March 11th, 2001

Books

Mediaeval Baebes, "This Ay Nicht", Salve Nos, 1997

This Ay Nicht, This Ay Nicht
Every Nicht And All
Fire And Sleet And Candleliegt
And Christ Receive Thy Soul

If Ever Thou Gavest Hosen Or Schon
Every Nicht And All 
The Winnies Shall Prick Thee To The Bare Bone
And Christ Receive Thy Soul

If Ever Thou Gavest Hosen Or Schon
Every Nicht And All
Then Sit Ye Down And Put Them On
And Christ Receive Thy Soul 

When Thou From Hence Away Do Fall
Every Nicht And All
To Brigger Dread Thou Kommst At Last
And Christ Receive Thy Soul 

This Ay Nicht, This Ay Nicht
Every Nicht And All
Fire And Sleet And Candleliegt 
And Christ Receive Thy Soul 

The liner notes for the album only say who arranged it, and give no indication of what is is or where is came from. I would be interested to hear what some people think of these lines. Here are some of my thoughts:

  • Seems really quite old
  • An odd mix of archaic English and German
  • could be some sort of cant, but the meaning isn't clear or the purpose
  • Is it some kind of evil rhyme told to children to make them not lose their shoes?
  • This Very Night, This Very Night
    Every Night And All
    Fire and Sleet and Candlelight
    And God Receive Your Soul
    
    If Ever You Gave[?] Stockings or Shoes
    Every Night And All
    The Wind Will Prick You To [Your] Bare Bones
    And God Receive Your Soul
    
    If Ever You Gave[?] Stockings or Shoes 
    Every Night And All
    Then Sit You Down And Put Them On
    And God Receive Your Soul  
    
    When You Fall Away From Here
    Every Night And All
    To Greater[?] Dread (syn: fear,terror) You'll Come At Last
    And God Receive Your Soul 
    
    This Very Night, This Very Night
    Every Night And All
    Fire and Sleet and Candlelight 
    And God Receive Your Soul
    
  • Current Music
    Mediaeval Baebes - This Ay Nicht
Books

Surfing the Freenet

Woo hoo! I'm surfing the freenet in Mozilla.

Okay, well, if you knew what the fsck I was babbling about, you'd think it was pretty cool, I promise :)

Freenet is a project that is creating an entirely new architecture for the Internet. It is uncensorable and difficult to attack in known ways because of good design and lots of cryptography. Documents published on the freenet cannot be removed, but fade out when no one requests them after a long while. The most recent release of the freenet software has many usability improvements, including Fproxy's inclusion. Fproxy lets you access the freenet through your web browser, which is what I'm doing now.

Mozilla is a free webbrowser that is the distant descendant of Netscape Navigator. It's clean, standards compliant, security and privacy friendly (you can kill grpahics and popup pages) and probably available for your favourite OS (PalmOS is just SOL for awhile longer, sorry).

  • Current Music
    Mediaeval Baebes - Gaudete