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July 17th, 2007

01:34 pm - Medieval You?

Over at Twenty Sided, Shamus is wondering if you'd be dead or alive if you were in medieval Europe. (It's also been posted in a few other places, so you might have seen it around the Net today.)

I think he's a bit pessimistic on the age of marriage - it depends on a number of factors, including urban or rural location, wars, etc. - but that's beside the point: in order to entertain me, tell me: would you have survived the Middle Ages in Europe or an equivalent economy/technology level where you would have been? Assume that your health history up to now is more-or-less the same - car accidents being some sort of equivalent accident, etc. - so you didn't die in a plague unless you were, say, me and had MALARIA as a child. :)

I'm really on the edge, but provisionally leaning towards dead. I had the aforementioned malaria at 5, but it was a light case and we knocked it out thoroughly enough that I never had relapses. Which I doubt would have been the case back then (malaria was known in medieval Europe). People can survive malaria for many years, but I think something like the severe malnutrition caused by lactose intolerance in a dairy-based economy would have done me in during a relapse in my early 20s. As I'm in my mid-30s, single, without kids, and working in an academic milieu I assume my medieval self entered the Church at a young age and I resided in an abbey until I died. But that brings up another point: if it was a well-off abbey, I'd have had better nutrition and medical care, so might have survived, if they could figure out that it was milk doing me in.

Off to lunch! I'll read when I come back. :)

07:31 pm - Aaah, sometimes they're so accurate!

At the command "May I Take Your Order?" Cross-Eyed Bacon, a delicious harpoon with the wielder's VIN etched on to it, obtains a liberal arts degree.

09:08 pm - Fly free, little meme! Be free!

Telophase's Zanpakutō:
(Fourth Division Irregulars)

Fuzzy Allergy is a fluffy shinogi. When you activate it with the command "Come On Down!" it alphabetizes your CDs.

What's Your Zanpakutō?

Telophase's Zanpakutō:
(Fourth Division Irregulars)

Flaming Apparatus Grater is a heavy spear. When you activate it with the command "Deal!" it drones on interminably about its last Dungeons and Dragons game.

What's Your Zanpakutō?

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10:02 pm

20 min. 3.6? mi. Total: 495 From Rivendell: 32.3 Empty country. Rough and barren.

The meter thingy on the bike is dead. Changed batteries, which did no good, so it's probably the wiring. I set a timer, and as I think I was going about the same speed as I usually do, I guesstimated at the distance. :D

Also, my cable box is not turning on. WOES.

10:18 pm

I have to admit that I was sort of hoping y'all would post your silly zanpakuto meme results in your own blog instead of mine, so that the thing could spread. :)

ETA: OK, it's starting to get out there a wee bit. Panic averted. Now to worry about my bike meter thingy and cable box.

10:42 pm

I like this the way it's supposed to be and the way the grammar makes it sound. XD (In that case, it's a very specialized zanpakuto.)

Telophase's Zanpakutō:
(Fourth Division Irregulars)

At the command "Presume!" your zanpakuto, a chilly takoba which attracts flies named Flaming Potato, demands a pay raise.

What's Your Zanpakutō?

11:03 pm - I meme, therefore I am

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11:05 pm - Community mods...

...kutsuwamushi has a list of known HP spoiler trolls, along with instructions on banning them from your community, if you want to ban them pre-emptively.
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