February 20th, 2009

nova, spectres


Finished Chapter 7 of Spectres after getting a second wind. Off to bed now...........
  • Current Music
    "Little Green Bag" by George Baker

Schott's Miscellany 19 February 2009

The stranded, and eventually cannibalistic, Donner Party was found by rescuers in Sierra Nevada (1847)


In the 19th century, an elaborate taxonomy developed regarding how visiting (or calling) cards should be left, folded, and inscribed, when those of "quality" paid social calls:

Nature of callstyle of fold
Visitright-hand upper corner folded down
Felicitationleft-hand upper corner folded down
Condolenceleft-hand lower corner folded up
PPC, PDA *right-hand lower corner folded up
Made on all members of a familythe lady's card folded in the middle
Delivered in personright-hand side folded in

* PPC, pour prendre congé (although many assumed the initials to stand for "presents parting compliments"), or PDA, pour dire adieu.

If I have been able to see farther than others, it was because I stood on the shoulders of giants.
Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727)
  • Current Music
    "Tunnel of Love" by Dire Straits