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#1 Chuck5021

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Posted 26 July 2006 - 07:53 PM

Hello!

Just finished reading a new book called "The Book of the Dead", by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. One of the main characters in the book drinks absinthe, and I'm happy to report the authors made no mistakes when writing about it's preparation and what-not. Very well researched.

It's a great book, and the absinthe reference is nice to see!


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#2 TrainerAZ

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Posted 26 July 2006 - 08:28 PM

So he lights it on fire, adds laudanum, and has hallucinations while sporting an enhanced erection?
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Posted 27 July 2006 - 09:09 AM

:laf:

Sounds fun, I might have to try it..
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Posted 27 July 2006 - 02:31 PM

So he lights it on fire, adds laudanum, and has hallucinations while sporting an enhanced erection?


By "it" I take you to mean his erection?

Yes, I'm Krinkles the Clown on an absinthe a beer bender.

You got a problem with that?


#5 Thomas

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Posted 29 July 2006 - 02:56 AM

:laf:

Sounds fun, I might have to try it..


Tried the first three, but then couldn't figure out how to sport my enhanced erection. Should I put a jockey's cap on it? Hit it with a riding crop?

Edited by Thomas, 29 July 2006 - 03:20 AM.


#6 Thomas

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Posted 29 July 2006 - 03:25 AM

Why do I always have to keep going back to my posts to edit them? Must pay more attention in future!

Edited by Thomas, 29 July 2006 - 03:26 AM.


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Posted 29 July 2006 - 08:22 AM

Have your jockey hit it with a riding crop.

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Posted 29 July 2006 - 11:53 AM

Don't forget to put the numbered jersey on it, just in case it should win a prize.
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#9 Thomas

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Posted 30 July 2006 - 03:21 AM

It already has. I entered it in the Breeders Cup last year and it won by a head.

#10 Alan Moss

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Posted 30 July 2006 - 03:31 AM

Don't you want to edit that last post ... as usual?
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#11 Thomas

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Posted 30 July 2006 - 07:22 AM

Don't you want to edit that last post ... as usual?



Must admit, I thought about it. It could have used a comma after "year".

Edited by Thomas, 30 July 2006 - 07:45 AM.


#12 Alan Moss

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Posted 30 July 2006 - 07:27 AM

And your last entry could do with a "."
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#13 Thomas

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Posted 30 July 2006 - 07:51 AM

This is an amazing poem by Ernest Dowson. One of my favourites.
Most of you will know it.



Absinthea Taetra


Green changed to white, emerald to opal; nothing was changed.

The man let the water trickle gently into his glass, and as the
green clouded, a mist fell from his mind.

Then he drank opaline.

Memories and terrors beset him. The past tore after him like a
panther and through the blackness of the present he saw the
luminous tiger eyes of the things to be.

But he drank opaline.

And that obscure night of the soul, and the valley of humiliation,
through which he stumbled, were forgotten. He saw blue vistas
of undiscovered countries, high prospects and a quiet, caressing
sea. The past shed its perfume over him, to-day held his hand
as if it were a little child, and tomorrow shone like a white
star: nothing was changed.

He drank opaline.

The man had known the obscure night of the soul, and lay even
now in the valley of humiliation; and the tiger menace of the
things to be was red in the skies. But for a little while he
had forgotten.

Green changed to white, emerald to opal; nothing was changed.


And your last entry could do with a "."


I can only blame my lack of concentration on last nights over-indulgences ;)

#14 ShaiHulud

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Posted 30 July 2006 - 08:27 AM

I am sure I was the only one to never see that Thomas. I love it. A very poetic observation of how Absinthe changes your world... for an hour or so.

I will put it down as my current second favourite Absinthe poem (my favourite is still monkeycurious' signature).
Litany against fear of Absinthe - I must not fear Absinthe. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my Absinthe. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the Absinthe has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.

#15 Thomas

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Posted 30 July 2006 - 09:28 AM

Glad you liked it Shai

Yea Monkey's sig is great. Just been checking out the author of the quote, Dale Pendell. He's written some very interesting stuff!

#16 Thomas

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Posted 30 July 2006 - 09:55 AM

There is a free sample of his book Pharmako/poeia here:

http://www.sagewisdo...rmakopoeia.html



On the effects of Salvia divinorum:

"....It's like cat paws, soft cat paws pressing, or like a bunch of bird tongues lapping the mind. Or like tiny fingers, the way ivy fingers reach out to climb a wall . . ."

Or:

"Over a period of several weeks, everything around me gradually became more intelligent"

#17 Thomas

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Posted 30 July 2006 - 11:30 AM

One more evocative Absinthe quote

It's from For Whom The Bell Tolls and is about an American guerrilla leader in the Spanish Civil War on a difficult mission to blow up a bridge. His one comfort is the absinthe that he carries with him, and which reminds him of the better times he has known in Paris.

“…one cup of it took the place of the evening papers, of all the old evenings in cafés, of all the chestnut trees that would be in bloom now in this month, of the great slow horses of the outer boulevards, of book shops, of kiosks, and of galleries, of the Parc Montsouris, of the Stade Buffalo, and of the Butte Chaumont, of the Guaranty Trust Company and the Ile de la Cité, of Foyot's old hotel, and of being able to read and relax in the evening; of all the things he had enjoyed and forgotten and that came back to him when he tasted that opaque, bitter, tongue-numbing, brain-warming, stomach-warming, idea-changing liquid alchemy.”

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Posted 30 July 2006 - 12:56 PM

Thomas, those are quite excellent. Really.
I fear you are not getting out enough. ;)

#19 Thomas

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Posted 30 July 2006 - 01:46 PM

T73

I went out enough last night to last me a month! :dribble: Never again.........as they say.

#20 Martin Lake

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Posted 14 August 2006 - 06:56 AM

As they say, but rarely as they do.

Great poem. I had been eyeing Dale Pendell's book a while back on Amazon. I might have to actually buy it next time.
Ah, la petite mort; such beautiful suicide.

#21 TheSixthRing

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Posted 07 September 2006 - 06:45 AM

Next time you drive to amazon? I've always found amazon difficult to get to.

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Absence makes the heart grow fonder, thus absinthe makes the wallet squander.

#22 Martin Lake

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Posted 07 September 2006 - 06:50 AM

Of course. My mistake. I meant to say I had been eyeing a copy in the Amazon.
Ah, la petite mort; such beautiful suicide.

#23 TheSixthRing

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Posted 07 September 2006 - 06:59 AM

Just watch out for those giant, lightning-fast, man-eating anacondas down there. I once watched a documentary on them featuring Jon Voight and Jennifer Lopez... it wasn't pretty.

Edited by TheSixthRing, 07 September 2006 - 07:00 AM.

Absence makes the heart grow fonder, thus absinthe makes the wallet squander.

#24 Martin Lake

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Posted 07 September 2006 - 08:29 AM

I'm more worried about the little fish that swim up your urethra and lodge themselves there with barbs. It's like catching a VD without all the fun to precede it.
Ah, la petite mort; such beautiful suicide.

#25 AlyssaDyane

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Posted 07 September 2006 - 08:38 AM

Speak from experience Martin? :laf:
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#26 Martin Lake

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Posted 07 September 2006 - 08:44 AM

Umm....no. :shifty:
Ah, la petite mort; such beautiful suicide.

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Posted 07 September 2006 - 09:38 AM

I'm more worried about the little fish that swim up your urethra and lodge themselves there with barbs. It's like catching a VD without all the fun to precede it.

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Posted 07 September 2006 - 09:53 AM

This is all off topic and may or may not get close to the "no politics, religion" clause so feel free to edit it.

It's the Candiru catfish (Vandellia cirrhosa).
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#29 Joe Legate

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Posted 07 September 2006 - 10:24 AM

All politics aside, ouch!

#30 Martin Lake

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Posted 07 September 2006 - 10:57 AM

"I refuse to prove that I exist," says God, "for proof denies faith, and without faith I am nothing."

"But," says Man, "the Babel fish is a dead giveaway isn't it? It could not have evolved by chance. It proves that you exist, and so therefore, by your own arguments, you don't. Q.E.D."

"Oh dear," says God, "I hadn't thought of that," and promptly vanishes in a puff of logic.

"Oh, that was easy," says Man, and for an encore goes on to prove that black is white and gets himself killed on the next zebra crossing.


I'm just sayin' is all...goes for the candiru, too.
Ah, la petite mort; such beautiful suicide.


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