Modern Day Jesters Doing It Right

I don’t even know if words can express how happy this makes me. These are the best modern day jesters I’ve ever seen. The ones doing physical comedy, that is. The mental wizards are Jon Stewart and Steven Colbert, of course. I don’t think we’ll ever have the perfect combination again of physical and mental humor that marked the jesters of the past. But still.

I think part of what amuses me so much is that she’s so attractive, and he’s…not. He’s not ugly or anything, just very typically geeky-looking. It’s clear that they’ve developed their routine and craft, but also obvious that they care for each other. (It makes me wonder about all of those kings, czars and rulers that wanted husband and wife teams to “create” more jesters for them. But that’s another blog post for another time, I suppose…) She is just so awesome as the straight-man, and they make the acrobatics look effortless.

It’s brilliant and perfect and funny. No words needed. (Except for the extra words that the video is private and I can’t embed it, so you’ll have to watch it on their Vimeo channel…)

Modern Day Jesters in Action

Oh! And the extra words that as far as Die Maiers go, you can even hire them! As long as the massive ballroom in your mansion is tall enough and wide enough, they’re all yours!

Willamette Writers Conference 2014 Registration Open!

Willamette Writers Conference LogoJust so you know, registration for the Willamette Writers Conference 2014 (AKA, the best writers conference west of the Mississippi) is open!

And I don’t know if it’s the best west-of-the-Mississippi writers conference for sure or not. It just sounds good. But it’s definitely the best first-weekend-of-August-west-of-the-Mississippi writers conference.

I can’t begin to say how much I love this conference.

Granted, as current president of Willamette Writers, I’m definitely biased. However, I also think of this conference as one of the happiest places on earth, and I thought that years ago.

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Washington DC 1920s Maps

Reason # 27 why I heart the Internet:

The maps. Oh, the maps…

Especially the one featured from Washington DC in the 1920s. It’s from a survey done by “G. Wm. Baist, Wm. E., & H.V. Baist, surveyors” and is amazing.

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First Air Mail Flight, 1918

First Air Mail Flight 1918 with Woodrow Wilson and pilotsAs easily distracted as I am by ceiling fans and shiny objects, I’ve stopped working on the jester story and have started working on my YA novel about a girl from Nebraska in the 1920s who becomes an air mail pilot, and these videos about the first air mail flight have been amazing.

Have I mentioned how fun research has been for this project?

I heart the Internet. So, so much.

Videos of the First Air Mail Flight…

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