November 18th, 2009


Schott's Miscellany 16 November 2009

Dr. David Livingstone first saw and named Victoria Falls on the Border of Zimbabwe and Zambia (1855)


"The first 100 days" has been used on a number of occasions to describe the first three "honeymoon" months of a new political administration--during which it is assumed that radical reforms may be accomplished with less than the usual opposition. The phrase seems to have originated in 1815 to describe the period 20 March-28 June--between Napoleon's escape from Elba and the second restoration of Louis XVIII following England's victory at Waterloo. The Oxford English Dictionary credits Louis de Chabrol de Volvic, Prefect of Paris, with coining the phrase inm a speech to the king: "Cent jours se sont écoulés depuis le moment fatal où votre majesté quitta sa capitale." The archives of the Times indicate that a range of figures have had their "100 days" scrutinized, including: LBJ, Richard Nixon, JFK*, Margaret Thatcher, and Tony Blair. Most famous, however, are FDR's initial 100 days as president in 1933, during which he pioneered the New Deal.

* John F. Kennedy's presidency (20 Jan. 1961-22 Nov. 1963) is occasionally referred to as the 1,000 days.

XERISCAPE--a landscape designed to minimize irrigation
"Legoland is, among other things, a xeriscape."
  • Current Music
    "Stagefright" by The Band

another quote

Something I said in passing the other day, but which has stuck with me:

"Even when you turn your back, you're still facing something."
  • Current Music
    "Singing All Day" by Jethro Tull

Schott's Miscellany 17 November 2009

Martin Scorsese born (1942)


From the preceding state of the weather;
the undulations of the atmosphere;
the apparent color of the sky;
the appearance of the clouds;
the wind;
the changes of temperature, with respect to heat and cold;
the apparent colors of the sun & moon.

---Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanac, 1806

Old age means realizing you will never own all the dogs you wanted to.
Joe Gores (1931-)
  • Current Music
    "Bourée" by Ian Anderson w/orchestra
tangled roots

Farscape #1 on sale today!

Don't forget: today's the day that the first issue of the new ongoing Farscape series goes on sale. It starts a great new story arc that will have consequences for many cycles to come. *grin* Plot by series creator Rockne S. O'Bannon, script by Keith R.A. DeCandido (that's me), art by Will Sliney.

There's a preview here...
  • Current Music
    "Hoist that Rag" by Tom Waits

reading matter

I passed by a clerk who had no customers to assist, so he was reading.

His choice to peruse? The Dictionary. Seriously.

I'm reminded of Hawkeye Pierce's desire to read the Dictionary because it has all the words in it.......
  • Current Music
    "Mission Temple Fireworks Stand" by Paul Thorn
tangled roots

first review of Farscape #1

It's from a new source: It's by Gavin Jones, a.k.a. "The Boneman," on the blog for the Geek Syndicate podcast.

Money quote:
The most important consideration with any Farscape story is do the characters feel and sound right? I can report that thankfully this story feels like a genuine continuation of the tv series both in tone and character. Much like the recent successful Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 comic book you feel as though you can actually hear the actors voices when reading the story and like that series this is most likely due to the talent attached to the project.
  • Current Music
    "Time Has Come Today" by the Chambers Brothers