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Kate Kearney searched: Any opinions on Captain Hook?
Many, beginning with being disturbed by the actor-doubling between the good Captain and Mr. Darling which implies enmity between father figures and childhood, and ending with I like pirates. A lot of the time, my opinions just spin swash-buckling circles around that last bit.
When the spinning stops, it can be fun to consider the symbolism of Captain Hook, and rearrange it. If we accept that Peter Pan is the embodiment of childhood, it’s easy to point to Captain Hook as the great opposition to innocence.
But it’s more fun to question what else he could be.
For instance, have you considered that Hook could be a different embodiment of childhood? The scared-of-the-monsters-under-the-bed, insecure, confused-and-idolizing-adulthood-because-adulthood-will-be-better childhood?
Kathryn searched: Before the invention of the water pump, where did the people of London get their drinking water?
Before the invention of the water pump, is an interesting concept for London, considering a Greek inventor in the Roman empire named Ktesibios invented a useable well pump in 200 B.C.E.. London – or Londinium as it was called at the time – was built by the Romans about two-hundred and fifty years later. There was no London before the invention of the water pump.
However, it’s unclear whether the Romans ever installed water pumps at Londinium, and they abandoned the city by the end of the ninth century. Medieval reports of London, discuss residents pulling water from the Thames, either through gravity conduits, or by hand. People who lived farther from the river went to a number of springs outside the city, and again, pulled their water by hand. They could get water delivered to their houses by a carrier, more commonly called “cobs”, or they could illegally tap into the gravity conduits to divert water straight to them. The later was frowned upon, and came with a punishment of wearing a bucket on your head while you announced you were a thief at every major tap in the city. I’m not kidding.
The water situation didn’t change in London until 1580 when a Dutchman named Peter Morice applied to the city for permission to construct a set of water wheels and pumps under London Bridge. City officials liked the idea so much, they gave him a 500-year lease.
Kate Kearney searched: Have you ever used OneNote, and if so, what did you think of it?
I have never used OneNote. I like playing with technology, but my curiosity leans toward new machines, rather than new programs. I like pushing buttons.
From what I have heard from friends, it’s a neat program for anyone who has large amounts of information that they want to be able to navigate easily. The most appealing thing I’ve heard, is its inclusiveness. If I had a spreadsheet, word document, audio vile, video file, webpage, and random scrawled note on a cafeteria napkin that I wanted to store all in one place, the only one OneNote wouldn’t be able to immediately compile, is the napkin. But you can type that in. Or take a picture of it, and OneNote will stick the image right where you want it.
So what’s keeping me from using it? I don’t have it on my computer, and I like a certain amount of disorganization. I’d rather spend an extra few minutes flipping through written notes, and accidentally find the bird I invented by speaking too quickly with my mother even if I was only looking for the swear word I invented while speaking too quickly with my friend. If OneNote could promise me the same flipping-finds, I would give more thought to acquiring it.
Megan searched: What is your opinion on weasels? The animal variety in particular.
I look on weasels basically the same way I look on foxes: Oh, you are a pretty baby, please don’t hurt me or eat my neighbor’s chickens.
The same can be said for stoats, ferrets, polecats, mink, ermine and any other animal with that long body and pointed face.
Kate Kearney searched: Pencils or pens?
Pens, please. I greatly prefer the rolling feel of a pen on paper to the scratch of a pencil. I would much rather find ink on my hands, then graphite smudges. And for some reason, I’ve always been concerned about stabbing myself with a pencil, but pens feel friendly in my hand.
Heidi searched: What would you do for a Klondike bar?
I would do the chicken dance, try a piece of octopus, or hike a mountain. But I would do those things without incentive, as well.
Jeff searched: What’s a question, again?
The a component in the Great Search for Knowledge, in which you have just participated, good sir. Enjoy the rest of your day. :)
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