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Fri, Apr. 28th, 2006 | 06:37 pm   It's been awhile - STAIND slavezombie


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      Nobody seems to value the symbol in grammar anymore. Dash marks aren't what they use to be and the other day somebody referring to the slash mark (virgule) of an URL worded it to me as 'backslash'. This symbol is taken for granted. Not only does my mail arrive to my apartment as xxxx 1-2, but many times the ½ symbol is left out of my address altogether. Instead, I see the barcode hash marks down at the bottom of every letter that reaches my domain.
      So, before I stray from subject further, it is this symbol / I am referring to which is most often utilized in fractions. A newcomer called the backslash \ is not affiliated with fractions. Most people will tell you that they've used slash marks in sentences containing word alternatives such as 'and/or' as well as in date formats such as 4/29/6. The term virgule might as well be disgarded as latin, norse or some other medieval term. Yet, it's not like a person can look up the word slash a find the word "virgule" as reference to it. Instead, here is my dictionary definition of the term
slash 1: to cut with or as if with rouh sweeping strokes 2: CANE, LASH 3: to cut slits in (as a garment) so as to reveal a color beneath 4: to criticize cuttingly 5: to reduce sharply

      The definition for backslash wasn't even in my 9th collegiate dictionary. It was skipped over between the word "backslap" and "backslide" There are other definitions of the word 'slash' in this edition. The first one gives a time line for when "slash" first became useful in the 14c. NOTE: there's no reference to it being symbolic to slashmarks until 1576 when this word in particular started to mean 1: the act of slashing also: a long cut or stroke made by or as if by slashing 2: an ornamental slit in a garment and 3: an open tract in a forest strewn with debris (as from logging… the debris in such a tract and 4: DIAGONAL called also slash mark
      Then later, in 1652, the word began to mean a low swampy area often overgrown with brush.
     
Virgule F, fr. L virgula small stripe, obelus, fr. dim. of virga rod—mor at WHISK (1837): DIAGONAL 3

      Turning the page to 349, I find that the third definition which appeared as a reference source in both 'slash' and 'virgule' reads a mark / used typically to denote "or" (as in and/or), "and or" (as in straggler/deserter), or "per" (as in feet/second) —called also SOLIDUS, VIRGULE This defining etymological term was found to be in use as of 1571. Wikipedia cross references the backslash as a reverse solidus. A solidus is an ancient Roman gold coin introduced by Constantine and used to the fall of the Byzantine Empire. The end.
      Did anybody else think the movie Constantine with Keanu Reeves was a total disappointment?


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from: whthfck
date: Fri, Apr. 28, 2006 11:19 pm (UTC)
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Did anybody else think the movie Constantine with Keanu Reeves was a total disappointment?

NO!

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Constantine

from: slavezombie
date: Sat, Apr. 29, 2006 01:30 am (UTC)
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      I guess I'm just fickle. I don't consider a movie good unless it's over my head. You know, when a person gets lost and asked themselves "What just happened?", but the pace of the movie keeps moving ahead with more and more surprises making reflection impossible. These movies I watch more than once and if it's OK to interpret one thing one way, and the same thing a different way (the second time around) without distorting the moral of the story, if there is one, then it's something I consider adding to my collection.
      I liked CLOSER because I thought there was a thin line between Dan being the bad guy for having cheated on Alice. I felt justified since Alice was a stripper and being promiscuous very likely goes together with stripping. Anyway, I felt if Dan & Alice could live together as platonic friends without sex (since sex didn't have any scene whatsoever) then I preferred my take on the story as Dan having felt something for Alice, helping her out, etc. and while she got back on her feet again, he meets Anna. I don't know if it's humanly possible to live with a stripper and NOT have sex, but that was my fantasy story.
      It probably is true that a person who takes his/her own life can see angels and demons. I haven't been there, so I felt out of place and completely estranged watching CONSTANTINE. There is more to Constantine than the mere name of a soul in limbo. I want to learn a bit more about famous people in history who bear that name. Then I think I could appreciate that film.

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Re: Constantine

from: whthfck
date: Sat, Apr. 29, 2006 01:52 am (UTC)
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I love Closer, but it still confuses me, to be quite honest.

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CLOSER

from: slavezombie
date: Sat, Apr. 29, 2006 02:21 pm (UTC)
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That's how I feel about the music video for Damien Rice's song The blower's daughter which came with the DVD's special features. A friend discovered a library book containing the screenplay for the theatrical production. If you're ready, get your pencil out and write this info down.
Call # 822 M312-1 1999
Author Marber, Patrick, 1964-
Title(s) Closer / Patrick Marber.

The ending is different in the screenplay, but this is one film where I think the movie is better than the screenplay. There's a bunch of copies in the system available for checkout with your LA Public Library card.

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Re: Constantine

from: slavezombie
date: Sat, Apr. 29, 2006 04:43 pm (UTC)
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      Just found a short blurb in this weeks Entertainment Weekly mag mention Constantine who was a Roman emperor that converted to Christianity. According to the Da Vinci Code, which is due out in theaters this in May, one of the clues left behind by the murderer of the art curator refers to a theory that the Priory of Sion considered Constantine as the man behind the transformation of Paganism to Christianity. In other words, the role of women in the church was minimized to redirect the worship of goddesses.
      ru planning on seeing this film? I think it's out on May 19.

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Re: Constantine

from: whthfck
date: Sat, Apr. 29, 2006 04:52 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I want to see The da Vinci Code.

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