- From the Some-Things-Just-Sound-Right Department: "Glitzenstein" is German for "rhinestone." It suggests an ironic horror novel in which a mad plastic surgeon stitches together an unreasonable facimile of Liberace from pieces of washed-up Vegas lounge singers.
- From the Words-I-Never-Heard-Before-But-Won-A-Wor
d-Of-The-Year-Contest Department: "Omnishambles," which basically means, "big mess."
- Jonathan O'Neal found a much better link to the "impersonating marijuana" cartoon from Kliban that I cited in my November 13th entry.
- Bill Cherepy sent word of a $29.95 steampunk thumb drive that appeaars to be mass-produced and not a hand-made work of art.
- And while sniffing around the same site, I came upon a steampunk telescope ring. Oh--and a slightly less compact steampunk wrist monocular.
- Good paper on historical solar activity by Dr. Leif Svalgaard. If you want to work all continents on a Sixer, you might have to wait awhile. (I'm hoping to get some traction on my G28 this max--if we actually have a max.)
- We forget sometimes how diverse old telephones were--because we (mostly) had to get them from the phone company. The others we mostly saw in spy movies.
- There is bubble-gum flavored vodka. Fair enough. Now, is there a wintergreen-flavored cordial of some kind? Or lavender?
- Carol's sister chills room-temperature box sangria by throwing a few spoonfuls of frozen blueberries into it. Granted, you have to let the glass sit for a few minutes, but it's way easier than slicing oranges.
- Some may argue that allowing radioisotopes to perform music isn't exactly music, or if it is, we can definitely call it very heavy metal.
- Just what I want in my Thanksgiving wine.