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Further notes on Star Wars, now that it's not four AM: what is Roger Zelazny's Wixer doing in this movie? Poor giant gecko. I was totally into the giant gecko.

And Christensen made a much more appealing fallen angel than he had any right to, and actually bears a fairly striking resemblance to Mark Hamill from certain broody angles of profile, especially when backlit by gouts of lava.

And just don't get my inner science fiction writing going on the lava planet. That's all I ask.

Minimal metrics today, for I R dumb with sleeplack, and also hurried.

Progress notes for 19 May 2005:

Whiskey & Water

New Words: 1005 (and happy to have that much, frankly)
Total Words: 81,774/91,500
Pages: 366

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91,500 / 160,000

Reason for stopping: work!
Mammalian Assistance: none. There is no love.
Stimulants: seltzer
Exercise: gothercise
Mail: nomail
Today's words Word don't know: Rathskeller
Tyop du jour: n/a
Darling du jour: n/a
Books in progress, but not at all quickly: Neal Stephenson, Quicksilver; various things I'm critting in draft.
Interesting research tidbits of the day: Springfield, MA skyline
Other writing-related work: n/a


Today's words Word don't know: Rathskeller

To me it´s obvious why Word doesn´t know this one. It´s actually Ratskeller minus the "h". If it´s the German word you´re using, that is. I´ve encountered this word in (English language) fiction before and I was wondering where the "h" came from. Maybe it´s because you don´t want it to sound like a cellar full of rats? ;-)

German used to have a lot of th's, but it's been dropping out of modern spellings where the h isn't pronounced. At the time English adopted the word, however, Rathskeller still had it.

That's why it's neanderthal and not neandertal.

In English, it's frequently spelled with an aitch:

exhibit a:

Oh, okay then, I bow to your deeper insight. ;-)

Can I just ask how you pronounce this? I always love to find German words in English texts but I always wonder...
Without the h. *g* Or with it. Depending on whether the person pronouncing it has ever taken a German class.

Kind of like we handle Neanderthal. *g*
Ah, I see I'm not the only one who saw the broody Hamill resemblance type thing - and don't forget the chin dimple (should we call it a chinple?).
Hang on, surely the lava planet is just Io with a bit of dramatic license?
Well, yeah; it was its habitability that I questioned. *g*
Well the breathable atmosphere was kinda what I meant by dramatic license. :)
Kinda like the license given to loud explosions in space?

Clearly they're propagating through the force ether.

*sheds a tear for Firefly*
Steeleye Span!!!