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Amazing Adventures

I was kept up well past my bedtime last night reading a book called The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon.

Folk Recordings

I read about this in the local paper. Newly-released recordings of interviews with former slaves.

January 25

On this day in 1890 Nellie Bly ended her trip around the world in under 80 days.

Famous people who share my birthday include:
Virginia Woolf
Robert Burns
W. Somerset Maugham
Corazon Aquino
Eduard Shevardnadze


Never be disquieted by someone's use of a fancy plural again.

Coop fridge

This isn't interesting at all, just a convenient place for Tracy to access these pictures anywhere.




112 Gripes About The French

56. "French women are immoral."

Which French women ?

Most French girls before the war had far less freedom than our girls back home. A great many were not permitted to go out without a chaperone. France is dominantly Catholic in religion and in morals.

The immoral Frenchwomen are, of course, the easiest women for us to meet. That's why we meet so many of them.

Pillow Blog

Japan is cool nowadays. I quite enjoyed Zatoichi, Last Samurai and Lost In Translation. So why not take a look at a Japanese blog?

This girl seems kind of spacy and eccentric and stylish:

Things I think are elegant

* A white coat over a violet waistcoast
* Duck's eggs
* Sherbet ice, liana syrup, in a nice new silver bowl
* Rock crystal
* Wistaria
* Snow on plum blossoms
* A pretty little girl eating strawberries

She has an interesting love life:

One time, I had a boyfriend who would always mail me the day after we had slept together. Once he said that he saw no point in our relationship and didn't have anything left to say to me.

The next day came, and there was nothing from him. I was pretty fed up when the dawn came with no next-morning mail. "Well", I thought as the day wore on, "I guess he actually meant it."

The day after that it rained really hard. Dawn came, noon came, and still no word; he'd forgotten all about me. Then I was sitting outside on the veranda in the evening, and a boy came up with an umbrella in one hand and a letter in the other. I tore open the letter, and the message was: "The rain that swells the water".

I thought this was more beautiful than a whole pile of poems.

Too bad she's been dead for over a thousand years...

((stunned smiley) Perl people show up in the most unlikely places... I'm impressed.)

Life Expectancy

This from Birgit:
The life spans of animals.


How about some web art, and I don't mean flash animations.


Name statistics are always fascinating. "Tristan" was the 45th most popular boy name in France the year Vigo was born. There are bo-koo of French name sites offering statistics. This one is easy to use. I didn't find anything quite so good for America.

How popular is your first name in Norway?


It must have been thrilling to be Thomas Jefferson's mentor.


From Michael Carter:
I was just having an enjoyable wander through your Sputterly Utter and it occurred to me that your viewers may enjoy this site: museum of hoaxes. The best part of it is the "Hoaxes Throughout History" section. I'm a big fan in particular of Appleton's Cyclopedia of American Biography (1887) and The Fortsas Bibliohoax (1840).


Elmo's is listed on Dincercam but the link on the site doesn't show the inside of Elmo's. It just goes to the lame website.


I'm slowly reading a very interesting book called The Measuring of America by Andro Linklater. In this early chapter, the author is talking about the inexactitude of measurement in the olden days. My favorite inexact measure so far is the French hupee, which is the distance a voice carries.


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