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April 19, 2021
Rapping with Rab and Robert
Posted by Abi Sutherland at 02:44 PM * 157 comments

Someone elseweb crossed a couple of wires and mentioned Robert Frost when they meant Robert Burns. And I got that awful itch in my brain that I get sometimes.

So first this happened:

For though yer land an’ mine
Are neighbors near, an’ a’ that:
We split the apple frae the pine
A Wall’s a Wall for a’ that.

Then a couple of days later:

The way a pest
Crept up the side
Of the Sunday best
That you wore with pride
Made me see
How I’d be viewed
And rescued me
From being rude.

Then it was late at night and I took a bath. Unfortunately, I get ideas in the bath.

Thare’s mony speak o’ Rabbie Burns
An’ mony Robert Frost.
An’ gin the writers maun tak’ turns
Then for the first I favour Burns.
But gin the other micht be lost,
I think I ken enouch o’ verse
Tae say that as a poiet, Frost
Isnae worse
An’ worth the cost.

As Fade mentioned on Twitter, there’s an interesting space for parlor games here: crossing over the works of two poets that overlap somehow, whether by their names or some other characteristic.

The mic is open.

April 09, 2021
Cleaning the Augean database
Posted by Avram Grumer at 07:53 PM * 26 comments

Well, that took a couple of hours, but I think I got all of the spam from the past few weeks.

If anyone posted a long stream-of-consciousness-style Joyce parody about Tumblr, dating sites, and hormone supplements, it probably got deleted too.

March 02, 2021
Open thread 224
Posted by Patrick at 04:27 PM * 436 comments

For Teresa and me, March 1 has long been the anniversary of the day we moved to New York City, back in 1984.

This year, it was also the first anniversary of the announcement of the first known case of COVID-19 in New York City.

With any luck, we’ll live to mark future March 1sts as the anniversary of when Teresa got her first shot of the COVID-19 vaccine. And thanks to my being up-and-online freakishly early this morning, March 2, I unexpectedly got my own first shot today. We both have appointments for our second shots.

Signs and portents. Maybe we can make some light.