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Lethargic Man (anag.)
Date: 2017-03-23 20:44
Subject: Rabbit emails
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The addition of coloured emojis to the Unicode character set makes it easier for our less literate rabbit friends to send emails...

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Lethargic Man (anag.)
Date: 2017-03-23 19:32
Subject: Florin
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I couldn't resist getting one of these as a little present for my father-in-troth Florin:

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(A florin, for those who don't know, was a two-shilling British coin; at the time I was growing up predecimal one and two shilling coins were still in circulation as 5p and 10p coins (this continued until these coins were replaced with smaller ones in 1992), but I had to go back to older ones to find one with the word "florin" on it.)

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Lethargic Man (anag.)
Date: 2017-03-22 22:28
Subject: Rabbit chuppah!
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Thanks to the talented Sarah Behrnd, the rabbits are now more prepared to get married than we are! —Thanks, Sarah!

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Lethargic Man (anag.)
Date: 2017-03-08 20:39
Subject: Ding dong
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A little daily ritual in the [personal profile] lethargic_man/aviva_m household (featuring Ginger the rabbit, so-named because she arrived in the household at the same time as Fred the fish).

Link to video on Facebook.

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Lethargic Man (anag.)
Date: 2017-02-28 22:01
Subject: Arnie plays Beethoven
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aviva_m and I were in the Beethoven Museum in Bonn last weekend (in the house where Beethoven spent his first four years—it's the only house he lived that still exists)—and my parents-in-troth got us this beautiful little piano music box as a souvenir.

Arnie the rabbit seems to have really taken to it; I don't know where he learned to play so well!

See video (I don't think I can embed this).

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Lethargic Man (anag.)
Date: 2017-02-26 11:11
Subject: Engaged!
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For the benefit of the few people who are friends of mine here but not also on Facebook, aviva_m and I got engaged on Saturday a week ago.

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Lethargic Man (anag.)
Date: 2017-01-31 12:34
Subject: Transferring music to an iPod from XFCE on Ubuntu Linux
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Those who know me might be shocked to here that a little while ago I got an iPod (iPod Touch 4th generation), as a cast-off from aviva_m's parents. However, I'm having difficulty transferring music onto it. Simply copying it onto the iPod isn't enough; you've got to do something else to make the iPod aware of it.

The Net of a Million Lies says a program called gtkpod will do the job for me, on my desktop running XFCE on Ubuntu Linux. However, this seems to rely on the iPod's filesystem being mounted as a regular directory; and this is not (no longer?) the case in the current version of XFCE. It automatically mounts two sub-areas of the iPod filesystem, but not under /media; and in any case gtkpod seems to want the whole filesystem mounted. I've managed to get the filesystem mounted with a truly horrible hack, but gtkpod is still not playing ball.

Has anyone managed to transfer music to an iPod from recent versions of Ubuntu, and if so, how did you do it?

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Lethargic Man (anag.)
Date: 2017-01-15 12:34
Subject: Why "love" has an O, why "coney" dropped out of use, and why English has "earl", not "count"
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Here's a cool thing I learned a few months ago: Have you ever wondered about the prevalence of words in English spelled with an O but pronounced as if it were U; words like "son", "money" (and "honey"), "love" (and "dove"), "wonder", "London", and I suspect once upon a time, also "coney"*? What they all share in common is that the O is next to an M, N, V or W; and the reason for this spelling is that when a U is juxtaposed to one of these letters in Carolingian miniscules, it becomes very difficult to tell which letter is which, as is famously shown by writing the word "minimum" in miniscules:

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Consequently, the spelling of the English words was changed to use an O instead of a U, which made life easier for readers a thousand years ago, though more difficult for people trying to learn English spelling. It's amazing how much insight knowing this has given me on English spelling; I keep coming across more and more words the spelling of which this explains.

* "Coney" used to be in general use in English to mean "rabbit". (The German for "rabbit", Kaninchen, rendered piecewise into its English cognates, comes out as the cutesy "coneykin".) But when in the nineteenth century "cunny" arose as slang for "c*nt", which was the pronunciation at the time of "coney", the latter dropped out use, despite an attempt to rescue it by pronouncing it the way it was written, in favour of the term "rabbit", originally meaning a young rabbit.

On a similar subject, I recently discovered from the History of English podcast the reason why we have in England, counties and countesses but not counts. These terms were brought into English from Norman French after the Norman Conquest, displacing the older English terms, but "count" never quite managed to displace "earl" because its pronunciation was too much like "c*nt". I reckon at the time, the former would have had the vowel in "food" and the latter the vowel in "good", making them more similar than they are today.

I wonder if there are any other words that resemblance to taboo words forced out of the language...

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Lethargic Man (anag.)
Date: 2017-01-10 13:12
Subject: The Lost Songs of St Kilda
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Some of you may recall my posting here before about my (casual) interest in St Kilda, the most remote once-inhabited archipelago of the British Isles. I possibly first came across it when I first discovered and went exploring on Google Maps (an interesting post to reread, as it reminds us what online maps were like in the days before Google Maps). My interest piqued, I went off and read about it on Wikipedia; and so was intrigued enough to watch (and buy) and review Michael Powell's fictionalised film about the evacuation of St Kilda, The Edge of the World (which, strangely enough, didn't involve vampires).

After all this, you will not be surprised to hear that when, last year, an album of music came out called The Lost Songs of St Kilda, I was intrigued, and asked aviva_m to get it for me for Chanukah. The story is that a decade ago, an old man, Trevor Morisson, was discovered playing this music on a piano in an old age home in Scotland. He'd been evacuated to the isle of Bute during the War, and had there been taught by one of the St Kildans who left during the islands' final evacuation in 1930 how to play the melodies sung by the islanders as they climbed the cliffs looking for birds' eggs.

No one else had recorded this music, no one had written it down; to my surprise it seems that none of the St Kildans (the last of whom died just last year) had even taught it to their children. (The fact the St Kildan church frowned upon music may have had something to do with this, at a guess.) If it were not for Trevor Morisson, this subculture would have died out completely (rather than just partially—Morisson only knew eight songs, and did not know the words to them).

Yet now, after eighty-six years, a young man's recordings of Morisson (made on a laptop with a £3 microphone) have been released to the world, and inspired others to compose around them, or be inspired by them.

I find the music to be moving, but even without that, the story a moving one too.

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Lethargic Man (anag.)
Date: 2017-01-01 13:44
Subject: Rabbit menorah
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Today is the last day of Chanukah; the rabbits have been lighting their menorah every day and uploading each photo to Facebook. Here at the end is the complete collection crossposted to DW and LJ: View picciesCollapse ) It's always sad to see Chanukah end, but at least I'm not going to have to do any more grubbing around on the rug looking for dropped ball bearings for the next year. (The rabbits response is similar to this one.) —Originally posted on Dreamwidth, where there are comment count unavailable comments. Please comment there using OpenID or a DreamWidth account (which you no longer need an invite code to create). Though I am leaving comments enabled on LiveJournal for a bit, please don't comment here if you can do so there instead.
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