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Old 02-25-2008, 07:05 PM   #61
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I quite liked Nate's 'Vera'.

'Qui verra Vera l'aimera.'
hmm... i rather like that as well. Vera evoking both visual media (as in the future tense of the french voir, to see : verra) and also latin "truth" (not that that is necessarily pertinent to ALL texts...).

i know, i know, i'm an etymology geek.

alternately, i quite like the name "Xavier".
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Old 02-25-2008, 07:09 PM   #62
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The personal electronic device for computing is called the "personal computer". The personal electronic device for playing mp3 files is an "mp3 player". I suggest that the personal electronic device for reading ebooks be called an "ebook reader", which will quickly conflate to "ereader", regardless of the current usage of that term.
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Vera - I so declare it!
There the two lovers plunged into the ocean of those
enjoyments, languorous and perverse, in which the spirit is
merged with the mysteries of the flesh. They exhausted the
violence of desires, the tremors, the distraught longings of
their tenderness. They became each the very heart-beat of
the other. In them the spirit flowed so completely into the
body that their forms seemed to them to be instruments of
comprehension, and that the blazing links of their kisses
chained them together in a fusion of the ideal. A long-drawn
rapture! And suddenly — the spell was broken! The terrible
accident sundered them. Their arms had been entwined. What
shadow had seized from his arms his dead beloved? Dead?
No: is the soul of the violoncello snatched away in the cry of
its breaking string?

The hours passed.

Through the casement he watched the night advancing in
the heavens: and Night became personal to him — seeming
like a queen walking into exile, with melancholy on her
brow, while Venus, the diamond clasp of her mourning gown,
gleamed there above the trees, alone, lost in the depths of
azure.

"It is Vera," he thought.

At the name, spoken under his breath, he shivered like a
man awakening, and then, straightening himself, looked
round him.
I know Nate is rather fond of his Kindle - but really!

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Old 02-26-2008, 07:39 AM   #64
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have i mentioned that this is the best thread ever ? it really is.
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Old 02-26-2008, 12:45 PM   #65
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Hm. I assumed Nate was making a Firefly joke. It seems quite unlikely that all these other literary allusions (lovely though they are) were behind the name in that context. But perhaps I'm selling Nate short....
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Old 02-26-2008, 01:13 PM   #66
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No, you are correct; I was making a Firefly joke.
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Old 02-26-2008, 01:55 PM   #67
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No, you are correct; I was making a Firefly joke.
hmm... could you explain the joke ? i don't understand (i know i know, it's not funny if you have to explain it... but still).

it still could be a good name ; just smile and go along with it when people start embroidering on it
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Old 02-26-2008, 02:03 PM   #68
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It's a reference to a line from the episode "Our Mrs. Reynolds". Basic story:

The captain is surprised with a wife (right after the title sequence).

(Halfway through the show) Jayne Cobb offers to trade his favorite gun for the wife. (The gun's name is Vera.)

P.S. I don't have the DVDs at hand, so I can't quote that scene completely. But lines like that are why I love that series.
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Old 02-26-2008, 03:53 PM   #69
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It's a reference to a line from the episode "Our Mrs. Reynolds". Basic story:

The captain is surprised with a wife (right after the title sequence).

(Halfway through the show) Jayne Cobb offers to trade his favorite gun for the wife. (The gun's name is Vera.)

P.S. I don't have the DVDs at hand, so I can't quote that scene completely. But lines like that are why I love that series.
Firefly - indeed! A likely story, Nate. Look, I know it's embarrasing to have your manhood at all compromised in public by letting it be known that you've read and enjoyed Vera by Villiers de L'Isle-Adam and secretly read other such works on your Kindle regularly. But let's be honest and own up to it, shall we? We're all grown ups here. Or at least you folks are!
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Old 02-26-2008, 04:34 PM   #70
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Alright, I confess. I am secretly addicted to 19th century French literature.
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Alright, I confess. I am secretly addicted to 19th century French literature.
...and just to go even further off-topic, I'm immediately reminded of Groundhog Day with Bill Murray. "What a waste of time!... I mean, for anyone else... you must be very bold..."
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Does anybody here remember Vera Lynn?
Remember how she said that
We would meet again
Some sunny day?

Vera! Vera!
What has become of you?
Does anybody else in here
Feel the way I do?



Comfortably numb,
Marc (none of which is any help at all)
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Does anybody here remember Vera Lynn?
Remember how she said that
We would meet again
Some sunny day?
She was definitely before my time but I remember the song well. The Wikipedia shows she's still alive (at 90) and recently active. "We'll Meet Again": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHcunREYzNY
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@Zelda:

While this post does have French, and squid, am not so sure that it is the best thread ever.

Though, perhaps I am too much influenced by my notion of the perfect thread. We still lack Redheads, robots, and coffee smoothies delivered via an orphidet-eqsue connectionality.
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There has also been no pie. None whatsoever. Not even French silk, which--no insult to our illustrious Franco-brethren(gender inclusive)--is the lowest form of pie, merely once place above cake.
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