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  1. 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?
  2. 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...
  3. 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?
  4. 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...)?
  5. Auguru

    Ceramic Fountain

    Do post a pic when you have it set up.
  6. 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!
  7. Happy Birthday, Toulouse LauGhoul and Stacy! Given your attention elsewhere, I suspect the green fairy came across more like the following:
  8. Happy Birthday, Zzz! I recommend indulging the green, but reining the stalking...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  11. 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?
  12. Happy Birthday, Jane! Hedge your bets...
  13. Happy very belated birthday, Mrs. H! Here's looking at you, kid:
  14. Happy belated birthday wishes, DW! This ain't your leg, by any chance?
  15. Happy belated birthdays, TAZ & MrGreenGenes! Hope you had double the pleasure...
  16. Happy belated, Hiram! From the tardy one...
  17. Happy belated, Prole! Here's hoping you wobbled, but didn't fall down...
  18. Belated Happy Birthday, Daemon! Hope you're still celebrating!
  19. Happy belated, JB... Here's hoping you and the world are getting along.
  20. For the Louise Brooks fans, see the following link to a Wired online article about Amy Crehore's nod to Louise in one of her paintings... If she only used a "flying monkey" motif, the circle would tighten considerably. Louise Brooks inspired painting by Amy Crehore
  21. I kinda like the natural selection approach: since many of these folks are overly susceptible to hyperbole and deceptive marketing, try diverting their attention with the lore on strychnine. Sure to solve the problem. Darwin award winners-to-be...
  22. Happy Birthday, Absomphe! I'm a few minutes late, so I guess this is a belated wish. Then again, I hear tell you're old enough to miss us youngsters' mistakes (you've got at least 4 years on me, after all). By the way, given your oft referenced relationship to the "Old Ones", I was wondering how this fellow was doing? Separated at birth?
  23. How did you make the tonic? Where did you get the quinine suliphate? I summarized the recipe (from Imbibe Magazine) in the Kensington Gin thread along with a follow-up post on an alternative source for the quinine/cinchona bark. After trying several gins, I think the Martin Miller pairs best, so far. While I have yet to try it, a friend thought Bluecoat Gin was the best with this home made tonic.