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  1. Auguru

    Prototype 35

    This just in... MM inspired absinthe just what the idol-worshipers ordered. Authorities caution: excessive consumption leads to: (sarcasm alert: no criticism of Markus' products intended. I fully expect prototype 35 and related absinthe will be terrific.)
  2. Auguru

    Absinthe: The American Remix

    The nice folks at Park Avenue treated me right as well. Though I was told (by phone) they shipped their last bottles (from their first allotment) to me about 2 weeks ago. I was assured they would have more by early August. (BTW, their web site does not seem to show Lucid at the moment. I assume it will be back on their site once they are re-stocked).
  3. Auguru

    What ya drinking tonight?

    209 Gin and Tonics. Comparing HG (see associated thread) Tonic with Stirrings Tonic Water. Even the wife agrees the home made is better. Less sweet. More flavorful.
  4. Auguru

    Louche Your Absinthe, Plebs

    Quoting from the aforementioned page: "The first time I drank it was when I was 18, in a Czech absinthe bar in the basement of a hostel I was staying at in Prague. Hunched over the epileptic flames that hollowed their faces and glazed their eyes, backpackers melted sugar in a spoon like heroin addicts, then dumped it in their glass and swirled it around until the absinth went milky." Not having tried any of the generally reviled czechsinth myself, I thought the stuff did not louche to any significant degree? Even with the flaming sugar as additive, does the so-called "louche" sound correct? Is this more mumbo jumbo or outright fiction?
  5. Auguru

    Booze I love to hate....

    Retsina! I tried it probably 20+ years ago and when I think of it I instantly get that gag-reflex taste in my mouth! Maybe I just got a bad bottle, but that was nasty stuff...
  6. A note and question regarding the Duplais/McKennie and DeBrevans books. This came up previous in the Any herbs NOT allowed in a proper absinthe? thread, so might be better asked there, but since this new thread remarks directly on the texts Hiram graciously made available here goes... I was wondering about one of the ingredients in the "Absinthe of Nimes" recipes. There is a discrepancy that may be a matter of translation in the English versions, but then again, maybe I just don't "get" the ingredient's identity. The following three images reflect excerpts from the 1882 French edition of the Duplais book, the 1871 Duplais/McKennie English translation, and the 1893 English version of the DeBrevans book. Note the ingredient identified by the green arrows. This appears to reference the same ingredient in all three recipes (yes, the quantities in the DeBrevans looks different, but it is just a scaled down version if I am not mistaken). However, the Duplais lists "aunée" while the other two list "Roots of the black alder" or "Roots black alder". As far as I can determine, "aunée" is the same thing as elecampane, also known as "horse-heal", but cannot figure where the "Roots of the black alder" came from. An error? Is there evidence that the alder was actually used?
  7. Auguru

    Ceramic Fountain

    Looking forward to pics of your prototype. While I like the idea of being able to custom glaze the fountain, I bet most folks would want it "ready to go". For the partial DIY version, would it make sense for you to "pre-glaze" the interior to make sure it would turn out waterproof (and safe -- no glazing composition issues...)?
  8. Auguru

    Happy Birthday, Mr. Breaux!

    Happy Birthday, TAB!
  9. Auguru

    Ceramic Fountain

    Do post a pic when you have it set up.
  10. Happy Birthday, Jane! Hedge your bets...
  11. Happy Birthday, Toulouse LauGhoul and Stacy! Given your attention elsewhere, I suspect the green fairy came across more like the following:
  12. Auguru

    The Cat, Dog, Sushi Thread

    Sorry to drag this tangent back up, but I'm compelled to add another 2¢. I've read a little of Card's work and is it generally readable. But... Several years ago he was contributing book reviews to the magazine "Fantasy and Science Fiction" and absolutely trashed a novel by Michael Bishop titled "The Secret Ascension". Despite his grudging recognition of its literary merit and entertainment value, he chose to rant and rave about his political disagreement with the author (or at least his disdain for the subject and characters). My opinion of his talent took a serious nosedive. Interestingly, F&SF published Bishop's reply to the Card review, which thoroughly rebuked Card. Justifiable so, IMHO. Note, I am not pushing any particular political position here, just commenting on how easy it is to let personal (political) opinions intrude at the wrong time and place... Even for professionals. As for sushi, as long as it has no Anasakis hiding in it, bring it on!
  13. Auguru


    Happy Birthday, Zzz! I recommend indulging the green, but reining the stalking...
  14. Ah, Throbbing Gristle... Haven't put them on in a while. Made me go pull out my clear vinyl 45 with their "United" and "Zyklon B Zombie" tracks. For old times sake. Crispy Ambulance recorded a nice cover of "United" back in the day. Right now, in a nostalgic mood, listening to Negativland's "Escape from Noise". Someday, I'll get around to transferring all the old Zoviet France stuff I have on vinyl and tape to the computer. When I have time... As for Genesis P'Orridge, if you can dig up a copy of "Modern Primitives", it has some downright scary pictures of the fellow. Double yikes! I just did a Google image search on good ol' Genesis and the contemporary pics make the old shots in the book look tame...
  15. Auguru

    What ya drinking tonight?

    Will BevMo deliver? Thanks & Dang, T! You had me salivatin' at the prospect, but alas, BevMo will not deliver spirits to GA. They are out of the Fever-Tree tonic to boot. I guess I'll just have to keep looking...
  16. Auguru

    What ya drinking tonight?

    Rittenhouse Rye Bonded in Bond, on the rocks. It'll do. It'll do. As for the Bluecoat, I had my bottle hand-delivered. The following vendors claim to have it in stock and will ship... Shoppers Vineyard Wine Chateau Witty's Anyone know how to scare up a bottle of Aviation Gin?
  17. Auguru

    Babe of the Day!

    Happy very belated birthday, Mrs. H! Here's looking at you, kid:
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    Happy belated birthday wishes, DW! This ain't your leg, by any chance?
  19. Auguru

    Barfday Extravaganza!

    Happy belated birthdays, TAZ & MrGreenGenes! Hope you had double the pleasure...
  20. Auguru


    Happy belated, Hiram! From the tardy one...
  21. Auguru

    He's so Green he's

    Happy belated, Prole! Here's hoping you wobbled, but didn't fall down...
  22. Auguru

    Speak of the Devil

    Belated Happy Birthday, Daemon! Hope you're still celebrating!
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    Happy Birthday, Absomphe! May your tongue forever quaver.
  24. Auguru

    Happy Birthday Jack B!

    Happy belated, JB... Here's hoping you and the world are getting along.