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May 30th, 2006

Happy Birthday, longtail!

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

ornature
Decoration.
--Rev. John Boag's Imperial Lexicon, c. 1850


Decoration Day
A public holiday occurring generally towards the end of May, and set apart for the decoration of the graves of those who fell in the Civil War.
--Sylvia Clapin's Dictionary of Americanisms, 1902


Decoration Day may have been observed first in Boalsburg, Pennsylvania, in 1864, when three women quietly laid flowwers on the graves of fallen Civil War soldiers. Or perhaps Des Moines, Iowa, can claim the distinction because of the observance that occurred there on April 13, 1862, which was repeated the following two years. Beyond that, some two dozen other towns -- Macon, Georgia; Richmond, Virginia; Columbus, Missouri; and Carbondale, Illinois, among them -- also assert that they originated what became Memorial Day. But after President Lyndon Johnson chose Waterloo, New York, in 1966 as the place to announce that the holiday was no federally official after a century of informal status, that town proudly began calling itself "the birthplace of Memorial Day."

Stop squabbling, children.

-The Gneech

Awesome News!

From sk_1: Sesame Street Season One!

Pre-Elmo! Gods be praised!

-The Gneech

Fixed Minis! (W00t)

So here are some shots of the minis with the frosting cleaned up. :)

Cut for photos!Collapse )

Once the frosting was washed off, I applied some gloss coat to the shiny leather parts; I was pretty pleased with the results. It's worth noting that the "after" photos were taken by laurie_robey, who has a better grasp on the camera workings than I do.

-The Gneech

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