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  1. My, my...what I've missed for being off forum for a time. Congratulations, Hiram! It's great to hear you've thrown your hat into the ring. Cheers!
  2. This new format looks great, Hiram! It is nice to see something significant after being away for so long. You've been busy. I do agree with the "crowded" criticism, but what can you do to present so much information in such limited space? It is the conflict of every web designer. Menus work well to present the breadth of the information and the graphics create visual breaks from the text. Mostly there is a good rhythm to the site now which interfaces with the forum well. I'm more likely to return to the outer shell and read what is new, which is a point of good design.
  3. Thank you all for the kind greetings! I raise a glass to the green fairy on your behalf! Volpane www.volpaneinlove.com
  4. So, new...how did your results come out?
  5. Purple has been a practicing visigoth for years.
  6. And thank you, Brooks...I've been meaning to ask after your icon. It's an interesting image; I've always loved the architecture of the Chrysler building.
  7. They are very lovely. You describe it as smelling like chocolate...some might suggest it smelled more like vanilla. I would say it smelled like wax plant blossoms.
  8. Thank you all for all your well wishes! And especial thanks to Auguru for the photo of lovely pink blossoms of an orchid or something similar...can you inform us of its taxinomy?
  9. It's good to know that I'm still here.
  10. I wouldn't even call white chocolate candy. It is really more of a decoration, in the same way marzipan, sugared violets and the maraschino cherry are more decoration than candy.
  11. I've said it before and I'll say it here...water is the best way to prevent a hangover. If you drink a glass of water between drinks of absinthe, gin, etc. you almost force an element of moderation, you won't get too drunk either, you won't dehydrate (if you are also smoking pot) and because you eventually fill up on liquid you're less likely to drink too many. Of course you are likely to piss like the dickens! I've often said to college students, if you are not enjoying what you're drinking or your buzz, what is the point of drinking...?
  12. Bing Crosby hailed from Hope, Idaho, but I always liked that the community due East referred to themselves as Beyond Hope, ID. Oh, and I'm still hailing from Vashon Island, WA...should anyone be still wondering.
  13. In talking about music fashion being the basis of modern Goth fashion one can't ignore the influence of Glam Rock of the '70s and New Wave of the '80s, especially from England. Glam and New Wave in the US was lame at best and Punk almost never happened, but English rockers who define Glam and New Wave, like David Bowie and Siouxsie Sue still resonate with the attitude and style later Goths adopted. We men certainly wouldn't have been so quick to apply eyeliner in the Eighties and Nineties if David hadn't made it relatively banal and commonplace. I'm sure the washed out look for women wouldn't have persisted if Siouxsie hadn't maintained the image.
  14. Vashon Island, WA...on the map! Have we all the islands of Puget Sound covered yet?
  15. Look for grosgrain ribbon at a fabric or notions store in your area. Mind you, black can be difficult to find and expensive to purchase if you can't find a store that will sell it by the yard. Other options are florists and stationery stores that stock extensive wrapping supplies. Again, black can be rare and expensive depending on how much you're expected to buy at one time. Me, I lucked out with a ribbon from a gift of See's Chocolates...black satin ribbon with gold edge.
  16. For me numbers and letters have personalities and genders...
  17. Anyone wondering about the origins of the fanny pack or why a man, gay or otherwise, might want to wear one can look here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Codpiece ... :pit:
  18. Welcome! Momo is my favorite novel by Michael Ende.
  19. Welcome! Interesting avatar...Red Wombat Tea...now what could that be like?
  20. Hell, I like Sebor...told my father to pick me up absinthe in London when he went to get a ride on the Century Wheel years ago and that's what he brought back...from the duty free in Heathrow, mind you. If he'd gone to Harrod's like I'd told him I might have done better or worse...Hill's. Anyway he'd ignored my admonition to avoid anything Czech... Milked that bottle for nearly six months and after a time the flavour grew on me...mind you I'd been drinking steeped brews and things like La Fee and Versinthe, so I had yet to taste something really fine, but the Sebor was comparable to what I'd tasted outside of some HG I'd gotten smashed on at Burning Man which may or may not have been absinthe. I've since learned the honey-caramel tones I associate with Sebor are caused by overcooking the herbs and will be avoided in the best absinthes. But I still think back to those few months when I was coming home and kicking back a glass of absinthe after work and feeling very fine. Can't discount warm fuzzies from a bottle.
  21. Yes, luchog, it sucks when someone steals the thunder to your post. It is down-right depressing when everyone already seems to be on the up and up. In fact the article comes at a time when people in a more mainstream forum are waking up to the notion that absinthe is not so evil as it has been portrayed in the past and I wouldn't be so fast to discount all that discussion about making absinthe legal as noise. It is noise like this that eventually turns into actions and change. And please don't let this stop you from doing an introduction. After all the introduction becomes your own personal thread and no one can steal that from you. Despite all the banter, there are some very interesting individuals posting here and there is plenty of interesting topics to follow and chime in about. You will after a time of lurking find you do have something to say.
  22. Ah, absinthe...fairy of the senses! I suggest the difference between a slow drip to a quick pour is that the flavour is "developed" by the slow drip while a pour, drizzle or dump leaves the liquor "undeveloped". The kinetic action of the dripping breaks up water soluble aromatic oils making them easier for the palate to differentiate, just as it produces the lovely louche for the eye. This suggests that one can smell the difference too. Have any sippers noticed this?
  23. That is absolutely gorgeous design work, Graywolf.
  24. I'll take the sinthetic munchies over the synthetic ones. Those synthetic munchies are probably more responsible for the fat tire around my middle.