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  1. I believe someone said that to Rimbaud on one occasion, and he proceeded to demonstrate "adding water". I'm with the dead poet.
  2. Might be closer than you think. http://www.wormwoodsociety.org/index.php?o...1&Itemid=85 Keep in mind that in the absence of experimentation on human beings, speculation sets in. Also, what thujone does and what absinthe does are two different things.
  3. I've never seen this forum or any other except when sitting at a PC. I have a cell phone mostly for when I travel. It's rudimentary - it makes telephone calls. It can access the Internet, but I've rarely done it. Believe it or not, there are areas in the U.S. where a cell phone is good for nothing but a door stop - there is no signal, ever. No Internet, either, absent a satellite setup.
  4. Thanks. Knopfler is in fact my favorite guitarist.
  5. If a feuille morte falls in the forest, does it make a sound?
  6. Poe's taste probably ran more toward the cask of rum in which General Packenham was sent back to England after the Battle of New Orleans. "We fired our cannon til the barrels melted down, then we grabbed an alligator and we fought another round".
  7. I know it's hard to believe, but I understand how quotation marks function as search operators. My point was that +absinthe used to yield the same results as "absinthe" does now, because the program used to default to the "+" being understood as a search operator, and not part of the text for which you were searching. http://googlesystem.blogspot.com/2011/10/g...-no-longer.html Quotation marks were used to refine the search: +absinthe would return hits on absinthe regardless of capitalization, whereas +"Absinthe" would return only hits with the first letter capitalized.
  8. Basic Boolean algebraic operation, intuitive to those of us who used Dbase and the like before Algore invented the Internet. It used to work on Google before they dumbed it down. Now if you put in "+absinthe", it tells you it can't find +absinthe.
  9. Not all monasteries are cloistered. It's possible that the monastery AFO intends to join is active in the surrounding community. Even if they aren't, it's a misunderstanding of Zen Buddhism to regard taking the vows as anything like selfish. Before Buddha could help others, he had to help himself. One of the tenets of the Zen sect is to save all sentient beings. It's the ultimate vow - there can be no greater responsibility. Pema Chodron - The Places that Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times I have all respect for AFO's decision (considered it a number of times myself), and appreciation for his good-natured response to my post, which was in no way intended to be snarky.
  10. In all honesty, if I were entering a monastery for ten years, it would be with the expectation of not giving a shit about absinthe when I emerged; emergence being after ten years or satori, whichever came first.
  11. Hadn't seen that one before, but I get a regular fix on this one. That's one stunning, talented woman.
  12. Indeed. In my youth on some late night TV show I saw a guy just effortlessly blistering a guitar; didn't know who it was, not being into "country" music at the time, so I ran a description by my Dad, who said, that's Jerry Reed, he can do that in his sleep. It might have been this clip - not many could hang with Chet Atkins.
  13. Jerry Reed (RIP) too. Roy has made some joyful noise in his time. http://i.ebayimg.com/t/Roy-Clark-signed-ph...e27U0tQ~~_1.JPG
  14. Zé do Caixão. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos%C3%A9_Mojica_Marins
  15. Yeah, if I use one of those labels, it's just a convenient handle for pulling something off the shelf, it's not a brand like the cowboys use on a steer. Now, when it comes to the REAL Cowboy music, .... never mind.
  16. I was introduced to Hayseed Dixie (they did a lot of AC/DC covers) by way of an interview the guy in the baseball cap in the Hayseed Dixie video (above) did on the Roe Conn show on WLS radio out of Chicago years ago. Roe tried to pursue an analytical line such as that with him and got told something like "it's all just music, man; I don't know what the rest of that crap means". I stand corrected.
  17. Another thing occurred to me as I was musing on Devo. One of the endearing things about so many of the brilliant New Wave acts, is that they didn't take themselves too seriously. Can't say the same for the stadium-filling rock gods, nor the angry punk bands. You can't fit all Bluegrass in the same bucket, either. There's formula Bluegrass, and then there's: Carolina Chocolate Drops: Hayseed Dixie covering, of all things, the Scissor Sisters: Crooked Still (I'm a sucker for cellos):
  18. Green Imp, mild-mannered TXLF absinthe mafia heavy. The other Jay is no slouch; more to him than meets the eye from the sidewalk, I think. Grim, your inbox is full of Victoria's Secret catalogs or something.
  19. The cork stayed put - I used a corkscrew to pull it out, then replaced it with a T-cork from an empty bottle.