Yet another natal anniversary to be greeted with felicitations and tumultuous merriment- [livejournal.com profile] wicked_wish. May the year bring visions of horrors of such nature as inferior scribes would be unable to detail.

For anyone not aware, the birthday girl is writes Gothic/Victorian horror novels, so this is actually not a curse, but a wish that the year to come would bring augmented prosperity und so weiter.

In other matters, [livejournal.com profile] darkmuffin and i had a discussion about swordfighting, and he asked why Herr Lichtenauer referred to the ward of provocation performed by holding one's blade pointing toward the ground, called Alber or the fool's guard. I'm pretty certain the answer is twofold- that to be that unprotected may seem foolish, but just as importantly that, considering the minimal effort to transition from Alber to Pflug (plow)- same stance- feet reversed to the blade side, but point up- from which position extending to Unterstechen 'under-thrusting' requires stepping forward with the sword-side foot and extending the weapon— thus placing the would be attacker in a reasonably vulnerable position and making him seem to be the fool.

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