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Chicago Tribune, May 11, 1875. This kind of thing happens to me all the time–other bloggers try to provoke me into throwing a punch so they can pull out a hand cannon. Old media, new media: what’s the difference?
I’m not familiar with an opera or operetta called Deborah. Anyone know of it?

I’ve never seen “nerve” as an adjective before, but I kinda like it.

“Downing’s carrying a pistol was regarded by everybody as a joke”–ouch!


  1. And from the Department of Useless Information: “Deborah” (also performed in English as “Leah, the Forsaken”) was an extremely popular play by S. H. Mosenthal, still going strong in the late 80s. The plot involves a Jewish girl in love with a Christian boy in 17th-century Germany. Death ensues.

  2. I knew, I knew, I knew I could count on you.

  3. Death always ensues in cases of forbidden love, and most often it’s the woman who dies. It happens so often in operas (and I guess plays too), there’s even a word for it: opera-rational (inspired by spell-check gone awry).

    On a vaguely opera-related note, I mostly have my voice back, and will try my best to get the Hope Chest theme song recorded this weekend.

  4. Glad to hear you are feeling better, Jackie!

    • Be sure to drink your ovaltine check your e-mail. I finished recording the song.

        • mrparallel
        • Posted February 7, 2010 at 5:30 pm
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        Wee-hawk! Awesome Finn is awesome!
        If I can figure out how, I’m going to try to sync it to a slide show of headlines and post same to Youtube.
        Okay, I am off to listen to it.

  5. If you want or need the file as a raw WAV, I can send it to you that way.

    • Hi Jackie:
      That’d be great. I’m having zero luck here. Been downloading all kinds of “Vorbis” and “codec” and other stuff I don’t know what is, but to no avail.

  6. I put the WAV file on zShare because the file is huge. I’m not sure how long they keep files, but I recommend grabbing it as soon as possible.

  7. What the hell is signified by “nerve to the last”?Is it the opposite of ,say, “buddies to the end”?

    • It’s like “Oh man, that was nerve!” The kids were saying it.

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