1. The term “Bathtub Gin”
[and then suddenly…]

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September 15, 2011

in beer,Cool_Guys_List,history,Music,short list

I recently finished The Man Who Made Lists by Joshua Kendall about the life of Peter Mark Roget and I don’t know what to say exactly.

I was hoping this book would be a kickstart to me to attack the pile of language books I have languidly lying around my bookshelves, but not so.

From the first pages, I was writing “awwwww” in the margins because the front and back sheets are his handwritten list of animal names in Latin and English.

The book goes through his biography, and I don’t like how it’s written, like the author had a Pastwatch-esque ability to know where Roget is looking and what he is thinking as he walks down the road or in the middle of a meeting. I know there are records and he could have explained it after the fact, but I just don’t buy it and it distracts me to throw in details about the buildings he passes and their little histories. [and then suddenly…]


November 18, 2009

in Books,book_review,Cool_Guys_List,RESOLUTION,Roget,Words & Origins

Things are not so bad. It’s odd, actually. I make plans in my head all the time, and when I was home for graduation parties my brother said he does the same, and even if its for small stupid things it ruins my day when it doesn’t happen. Right before I graduated I said that it was the end of the world, the photo album of the last week of school was ‘end of my life,’ and I meant it.  [and then suddenly…]

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June 9, 2008

in armillary sphere,Autobiographical,concerts,Cool_Guys_List,end of the world,famous people,jeopardy,life plan,Music,pandas,travel