“…in our defense, silence.”

“Can you see them?” wrote Theodulf of Orleans to Louis the Pious after being charged with treason and exiled to the monastery of Angers. Livid, and bereft of his usual wit, the old Goth demanded a chance to face his accusers. “See right through them!” he implored his unsympathetic sovereign. “They have no shield—no secrets to reveal.”

Fortunately, we live in a world that’s far more receptive to such pleas—and to a Monday assortment of spiffy links.

Blogger Geoffrey Chaucer breaks his silence, first with a Mother’s Day ode, and then with some shameless self-promotion, all before being unmasked at Kalamazoo.

At The Cimmerian, they’re scrutinizing early photos from the set of the new “Conan” film, and they don’t like what they see.

Steven Hart pens a tribute to Frank Frazetta, while James Gurney remembers working with him.

Christian Lindke notes the passing of J. Eric Holmes, the forgotten contributor to Dungeons & Dragons.

Remember heavy-metal medievalist Ronnie James Dio, who died this weekend at 67, with his truly heroic video for “Holy Diver.” (And check out this March 2010 appreciation of Dio at The Cimmerian.)

Predictions of Fire, the documentary about Laibach and the Neue Slowenische Kunst, hasn’t been released in the U.S., but you can watch it in eight parts on YouTube; part one is here.

Want to make any Web site look like it was made by a 13-year-old in 1996? Then enjoy the Geocities-izer.

Fly, my wingéd minion! Falconry thrives in the modern world. (Link via World of Royalty.)

Ephemeral New York spots “subway mosaics that supply a little history” and answers the question, “Who named the gates of Central Park?”

4 thoughts on ““…in our defense, silence.”

  1. Want to make any Web site look like it was made by a 13-year-old in 1996? Then enjoy the Geocities-izer.

    Having been perilously close to a 13-year-old in 1996 (and nerdy to boot), I remember the era well and have no wish to relive it. Call this an allergic reaction or call it an intentionally forgotten memory, but once was enough.

    (I clicked the link anyway, against my better judgment. The gifs are hilarious.)


  2. Oh, Geocities! How I miss those endless-scrolling, centered-text, sparkly background image days. (not really.)

    RIP Dio. My husband and I are totally bummed. 😦


  3. Thanks for linking to my blog! My main website started on Geocities in 1998, so of course I ran the modern version through the Geocities-izer. Hilarious! The gifs were weirdly appropriate for a history/royalty site — a Viking-looking woman, a unicorn, and a bleeding rose (clearly a reference to Princess Diana’s death).

    But I swear my Geocities site wasn’t that bad.


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