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Links, pix, and music - Which is not unduly obvious, as I am about to explain
Links, pix, and music
First, some links. I had originally e-mailed this to a couple of people (and credit must go to plonq who sent it to me in the first place), but then pobig insisted, "You must post this to your LJ," so... Zogg.

My Unh! comics page seems to have caught the attention of a freelance English-to-French translator in France. She just supplied me with a short French equivalent of Bzzurkk. And while I'm on the subject, how about comics vocabulary in different languages?

pyat, thanks for reminding me of Rufus Wainwright! I went and tracked down his song "April Fools" which I quite enjoy for its melody. I don't know if you're interested, but I was lucky enough to record him performing a live solo piano version of "Beauty Mark" off CBC radio. I'll have to look up Hallelujah, I don't think I've heard it. On a completely un-related matter, have you ever played the card game Credo? I think you might get a real kick out of it. It's been long out of print, unfortunately. If you haven't, I'm very tempted to risk the postal system and lend you mine.

I've been remiss about posting pictures from my trip and my summer shots of Winnipeg, so here's a handful from Europe.

A small metal sculpture at the Louvre of a bear dentist.

At the small zoo in Paris' Jardin des Plantes was a fox enclosure. I swear, one of the foxes in there had posing down to an art. It helped that there was only one patch of sunlight hitting the enclosure at the time, so the fox sat in it. Sorry about the bar and the fencing.

A sort of sad/tired lion sculpture. I saw a lot of lion sculptures during the trip at different museums from different time periods, and it became quickly apparent that most artists had either never seen a lion, or were working according to some stylistic tradition to depict lions in a particular way. This one isn't one of the best-sculpted, but it is one of the most realistically posed.

How about an ancient Egyptian cat with piercings?

Also from ancient Egypt, there was a very realistic rabbit sculpture. I took this with momentrabbit in mind.

Lastly (for now), there are two science museums in Paris. The central downtown one is the older one, and for reasons I don't understand, flanking one side of its front steps at the entrance is what looks like a winged cherub stuffing a bouquet of flowers into the mouth of a lion, who looks decidedly nonplussed.

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pyat From: pyat Date: January 31st, 2005 05:14 pm (UTC) (Link)

"Hallelujah" is actually on the "Shrek 2" soundtrack, so it should not be too hard to find. I would indeed be happy to have any Wainwright tracks you have. :)

I've not played Credo, but thebitterguy owns it and keeps threatening to make me play it! That's the Nicean Creed game, yeah?

I think I met that Egyptian cat on Taps. Not that I go there. Ahem.
niall_ From: niall_ Date: January 31st, 2005 05:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wait, Shrek 2 has the Wainwright Hallelujah? It so doesn't match the movie... or else I'm spoiled by the poignant use of the song to a montage from Trigun that I always associate it with death and sombre moods.

Yes, it's the Council of Nicae in an envelope (not box). Fantastic game that will make you look at the Christian church (and only the church) in a whole new light. Maybe that's one reason they don't let students study history...

That Egyptian cat is seen in a number of places. Taps, VCL, FM... :)
From: momentrabbit Date: January 31st, 2005 09:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
At last count (my counting, that is) there were over five different versions of the lyrics to 'Hallelujah', taking live versions into account. The one I listen to at home is neither Wainwright nor Cohen.. (quick search) U2 did a cover? Huh.. Ah, Buckley.

Shrek (1) has a Wainwright Hallelujah, when the various characters are preparing for the wedding - rather melancholy for most of them.
dronon From: dronon Date: February 1st, 2005 08:18 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh now cut that out, Serval. Bad kitty!
dronon From: dronon Date: February 1st, 2005 08:28 am (UTC) (Link)
That's the game! You should definitely give it a try at least once! It needs four players minimum, and definitely no more than six. Four or five is ideal. The learning curve's a bit steep right when you start, but once the rhythm of turns is figured out and what the special cards do, it goes pretty smoothly from there. Give yourself three to four hours for gameplay. I wish I could get my Winnipeg crowd to give it a second try.

During one game, a line from a Radio Free Vestibule sketch came suddenly to mind, and I altered it to fit the spirit of things. "After I had finished trying on my article of dogma, I was free to leave the church, unconverted, and still totally alive. It's a good religion!"

You want your Rufus? I got it right here!
pyat From: pyat Date: February 1st, 2005 06:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Why, thank you!

From: momentrabbit Date: January 31st, 2005 09:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Bhuuuuuuunny.... n.n
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