Gates-gate, a Brouhaha in Three Acts

posted by Stal on 2009.08.06, under Stal
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If ye be yearning for the return of Talk Like Shakespeare Day, there be good tidings from the intersection of Elizabethan English and contemporary events.

In a most excellent three-act drama by the staff of the Boston Globe, the tale of Gates-gate and its eventual resolution through the aid of King Barack and some good ales unfolds. Tis certainly a worthy read in its entirety, but for the laggards among us, here’s a taste:

AXELROD: [...] What here? A saucy tale from Cambridgeham. The Sheriff has arrested a Moor for crimes unbefitting a gentleman.

BARACK: Stupid sheriffs arrest many Moors.

AXELROD: Perhaps in the Chicagoland of our youthful acquaintance, my lord. Not so many in Cambridgeham. ’Tis a most gentil and parfit place.

BARACK: Who is the man, and what is his crime?

AXELROD: ’Tis the Most Exalted University tutor Gates. Back has he spoken to the Sheriff, unbidden.

BARACK: Gates? I know this man. We have supped together on the enchanted Isle of Martha’s Vineland. I have seen him with Lady Oprah, prating about his ancestry.

AXELROD: Perhaps a photo op, my lord? We invite Gates and the Sheriff here, quaff ale in the summer heat, and proclaim peace and brotherhood among all men.

BARACK: And savor tobacco from the Duke of Marlboro?

AXELROD: Not with the people watching, sire.

[ A Tale Told by an Idiot / Boston Globe ]

DickensUrl

posted by Stal on 2009.04.29, under Stal
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It seems like everyone and their mother has been hard at work at creating a URL redirection site. Hot on the heels of TinyURL and FreakingHugeUrl, we introduce DickensURL for your Victorian literature URL needs. (Why is this necessary? The answer lies somewhere between a surplus of bibliophile geeks with time on their hands and Rule 34.) Some examples:

From the Old Curiousity Shop: http://dickensurl.com/539a/Shes_the_ornament_of_her_sex

From Our Mutual Friend: http://dickensurl.com/531b/I_want_to_be_something_so_much_worthier_than_the_doll_in_the_dolls_house

Previously: FreakingHugeUrl

[ hat tip: WJ ]

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