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I've been at home feeling flu-ridden since noon yesterday, which explains the peculiar tone of some recent posts.

It also means I don't have the energy to pursue several strange and fascinating links I have seen, noted here for future reference for when I feel better:
My great-grandfather's metallurgy textbook
The Online Etymology Dictionary (thanks to daegaer, I think)
The 1990 Douglas Adams/Tom Baker documentary on the future of computers, from nmg
Essay on Amber in Strange Horizons
While I'm thinking of Strange Horizons and my piece on Houellebecq's Lovecraft which I owe them, here is princeofcairo's response, via rfmcdpei several months ago

Also, someone posted in a locked entry that they had attended a wedding which "had a number of peculiarities, apparently as a result of the groom's eccentricities/strange sense of humour - it not only featured the 1662 wedding service, but also an absolutely frightful old hymn he'd discovered via the Flashman books about converting the heathen, with particular and inexplicable reference to Greenland." The hymn itself is apparently here. (WARNING! MUSIC!)

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daegaer
Sep. 27th, 2006 08:02 pm (UTC)
Best. Imperialist. Hymn. Ever!
saare_snowqueen
Sep. 27th, 2006 08:09 pm (UTC)
You may not believe this, but I was raised as a Methodist - in New England and I remember singing THAT hymn.
nwhyte
Sep. 27th, 2006 08:20 pm (UTC)
Well, Greenland is at least closer to New England than to [old] England!

My wife is a former Methodist lay preacher. She recognised the tune too.
saare_snowqueen
Sep. 27th, 2006 08:24 pm (UTC)
Why did she give up preaching? Were you aware that Margaret Thatcher and Hilary Clinton were also Methodists. What is it about Methodism that produces these (strange)activist women? I take that question back. If you have ever read a bio of John Wesley - the Q answers itself.
nwhyte
Sep. 27th, 2006 08:51 pm (UTC)
Not a lot of Methodists here in Belgium to preach to!

As for Hillary, I am informed that American Methodists are very different - they even have cough bishops!
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