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September 14th, 2006

Happy Birthday, indigoskynet!

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

thrang
Busy, crowded with work or occupation; from the English throng, to crowd, and the German drang, pressure, drängen, to press, and the Flemish dringen, to press, to squeeze.
--Charles Mackay's Dictionary of Lowland Scotch, 1888


Speakers' Corner Begins
On this date in 1855, a crowd gathered in a part of London now known as Marble Arch to voice opposition to a law called the Sunday Trading Bill. But for nearly a century before that, speeches had been delivered here protesting such injustices as the steady stream of public hangings at nearby Tyburn Scaffold. These clamorings were sometimes interspersed with the pathetic final words of the condemned until 1783, when the executions were moved to Newgate prison. This now-fashionable corner of Hyde Park remains a bastion of free speech by would-be reformers, tub-thumpers, lunatics, and others. The sole restrictions on Speakers' Corner pulpiteers are that they avoid slander, obscenities, incitement of riots, and above all, blasphemy.

And for a bonus present, have some hard-hitting questions!

-The Gneech

Bloody Typical

As far as I can tell, the Washington, D.C. market is not showing the remastered Star Trek.

Set phasers to "pummel viciously."

-The Gneech

EDIT: Apparently, the idea is that the remastered TOS will replace Enterprise in syndication -- and Enterprise was dropped in this market long ago. So no Trek for me. *kicks Washington*

The Awesome That Is Sue

So susandeer and I are bandying about conceptual sketches for Gnorman Gnome and Lt. Bristle. She gets a pic of Matt Damon up the nose and proceeds to have a fit, nothing unusual there. But the awesome bit is that on a later sketch she sends me randomly has a drawing of Homestar Runner on it, providing editorial commentary.

Sue = awesome. :) I need more collaborators like this. ;)

-The Gneech

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