Are there wizards that have scientific jobs? Like are their wizards who become geologists or veterinarians?
Wizards worldwide hold down every kind of employment imaginable. Any kind of work a nonwizard might do, you’ll sooner or later run into a wizard who’s doing it (assuming that you’re looking).
Because of wizardry’s strong scientific component, though, there are a lot of wizards who get into scientific backgrounds: people who like the feeling of being “on the continuum” both inside and outside of their work lives. My own headcanon (not yet solidified) suggests that there are probably a disproportionate number of wizards at ESA and NASA. (There are sure as hell a lot of Young Wizards fans there, to judge by my mailbag…)
“And stars don’t care what you wish, and magic don’t make things better, and no one doesn’t get burned who sticks their hand in a fire.”—Terry Pratchett, Discworld, Granny Weatherwax (via hachi-mitsu-semi)
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Seeing as Nita could talk to animals and such, did she ever think about becoming vegetarian? Just something I was wondering after re-reading the part in A Wizard Abroad where she said she could eat a horse, then realized it probably wasn't the best thing to say in that household.
Well, who knows, it might be an option that she’d eventually consider. There’s this, though: if you’re a wizard, you’re just as likely to be able to get into a conversation with a lettuce as with a horse. In fact Nita gets into this with her dad at one point in Wizard’s Holiday when they’re out shopping:
They went down the vegetable aisle and got potatoes, celery, tomatoes, and a head of lettuce, which Nita very pointedly handed to her dad. “The crisper this time,” she said. “He’s counting on you.”
“‘He’?” Nita’s dad said, turning the lettuce over several times in his hands and looking at it closely. “How can you tell?”
“If you’re a wizard, you can look at the gender equivalent of the word lettuce in the Speech,” Nita said. “Or, on the other hand, you can just ask him.”
“I’d probably prefer to pass on that second option,” Nita’s dad said as they came to the cold cuts and prepackaged meats. “I don’t know if I’d want to talk to something I might eat.”
“Daddy, this might sound weird to you,” Nita said, looking for her preferred brand of bologna, “but some things are less upset about being eaten than they are about being wasted.”
…The point being made here, in the background as it were, is that we have filled our modern environment with life forms that are tailored to be used or interacted with in a specific way — and this process has been ongoing since the Stone Age, if not earlier. Nor does this process seem likely to cease in the short term. If we’re going to continue to use these other life forms to live on while we investigate other ways of supporting ourselves, therefore, it behooves us at the very least to do so as respectfully as we can. Your business as a wizard is to be polite to your food no matter where it comes from: and to select, when you can, options that increase entropy as little as possible (i.e., free-range almost anything as opposed to battery or intensively raised options that substantially increase the originating creature’s stress or reduce its life to a brief grim shadow of what it was intended to be).
Now, at issue here also are any number of other factors, such as Nita (like most teenagers still living at home and being financially supported by other people) not being in full control of her own food supply at the moment. But whether we like it or not, always at the heart of the discussion will be the uncomfortable truth that nearly all animal life cycles on this planet are founded on the termination of the life cycles of other animal or vegetable life. This is likely to remain the case for human beings, at the very least, until we find a way to directly change inert matter into edible substances that suit our nutritional needs.That strikes me as a fairly expensive technology to develop, and one that won’t be widely available any time soon.
…And even if the whole planet abruptly went vegetarian, one thing could not be changed: the fact that the human species as a whole, as now constituted, is never more than a year or two from dying of starvation.* Food security is an extremely interesting and unsettling subject and worth looking into.
…So this is a complex subject, and one that each wizard is going to have to get to grips with independently — always with the understanding that no one person’s choices in this regard are more or less “right” than anyone else’s. …But a good question! Thanks for that.
*I can’t find the cite for this statement at the moment, but when I first read the article from which it comes I was satisfied with the logic used to arrive at the conclusion. …And extremely unnerved, especially at a time when climate change is increasingly manifesting itself in unanticipated ways.
Look carefully at the charts in this. They make compelling viewing.
In February, we were able to announce that self-published authors are earning nearly as much as Big 5 authors combined when it comes to ebook sales on the Kindle Store. In the two quarters since, the earnings for Big 5 authors has shrunk while that for indies has grown. We can now say that self-published authors earn more in royalties than Big 5 authors, combined. This may reverse itself by the time February rolls around, but it adds weight to a recent story in The Guardian about the unsustainability of traditional publishing if authors continue to earn less while their publishers earn more.
It’s not specified… but no way she started taking Latin before 9th grade, public schools don’t offer that kind of thing early. Which means she had maybe eight months to get to the Aeneid. That bothered me the first time I read it.
It’s not even sophomore year; she’s still a ninth-grader in Wizard’s Holiday!
i don’t know about Long Island specifically, but i know schools in Ohio and Massachusetts that start offering it 7th grade. Even so, to get to the Aeneid by 9th grade would be a bit much… Unless it was adapted stuff? i was working in a 7th grade classroom last semester where they were reading super simplified Aeneid stuff, so to have slightly-less-modified stuff in 9th grade isn’t that big of a stretch? *shrug*
idk, i like that she’s studying Latin but i feel like it would have made as much or more sense to say she’d just read it in English because this is Nita we’re talking about and she read the entire children’s section of the library by like 6th grade and went straight on to the grown-up stuff…
Wait, Nita’s taking Latin? That must be a NME thing; it doesn’t ring a bell.
i checked my original version — the mention is there! In the first couple pages of ch. 13. Interestingly, the exact wording of the translation changed in the NME, but not the reference or the meaning.
I started taking Latin in junior high, in 7th grade: it was an offered alternative to German and French. I took it straight through until my senior year.
And we hit the Aeneid almost immediately — second semester of 7th grade. My Latin teacher was one of those guys who didn’t believe in pampering you. In fact we were reading Caesar and Virgil against one another to point up the contrast in styles. (Fortunately my Latin teacher was also a funny man, and though the work was hard it was a pleasure to work with him, especially when he got a little subversive. He was the one who put the more serious of us onto Martial when we showed signs of slowing down. HOO boy.) :)
Curricula in the US differ widely from state to state, but my understanding is that schools who offer languages early are on the rise, simply because even in junior high it’s kind of late — ideally foreign-language work should start in primary school — but they’re kind of trying to split the difference. (Not sure how well that works, though.)
ETA: whoops, sorry folks, I picked this up on the iPad and its filter on the “not you DD” tag seems to have come undone: I shouldn’t have seen this, Apologies. (fixing it now)
How do wizards deal with house pests, like cockroaches and fleas?
Mostly they talk to them and ask them to leave. Always with an eye to their needs, of course. These affairs can’t be one-sided.
(It should be said that species as old as roaches and fleas can be very single-minded and difficult to convince if you approach them incorrectly. They have millions of years behind them of doing things their way, and may not take kindly to having a member of a latecomer species like a human being trying to tell them what to do. But patience and the right courteous tone will normally bring them around.)
And then of course there are always specialists. From "Theobroma":
“What are you looking for, roaches?” Ana sounded indignant. “We’re very careful here. We don’t have roaches!”
“On the contrary,” Ken said. “You are very careful, and as a result, you have very careful roaches. Guys?” he said in the Speech, and whistled.
“He wandered down the hall to his sister’s room, peered in. Carmela was not there, but the TV and the tape deck were, and from the earphones lying on the bed, he could faintly hear someone singing in Japanese. The VCR was running, and on the TV, some kind of cartoon singing group—three slender young men with very long ponytails—seemed to be appearing in concert, while searchlights and lasers swept and flashed around them.”—
Sailor Starlights cameo in The Wizard’s Dilemma by Diane Duane, published in 2001. The SuperS dub was broadcast in 2000. Where is Diane Duane Carmela getting her bootlegs. I can’t believe no one has ever pointed this out online.
Also Diane Duane is the best. Making a Japan-only SM reference in her kickass sci-fantasy series in 2001? Seriously.
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