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Why WWJD is not a good campaign management strategy [Apr. 23rd, 2011|12:07 am]
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A little parable from Mark 15

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The moral of the story is that you can run the Son of God against a convicted murderer, but it all counts for nothing if you can't turn out the vote. Jesus Christ: now there's a guy who really needed a better campaign manager.

Remember, advanced polls are still open Saturday and Monday. Find yours here.
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Snow [Apr. 18th, 2011|03:25 pm]
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I'm all for Canadian patriotism, and I'm aware that we Torontonians are still living down the blizzard of 1999, when the mayor called in the army to help dig us out of a paltry 45cm of snow, but I think it's safe to say it at this stage...

It's April the 18th. It can stop snowing now.
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For l_clausewitz [Apr. 8th, 2011|01:47 pm]
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Here's some video from last Monday's fight night at AEMMA. Aldo and Beau were experimenting with two swords versus sword and buckler. As you can see, there were lots of X-parries going on, just not the Hollywood variety. They work fine if you don't freeze in position when the parry happens.

http://www.youtube.com/aemmachannel#p/c/E33FEC0382FF8063/7/iBoMwTZxVME
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Sometimes humans aren't that bad [Mar. 31st, 2011|05:25 pm]
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Now this is an interesting book review. It's nice to know that the zombie apocalypse isn't all it's cracked up to be.
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The government has fallen. Election time! [Mar. 25th, 2011|04:50 pm]
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On an interesting note, this is the first time in Commonwealth history that a government has been held in contempt of its own parliament.
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Best citation datum ever [Mar. 13th, 2011|07:22 pm]
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If I were writing fiction, I don't think I would dare to name a character Amable Guillaume Prosper Brugière, baron de Barante. I can cite him in the footnotes of my dissertation, though.
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Don't try this at home, kids [Mar. 13th, 2011|03:31 am]
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Actually, if you're going to try it anywhere, home might be the best place. If you try it in public, you could end up arrested.

Here's a little party game popular among AEMMA scholars. It involves our two favouritest things: violence and alcohol. This is how one member (who may or may not wish to be named on the internet) codified the rules.

Kill or Spill


Two persons may choose to engage in a round of Kill or Spill by having consumed at least three pints, squinting at their fellow while less than 1/3 down on their fourth pint, and saying "Kill or Spill?"

At which time the Challenger and the Challengee will retire immediately to the sword rack, select a sword, an commence the challenge.

The play is without protective equipment of any kind and so is restricted to slow speed play only. The 2/3 cup of beer is held in the off hand whilst the sword is held in the dominant hand.

The object of the game is to drain your cup without spilling while engaged in the contest. Each time you score a touch upon your companion you may take a swallow of beer from your cup. This first person to drain their cup "kills" both their companion and their measure of beer, clearly having bested them both in "swording" and drinking. If anyone should spill their cup they forfeit the match and shall be subjected to jeers and derision for at least two minutes--while they mop up their spill.

Blows to the hands or the head are not permitted.

Sharps may only be used after six pints...


All this is to say that I was at a very fine birthday party tonight. As of a little after 1 am, everybody was still in possession of all the eyeballs and fingers they arrived with.
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Ulrich von Liechtenstein, the transvestite knight [Mar. 7th, 2011|05:22 pm]
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Dr. Beachcombing posts today about Ulrich von Liechtenstein, a thirteenth-century knight who may or may not have undertaken a real epic journey in drag.

I keep hearing references to Dr. Beachcombing. Looking through his bibliography of the bizarre, it's clear that I should be following his blog.
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Pollaxe demonstration [Feb. 4th, 2011|01:57 am]
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For those who weren't at the open house last Sunday, here's the AEMMA armoured demo on video.

I'm either failing at embedding it, or the tenuous bandwidth I'm pilfering from the neighbours isn't strong enough to let it load, so here's the link as well.
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You all must see this (although I suspect that only I care)! [Feb. 1st, 2011|03:29 am]
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Whee! Look what i just found, entirely by accident.



It says S[CEAU] HENRI CHAILLAU L[']ESCREMISSEEUR DE CHAALONS. Seal of Henri the Fencer of Châlons. That pick-thingy there is the weapon of a judicial duellist. This seal* must have belonged to a professional champion.

It's very cool because 1) it's only the second piece of evidence I've found for the use of pick-thingies on the Continent. (They don't even have a proper name; the records just call them un baston or a baculus), and 2) I thought professional champions had pretty much disappeared in the kingdom of France by 1300, but this seal dates from the fourteenth century. Time to revise that section of the dissertation.

*Well, not really this seal. This particular one is a reproduction of the original made by the folks at Historic Waxcraft. They would like to sell it to you. They also claim that Henri was a nobleman and an executioner. They have, dare I say, gotten the wrong impression of him.
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