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February 15th, 2006

Happy Birthday, pandaguy!

For your present, here's Today's Forgotten English!

chalm
To chew or nibble into small pieces. Books and papers are often chalmed by mice, if they can get at them. The letter l is dropped in pronounciation.
--Rev. Robert Forby's Vocabulary of East Anglia, 1830


Outbreak of Hysteria
John Ashton's Men, Maidens, and Manners a Hundred Years Ago (1888) reported on a bizarre health hazard of 1787: "This month there occurred a very singular case of contageous hysteria which is well worth noting. On February 15, at a cotton manufactory in Lancashire, a girl put a mouse into the breast of another girl who had a great dread of mice. The girl was immediately seized with violent convulsions which lasted 24 hours. On the following day three more girls were similarly seized; on the 17th, six more. This created great alarm, and the mill was stopped. ... The symptoms [in all 24 cases] were anxiety, a feeling of strangulation, and very strong convulsions which were so violent as to ... require the assistance of four or five persons to prevent the patients from tearing their hair and dashing their heads against the floor. A doctor from Preson cured them by means of electric shocks."

Skweek?

-The Gneech

mammallamadevil Will Be Happy...

Today, I seem to have California on the brain. Particularly Monterey Bay, but any place with a beach will do, pretty much.

I think it's the spring-like weather here, is making my feet come loose from their moorings.

-The Gneech

Today's Exercise In Frustration

STEP ONE
Happen upon "Trip to the Moon (Club Remix)" by Nina, Goddess of Dance on FlashFlashRevolution, decide I like it.

STEP TWO
Find a promo site from the artist featuring the music video. Follow the "click here to download the song" link only to find a broken page.

STEP THREE
Go to MP3.com and search for the song. Find that it's only available in either proprietary formats, or from vendors who make you install their software.

STEP FOUR
Google it. Find a site that'll stream it for free but nowhere you can just GET the stupid thing and not suck up everybody's bandwidth.

STEP FIVE
Slap the internet for its insistence on being stoopid.

STEP SIX
Go back to what I was already listening to, without having given any support to the artist, or getting the song I wanted.

-The Gneech
Yourself! Fitness
Focus: Core Body Strength
Duration: 30 mins
Calories Burned: 243
Result: Eh, that wasn't so tough.

Tonight was All Oblique Crunches, All the Time ... except for a brief period of doing regular crunches on the pilates ball.

But ya see ... I did the Qi Elements School Wheel of Pain.

I can do crunches.

Oh yes, I can do crunches.

Bring it on, Maya.

-The Gneech

Oh, One More Thing...

The Olympics are schmaltzy as hell ... but I love 'em! ^.^

-The Gneech

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