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By ad hoc (Tue May 02, 2006 at 10:12:15 AM EST) books, cycling, life (all tags)


Finished Gods of Mars last night. I thought it was fantastic. Don't know if it would make a good movie or not, but it's a great book. It's very much a book of its time (1912 or so). Still a lot of Victorian ideals, and great excitement about new discoveries and adventures (Helium, Egypt, deepest darkest Africa). There's a lot in it, though, and the action never stops. And an interesting ending where defeat is realized just at the moment of victory.

The plumber was here this morning at 7:00 AM! Seven. In the morning. But he was a total babe, so it was okay. He fixed the major leak, but found another smaller leak in the larger, common pipe, so he'll have to come back for a more extensive visit. I can live with that.


What do these words have in common?

  • disparagingly
  • patronized
  • irresolute
  • ubiquitous
  • preamble
  • circumlocution
They are words underlined in chapter 1 of What Mrs. McGillicuddy Saw (a/k/a The 4:05 from Paddington) that I got from the library last weekend. The list continues in part 1 of chapter 2 with the underlining of
  • precepts
  • concurred
  • acquiescing
  • dithery
and then it stops. What could it mean?

I'm trying to make reservations at the guest house for the Outriders ride this year. So far no one is answering the phone.


Got a sad note from MediaZone.com yesterday:

Date: Mon, 1 May 2006 16:49:54 -0700 (PDT)
From: MediaZone
Subject: RE: Giro (#8678-45372451-7231)

Greetings,

Thank you for contacting MediaZone Billing and Technical Support!
...

To the best of our knowledge we will not be broadcasting the Giro d’Italia this year.
...

Regards,
MediaZone Billing and Technical Support
GS

BUT! I logged into cycling.tv this morning and found that OLN will be broadcasting the Giro there, live, starting May 6. Cycling.tv’s new layout is a bit confusing, so when you get there, click the OLN tab at the bottom, then click "Switch".

The down side is it’s $19.99, which is a bit pricey considering last year it was $5.00. Still, 20 for a three-week stage race isn’t so bad, I guess. Especially since this year it promises to be a good one. Still, 20 for a three week pay-per-view event isn't so bad, I'll probably spring for it.

Cycling.tv has a new premium channel they’re using to broadcast all the spring races live. It’s only $20 for the year. At least they’re keeping a lot of the free content as well.


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I'm deeply hurt and amused by DesiredUsername (4.00 / 1) #1 Tue May 02, 2006 at 10:17:31 AM EST
Why nothing about the NH primary? That would have been funnier than the Douchebag University one, though maybe that would be funnier if I knew anything about NH colleges.



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NH Colleges by ad hoc (2.00 / 0) #3 Tue May 02, 2006 at 10:21:18 AM EST
All I know is Dartmouth is pretty right wing and UNH/Durham has a fantastic cafeteria.
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Close friendships and a private room can offer most of the things love does.
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Dartmouth by Kellnerin (4.00 / 1) #7 Tue May 02, 2006 at 11:01:25 AM EST
That's the one located in Hangover, right? Sorry, that's the only NH college joke I know.

Re: underlines, those are words that a previous reader had to look up in the dictionary. They stopped after that either because they gave up on the book, or they had already got ten words to write up for their English homework.

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"later" meant either "when you walk around the corner" or "oatmeal."

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2 things by ad hoc (2.00 / 0) #8 Tue May 02, 2006 at 11:13:22 AM EST
1) Yes, that's the one
B) Good guess, that's probably it.
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b) by ambrosen (4.00 / 1) #11 Tue May 02, 2006 at 12:22:46 PM EST
I'm not sure. They could have been looking for song titles of songs which are the only good rock songs from the band which made them, which would explain the underlining of acquiesce (by Oasis).

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It could also be by ad hoc (2.00 / 0) #12 Tue May 02, 2006 at 12:34:34 PM EST
I like that explanation better by Kellnerin (4.00 / 1) #15 Tue May 02, 2006 at 03:33:06 PM EST
You'd patronize by ana (4.00 / 2) #2 Tue May 02, 2006 at 10:19:56 AM EST
a guest house whose website resizes browser windows? Have you no standards?

But then what should I expect from someone who doesn't like mangos?

Can you introspect out loud? --CRwM

Hmmm by ad hoc (4.00 / 1) #4 Tue May 02, 2006 at 10:22:40 AM EST
It didn't resize my window.

Oh, wait ... yes it did. I guess it was just so close to the size I have anyway I didn't notice it.

Curious. At least it didn't maximize.
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You browse non-maximized?? by DesiredUsername (4.00 / 2) #6 Tue May 02, 2006 at 10:26:13 AM EST
Takes all kinds, I guess.

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I do everything to the max* by ad hoc (2.00 / 0) #9 Tue May 02, 2006 at 11:14:42 AM EST
Surprise surprise, the onion is blocked by georgeha (4.00 / 2) #5 Tue May 02, 2006 at 10:24:02 AM EST
again. No telling if this will be a few week thing, or 4 evah.

Are you going to plan a lunch for the plumber?


Fascists! by ad hoc (2.00 / 0) #10 Tue May 02, 2006 at 11:15:07 AM EST
What could it mean? by debacle (4.00 / 2) #13 Tue May 02, 2006 at 12:37:28 PM EST
Someone was reading the book for school, underlined words that they didn't know what they meant, but after however long they just gave up and read the cliffs notes.

IF YOU HAVE TWO FIRLES THOROWNF MONEY ART SUOCIDE GIRLS STRIPPER HPW CAN YPUS :OSE?!?!?!?(elcevisides).

You're probably right by ad hoc (4.00 / 1) #14 Tue May 02, 2006 at 01:43:51 PM EST
Ockham's Razor... by ana (4.00 / 1) #16 Wed May 03, 2006 at 02:25:40 AM EST
the most boring explanation is likely the right one.

Can you introspect out loud? --CRwM

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But it's underlined in *red* by ad hoc (4.00 / 1) #17 Wed May 03, 2006 at 05:34:36 AM EST
Later: by ad hoc (4.00 / 2) #18 Thu May 04, 2006 at 04:37:43 AM EST
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