July 16th, 2007

Party Guy

Happy Birthday, blackpaw and spikerotty!

For your present, here's today's Forgotten English (© Jeffrey Kacirk):

Sugar-plums perfumed, to make the breath sweet.
--Thomas Wright's Dictionary of Obsolete and Provincial English, 1857

To make kissing-comfits, take half a pound of refined sugar, being beated and searched, put into it two grains of musk, a grain of civet, two grains of ambergreece, and a thimble-full of white orris powder. Beat all these with gum-dragon steeped in rose-water; then roll it as thin as you can, and cut it into little lozenges, and stow them in some warm oven or stove; then box them and keep them all year.
--Robert May's The Accomplisht Cook, 1685

Kissing Prohibited
On this date in 1493, a prohibition against kissing was legislated by the English parliament as a means of controlling the plague. William Fielding's Strange Customs of Courtship and Marriage (1942) related that in Italy about 1500, "the osculatory salutation was treated so seriously that if a maiden was kissed by a young man in public it practically made marriage obligatory. ... There was always the danger of a kiss from some undesirable admirer or needy youth who wished by this means to force a marriage."

I should think that unwanted kisses practically make a knee to the groin obligatory. But I suppose I'm a product of my time.

-The Gneech
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Kero Bluestreak

WTF Hotel

What's the deal with con hotels being sold out seven months out? That's just nuts.

Anyway, for those of you who don't know, the Further Confusion hotel is sold out and has been for a couple of weeks now. Not just the con block, mind you, but the entire friggin' hotel right down to the janitorial closets. There is an overflow hotel a few blocks away, which is a Holiday Inn, but those are always such an unknown quantity that I didn't want to mess with it.

So I found a Courtyard by Marriott, which is rapidly becoming my favorite option for hotellage, just about the same distance as the overflow hotel but straight up Technology Drive -- Starbucks is right between the two, in fact, and as how I pretty much always stop in there in the mornings at FC anyway, it doesn't really add anything to my morning pre-con walk.

It does make it harder to stash stuff in my room or stop back in the room for a quick nap, but usually at FC I don't do that as much anyway.

Maybe I should book my room for next AnthroCon now. ¬.¬

-The Gneech


If I were Gneech's ancient NeverNever data files from the previous millennium, where would I be?

*wanders off searching*

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