random knoweldge of the day: cards

Jul. 20th, 2017 03:50 pm
baronjanus: Adam and Eve picking an apple from the snake; Knowledge: it's what's for dinner. (0 knowledge)
[personal profile] baronjanus
A jack or knave is a playing card which, in traditional French and English decks, pictures a man in the traditional or historic aristocratic dress[.]

In the English pattern,[2] the jack and the other face cards represent no one in particular,[3] in contrast to the historical French practice, in which each court card is said to represent a particular historical or mythological personage. The valets in the Paris pattern have traditionally been associated with such figures as Ogier the Dane (a knight of Charlemagne and legendary hero of the chansons de geste) for the jack of spades;[4] La Hire (French warrior) for the Jack of Hearts; Hector (mythological hero of the Iliad) for the jack of diamonds; and Lancelot or Judas Maccabeus for the jack of clubs.[5][6]

In some southern Italian decks, there are androgynous knaves that are sometimes referred to as maids. In the Sicilian Tarot deck, the knaves are unambiguously female and are also known as maids.[7] As this deck also includes queens, it is the only traditional set to survive into modern times with two ranks of female face cards. This pack may have been influenced by the obsolete Portuguese deck which also had female knaves. Also, the modern Mexican pattern has female knaves.[8]

(from wiki)


Interestingly, in Hebrew it's named "a prince"

DEW: Reverie

Jul. 17th, 2017 09:47 pm
fanspired: (Happy Sam & Dean)
[personal profile] fanspired posting in [community profile] spn_bigpretzel
Genre: General
Rating: G
Characters: Impala
Spoilers/Warning: None
Word Count: 138
Disclaimer: I write for love only. Characters belong to Kripke/CW
A/N: written for the DEW challenge, Impala + dreams, and the SPN100 prompt, marble.




I get bored in the bunker. Though I’m safe here from theft and rust, I was happier when I was free to feel wind and rain, see life around me, always changing. Here nothing changes; nothing new to see. I dream of the highway, traveling the country again.

Sometimes I dream of other countries. Dean hates to fly and he’d never trust me to a storage hold, but how good it would be to drive the unfettered German autobahn, or the spaghetti asphalt of the Italian Alps. They call it the old world. They say Europe has churches a thousand years old. How strange! They talk of great art, and sculpted statues so fine they seem alive.

Still, statues are only hard, cold marble. I have my boys – here they come – walking, breathing art in warm, living flesh.

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Buffy fic

Jul. 14th, 2017 09:54 pm
baronjanus: sid rothman playing the violin, mob city (sid rothman violin)
[personal profile] baronjanus
It Never Happened: takes place between S5 and S6, bittersweet, Giles/Spike, has Ethan but no happies for Ethan (no big sads either, and hey, he's alive and gained money, so that's good).

RIP

Jul. 13th, 2017 08:44 pm
baronjanus: Wolf shadow over blue crystals (0 wolf blue grief)
[personal profile] baronjanus
Rest in peace Maya, the friendliest, most cuddly, most inquisitive kitty that ever did live.
יבדל"א her son Sammy, may he live a long and happy and healthy life.

fandom...

Jul. 11th, 2017 05:38 pm
fufaraw: Magnus and Alec (Malec)
[personal profile] fufaraw
I have been a Supernatural fan since first season. I will be a Supernatural fan long after they turn out the lights and lock the door--there'll always be fic and art and discussion going on somewhere, and even if there isn't any new material, I will never read all the fic in my lifetime.

But. During the hiatus, I seem to have fallen headfirst down the Shadowhunters rabbit hole. I haven't felt this squeeful about a show since early-seasons SPN.

It's running on the former Disney family channel, Freeform, and if you have Instant Watch, the first season, plus all aired episodes of season two are available there. Plus I think there's an app or something.

ANYway. Pretty actors*, pretty sets, surprising emotionally deep storylines and relationships for a fantasy genre tv show on a lesser-known channel. Give it a try--what've you got to lose?

magnus with teacup




























































*case in point: the High Warlock of Brooklyn, Magnus Bane, is wonderfully played by Harry Shum, Jr. previously appearing as Mike Chang on Glee. (point: biceps!) The rest of the cast is gorgeous, as well. I'm smitten. I'm full and overflowing with smit.

Oh, and I forgot to mention that Lisa Berry, SPN's own Billie the Reaper, has a recurring role early in S2.

On Vacation!

Jul. 9th, 2017 02:08 pm
la_samtyr: from painting by Dali (girl at window)
[personal profile] la_samtyr
Ok, everyone!

Starting tomorrow, I will be gone on vacation for about 2 weeks. Since any internet connections will probably be iffy, I won't be updating until I get back.

Wishing all of you happy birthdays, anniversaries, etc. and I will *try* to play catch-up when I get back.

Take care, everyone!

**hugs**

DEW: Uninvited

Jul. 9th, 2017 05:07 pm
fanspired: (Default)
[personal profile] fanspired posting in [community profile] spn_bigpretzel
Genre: Humour
Rating: PG
Characters: Sam and Dean
Spoilers/Warning: None
Word Count: 100
Disclaimer: I write for love only. Characters belong to Kripke/CW
A/N: written for the DEW challenge, Dean + creepy crawlies, and the SPN100 prompt, float.

The sound of gunfire from the bathroom brought Sam running, although he was growing used to these artillery outbursts and suspected he knew the cause. As he burst through the door his expectations were confirmed by the sight of his brother standing naked and dripping by the bathtub, smoking gun still in hand, while bits of dead spider floated in water that was rapidly emptying through a bullet hole in the enamel.

“Good shot,” Sam acknowledged, but he had to wonder as he glanced around the bare room, and again at the naked shooter. “Where were you keeping the gun?”

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