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#130271 07/14/04 03:20 AM
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well, I wanted something to do with words and/or letters, and I remembered etaoin shrdlu... at the time, I was only thinking of the alphabetic frequency idea of the letters, and should have known of the Linotype connection, but no...
I think I tried something else before I hit on etaoin, actually, but it had already been taken. what that was, I have no idea...



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Hello Owlbow and welcome to our happy group.
The owl is the symbol of the goddess Minerva aka Athena. "Minerva is goddess of the arts, professions and handicrafts. Her cult was believed to have originated in Eturia." (The American Desk Encyclopedia)
I see owls when I travel. They are believed to be carriers of omens by Hawaiians. Does this mean we are related?

PS Edit : In Hawaiian the word for owl is pueo (poo-ay-oh)
if you need a similar moniker sometime.

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They are believed to be carriers of omens by Hawaiians

They're carriers of letters in the Harry Potter books, she added helpfully.


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I like owls.

I thought it was a comment on the Ox-Bow Incident at Owl Creek Bridge. Or for our quatorze juilletiers, La Rivière du hibou. Uhu, who?


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Hello wow,
It’s good to be back. I was a frequent reader, but very infrequent contributor to these discussions from 9/03 to 12/03. I visit here on breaks and lunch while at work. I left for a “better” job, but alas, there were no owls there, and I got the opportunity to come back here to the old workplace with improved compensation and I’m very glad I did. Same company, same dept. (QC) but a different job – busier and somewhat more interesting – this suits me. Thanks for the welcome
Minerva sounds like my kinda woman. Thanks for the reminder.
re: “I see owls when I travel. They are believed to be carriers of omens by Hawaiians. Does this mean we are related?”, Did you notice that wow is half of the letters of Owlbow? I wouldn’t be surprised if we were. Flash!: Last night 4AM 16th, just outside my window, an owl screamed and than made some nicer sounds just after. Although I’m a light sleeper, it woke me with a start. I’m not sure what kind of owl it was – Screech, Barn, Barred? – but I hope it’s wasn’t a message for me, especially since my birthday was 15th. I’m not scared yet, but I’m wary (and weary too)
Hi AnnaStrophic,
re: carriers of letters Gives new meaning to “going postal”?
Yo Jheem,
re: I thought it was a comment on the Ox-Bow Incident at Owl Creek Bridge ‘really good & interesting guess, but I’m glad I wasn’t there, and re:. … for our quatorze juilletiers, La Rivičre du hibou. I must admit that I’m not sure what this means. Why was the river full of owls on the 14th? Does it have anything to do with Bastille Day? Excuse my ignorance.
Thank you all



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and re:. ... for our quatorze juilletiers, La Rivičre du hibou. I must admit that I'm not sure what this means. Why was the river full of owls on the 14th? Does it have anything to do with Bastille Day? Excuse my ignorance.

The Incident at Owl Creek Bridge, which was first shown on US TV as a Twilight Zone episode was a French short movie (with barely any dialog) called La Rivière du hibou. So, I was just free-associating on Bastille Day. Not your ignorance, my obfuscation. To further complicate things, Uhu, is a German company that makes adhesives. Uhu means a kind of owl.


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Thanks, now I'm a little less ignorant, and had some fun along the way.
The Incident at Owl Creek Bridge, by Ambrose Bierce is the original. I read it at lunchtime just the other day.



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The Incident at Owl Creek Bridge, by Ambrose Bierce is the original.

Occurence, I think. Yes, indeed. One of San Francisco's finest authors. Too bad we lost 'im.


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My dad (my step-father) is leader of a small clan of Ani-Yun-Wiya (aka Cherokee) in south eastern TN. His tribal name is "Owl Talker."

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Indeed, jheem, this is one of the 'classic' short films. Its director, Robert Enrico, also filmed two other Ambrose Bierce stories 'Chickamauga' and 'The mocking bird' and all three were released in 1961 under the title 'Au coeur de la vie'. I'm lucky enough to have excellent 16mm prints of the first two films in my collection.



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