May 25th, 2010

stupid history

Stupid History 21-24 May 2010

"At the end of every rainbow you'll find a pot of gold." It's something we all think about one time or another when we see a rainbow, but that's not how the original saying went. In the thirteenth century, a common saying was, "One would be as likely to find a pot of gold as to find the end of a rainbow," which makes sense. The Irish borrowed from this saying and crafted it into their leprechaun mythology.

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In 1937, consumption and sale of cannabis (as hemp for clothing and rope and in cigarette form) was illegal without the purchase of a federal tax stamp. Congress didn't think it had the authority to outlaw a plant, so they imposed a hefty tax instead. Then, to legally make marijuana illegal, Congress simply stopped issuing the tax stamp--and without a tax stamp, it was illegal to buy or sell cannabis.

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The first message sent by Morse code was, "Everything worked well," not "What hath God wrought?" That came in a later public demonstration on May 24, 1844. It wasn't even Morse's idea to send that particular memorable message--it was Annie Ellsworth, the daughter of the commissioner of patents, who suggested it.
  • Current Music
    "Feel Like Going Home" by the Notting Hillbillies
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anatomy of a weekend

Friday: Do Census work until 4.30 or so. Pack up some stuff in the car and head down to the SoHo Gallery for Digital Art for the opening of "Otherworld Art." (And if you haven't gone down to see it yet, why haven't you? It's got amazing art by Jim Burns, Tom Canty, Larry Dixon, Bob Eggleton, Donato Giancola, John Harris, Bruce Jensen, Gary Lippincott, Stephan Martiniere, Cliff Nielsen, and John Picacio, and it only runs until 5 June....) At about 8.45, a bunch of us trundle to Lombardi's for dinner, then off to Delaware.

Saturday: Drop off books at Goodwill, then pick up a 26-foot U-Haul. With the help of two hired big strong guys and two good friends, load the U-Haul all day and evening, with one dinner break.

Sunday: Finish loading the truck at 6am, then hit the road to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania to get stuff out of housemate's storage unit. Miss an exit, adding 45 minutes to travel time, as next exit isn't for 18 miles. Pack up truck and head to NYC. Unload most of the truck with help from Cousin and three good friends. Park the truck on the street (yes, really). Consume mass quantities of pizza.

Monday: Drive to storage unit at 7.30am and load remaining contents of truck into it. Return truck (at same location as storage unit). Shower and then go do more Census work. Go to dojo at 8pm for fantastic class even though physically exhausted (class actually rejuvenates me).

Now, instead of half an apartment that at times felt oddly like a dorm room since terri_osborne moved out at the top of the year, this place feels like a home again.

Or, rather, it will once all the boxes are unpacked. *wry grin*
  • Current Music
    "The Water Carrier" by Ian Anderson
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me at Book Expo America and Balticon

I will be appearing at Book Expo America this week at the Javits Center in New York City. I'll be at the BOOM! Studios booth (#4471) from 10am-12pm on Wednesday 26 May, and from 3-5pm on Thursday 27 May. If you're gonna be there, come by and say hi!

I will also be at Balticon 44 at the Hunt Valley Marriott just north of Baltimore, Maryland this weekend. Here's my schedule:

Friday
11pm-12am: reading (Belmont)

Saturday
10-11am: autographing (Maryland foyer)
1-2.30pm: "Small Press Round Table" (Parlor 1041) w/Michael Walsh, Lee Weinstein, Alan F. Beck, Diane Weinstein, Hildy Silverman, Misty Massey, Michael D. Pederson, Stella Price, Leona Wisoker, and Neal Levin

Sunday
10-11am: "New V Series vs. Old V series" (Belmont) w/Mattie Brahen, and William Freedman
2.30-3.30pm: "Sports in the Future" (Salon B) w/Brick Barrientos, Elaine Stiles, Larry Hodges, and Val Griswold-Ford
6-7pm: "Farenheit 451" (Salon B) w/Wendy Delmater, Tom Doyle, Laura Anne Gilman, and Michael Spence
7-9pm: "The Legendary Triple Launch" (Garden Room) w/tons of contributors to Dragon's Lure, New Blood, and Badass Faeries 3

Monday
1-2pm: "SF on TV, SF TV And Movies on DVD" (Salon B)
  • Current Music
    "Smoke on the Water" by Deep Purple