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Via [livejournal.com profile] musingsylph: The Golden Compass movie website, newly arrived on the Internet, provides a working alethiometer. (No direct link; click on the button marked "alethiometer" on the page.)

Apparently, one of the meanings of "bread" is "Christ." Obviously, as [livejournal.com profile] bookelfe pointed out when I started discussing the site with her, bread is connected to Christ through the communion wafer. It interests me that the website designers chose to put Christ in their symbol reader. They're clearly invoking the theological underpinnings of His Dark Materials, and yet they're also rewriting His Dark Materials. Pullman's allegorical structure notably lacks a Christ-figure; the role of God is played by a senile being who may once have been God-the-Father and by his regent, the angel Metatron. I've found myself wondering whether the Consistorial Church of Lyra's universe is Christian at all.

In any case, the decision to include theology in the website to a mass-market movie based on a remarkably anticlerical sequence of books pleases me. I have hopes that Pullman's allegories do not all get wiped away in the conversion process.

ETA: One of the crocodile's meanings is "America." Dear programmers, I know that some of the people working on this website have examined Pullman's world maps. I suppose those weren't the people working on the alethiometer.
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I swear I did not manipulate this program.

You went trick or treating as HesterPrynne.
StaticShock gave you Jesus.
Athena gave you AGlassSlipper.
BranDavies gave you StrawberryPez.
Hawkgirl gave you TheSignOfBronze.
You had a terrible time until AnneofGreenGables tried to suck your blood.

What's Your Trick-or-Treat Haul?
Shiver My Timber--A Pirate RPG









(Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] mythosidhe for the link!)
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I should be writing, or possibly grading, or perhaps reading Middle English.

Instead, I am examining the possibilities of Regender, a different kind of translator.

For instance, what would today's news look like if Harry Miers had been nominated for the Supreme Court?

From the Fitchburg, MA Sentinel and Enterprise, modified from this article with the help of Regender:

The White House limited its list of potential justices to men. )

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] catamorphism for the link to Regender.

ETA: [livejournal.com profile] angevin2 and her readers are trying Regender with Shakespeare.
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At [livejournal.com profile] pirate_eggie's literature restaurant, they serve Slaughterhouse Fries, The Phantom Tollhouse Cookies and Cry, The Beloved Country-Fried Steak. Check the comments for further recipes - my favorite is "Finnegan's Cake (not that we expect you to finish it)."

I know that you all know what you'd serve if you were running that restaurant. Tell me!

***

Also, there is new Dark is Rising fic!

This Will Last For Long, by [livejournal.com profile] gramarye1971 and [livejournal.com profile] delamancha, is a lovely examination of how Merriman and Gwion first became friends. Technically, it's Milliways backstory, but it stands on its own. The Lowland Hundred as Gramarye and Sweeney depict it is a place of danger and beauty, full of traps, odd laws and music.

[livejournal.com profile] daegaer wrote me a lovely short piece about Will at Miss Greythorne's ball, complete with Julian of Norwich quotation.

On a final Dark is Rising note, I realized today that I've been mispronouncing "gramarye" in my head for fourteen years -- the "y" is a vowel, not a consonant.

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