Aug. 13th, 2004

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Please Drive Carefully

Where are you on the highway of life?


(from [ profile] celticfrog)
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Which Medieval Language Are You?!

16th Century Italian

Mozart wrote in you, and you sound evil. /// Oh, maladeto, an dia mo via di qua. (Curses be upon you, you better run.)

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{from [ profile] baronghetto)
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Size matters - even to Viking heroes

Research into medieval Icelandic gender and sexuality has found that even the heroes of Viking Age sagas were troubled by the thought that size really does matter.

Dr Carl Phelpstead of Cardiff University’s School of English, Communication and Philosophy presented a paper: ‘Size Matters: Penile Problems in Sagas of Icelanders’ to the International Medieval Congress, held in Leeds last week.

Dr Phelpstead analysed the cultural-historical significance of three remarkable accounts of penile problems in the texts know as ‘Sagas of Icelanders’, dealing with events supposed to have occurred in the 10th and 11th centuries. He undertook to see if Freudianism can illuminate the contents of these texts and found that, alongside some interesting differences, the meanings attributed to the penis in medieval Iceland are often remarkably similar to those of today.

Dr Phelpstead said: "Accounts of penile problems in the Sagas of Icelanders shed light on the cultural work of the penis in early Iceland by representing what happens when a man’s penis is not appropriately sized or fully functioning. These narratives reveal a relationship between the male genitals and men’s identity that is both familiar and alien to us.

"In the Sagas of Icelanders, as today, a man is expected to have an appropriately sized penis and to be able, when occasion demands, to make it even larger; an unexpectedly small penis or an inability to achieve an erection leads to mockery and humiliation."

In one example, in Grettir’s saga, a serving woman bursts out laughing when she sees Grettir Asmundarson naked. She remarks: “it seems to me extraordinary how small he is below … I would not have believed it if someone had told me”. The defensive Grettir points out that his large testicles compensate for his small penis.

Dr Phelpstead’s mainly teaches English Literature and contributes to teaching Cultural Criticism, a new subject at Cardiff University’s School of English, Communication and Philosophy, available only in Cardiff, which uniquely offers the chance to study the whole range of cultural materials: from contemporary film to conceptual art, from poems to the police, from the history of sexuality to cyborgs.
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You are Gertrude Stein, turn of the century
word-smith. You stretched language to its
outermost limit, while collecting scads of
other artists and writers.

Which 20th Century Poet Are You?
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(from [ profile] baronghetto, who is also Gertrude - on a related note, anyone else read a book called Waiting For Gertrude?)
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1) Using your Current Initials, choose a different name for yourself.
SCA name: Christine de Maine
icky "real" name: Sophia Devereux

2) Outside of your era, when would you want to be born and why? 1000s Greenland - just think of the Golden Swan (SCA persona competition) research I could do!! (Yah I'm such a dweeb)

3) If you ran a store, what would you sell/have? Books. But selling them would be the hard part - I'd want to keep large chunks of the inventory.

4) What part in a movie would you love to play? The leading lady, especially in a romantic comedy (though Janet in Rocky Horror would be pretty sweet too)

5) In your opinion, why do people suck? telemarketers :P

6) If you had your own state, what would you put on your new quarter? Books piled next to a computer.

7) What's the oldest article of clothing you own? I've had one pair of jeans since I was 14. They're more holey than religious though so I may chuck them.

8) What piece of furniture have you replaced the most? Ummmmmm. None really. But I could use more bookshelves (okay, what SCAdian *couldn't*?)

9) What instrument do you wish you could be more than great at? Bagpipes - be afraid world, be very afraid.

10) Record, Tape or CD? Record, but in truth lately it's all MP3, baby.

11) What do you think would be the best concert ever? Stevie Nicks/Fleetwood Mac.

12) What's the best part of your favorite movie?
The ending of Dirty Dancing when he shows her parents how much he loves her and what a nice guy he is. *melt*

13) What do you think is the most over-rated candy ever? Caramilk but anything else with caramel comes a close second.

14) If you were writing out your will, who would you give your CD collection to? Probably be broken up over several friends. I have kind of eclectic tastes.

15) If you could only debate two topics the rest of your life, what would they be? Religion and Gay Rights.

16) Out of your LJ friends, who would you say you are most jealous of, artistically? [ profile] seattlejo

17) Most jealous of....intellectually? [ profile] verian

18) What do you collect? Books, garb, scrapbooking supplies, rubber stamps

19) What is broken that you have, that you wish was fixed? My digital camera :cry:

20) What do you do when you're home sick? Lay in bed; bitch to my friends via IM programs.

21) Why does this survey rock? A whole new set of questions and answers to inflic...SHARE with my friend list.

22) Story behind your username? This goes back a few years...back when AOL Instant Messenger had a 9 or 10 character limit (remember those days anyone?), and so I took Cateline of Clan McRoy and condensed it into CatMcRoy (also the same story for undernet on irc).

23) Current Favorite Article of Clothing? My bliaut! (12th Century Frankish dress) I adore it!

24) Line from the last thing you wrote to someone? Prolly mindless email to a list.

25) A famous person you have met? Richard Simmons, Arrogant Worms *fangirl melt*

26) Favorite way to waste time? Read LJ, do random google searches

27) Last thing you bought yourself? a book at the Sally Anne

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