April 6th, 2009


my iPhone is deadish

The pins on my iPhone are messed up, which means I can't recharge it, and at this microsecond I don't have the money to get a new phone (which is the only fix). So if you're trying to reach me by phone, leave a message -- I'm only gonna be turning the thing on once a day until I can get this fixed -- or e-mail me.

  • Current Music
    "So Far Away" by Dire Straits

Schott's Miscellany 5 April 2009

Palm Sunday


Dating back to 1249, the Trial of the Pyx is an annual examination of UK coins to ensure that they conform to the standards of weight, fineness, composition, and diameter now set by the 1971 Coinage Act. (Pyx is the name given to the chests in which sample coins are stored and transported--though it is also the name for the vessel in which the host or consecrated bread of the sacrament is reserved.) Throughout the year, the Deputy Master of the Mint selects at random a number of coins from each issue to be set aside for the trial. (The number of each type of coin is set by Statutory Instrument; for example, 1 out of every 5,000 cupronickel coins of a denomination of 10p or less.) Then, each February, the treasury issues a warrant to the Queen's Remembrancer to convene and swear in a jury (usually from the Goldsmiths' Company) at Goldsmiths' Hall in the City of London. The jury counts and weighs the coins, and sets aside a sample to be melted and tested by the Assay Office. Once all these tests have been completed, the verdict of the jury is signed and delivered to the Queen's Remembrancer, who in turn signs it and delivers it to the treasury, which then causes it to be publicly printed.

The Glory of the Garden lies in more than meets the eye.
Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)
  • Current Music
    "Your Own Sweet Way" by the Notting Hillbillies

nice things being said about Farscape #4

Andrea Speed of comiXtreme gave issue #4 a 3.5 out of 5.

Money quote:
This has been a strong, enjoyable miniseries for us Farscape fans – hope the rest are just as good, if not better.

dvandom also seemed to be happy with the final issue in his weekly roundup.

Money quote:
No outstanding great moments, but a lot of good ones. Recommended.

Finally, the web site "Scoop: Where the Magic of Collecting Comes Alive!" has a nice plug for the miniseries.
  • Current Music
    "It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry" by Bob Dylan