August 27th, 2009


Schott's Miscellany 26 August 2009

George Orwell's Animal Farm was published (1945)


The 1864 edition of The Book of Days: A Miscellany of Popular Antiquities by R. Chambers includes an entry on evil or unlucky days, also called "Egyptian days" or dies mala. January 3, July 1, October 2, April 30, August 1, and December 31 were among the most dangerous--drinking was to be avoided, and children born on these days were thought likely to die "a wicked death." The Book of Days also notes the following "perilous days," according to a "Kalendar" from the time of Henry VI:

January: 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 10, 15
February: 6, 7, 18
March: 1, 6, 8
April: 6, 11
May: 5, 6, 7
June: 7, 15
July: 5, 19
August: 15, 19
September: 6, 7
October: 6
November: 15, 16
December: 15, 16, 17

It's hard to be funny when you have to be clean.
Mae West (1892-1980)
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    "Bell Boy" by The Who
fo' shizzle, rifftrax

Star Trek quote of the day

steve_roby on the Trek BBS regarding some old Leonard Nimoy poetry collections he picked up at a used bookstore: "Imagine a middle-aged man in the 1970s trying to sound meaningful and sensitive so he can pick up hippie chicks. But worse."
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    "Don't Crash the Ambulance" by Mark Knopfler

I never could get the hang of Thursdays

A light day, which was deliberate. I'm about to do a convention where I'm at a booth for three days, and I thought it might be wise to be rested before it. *wry grin*

I had my weekly shrink appointment, then had lunch with two friends, then checked the PO box, then came home and revised a comics pitch (which looks like it's gonna happen), and watched a buncha stuff that had backed up on the DVR (Law & Order: Criminal Intent reruns and the last three episodes of Warehouse 13).

Tomorrow I'm off to Fan Expo in Toronto. Come by Booth #238 and say hi! (And buy some Farscape comics.....)
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    "St. James Infirmary" by Arlo Guthrie