Print Story 2008.01.26: "Money doesn't buy happiness. But happiness isn't everything."
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By BlueOregon (Sat Jan 26, 2008 at 05:53:50 PM EST) (all tags)

So said Jean Seberg.

Poll: What do you do with your coffee grounds?

Inside: Links, comics, the daily update, on this day in German literature, and the spam of the day.



I

Days Without:

  • Alcohol: 26
  • Ice Cream: 26
  • Finishing a book: 4
  • Finishing a comic: 0
  • Watching a movie: 0
  • ...?

II

A.
During Marvel's "Civil War" marketing stunt two team books (Young Avengers and Runaways) went on hiatus and then took part in a meaningless crossover event, a non-story that had no real effect on either team, any of the characters, or the broader Civil War enterprise. Since then Runaways has resumed, but at a glacial pace since the replacing of Brian K. Vaughan with Joss Whedon. Young Avengers, though, has been effectively dismantled. Some of the characters have shown up here or there—for example, Cassandra Lang over in Avengers: The Initiave and Ms. Marvel—, but at best the concept has been on life support since the first series ended in the summer of 2006. Now we get a morsel not of things to come but a crumb, at least, a somewhat pointless but decently written limited series, Young Avengers Presents, something to tide us over until "Season Two" begins ... sometime in 2008.

Much better than YA:P is the most recent X-Men: First Class issue, No. 8, which follows up on the events of the past two issues, which were a two-part story, by sending the protagonists back to the swamp they visited many issues ago when they encountered Dr. Curt Connors, the Lizard. This time, though, Man-Thing "guest stars" and the X-Men, get visions of dystopian alternate universes inspired by X-Men stories that were written some time ago in other contexts.

While one might make the claim that in terms of "pop culture" the 70s was the worst of the recent decades—though this is not a view to which I subscribe—I'm really quite fond of the so-called "Bronze Age of Comic Books," which encompasses most of the 70s and the early 80s. During this time we see some great work by artists such as Neal Adams, John Buscema, John Byrne, Bernie Wrightson, and Barry Windsor-Smith, and a number of Marvels more interesting though minor characters (often written by the likes of Marv Wolfman, Jim Starlin, and Steve Gerber) appeared (see: Howard the Duck, Man-Thing, Omega the Unknown ... hell, that's just Gerber). I mention this because Marvel just completed a "new" Howard the Duck mini-series, there's an Omega the Unknown limited series being published now, Star-Lord recently reappeared, and The Zombie, Simon Garth has a new limited series.

Yay for zombies!

B.

From: kmccarty@[deleted]
Subject: Sublet opportunity!!!
Date: January 26, 2008 4:04:15 PM CST
To: [the whole email directory]

Sublet opportunity at 9 Gerry Ct. 1 Block from UW-Madison campus and walking distance to the downtown area. We are looking for someone (Male or Female) to sublet one bedroom in our three-bedroom apartment and live with us, three girls. Our apartment comes ready to live in. It has all of the amenities. The room comes with dresser, bed, desk, and walk in closet. The sublet opportunity comes with a private or shared bathroom, its up to you. We are three easy to live with girls. The JSM apartment facilities have coin operated laundry, workout facilities, and parking. Call Kayla for a showing: XXX.289.4346.

I'm just passing on this public message that was so kindly sent to everybody on campus this person could reach.

I'm happy where I'm at and am not looking to sublet any new place, but I've had friends live in the complex advertised, and it's not a bad place.

C.
On this day in 1781 Achim von Arnim was born. I first grew to like his works because of Isabella von Ägypten (Isabella of Egypt).

A more major figure in some regards is his wife, Bettina (1785–1859), the sister of his friend and colleague Clemens Brentano, and she is known to a great extent because of her extensive correspondence with Goethe.

Trivia (re: Bettina):

  • Her letters to/from Goethe were published as "Exchange of Letters with a Child."
  • It is hypothesized that she was Beethoven's "Immortal Beloved."
  • The failed Texas settlement of Bettina was named after her.

Bettina campaigned against anti-semitism; while it's noted that Achim included elements of Jewish culture in his works (see: Isabella of Egypt), such as the Golem, he, like Fichte—and later, Wagner—was an an "anti-semitic Romantic."

III

Composting coffee grounds:

  • Starbucks: "Worms fed with coffee grounds combined with other materials will flourish."
  • Sustainable Enterprises: "Encircle the base of the plant with a coffee and eggshell barrier to repel pests."
  • GardenWeb: "Roasted coffee is fairly acidic, but it appears that almost all of the acid is water soluble and is extracted during brewing. Used grounds have essentially neutral pH, although the coffee beverage produced is rather acidic."

Other:

  • Sylvester Stallone admits human growth hormone use: "Everyone over 40 years old would be wise to investigate it because it increases the quality of your life. Mark my words. In 10 years it will be over the counter."
  • Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh "Controversial Quotes": "In 1987, he wrote in his book If I Were an Animal that 'In the event that I am reincarnated, I would like to return as a deadly virus, in order to contribute something to solve overpopulation.'" (link from: R343L)
  • Dining That's Not Set to Strauss Waltzes ("Choices Tables: Vienna"): "Just as most foreigners would consider Vienna‚Äôs soundtrack to be the waltz, not down-tempo from Kruder & Dorfmeister, most of us will probably never visit places like SaintCharles, Babette's or the Dining Room, heading instead to the famous white-tablecloth places in the guidebooks. In light of the excellent meals, moderate prices and limited seating at most of the new arrivals, I'm sure that the Viennese prefer it that way."
  • Germany's 'last' WWI veteran dies: "But in a country that keeps no record of its veterans, Kaestner's death on 1 January went largely unnoticed."
  • All Atwitter: Haiku contest.
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I give it 2 years by joh3n (4.00 / 3) #1 Sat Jan 26, 2008 at 05:58:18 PM EST
before Stallone's face is indistinguishable from that of a Neopolitan Mastiff.

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I just ate about 7 pounds of meat
-theantix

damn you ... by BlueOregon (4.00 / 1) #2 Sat Jan 26, 2008 at 05:59:05 PM EST

... I'm still laughing at that image.

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and for those ... by BlueOregon (4.00 / 1) #3 Sat Jan 26, 2008 at 06:01:48 PM EST

... who are too lazy to google on their own, I give you:



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Coffee filters by johnny (4.00 / 1) #4 Sat Jan 26, 2008 at 06:24:15 PM EST
I put two or three filters, full of grounds, in the compost every day.  Sometimes the crows get into the compost, in which case the filters are likely to end up scattered here and there.

But for the most part, they just disappear, turned into compost with everything else.  I think that's pretty neat.
Buy my books, dammit!

Our front gardens are full of coffee grounds and by georgeha (4.00 / 1) #5 Sun Jan 27, 2008 at 06:01:25 AM EST
eggshells. Starbucks will even give you bags of coffee grounds, though they go fast.


coffee is awesome for composting and pest control by misslake (4.00 / 1) #6 Sun Jan 27, 2008 at 10:01:15 AM EST
way back when i worked at the cobourg ecology garden, i would take my wheelbarrow downtown and collect as many buckets of coffee grinds and filters as possible.
it really helps the composting process, since the grounds are so fine and wet and smooshy they really help fill in the big gaps between other stuff like brush and bracken. the pre-moistened bit is really awesome too.
i find it really helps with any odd smells too, the whole heap continuously smells of coffee. this covers up any grave composting errors, laziness in turning it, and excess of moisture or grassclippings.

on the surface of the soil they really do help keep out slugs and snails and other squishy things. i've heard it's the remnant caffeine content that drys them out.
it makes a great mulch anyway, very attractive colour and texture. second only to cacao shells in my opinion.

re: Bettina by ammoniacal (2.00 / 0) #7 Sun Jan 27, 2008 at 06:14:49 PM EST
Dang, that's an attractive woman. I can see how she drove Beethoven freakin' crazy.

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

Nice BWS link. by muchagecko (4.00 / 1) #8 Sun Jan 27, 2008 at 08:16:16 PM EST
If I had a grand laying around, I might pick up one or two of his prints.

Thanks.

"It means more if you have to earn it, even if it's by doing something as simple as eating a meal." Kellnerin

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