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bear by san

There's nothing uglier than a man hitting his stride.

[21:33] matociquala: Brown bears look at you like they're trying to decide if you're likely to be a problem.
[21:33] matociquala: Polar bears look at you like they're trying to decide if there's enough meat on that to justify a jog.
[21:33] leahbobet: (you now have me thinking about bipolar bears.)

...I need a Bipolar Bear icon.

Progress notes for 21 August 2006:

"Limerent"

New Words:  1269
Total Words: 6777
Pages: 30
Deadline: September 5
Reason for stopping: Every time I try to quit, it feeds me another sentence. Which is, yanno, better than not, I guess.

Stimulants:  mint ice cream
Exercise: none
Mammalian assistance: Mebd appears to have spent the day murdering her green glitter ball, to judge by the state of the floor.
Mail: edits to "Sounding"

Today's words Word don't know: unpleasantries, elaborations
Words I'm surprised Word do know: métier

Mean Things: pressure to bear false witness, too much brandy, being put on the spot by your boyfriend, being put on the spot by your other boyfriend, being put on the spot by your other boyfriend's other boyfriend....
Darling du jour: When the unpleasantries were dispensed with, Garrett cleared her throat and said, "His Grace has told me something interesting."
Jury-rigging: I have been given many cool and clever sentences by this story.

There's always one more quirk in the character: Richard's a bastard. I mean, I knew he was a bastard. But he's a bastard.
Other writing-related work: Edits on sounding.
Books in progress:
Hal Duncan, Vellum;
John Lindow, Norse Mythology;
Stanley Wells, Shakespeare and Co.: Christopher Marlowe, Thomas Dekker, Ben Jonson, Thomas Middleton, John Fletcher and the Other Players in His Story

The Internet is full of Things: I note this strictly for reference's sake. Any use you choose to make of it is between you and your God.

Also, Kitty the Movie Star proves that it is possible to maintain one's dignity while being stuffed ass-end-first into an overhead luggage compartment. 

I used to have a (much smaller) Burmese python, which died because I was an idiot. (This is the way all herpiles kept in captivity die, in case you didn't know. They're tremendously fragile critters in some ways, and Many Things Can Go Wrong.) Lovely snake, though. Catch me at a con sometimes and I'll show you the scars from the time she bit me. (Because I was an idiot. This is also how you get bitten.)

They're not very impressive scars. Pythons have very small teeth.

Comments

Your subject line is one of my favourite lines of all time :)

Hmm. I'm sure you know the joke about how to tell a black bear from a grizzly? (Climb a tree. Black bear'll come up after you; grizzly'll knock it over.)
You know the one about identifying the bear scat, right?
Hmm. The one with the bear bells in it?

You must have a collection of these by now.
Keep 'em coming. *g*
Hooray for The Stranger!
...huh?
Um, your own "research purposes only" link is to an article at the local alt weekly here in Seattle, The Stranger.
Aha. *g* Totally did not notice.
Ya know, I'm pretty sure that any God worthy of devotion pretty much has to approve of opposing Focus on the Family.I mean, they've gone all hateful since the early nineties and they wield a fair amount of power.
As a minister, I have to agree with you. There is almost no overlap between the twisted legalism of the fundamentalists and the teachings of Jesus. Their twisting of scripture would be comic if it weren't so vile. Their narrow-minded hypocracy turns a faith whose very core and foundation is love into a buzzword for unthinking bigotry.
Speaking as a Christian, what makes these people and their posturings truly dangerous is they so misrepresent God they drive people away from him.
(I blog on this topic occasionally when they do something particularly offensive and blame it on God.)

I like the "Steal This Book" vibe of the article.
Thank you for this comment.

Re: Bipolar bear

I hadn't, thanks!
Black bears look at you like they're wondering if you'd squeak when they pounce on you like a proper chew-toy.

(answer: yes, actually)
FYI, BiPolar bear was a superhero in the old The Tick animated series.
Andean bears look at you like their glasses are foggy.

At the Queens zoo, I discovered that while I have pretty much no fear of Big Cats, and will happily walk up to a puma enclosure with a sensation of "where's the pretty kitty?", walking up to a bear enclosure? No way. Primordial *shivers* of dread. My hind-brain kept going, "What, are you *stupid*!" and my legs would quit working. And it wasn't even a threatening bear!

Not that you need it...

But if you're still picking up researchy stuff, I enjoyed Myths and Symbols in Pagan Europe.

Re: Not that you need it...

thanks!
*loffs polar bears*
And oh yes, have you heard this one:


An atheist was walking through the woods one day in Alaska, admiring all that evolution had created. "What majestic trees! What a powerful river! What beautiful animals!" he said to himself.

As he was walking alongside the river, he heard a rustling in the bushes behind him. Turning to look, he saw a 13-foot Kodiak brown bear beginning to charge towards him.

He ran as fast as he could down the path. He looked over his shoulder and saw that the bear was rapidly closing on him. Somehow, he ran even faster, so scared that tears came to his eyes.He looked again and the bear was even closer. His heart pounding in his chest, he tried to run faster yet.

But alas, he tripped and fell to the ground. As he rolled over to pick himself up, the bear was right over him, reaching for him with its left paw and raising its right paw to strike him.

"OH, MY GOD! ..." cried the atheist.

Time stopped. The bear froze. The forest was silent. Even the river stopped moving ... As a brilliant light shone upon
the man, a thunderous voice came from all around, "YOU DENY MY EXISTENCE FOR ALL THESE YEARS, TEACH OTHERS THAT I DON'T EXIST AND EVEN CREDIT CREATION TO SOME COSMIC ACCIDENT. DO YOU EXPECT ME TO HELP YOU OUT OF THIS PREDICAMENT? AM I TO COUNT YOU AS A BELIEVER?"

Difficult as it was, the atheist looked directly into the light and said, "It would be hypocritical to ask me to be a Christian
after all these years, but perhaps you could make the bear a Christian?"

"VERY WELL." said God.

The light went out. The river ran. The sounds of the forest resumed.... and the bear dropped down on his knees, brought both paws together, bowed his head and spoke: "Lord, thank you for this food which I am about to receive..."

:)
Nothing to do with the post really, but I thought I'd pass on that I just read 'Blood and Iron' and enjoyed it quite a bit -- enough that I will probably be reading it over again to pick up some bits I missed previously (I read too quickly). I was wondering, though...how long was it from first glimmering of this universe in the back of your brain to completion? I see so many influences (myth, etc.) mixed in here that I think it must have been percolating for a long time.
Glad you liked it!

I started thinking about that universe in high school. :-P

...I need a Bipolar Bear icon.


Here you go =)

BiPolarBear for Matociquala