22 December 2009

lady companions

looking through an old W magazine photo spread of peaches geldolf and daisy lowe, et al, has lead to nostalgia for a time in my life when my girl friends and i would host impromptu photo shoots in graveyards and write and design zines during the long summer days. regardless of what you may think of how these particular girls conduct themselves, i have to admit that the photos are spot-on in capturing their lively zeal.

we all want to be wild, wild beasts with pounding hearts and brash fearlessness.

voda&etymology is love

i have a newly discovered love of etymology, which isn't surprising considering my long love affair with words & language. discovering the roots of my beloved words seems like the next logical step.

what better word to start with than "vodka" aka "little water"? what could be a cuter root than that?!

"The name "vodka" is a diminutive form of the Russian word voda (water), interpreted as little water: root вод- (vod-) [water] + -к- (-k-) [ diminutive suffix, among other functions]) + -a [ postfix of feminine gender ].

Another possible connection of "vodka" with "water" is the name of the medieval alcoholic beverage aqua vitae (Latin, literally, "water of life"), which is reflected in Polish "okowita", Ukrainian оковита, or Belarusian акавіта. (Note that whisky has a similar etymology, from the Irish/Scottish Gaelic uisce beatha/uisge-beatha.)

People in the area of vodka's probable origin have names for vodka with roots meaning "to burn": Polish: gorzała; Ukrainian: горілка, horilka; Belarusian: гарэлка, harelka; Slavic: arielka; Lithuanian: degtinė; Samogitian: degtėnė, is also in use, colloquially and in proverbs[8]); Latvian: degvīns; Finnish: paloviina. In Russian during 17th and 18th century горящее вино (goryashchee vino, "burning wine") was widely used. Compare to Danish; brændevin; Dutch: brandewijn; Swedish: brännvin; Norwegian: brennevin (although the latter terms refer to any strong alcoholic beverage)."

p.s. i have to be honest and admit that this post was inspired by a particularly gruesome episode of "CSI."

21 December 2009

why low rent life?

why low rent life?

low rent life because i find myself constantly straddling between an acceptable/mainstream/ambitious existence & an existence that’s lived in smoky bars, dark hallways, and abandoned buildings.

low rent life because i still have the urge to throw off everything for the sake of rock’n'roll.

low rent life because sometimes there is nothing better than black eyeliner, jameson, and judas priest.

low rent life because there has to be overlap between the 9 to 5 & the 2 am-stumbling-at-last-call.

low rent life because there are no sweeter words to describe my admiration for those that have lived their lives in the margins for the sake of art & are all the better for it