Ren Faire and the Snow Gryphon

Snow Gryphon Page
Today, The Olsons and I went to the Ren Faire down on the south side of the Twin Cities in Shakopee.
Although some bad connotations with me and previously visited Ren Faires threatened to spoil my visit, I managed to get over some early morose feelings and enjoy myself.
Of course, half of the fun going to such an event is the booths. The Minnesota Renaissance Faire is no exception, with a wide variety of wares to sell. And I found myself tempted at the booth of Windwolf Studio. While not quite at the level, monetary and otherwise of, say, Ruth Thompson (who also had a booth), I fell head over heels for a print of a rather unique Gryphon.
I like Gryphons (or Griffins if you prefer). Not as overdone as, say, Dragons, there is just something about the combination of big cat and bird that appeals to me. A merging, if you wanted to get mystical, of earth and sky. I point to the fact that Hadrian and his shadow of DuMarque have a Griffin as a special symbol and protector.
Anyway, the rather unique picture (which can be see at the link at the top of the entry) is of a Gryphon composed of a snow leopard and a gyrfalcon. I forced myself away from buying it the first time I saw it, mainly because I was still in that bad mood. The next time we passed by the booth in our looping travels, I was strongly tempted, and told the Olsons that I wanted to stop by the booth before we left.
When we did make that final trip, I picked it up. Sure, it cost me $25, but its absolutely unique, and gorgeous. And it helped to “make my faire”, especially when the Olsons decided to throw in a surprise. Once we left the shop, Felicia went back in, ostensibly to look at other stuff. What I didn’t realize until we got back to the car and she handed it to me was that she had gotten me a t-shirt with the very same picture as well. No doubt I will wear it at next year’s ACUS.
Really, sometimes I don’t deserve such generous friends.

Time Travel Fun

Over at Crooked Timber, one of the contributors, Brian, is apparently going to be teaching a course at Brown this coming semester on…Time Travel. He warms up any prospective students by taking on the Back to the Future Trilogy…
Modifications to my obvious misremembering of the article’s argument and conversations in BTTF itself are italicized in the text. Thanks to Blacksheep for pointing some of them out. Of course his theory about merging Martys stands on its own irregardless of my goofs. Thanks!

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Whig and Federalist Test

Whig and Federalists Quiz
Got this via Ginger, a political quiz for the alternate political parties in the alternate world that the author has cooked up. You know me…alternate history, I’m there.
I wound up as a Moderate Whig in this alternate universe. Considering how the politics in this world are different, I think it was probably a tossup between that and Moderate Federalist. (At least as far as I understand his two parties)