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questa poi la conosco pur troppo

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2021-04-21 16:18:45

    It turns out that in the Middle English dialect of the Gawain Poet, one of the words for “man” is “freke.” Which makes for interesting first impressions of lines in SGGK


    "If any freke be so felle to fonde þat I telle" --If any man be bold enough to try what I tell

    That's the Green Knight inviting the knights of Arthur's hall to his decapitation game. I can almost imagine that as his headline on Medieval Grindr, next to a bunch of water droplet and fist emojis

    Lepraria eburnea

    Elfenbein-Staubflechte (ivory dust lichen)

    Tired? Yeah, you are. For a brief moment, rest your weary head on our fluffy, pillowy pal, L. eburnea. This leprose-crustose lichen has a soft, powdery or cottony, white/gray, green-tinged thallus coated in coarse soredia. It pretty much looks like piles of green dirt caked onto rocks and moss. It has been recorded in Australasia, Greenland, North America and Europe thus far, with three different chemotypes occurring in Europe. Chemotypes are lichens that are structurally and genetically similar, but the produce different chemicals–in this case, alectorialic and protocetraric acids. Some L. eburnea produce one or the other, and some produce both. Why? Who knows! It could be the beginnings of evolutionary divergence, it could be a response to different environments, or any other number of things. We don’t know yet. There is not enough time to research every mystery lichens present to us, but we’re working on it. 

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    top 5 musicals to perform with muppets. or early modern plays. or both. your pick.

    oh you know I’m gonna do both. I’m tempted to do all Sondheim for the musicals, but I feel like there has to be at least some variation. Let’s see...


  • Sweeney Todd
  • Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812
  • A Little Night Music (just imagine Miss Piggy’s rendition of “Send in the Clowns”)
  • Dear Evan Hansen--not for any particular love of that show, but to see how a Muppet cast deflates its self-seriousness. I would particularly like to see Animal in the title role.
  • Follies. Picture that for a second.
  • Early modern drama:

  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream is very much in keeping with the Muppet style--madcap, full of giant unfortunate mix-ups, lots of running around screaming.
  • The Knight of the Burning Pestle for that same reason.
  • The Spanish Tragedy, for the opposite reason
  • The Revenger’s Tragedy
  • Twelfth Night