December 2nd, 2009

heart of the dragon

Tuesday's dead

Just finished going through the page proofs of Supernatural: Heart of the Dragon, which needed an immediate turnaround.

This after spending the day in Atlantic City. Contrary to my plan, I did actually play the poker slots again, but this time I seem to have figured out how to play them properly, because I came out $141.50 ahead! Yes, for the first time, I left A.C. with more money than I came in with....

Anyhow, Wednesday's plans are in flux due to it being 3.40am and me being fried. We shall see.

Now, to bed................
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Schott's Miscellany 30 November 2009

Samuel Langhorne Clemens, a.k.a. Mark Twain, born (1835)


Among the 3,500 properties that the State Department owns or leases worldwide, c.150 are deemed "culturally significant" and are listed on the Register of Culturally Significant Property. Buildings are added to the register because of their association with a significant historical event, their architectural merit, their archaeological heritage, or their contribution to U.S. "overseas heritage." some highlights of the list:

Ambassador's Residence (Tokyo)
Seoul Old American legation (Seoul)
Villa Otium (Oslo)
Winfield House (London)
Palacio Bosch (Buenos Aires)
Hôtel de Talleyrand (Paris)
New Delhi Chancery (New Delhi)
Palazzo Margherita & Twin Villas (Rome)
Schoenborn Palace (Prague)
Tangier Old Legation (Tangier)
Tirana Embassa (Tirana)

HUFF-SNUFF--a show-off, braggadocio, or hector
"He was such a huff-snuff, they gave him his own show."
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Schott's Miscellany 1 December 2009

Rosa Parks was arrested in Alabama for refusing to give up her seat on a bus to a white man (1955)


If the ice will bear a goose before Christmas, it will not bear a duck afterward.

Originally the tenth month, December now closes the year.

If Christmas Day be bright and clear, there'll be two winters in the year.

The writer Saunders warned in 1679, "In December, Melancholy and Phlegm much increase, which are heavy, dull, and close, and therefore it behoves all that will consider their healths, to keep their heads and bodies very well from cold."

Robert Burns splendidly wrote in 1795: "As I am in a complete Decemberish humor, gloomy, sullen, stupid."

Ist is the wretchedness of being rich that you have to live with rich people.
Logan Pearsall Smith (1865-1946)
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The Chronic Rift Roundtable: 80s Cartoons

This time 'round on the Rift podcast, it's John, Orenthal, and Jay Smith geebling on about the cartoons they grew up with during the Reagan era like He-Man, Transformers, GI Joe, Jem, The Real Ghostbusters, etc.

You can download the episode from iTunes, get it directly from the Rift web site, or from Mevio's Rift page. Please comment on the forums or you can leave a message at the Rift toll-free number 888-866-9010.
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    "Back in Black" by Living Colour