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I remember reading a series of books about a young man who had the talent of teleportation
which is called "flinging" in the books. He has other talents and works for the government as a teleporter. He has also been given a sentient reptilian baby to raise. He is constantly being harassed and chased by someone who has godlike powers. I do not remember who the author is or any of the books names or even the name of the main character. I have been searching for this set on Google and not having any luck. Do any of my wonderful friends remember such a series? The author's name, the name of the main character, or even just one book title will go a long way to helping me. Please help me? Thanks.
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Your favorite quotation.

This was hard to choose and, of course, I know that there is one quotation that I am missing, but for the life of me, I cannot remember it.

Here are a few that I can remember. They are very self-explanatory.

1. I can resist everything except temptation.
2. Man's mind, stretched by a new idea, never goes back to its original dimensions.
3. We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.
4. All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt.
5. The spice must flow!

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Week 4 -- Your favorite book.

From the moment that my third grade teacher realized that I needed glasses, and my mother finally took me to a opthamologist, therefore getting me glasses where I could see things properly, I discovered books. They became the gateway into a better and happier world than the one I lived it. And I didn't just read books, I absorbed them. It took me a little over one year to go through the county library that was just blocks from my house and read every book in the children's section. The library had a policy that only ten books could be checked out at one time. The first time I did this, I astounded the librarians by returning them back two days later. The children's librarian tried to tell me that I had two weeks to read the books. I didn't have to return them two days later. She didn't believe me when I told her that I had read every one of the books. I then gave her a synopsis of each and every story. She believed me then. But after that first year, I had a problem. Having read every book, and was always first to read every new book brought in, I needed more books to absorb. Reluctantly, Mrs. Schmidt allowed me to start checking books out in the teenage/young adult section, even though I was only nine y.o. This section was only a quarter of the size that the children's section had been, so it took me less than six months to read. [these books were much longer that children's books were and therefore took me longer to read]. Of course, I then wanted to read from the adult section, the thought of which both Mrs. Schmidt and Mrs. Miller, the adult book librarian, were against. I was by then ten. In order for me to check those books out, I had to show Mrs. Miller what I wanted and get her approval. She then made me read passages out loud from those books and then verbally explain what was going on. When she realized that I could understand and that the books I checked out were not too 'adult', I was permitted to read what I liked. After all, what library had really risque books anyway? Adult books slowed me down a bit. Ten books took me ten days to read. By the time I graduated from high school, I could read a three hundred page book in one hour and have actually read it, not just scanned it. Old age has slowed me down a bit since then, but not by much. Even with all my responsibilities, I can read a three hundred page book in one day.

So what are my favorite books? I have lots of favorites. {Quelle surprise.] None of these are in any order other than as I think of them.

1. Classic novels.

There are five that I have read over and over again, and the entire set on one author. They always keep my interest, no matter the repetition,

a. The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexandre Dumas.
b. Kidnapped, by Robert Louis Stevenson.
c. Lorna Doone, by Richard Doddridge Blackmore.
d. Far from the Madding Crowd, by Thomas Hardy.
e. Frenchmen's Creek, by Daphne du Maurier.
f. All books written by Jane Austin.

2. Romance novels.

Although these can also fit under "classic novels", all books written by Georgette Heyer. All of her books are wonderfully written and are so true to their era that Jane Austin could have read them and not found them strange.

3. Spy novels.

Helen MacInnes. All her books are suspenseful and her characters interesting. Yes this genre is probably dated, but I like her a lot.

4. Detective/mystery novels.

a. Dorothy Sayers. Her Lord Peter Wimsey series is not to be missed.
b. Laura Joh Rowland. Her Sano Ichirō series, based in late 16th century Japan is marvelous and very lush descriptively.
c. Robert Parker. His Jesse Stone series is amazing. I have not gotten into his Spencer series. He died just recently and I will miss his books.
d. Donna Andrews. Her Meg Langlow series is well-written and very funny.
e. The Moonstone, by Wilkie Collins. Although this could also be included in the classic novel section, the Moonstone is the precursor of all detective novels.

5. Science fiction.

a. Robert Heinlein. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. Starship Troopers. Double Star. All wonderful entralling stories.

b. Michael Moorcock. I have read everything he has published.

c. Robert Asperin. His Phule's Company series.

d. Keith Laumer. His Retief series.

6. Fantasy.

This is going to be hard to list as fantasy is my favorite genre.

a. J.R.R. Tolkien. What can I say that has not already been said a million times. By far and away the best fantasy writer of all time.

b. Fritz Leiber. His Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser series.

c. L. Sprague de Camp. All of his writings, which also encompassed science fiction.

d. Anne McCaffery. All of her writings, which also encompasses science fiction.

e. Patricia McKillip. Her Riddlemaster trilogy. The Forgotten Beasts of Eld. Her early writings were so lyrical as to be most poetical. The only bad thing is that she was not able to keep that style up and her subsequent books, while interesting, do not have that same lyrical quality.
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I know that 2009 was pretty horrid for a lot of people, and to be honest, 2010 has been no great shakes so far. One way we might make the rest of 2010 a bit better is to spread some love around. So if you care to reply to this post I will give you a response of something I like about you.

If you like participating in these sorts of things and want to repost this in your LJ, that would be fun, too.

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Favorite Television show.

I have been thinking about this and thinking about this for almost a week. It is so hard to chose even just a few. But I think that I have narrowed it down, at last.

1. Current I can't miss show or I will get upset.

Big Bang Theory.

This is a very cleverly written, extremely funny sitcom about brilliant but socially challenged men, their lives and their attempts to find happiness.  One would suppose that the jokes are at the expense of nerds, but I don't find them to be so.  The characters are Leonard Hofstadter [played by Johnny Galecki, who also was in Roseanne].  Leonard is a experimental physicist at CalTech.  He is the center of the story and the most loveable and normal of the group.  He actually manages to have relationships with women, including Sareh Gilbert [who was his love interest on Roseanne] and Kaley Cuoco.

Leonard's roommate is Sheldon Cooper [played by Jim Parsons, who is a very good comedic actor and can out OCD Tony Shaloub any day, IMHO] Sheldon is the child prodigy of the group, graduating with a master's and two Ph.D's while in his early teens.  He also works at CalTech as a theoretical physicist.  He has an extremely high IQ and a huge ego to go with it.  He is also able to quote any book on human relations but is totally incapable of understanding what they mean.  It is because of this that a lot of the comedic situations happen.

They have two very best friends, Howard Wallowitz and Rajesh Ramayan Koothrappali.  Both well played by Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar.  Both are well played and well written.  

Here are some examples:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jjc265lI8Dg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOan_0acqE8&NR=1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=op6X6NW7AVU&NR=1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVBdVCCpd4I&NR=1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WhJBLsA95Y&NR=1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2Dwxv-EMTM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mlhHTdDqoBc&NR=1

2.  Show that has been cancelled and I am really upset about:

Pushing Daisies.

This show was well written, quirky, the sets were elaborate and unusual.  I didn't miss a show, which was difficult given that ABC was constantly moving the show around the second season.

Pushing Daisies centers on the life of Ned, a pie-maker gifted with the mysterious ability to bring dead things back to life by touching them. There are some conditions to this somewhat unusual talent. Ned quickly learns that if something is revived for more than exactly one minute, something of similar "life value" in the vicinity drops dead, as a form of balance. Additionally, if he touches the revived person or thing a second time, it falls dead again, this time permanently.

The girl of Ned's dreams is murdered, he brings her back to life.  But because he cannot touch her again, or she will die again, they have a very poignant love. 

Inheriting his mother's baking talents, Ned becomes a pie-maker who owns a restaurant called "The Pie Hole", which he runs with the help of waitress Olive Snook. The restaurant is failing financially when private investigator Emerson Cod accidentally discovers Ned's gift and offers him a proposal: Ned will temporarily bring murder victims back to life, allowing Emerson to inquire about the circumstances of their demise, quickly solve the case and split the reward money with him.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_GyE21TYvzo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3G41MjEgAKo&NR=1

3.  Show that has consistantly excelled in good scripts and good acting:

Criminal Minds.

The story of the men and women of the FBI's BAU [behavior Analysis Unit].  I have watched this both in current run and in reruns and it never fails to interest me, even when I have seen it numerous times.  And Thomas Gibson isn't bad to look at either.

4.  The Cancelled Show that consistantly excelled in good script and good acting.

The Unit.

Although there is a lot of violence in this show, there is also a lot of intrigue.  It reminded me of a more passionate and human Mission Impossible.  I liked all of the men in the series.  The women's scenes were okay, but very Desperate Housewives-y.  I was very upset when they cancelled this show. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDQsdbhsxdo

5.  My favorite show from my childhood:

The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show [also known as: Rocky and His Friends and The Bullwinkle Show ]

Funny, funny, punny, punny.  Absurd.  Not the best animation in the world, but you didn't care, because you loved the characters, heros and villains both.

The lead characters and heroes of the series were Rocket "Rocky" J. Squirrel, a flying squirrel and his best friend Bullwinkle J Moose, a dim-witted but good-natured moose. Both characters lived in the fictional town of Frostbite Falls, Minnesota  The scheming villains in most episodes were the fiendish, but inept, agents of the fictitious nation of Pottsylvania: Boris Badenov, a pun on Boris Godunov, and Natasha Fatale, a pun on femme fatale. Boris and Natasha were commanded by the sinister Mr. Big and Fearless Leader. Other characters included Gidney and Cloyd, little green men from the moon who were armed with scrooch guns; Captain Peter "Wrongway" Peachfuzz, the captain of the S.S. Guppy; and the inevitable onlookers, Edgar and Chauncy.

The story was always narrated by William Conrad. 

Along with the Rocky and Bullwinkle stories were shown episodes of Dudley Do-Right of the Mounties and his nemesis, Snideley Whiplash.  Silly, silly, silly.

And Peabody's Improbable Histories.  Mr. Peabody was a genius dog, and Sherman was his boy.  They always went back in time using the WABAC [pronounces 'way-back'] machine.  Very bad puns abounded.

And Fractured Fairy Tales presented familiar fairy tales and children's stories, but with storylines altered and modernized for humorous effect. This segment was narrated by Edward Everett Horton.

And several other segments.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gShfemIddlo&NR=1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKcFtgzcjiM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnBULq0XQWE&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBj14W5vY04&NR=1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OkN5HnMHXpc&NR=1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAAkauRR-y4&NR=1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aiimrz3dyrk&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXC66yMe3ao

6.  The Muppet Show.

Silly, punny, brilliant show.  I could watch it forever and never get bored.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFebGZ7FJQQ&feature=PlayList&p=E96071DFDF0D929F&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTwq1_9VH68&feature=fvw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eO-bp2D2jfw&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cq-PvPD8FQ&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFvZtROeJrE&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDZlYjsPFwE&feature=related

I could go on forever with shows that I like or liked.  I will end with one of the best series ever. 

7. Masterpiece Theater

What can I say about this show?  Always a good production of classic literature. 
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I went to see Avatar today with hubby. I am impressed. Very lush movie, with an amazingly dense ecology. No 'let's shoot it at Vasquez Rocks because it looks alien' kind of movie. Yes, it was mostly CGI, but what a vision it presented. I really got into the story, the culture and the world it presented. I am glad that I found a theater that showed it non-3D. I am sure that 3D would have made it more dense and believable, but even the version that I saw was almost too much for me with my acrophobia. Several scenes made me dizzy and fearful. I am not sure that I could have handled seeing it more realisticly. This movie is going on my list of 'must purchase' dvds.

While watching the trailers for upcoming films, the trailer for Ridley Scott's "Robin Hood" looked good. Hubby said, "Does the world really need another Robin Hood movie?" I can't answer that, but the combination of Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe seems good. Judge for yourself:

http://search.yahoo.com/search;_ylt=A0oGklx3zk9LYRYACPFXNyoA?p=russel+crowe+robin+hood+youtube&fr2=sb-top&fr=ush-mail&sao=1

The other trailer that I liked was for Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. I almost did not recognize Jake Gyllenhaal here, with Ben Kingsley as the villain. It seems good. Gyllenhaal seems to have added some muscle and looks good undressed. And since I loves me a good villain, Ben Kingsley looks wonderful. Hopefully it will live up to the trailer.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZ7Li5w2I-k
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Favorite movie.

Like 'my favorite song' of last week, I have more than one favorite movie and, as always, for so many different reasons. So I give you my favorites, but in no particular order:   Most of these I did not see in the movie theater, but found them subsequently either on television or on tape/dvd.

1. Action/adventure/costume/comedy

The Three Musketeers/The Four Musketeers

This version was made in 1974, the director was Richard Lester and the screenwriter was George MacDonald Fraser.  The reason that they made two films was that they wanted to film the entire book and Fraser's script was brilliant.  Filming the entire story was too long for showing to American audiences, so they did something unprecidented, they split the script and made two movies.  It is the only version of the Dumas story that is completely faithful to the original and showed that the original story was brilliant.  It is the perfect combination of action [realistic sword fighting], costuming [I actually could recognize garb in the film with actual historical garb], great acting [Oliver Reed, Richard Chamberlain, Michael York, Charleton Heston, Christopher Lee, Faye Dunaway, to name just a few].  I find it to be an almost perfect film.

     

2.  Drama/costumes

Dangerous Liaisons[1988]

A very interesting film, with a great cast.  Glenn Close, Michelle Pfeiffer, John Malkovich, and many more.  It takes place in the years just before the French revolution. The sexual and political games that the upperclass French played.  The dialog is sizzling, sexiness is rampant, and the costumes are phenominal.

 

3.  Comedy/costumes/overall silliness

Start the Revolution without Me [1970]

This has to be the funniest, silliest movie ever.  It stars Gene Wilder and Donald Sutherland, along with many others.  Wilder and Sutherland play two sets of mixed up twins during the start of the French Revolution.   Lots of mixed up identities, running in and out of rooms, very Feydeau-esque.  I love it.

   

4. Drama/costumes

Little Dorrit [1988]

This film surprised me.  I don't normally like Dickens, but this one had an interesting and poignant story and was shot in an unusual style.  They decided to shoot it as two films, the first from the hero's viewpoint and the second from the heroine's viewpoint.  And the two films are not the same, not even the scenes that are in common, with the idea that no one person sees things exactly as someone else does.  It stars Derek Jacobi and Alec Guinness, amongst others.  Very well acted.  No matter how often I watch it, I always cry.



5. Western/comedy

The Hallelujah Trail [1965]

Again, hysterically funny movie with an all-star cast.  Burt Lancaster, Lee Remick, Brian Keith, Jim Hutton, Martin Landau, Donald Pleasance and many more.  Premise of the story is that Denver thinks that there is going to be a bad winter coming and they decide to stock up on booze to get them through it.  Lancaster is an army Colonel who has been assigned to protect the wagon train and has to face Indians, Temperance ladies and striking Irishmen in the course of his duties.  This is also one instance where the movie is inifinitely better than the original book. 

 

6.  Western/Drama

The Big Country [1958]

Incredible drama and not entirely your traditional western.  Directed by William Wyler, starting Gregory Peck, Charleton Heston, Jean Simmons, Burl Ives [who won an Oscar for his performance here], Chuck Conners and many more.  The music score, by Jerome Moross, is absolutely phenominal and also won an Oscal.  It is a fish out of water story, where a ship's captain from New England becomes engaged to a rich, Texas heiress and goes to Texas to meet her family, who are also embroiled in a land dispute.  The cowboys think that the sea captain is a tenderfoot, not realizing that the harshness of sea life is almost as harsh as life in the West.  I also like it that the captain is confident in himself and feels no need to prove his manhood to others.



7. Science fiction/adventure.  .

While lots of people will mention, Star Wars and Star Trek and movies like that, which I do love also.  I wish to list instead, The Fifth Element [1997]  

It is an incredible film, with a good story line and lush backgrounds.  It stars Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman and many more.  It is so engrossing, it traps you in its world and you feel bereft when the movie ends.

  

 8.  Fantasy.

Time Bandits [1981]

Directed by Terry Gilliam and written by him and Michael Palin and starring John Cleese, Michael Palin, Sean Connery and many more.  I really had to struggle with this and not put on Monty Python and the Holy Grail, which is a huge favorite of mine, somehow Time Bandits won out.  It is well written, well acted, very funny and slightly strange.

 

9.  Horror

The Sixth Sense [1999]

Directed by M. Night Shyamalan, starring Bruce Willis and Haley Joel Osment, amongst others.  The only film of Shyamalan's that is good, IMHO.  Very well made, well acted, scary and engrossing.

 

10.  Obscure/funny/fairytale

Last, but not least is a Swedish movie that is difficult to find, but I was told about by friends and we saw at a movie theater speciallizing in obscure, old, classic films.

The Apple War (Äppelkriget) [1971] 

Most Americans have never heard of this film.  The only member of the cast that anyone will recognize is Max von Sydow in a cameo appearance.  The story is about a German business man, Volkswagner, who comes to Österlen in the south of Sweden to build Deutschneyland, a gigantic amusement park for German tourists. The local councillors and the member of parliament are all in favour of the idea, although it will turn vast areas into parking lots for cars. The Lindberg family does not like the idea and with the help of a little magic and fairy tale situations, they start scheming against it.  It is the funniest movie ever.  I would do almost anything to get my hands on a copy of this movie.

 

Look what I found on YouTube!  Part of the movie!  Yay!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asqT763wjbs


Thank you for reading all the way to the bottom.  I hope that you enjoyed it.
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LUTEFISK AND YAMS
by Ulf Gunnarsson

Hark and ware, oh Warrior!
Weird of Sven now hear you.
How good Lars he harried,
pestered him with questions.
Late at meadhall light burned;
Lars did strive to largen
belly with a bowl of
boiled fish his mission.

And some chunks of chicken,
cheese and bread and peasoup,
finally pounds of pancakes
paired with lingon berries.

Smallish snack he snuck while
woozy wife lay snoozing.
When inside there wandered
forth a fellow northman.

Lars did greet him greatly
for he knew the gruesome
tales of host who hasten
travellers forth from doorstep.

Lars did ask his name then.
"I am Sven," he mentioned.
"Sven I am," he stated.
"Do you like lutefisk and yams?"

"Nay." said Lars, "though largely
like I food most goodly, but
I do not like lutefisk and yams,
I do not like them Sven I am."

"Ah," said Sven most sagely.
"Would you eat them on a trip?
Would you eat them on your ship?"

"Nay," said Lars, "though largely
like I food most goodly, but
I would not eat them on a trip.
I would not eat them on my ship.
I do not like lutefisk and yams,
I do not like them, Sven I am."

"Ah," said Sven. "Then maybe
might you eat them on a raid?
Might you eat them with a maid?"

"Nay," said Lars most strongly.
"Like I food most goodly, but
I would not eat them on a raid,
I would not eat them with a maid,
I would not eat them on a trip,
I would not eat them on my ship.
I do not like lutefisk and yams.
I do not like them, Sven I am."

"Hmmm," said Sven, "Good fellow,
would you eat them on the field?
Would you eat them off your shield?"

"Nay!" cried Lars most wrothly,
"Like I food most goodly, but
I would not eat them on the field,
I would not eat them off my shield,
I would not eat them on a raid,
I would not eat them with a maid,
I would not eat them on a trip,
I would not eat them on my ship.
I do not like lutefisk and yams.
I do not like them, Sven I am."

Sven then looked most crafty.
He then slyly stated:
"Would you eat them served up cold?
Would you eat them if I paid you gold?"

"Well," said Lars, "since largely,
Like I food most goodly...
I might like lutefisk and yams.
I might like them, Sven I am."

Sven produced this Swedish
yam and lutefisk sample.
Lars did test this tasty
treat then longly pondered.

Stoutly Lars then stated:
"I despise lutefisk and yams.
I despise them, Sven I am.
I will not eat them served up cold,
I will not eat them if you pay me gold.
I will not eat them on the field,
I will not eat them off my shield,
I will not eat them on a raid,
I will not eat them with a maid,
I will not eat them on a trip,
And I will NOT eat them on MY ship!
I do not like lutefisk and yams,
I do not like them, Sven I am."
And he slew Sven.
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Favorite song.

Like almost everyone, I hope, there just isn't one song that is my favorite, but a selection.

The first song that I remember playing over and over again is the Paul McCartney/Beatles song, "And I Love Her."

It is a simple song, but so lyrical and beautiful to me. It was written before Paul's greatest love ballad, "Yesterday." But given my druthers, I would choose "And I Love Her" everytime.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aChUwN5LBao

I give her all my love
That's all I do
And if you saw my love
You'd love her too
I love her

She gives me everything
And tenderly
The kiss my lover brings
She brings to me
And I love her

A love like ours
Could never die
As long as I
Have you near me

Bright are the stars that shine
Dark is the sky
I know this love of mine
Will never die
And I love her

Bright are the stars that shine
Dark is the sky
I know this love of mine
Will never die
And I love her

Looking at the youtube video, reminds me of how beautiful Paul McCartney was in his youth.

My second song is a very different from the Beatles and first sung by a singer that I don't really care for, but I have found this song to be haunting and sexy. The song is called, "Sway." It was first recorded by Dean Martin. I never heard the song until I watched the movie "Shall We Dance?" starring Richard Gere and Jennifer Lopez. Every time I hear this song, I want to dance or make love with my husband. It moves me that much.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zsgcXZzu6io&feature=related

When marimba rhythms start to play
Dance with me, make me sway
Like a lazy ocean hugs the shore
Hold me close, sway me more

Like a flower bending in the breeze
Bend with me, sway with ease
When we dance you have a way with me
Stay with me, sway with me

Other dancers may be on the floor
Dear, but my eyes will see only you
Only you have the magic technique
When we sway I go weak

I can hear the sounds of violins
Long before it begins
Make me thrill as only you know how
Sway me smooth, sway me now

Other dancers may be on the floor
Dear, but my eyes will see only you
Only you have the magic technique
When we sway I go weak

I can hear the sounds of violins
Long before it begins
Make me thrill as only you know how
Sway me smooth, sway me now
You know how
Sway me smooth, sway me now

Written by Norman Gimble and Pablo Rosas Ruiz

My next song is so different from the previous two. It is an old song sung by a heavy metal/folk rock band called Tyr. It is an old ballad sung in Faroese. It is called "Regin Smiður". I could listen to this over and over again. It makes me want to learn Faroese.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5zNK--DUDg

Viljið tær nú lýða á
meðan eg man kvøða
Um teir ríku kongarnar
sum eg vil nú um røða

Grani bar gullið av heiði
Brá hann sinum brandi av reiði
Sjúrður vá á orminum
Grani bar gullið av heiði

Hundings synir í randargný
teir skaðan gørdu har
Eitur var í svørinum
teir bóru móti mær

Fávnir eitur ormurin
á Glitrarheiði liggur
Regin er ein góður smiður
fáum er hann dyggur

Hann var sær á leikvøllum
imillum manna herjar
Rívur upp eikikelvi stór
hann lemjir summar til heljar

Eystantil undri heyginum
ið dreingir eyka tal
Dimmur er hesin dapri dagur
niður í mold at fara

Har komm maður á vøllin fram
eingin ið hann kendi
Síðan hatt á høvdi bar
og finskan boga í hendi

Har komm maður á vøllin fram
hann vá við eggjateini
Eyga hevði hann eitt í heysi
knept var brók at beini

Ormurin er skriðin av gullinum
tað man frættast víða
Sjúrður setist á Granar bak
hann býr seg til at ríða

Grani bar gullið av heiði
Brá hann sinum brandi av reiði
Sjúrður vá á orminum
[ Find more Lyrics on http://mp3lyrics.org/Rrbo ]
Grani bar gullið av heiði

[Translation:]

Regin Blacksmith

Will you now listen
whilst I will sing.
About the rich kings
that I will now speak of

Greyfell carried the
gold from the heath
He swung his sword in wrath
Sigfried defeated the dragon
Greyfell carried the
gold from the heath

Hundings sons at war
they did damage there
Poison was in the sword
they carried against me

Fafnir is the name of the dragon
that lies on the Glittering Heath
Regin is a good blacksmith
to few is he faithfull

He was on fields of play
rages amongst men
Tears up large oak trunks
he maims some to Hel

On the easten side under the mound
where heroes grow in numbers
Dark is this sad day
down in the mould to go

A man stepped forward upon the field
Noone knew him
He had a wide hat on his head
and a Finnish bow in his hand

A man stepped forward upon the field
raging with his sword
He had one eye
and his trouser legs were buttoned

The dragon has slithered of the gold
it is rumoured widely
Sigfried seats himself
on Greyfells back
he prepares himself to ride

Greyfell carried the
gold from the heath
He swung his sword in wrath
Sigfried defeated the dragon
Greyfell carried the
gold from the heath

My last song isn't really a song, but more a tune. I first heard it repeated over and over again during the documentary that Ken Burns made on the Civil War. It is a haunting and lyrical piece of music. It is called, "Ashokan Farewell" and was written by Jay Ungar. I have listened to this a thousand times and it never gets old.

Here is a youtube version of this piece. It isn't the most pure version, but at least it doesn't have a lot of Civil War photos of dead soldiers shown throughout.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=29zF187xzxY

I could go on and on about the music that I like. This is just a few. I will keep it down to four.
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A friend of mine, Hotmarscube, took a different meme he was sent [31 days of sharing] and turned into a longer meme, at least longer in terms of commitment. It intrigues me and I hope that I will follow through for the full six months required.

The reason that I like his better is that with only one post a week, even if it takes six months, I can pick which day of the week to post, rather than post everyday for a month. Some days I am too busy with family, some days I don't feel well, or some days I could be too preoccupied to post. I would fail the daily meme and that would embarass me greatly. But with a weekly meme, I can find the time to post which means that I will be less likely to fail. I have seven days or 168 hours to work on the post. How can I fail with that time table?

Anyway, here is the list that he has posted, which, like him, I will be following. I hope you enjoy my weekly ramblings.

The list:

Week 01 → your favourite song
Week 02 → your favourite movie
Week 03 → your favourite television program
Week 04 → your favourite book
Week 05 → your favourite quote
Week 06 → a photo that makes you happy
Week 07 → a photo that makes you angry/sad
Week 08 → a photo you took
Week 09 → a photo of you taken over ten years ago
Week 10 → a photo of you taken recently
Week 11 → a fictional book
Week 12 → a non-fictional book
Week 13 → a fanfic
Week 14 → a song that makes you cry (or nearly)
Week 15 → an art piece (painting, drawing, sculpture, etc.)
Week 16 → a talent of yours
Week 17 → a hobbie of yours
Week 18 → a recipe
Week 19 → a website
Week 20 → a YouTube video
Week 21 → an object/a belonging
Week 22 → a place
Week 23 → a poem
Week 24 → a food
Week 25 → something that makes you amused
Week 26 → a pet
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