January 4th, 2009


Schott's Miscellany 3 January 2009

Fidel Castro was excommunicated by Pope John XXIII (1962)


According to the 1891 edition of Brewer's Historic Notebook, an attempt was made in French society (during the 18th century) to create a formal etiquette concerning notepaper. Different colored writing paper was to be used for each day of the week:

Daynotepaper color
Sundaydelicate mauve
Mondaypale green
Wednesday (an unlucky day)somber gray
Saturdaystraw color

Pleasure is very seldom found where it is sought; our brightest blazes of gladness are commonly kindled by unexpected sparks.
Samuel Johnson (1709-84)
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    "Flash" by Queen
chronic rift

a Chronic Rift Quickie on Doctor Who

Now live is the first Chronic Rift Quickie, as John S. Drew (drewshi), Orenthal V. Hawkins (popfiend), Jay Smith (dr_p_venkman), and I discuss the casting of the Eleventh Doctor, as announced last night. ("Quickie" for us, of course, is still half an hour....)

Get it from iTunes, from the Rift web site, or directly from our spiffy new podOmatic page (we got a paid account).

Next real episode will be available on the 12th of January: a Roundtable discussion entitled "Here's to the future: Where's my flying car?"
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    "Every Grain of Sand" by Bob Dylan