June 6th, 2006

Party Guy

Happy Birthday, tygercowboy

For your present, here's a "classic" bit of Forgotten English!

One who uses or drives an automobile; [c.1900. Sometimes clipped to autoist. Related to] automobilism, the use of automobiles, and automobilize, to habituate to the use of automobiles. "It is scarcely an exaggeration to say that Paris is becoming automobilized." Cosmopolitan, September 1898.
--William Craigie and James Hulbert's Dictionary of American English, 1940

Rolling Out the Rolls
On March 16, 1906, Rolls-Royce was incorporated by the twenty-nine-year-old balloonist and driving enthusiast Charles Stewart Rolls and the auto maker Fredrick Henry Royce, then renowned for his nearly silent, forty-to-fifty-horsepower six-cylinder engine. Two years later, the firm moved from Manchester to Derby to focus on producing the ultra-quiet Silver Ghost, the prototype of which had demonstrated in a fourteen-thousand mile nonstop road test that a gasoline-powered car could work as well as a steam-powered one. That same year, Woodrow Wilson, who was then serving as president of Princeton University, assailed the automobile as "a picture of the arrogance of wealth. ... Nothing has spread socialist feeling more than the use of the automobile."

Ruddy drivers, crushing us all under their imperialist thumbs!

-The Gneech
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Tuesday Workout Report (Oh Yeah, These Things! Edition)

I haven't been totally without exercise ... I've been walking, playing DDR from time to time, that kind of thing, but I haven't been doing regular exercise for the past couple of months, and specifically the last time I did the Bowflex was early April (although it's not as long ago as I would have guessed).

I've been trying to browbeat myself into getting back on schedule for some time now (one of the reasons I cut SJ back for the summer, in fact), but I got a very specific motivation over the weekend: I remembered that I promised to go to the gym with invisiblewolf at AnthroCon. Meep! I'm outa practice! 0.o

I figured that a little atrophy might have gone on, so I put all the weights back by five pounds; other than that, I just carried on with the routine right where I left off.

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Well, my weight didn't change either way. The workout itself was tough but doable -- but I could definitely feel the atrophy in my biceps. I should be back on form by AC, tho. Thanks for the motivator, Lanny!

-The Gneech
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