Monthly Archives: July 2005

Neologisms

A new book out from Ricky Jay (Extraordinary Exhibitions: The Wonderful Remains of an Enormous Head, the Whimsiphusicon & Death to the Savage Unitarians impels me to share the definition given for that title word your eye has no doubt … Continue reading

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Little-known facts about FFfHs

(That would be “Famous Figures from History.”) Admiral Lord Nelson– Did you know that Nelson was born a commoner, that he suffered from chronic seasickness his entire life, and that he once ignored an order of cease fire from a … Continue reading

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Bugged

(Warning to the squeamish: links below have pictures.) Millipedes don’t bite, and aren’t poisonous (although some species release a stink if you crush them, and the stinky stuff is harmful to the eyes. So, never crush a millipede with your … Continue reading

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Piratical movie trivia

Well, I was going to write a long involved blog post involving curiosities of Roman legal history and astronomy and meteorology, but then my brain got eaten by Netflix, so you’ve been spared. At least for a little while. You’re … Continue reading

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Puts a hole in that theory

The life of a reference librarian is never dull. Today I was regaled by one patron about the practice of above-ground burial in New Orleans (which I knew about) and drilling holes in the coffins to keep them from floating … Continue reading

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True Romance

Well, despite a long-standing and avid dislike of the Romance genre (to which my mother is addicted), I keep trying the occasional novel in the hopes of finding that it’s gotten better. Generally, I’m disappointed. The only two I’d read … Continue reading

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Deep sleprivation

Guuuuuh. In the immortal words of Dr. Indiana Jones, “Sallah, I said *no* camels. That’s *five* camels. Can’t you count?” Oh. Wait. Not that one. Um… oh, yeah. “I’m getting too old for this sh!t.” I *started* to go to … Continue reading

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Wild and wacky work things

Curious… a friend of mine sent me an article entitled Is Your Boss a Psychopath? (now, now, no leaping to conclusions, here). It looks at the place of corporations in society, and considers the idea of applying the eminent Dr. … Continue reading

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Crash! Boom! …Blink?

Because being picked on DOES occasionally work, I bring you… another two new things a day! These are sort of related new things, but hey, it often happens that way. While doing some work outside yesterday evening, I observed an … Continue reading

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Tabula rasa no more

Well. I appear to have skipped an entire month in blogging, thanks to piles of work at, well, work, running my first Hall campaign, and then going on vacation ’til mid-July. Sorry ’bout that (all… four of you?). Anyway… have … Continue reading

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