November 25th, 2009


Schott's Miscellany 24 November 2009

Charles Darwin's The Origin of the Species was published (1859)


The LAMBETH WALK is a road in South London that was featured in the 1937 musical Me and My Gal. The song ("Any time you're Lambeth way, / Any evening, any day, / You'll find us all / Doin' the Lambeth walk") was accompanied by a strutting, thumb-jerking dance and the occasional ejaculation of "Oi!"

A 19th-century dance of African-American origin, the CAKEWALK originated when slaves parodied the "genteel" manners of their owners. Dancers would promenade the dance floor, improvising moves, and the most stylish would be awarded a cake.

The Minister of SILLY WALKS (John Cleese) was not at all impressed with Mr. Pudey's (Michael Palin's) silly walk: "It's not particularly silly, is it? I mean, the right leg isn't silly at all and the left leg merely does a forward aerial half turn every alternate step."

To go by WALKER'S BUS, to take teh MARROWBONE STAGE, and to ride SHANK'S PONY are all euphemisms dfor walking.

In shooting parlance, beaters DRIVE or WALK UP to dislodge birds from the undergrowth into the oncoming hail of shot.

To be ordered to WALK SPANISH is to be made redundant, or laid off, as is to be given one's MARCHING ORDERS or WALKING PAPERS.

Technology happens, it's not good, it's not bad. Is steel good or bad?
Andrew Grove (c.1936-)
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giving thanks

I am thankful for the good stuff.

I am thankful for my readers and my fans and my supporters.

I am thankful for the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers, who saw fit to give me a Lifetime Achievement Award for reasons passing understanding.

I am thankful for artists Will Sliney, Tommy Patterson, Neal Edwards, and Caleb Cleveland, and for my collaborator Rockne S. O'Bannon, who have all been joys to work with on the Farscape comics.

I am thankful for Ross, Chip, Matt, Ian, Mark, Nelson, Johanna, Dafna, Bryce, Neil, Jenny, and the rest of the BOOM! Studios folk, who have made me feel like part of the family.

I am thankful for Lucienne Diver, the bestest agent ever, and for all my editors -- Chris, Cath, Jaime, Marco, Troy, and the rest.

I am thankful for the conventions who have invited me to come and be a guest.

I am thankful for my fellow Boogie Knights, who allow me to continue to enrich my soul with music.

I am thankful for The Chronic Rift, allowing me to babble.

I am thankful for HG World, allowing me to play a right-wing Vietnam-veteran radio host.

I am thankful for David Mack and the rest of the gang who roasted me at Shore Leave, dear friends, all.

I am thankful for Shihan and everyone at the dojo, and I am thankful for my black belt, an accomplishment that means far more than I realized it would.

I am thankful for friends and family and felines.

I am thankful for W and T.

I am thankful for surviving to my 40th birthday.

And I am thankful that this roller-coaster of a year is almost over. *wry grin*
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