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Every December, I participate in a fanfiction exchange called Yuletide, in which people request fanfiction for artworks and other fandoms that do not have significant amounts of fanfiction written for them.

This year, there was a request for fanfiction for the poem "The Tay Bridge Disaster" by William McGonnagal. This is one of McGonnagal's best-known poems, and he is known for being among the worst poets ever to write in English. So of course I am a fan. When all I knew was that someone had requested the poem as a fandom, I was already interested in writing something for them. But then I saw the letter, in which one of the suggestions was "Retell it in Virgilian hexameters."

Here's the thing. I had already written the first line as a Virgilian hexameter. About a year earlier, I had seen in a listing of Latin placenames for locations in Britain that the Scottish river Tay is Tavus, and had translated McGonagall's "Beautiful Railway Bridge of the Silv’ry Tay!" as "Trāminis ō pulcher pons tū Tāvī radiantis!" So I had to write more. It was a moral imperative.

As it turned out, I wasn't able to get the whole poem translated by the Yuletide deadline. I did get the opening and closing stanzas, which are perhaps among the best-known parts of the poem. So I put a frame story onto it of discovering the two fragments, which gave me the chance to use some MLA citations. The selection by Colin S.K. Walker is real, and very recommended.

De Tavi Pontis Clade Carminis Fragmenta: Newly Discovered Fragments (543 words) by cnoocy
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Tay Bridge Disaster - William McGonagall
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Additional Tags: Academia, scholarship, Hexameter

The opening and closing of Gulielmus McGonagall's De Tavi Pontis Clade, newly discovered in the original Latin.

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So, I wrote some fanfiction last year!
One drabble, two at around 140 words, one ~1500, and one at almost 6000 )

None of this would have been possible without the help of my beta readers: [personal profile] jadelennox , [personal profile] yomikoma , and [ profile] lumpybeast .
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Non mala munera sunt, quae misit Munera Mali.

(They are not bad gifts, which Jobs of Apple gave.)


Aug. 28th, 2010 06:43 pm
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I just finished reading the Etymologies of St. Isidore, which I started in the summer of 2004. I still have more fun bits to post, but in case I don't get to it, here's what he says about the beet:

Beta apud nos oleris genus; apud Graecos littera.

The beta (beet) is among us a type of vegetable; among the Greeks it is a letter.

(XVII, x, 15)

It will be odd to leave for work on Monday without Isidore in my satchel.

(ETA reference)
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Not reference books about zombies, reference books that are back from the dead. I now own a newly-printed copy of a type of reference book that's been out of print for more than a century.
The full story )
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I'm still reading Isidore's Etymologies off and on. Here he is defending the inaccuracies of previous authors in language that could apply to him:

Unde nec historicos nec commentatores varia dicentes imperite condemnare debemus, quia antiquitas ipsa creavit errorem.
Therefore we ought to rashly condemn neither historians nor commentators saying various things, because antiquity itself has created the error.

When I started reading Isidore, I wasn't expecting the amount of personal respect I've gained for him.
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I am continuing to read through the Etymologies of St. Isidore of Seville off and on: I'm on the twelfth book of twenty. Sometimes I'm surprised by how modern he is: apparently the term "ant lion" is more than 1300 years old.
And then there's the times I'm surprised in the other direction. XII:vi:3:
Amphibia sunt quaedam genera piscium, dicta eo quod ambulandi in terris usum et natandi in aquis officium habeant. Ἀμφὶ enim Graece utrumque dicitur, id est quia et in aquis et in terris vivunt: ut phocae, corcodilli, hippopotami, hoc est equi fluviales.
Amphibians are certain kinds of fish, so called because they have the task of walking on land and swimming in water. For ἀμφὶ means "both" in Greek, i.e. because they live both in water and on land: such as seals, crocodiles, and hippos, these being river horses.

It's really impressive how much he knows and how differently he views the world.
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Questions from [ profile] jadelennox. Read more... )
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These are from [ profile] aspartaimee. Read more... )
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Answers for [ profile] lilisonna.
Read more... ) I have two more of these to do. Let's see how I do!
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What the hey. 10 songs, favorite/most translatable lines, in Latin. Try it without online references or with. No particular rules. But post your answers in the next entry, not this one.
Read more... )
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Last week: Discovered Martialis, a blog posting the epigrams of Martial, one per day, for the next four and a half years.
This week: Started reading the Aeneid (in translation) on the train, since I never finished it in college.
Tuesday: Found the entirety of the Etymologies of St. Isidore at the local used bookstore. Isidore wrote them to contain the entirety of human knowledge, though we now know that much of what he wrote is incorrect. He is of course the patron saint of the Internet.
This weekend: Finished writing the XSLT to produce an index of first lines to all the poems on my website.
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See my earlier post for the skinny.

The Songs )

New Meme

May. 8th, 2004 09:54 am
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From [ profile] jdm314:
"Here's the challenge: On your current playlist, hit shuffle and pick the first twenty songs on the list (no matter how cheesy or embarrassing), and write down an easily recognizable line [or a few] from the song... in Latin. Then, have your friends comment and see if they know the songs.
Extra points if you can name the song & artist(s) in Latin, or improve on my translation.
I suspect this meme will catch on like wildfire!!"
I will follow his example by starting with 10 and seeing how it goes. I will also make it more puzzler friendly by not allowing comments in this entry. Post answers as a reply to the next entry. That way, you can start on your own, then work with the group once you feel stuck. Or go directly into group solving.
The songs )
cnoocy: (spot)
The rules )
Questions from saxikath )
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The rules )
Questions from colorwheel )
Yes, in fact, I do have a day left in this job and no work to do. Why do you ask?
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Interview meme from [ profile] leighjen. First, the rules:

1 - Leave a comment, saying you want to be interviewed.
2 - I will respond; I'll ask you five questions.
3 - You'll update your journal with my five questions, and your five answers.
4 - You'll include this explanation.
5 - You'll ask other people five questions when they want to be interviewed.

Questions from Leighjen. Some of you have seen me do this before... )
Questions from [ profile] colorwheel forthcoming. Let me know if you want questions from me. (And in what language!)
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5 questions from [ profile] jadelennox. Answers also in Latin and Rikchik.

5 rogationes a [ profile] jadelennox. Responsa quoque Anglice et Ilpedice.

1. Latin poetry or puzzles?

I would keep the Latin poetry. But the choice is a painful one even to think about.

Poesin Latinam servo. Sed lectionem contemplari me dolet.

2. Snuggling or music?

A fight with whichever god or person was compelling the choice.

Proelium cum quoquo deo vel homine qui lectionem cogit.

3. Gabrielle or Willow?

Willow. Gabrielle's too mature for me.

Salix. Gabriela prudentior mihi est.

4. Daniel Pinkwater or Kim Stanley Robinson?

Pinkwater. I can live without grandiose, but not without silly.

Auctor libri cui nomen "Musica Lacertarum." Sine notionibus grandibus vivere possum, sed non sine absurdis.

5. How is it possible to maintain that some questions are better than others in a way that cannot be entirely reduced to a binary opposition? Since it is obvious that no memer actually thinks that all questions are equally interesting, what kind of evaluation does memeing permit?

Holding a question to be better than another is itself a binary opposition. A meme like this one are not a compressed opinion like the "Good or Bad" of Brunching Shuttlecocks, but instead an opportunity to see a single idea from multiple perspectives.

Alteram rogationem meliorem altera habere ipsum oppositio bina est. Memata similia huic memati non sunt sententiae condensatae, sicut programma cui nomen "Bonum aut Malum" apud Pilas Pennatas Quae Hora Quinta Comedunt, sed etiam his mematibus notionem unam ex multis adspectibus videre possumus.

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