Monday, October 27, 2014

Full Speed, I've Got My Heart on My Sleeve

New #MusicMonday - Mary Lambert's "Heart on My Sleeve" is my new jam. I love the lyrics and the upbeat tone of the tune. Definitely some song inspiration for my new WIP.


 
 
 
 
 
And just because I can't resist a little geekery, here is where the term Heart on My Sleeve came from:
 
 
We use the phrase casually, to mean exposing our true emotions, making ourselves vulnerable and letting it all hang out. The phrase is so pervasive that from Ringo Starr to Eminem to Mary Lambert, those words-turned-lyrics have found their way into a range of musical genres.

But, what kind of sleeve? And why on a sleeve and not a pants leg or around your neck? There’s no clear answer. But many legends attempt to get at the heart(pun intended) of the matter and may explain the source of the saying.

The three most popular stories:
1. In the Middle Ages, Emperor Claudius II believed unattached men made better soldiers so he declared marriage illegal. As a concession, he encouraged temporary coupling. Once a year, during a Roman festival honoring Juno, men drew names to determine who would be their lady friend for the coming year. Once established, the man would wear her name on his sleeve for the rest of the festival.
2. Around that same time, it’s speculated, when a knight performed in a jousting match in the king’s court, he’d dedicate his performance to a woman of the court. By tying something of hers, like a handkerchief, around his arm, he’d let the court know the match would defend the honor of that woman.
3. Or, we can credit Shakespeare, where it may have first been recorded in writing:
Iago:
It is as sure as you are Roderigo,
Were I the Moor, I would not be Iago.
In following him, I follow but myself;
Heaven is my judge, not I for love and duty,
But seeming so, for my peculiar end;
For when my outward action doth demonstrate
The native act and figure of my heart
In complement extern, ’tis not long after
But I will wear my heart upon my sleeve
For daws to peck at. I am not what I am.
Othello, Act 1, Scene 1, 56–65
In the circa 1603 play, Iago confesses to treacherous acts and says that by “wear my heart upon my sleeve,” or truly exposing himself, he’s basically invited black crow-like birds to peck away at him.



Monday, October 20, 2014

We've got so good at pretending

I always look for new music to inspire my writing, and today my inspiration comes from "Holding Onto Heaven" by Foxes. While her music has a pop-like quality, its also cozy and warm, like something I would listen to on a rainy Monday morning with my hot cup of Irish Breakfast tea with pen and paper by my side.

What music inspires you?


Monday, October 13, 2014

And when I find what I was made for, this soul of mine will finally find some peace

Some songs, you can't escape from. They haunt you, gripping you back into the moments when you first heard them. I know that is always how I will feel about this song. Part of it makes me run screaming from the memories attached to it, and part of it will always hold it in my heart, close to where you left that empty mark on my soul.


Monday, September 29, 2014

I See You, And I Don't Know If I Want to...

Last week's season finale episode of Dallas was full of its expected, unexpected plot twists and turns, but this little unexpected gem is my choice for Music Monday - "I See You", the title of the song playing in the background while John Ross(Josh Henderson) breaks down in the elevator is by none other than the actor himself. So far, I've been unable to track down a full version, so this will have to tease your ears for now. Enjoy!


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Hump Day Hunk: Benedict Cumberbatch Channels Mr. Darcy

Benedict Cumberbatch is making Mr. Darcy enthusiasts word-wide collectively swoon with his photo channeling Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice leading man.

The best part, aside from the fact that he is making forget that anyone else ever looked sexy as the Pride and Prejudice character, is that he posed for charity. In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Give Up Clothes For Good campaign, TK Maxx and Cancer Research UK are hosting an exhibition of works by world famous photographer Jason Bell, featuring archive images of celebs including this one of Benedict.

For more information or to donate, visit www.tkmaxx.com.

Does anyone else think its time for another Pride and Prejudice film adaptation?

Photo by Jason Bell

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Czech It Out

It's Tuesday again, which means I'm letting my geek flag wave proudly. This week in my class we are studying morphology. Our exercise this week comes in the form of picking out a foreign language and attempting to complete the linguistic puzzle for it. There was a long list, but Czech caught my eye immediately - probably because Prague is on my bucket list and because my great-grandparents were both born in Czechoslovakia. Disclaimer - I know not a word of Czech. I know a few words like beer, house, bottom, and red-headed devil in Slavic, but I didn't imagine that would help me with the time of day in Czech.

If you'd like to try your hand at this puzzle, click here.
If you'd like to take yourself to task with some other languages, click here.

Here's how I came up with my answers(spoiler alert - don't look if you want to take the test yourself):


For this assignment, I selected the Czech linguistic puzzle, which requires the participant to try their hand at two sentences in Czech regarding time. The user is given several examples of how time should be written in Czech.

My rational in solving the puzzle was to look first for words that look similar to English words. From this I opted to presume that minut in Czech is equivalent to the noun minute or minutes in English. It also seemed to me that čtvrt could possibly translate to quarter. The rest of the words needed to translate the two sentences I was given, I guessed at based on the information provided in the mini telling time lesson above the problems. The following are what I guessed the words to be:

·         Osm – Eight

·         Půl – Half, as in half past.

·         Devate – Nine

·         Šeste – Six

·         Sedm – Seven

·         Deset - Ten

·         Na – To

·         Za – It’s

 The two phrases in English I had to translate into Czech were:

·         23 minutes after five

·         10 minutes after nine

To solve these, I relied on phrases from the mini lesson that were similar in nature and changed out the numbers to the appropriate ones. It seemed from the two examples with after in the time phrase that the convention was to explain the difference from the quarter to the next hour or half to the next hour. So 23 minutes after five would translate into Its seven minutes from half to six and 10 minutes after nine would be Its five minutes from quarter to ten.



 

 


Monday, September 15, 2014

I'm Giving You a Night Call

Binge-watching me was back at it again last night, watching the two-parter season finale of Reckless, when this song popped up during the final scenes. I've been unable to get the scenes or the song out of my head since. Enjoy!