replies: 42
Views: 4808

Re: Read-Through Reboot

Suggestion: since there are exactly 365 chapters, if you start on June sixth instead, you'll finish on June fifth next year. :D We already have a read-through subforum, and there's a few ways we could handle it. Right now it has one thread per book from the last round and only mods can post new thre...
by Marianne
Sat May 11, 2013 4:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Doctor Who
Replies: 187
Views: 16234

Re: Any Doctor Who fans here?

The entirety of Curse of Fenric is one of the best Who stories ever. It's just a shame the script editing was so disjointed that you occasionally need to sit down with pencil and paper to work out the plot.
by Marianne
Sat May 11, 2013 7:44 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Le Cafe Mu(in)sain
Replies: 48071
Views: 2185944

Re: Le Cafe Mu(in)sain

The original poster; the one who snapped at me. I hope I didn't upset them. Stupid question, evidently I did grantaires on Tumblr has a long history as a troll who spends all his time laughing up his sleeve at people who participate earnestly in Les Mis fandom. Back away, don't engage, and definite...
by Marianne
Sat May 11, 2013 12:25 am
Forum: The Brick
Topic: A few questions about the book
Replies: 21
Views: 4390

Re: A few questions about the book

1. Of course Myriel is a heightened and mythic figure. Most of the characters in Les Mis are in some way. But Hugo isn't just going on about how saintly he was for 50 pages just for the fun of it, he's unsubtly taking potshots at the Catholic church because Myriel, in drawing his piety straight from...
by Marianne
Sat May 11, 2013 12:07 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Le Cafe Mu(in)sain
Replies: 48071
Views: 2185944

Re: Le Cafe Mu(in)sain

I'm tempted to call parody, but horribly afraid there are people stupid enough to say that sincerely. As someone who tracks #lesmis on twitter, I would put money on it that there are people stupid enough. I think I tracked down the original post, and in this case it's someone taking ths piss. But P...
by Marianne
Fri May 10, 2013 11:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Le Cafe Mu(in)sain
Replies: 48071
Views: 2185944

Re: Le Cafe Mu(in)sain

So, there's a fandom mini-war in the making on Tumblr on whether the line 'tremendously gay' is pertaining to whether Grantaire was homosexual or not. I'm going for not, as the use of the word 'gay' meaning homosexual wasn't used til the early C20, and Misérables was in 1862. Even so, ideas? Oh my ...

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