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February 6th, 2007

Happy Birthday, 3catsjackson!

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

Half-drunk; "elevated."
--Joseph Wright's English Dialect Dictionary, 1896-1905

Feast Day of St. Armand,
a seventh-century patron of wine merchants. An anonymous book, The Perfect Gentleman, or Etiquette and Eloquence (1860), offered this exposé of Victorian-era wine: "Pure port wine is undoubtedly one of the most healthy of all vinous liquors. It strengthens the muscular system, assists the digestive powers, accelerates the circulation, exhilarates the spirits, and sharpens the mental energies. But alas! Such a thing as pure port wine is never found in this country. It can never be found here without an admixture of brandy, as otherwise it would not keep. A great deal of cheap French wine is sold here for port. ... Doctors little imagine what they are doing when they recommend their patients to drink port wine. There are very few of the most vigorous constitutions that can stand the assaults of the poisonous compound which is generally sold for port wine in this country. When real port wine loses its astringency and acquires a slightly acid taste it is unwholesome and is unfit for use except by a person who is anxious to get the gout."

Y'know, I don't think I want my circulation accelerated, now that you mention it.

-The Gneech
...I could use a warm, sunny beach right now!

-The Gneech

Attention graveyardgreg:

You are so totally Taishi. Have you watched Comic Party yet?

When you said "Seeeee ya!" at the end of the show, I thought I was listening to Comic Party!

-The Gneech

Some Stuff

  1. It is snowing, that super-fine dry snow that you only get when it's so cold that all the moisture is sucked out of the air. Right now there's a fine powdered-sugar sprinkle on everything.

  2. I am making nice progress on next week's strips. I love being ahead, because with the pressure off I tend to do a bit more interesting visual stuff, if only because I have the time to look up reference material and stop and -think- about each panel. When I go back and look at stuff a year later and think "Wow, this is better than I remember..." (which is rare but does happen), it's usually in one of these periods when I got ahead.

  3. Two people out there, and I'm not going to tell you which two, have packages coming.

  4. I need to do some scripting.

There's probably more, but that's all I can remember at the moment. G'nite world, and have an awesome tomorrow!

-The Gneech

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