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Episode CXVII - After the Potterclypse, life returns to something resembling normal - Diary of a Necromancer
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Episode CXVII - After the Potterclypse, life returns to something resembling normal
Way behind on updating the Things Learned catalog, so let's get right into it:

  • New Thing Learned for 6 July: Souvlaki is a Greek subspecies of food-with-a-stick-shoved-up-it. Clearly, I do not eat at Greek restaurants often enough, and this must be remedied. [Source: Wikipedia.]

  • New Thing Learned for 7 July: The fabled catacombs of Paris were originally dug by the Romans in the process of quarrying the limestone from which much of the city is built. [Source: History Channel, "cities of the underground".]

  • New Thing Learned for 8 July: The baseboards in our front... entry... hall... foyer... vestibule... thingie-room-area were not actually dead-black, as we had been thinking for the past year, but actually a reasonably attractive shade of dark-chocolate, under the layer of construction grime that the original builders never saw fit to clean off. As I've said before, the house is now cleaner than it was when we moved in. [Source: yet more cleaning work.]

  • New Thing Learned for 9 July: If trapped in a car in a flood, fashion a safety line by cutting all the seatbelts out and tying them together into a long rope, then anchoring them by locking one end into the front-seat's seatbelt-buckle, then swim out the window with the other end of the line. All of which presupposes that you've got a good sturdy knife in the car, but I suppose if you live in that vicious of a floodplain you probably do. [Source: "can you survive?", Science Channel?]

  • New Thing Learned for 10 July: In the interest of fairness, there is too such a phenomenon as "Guys Gone Wild" videos; what the drunken frat-boys involved would think if they knew that said videos were being advertised on Logo rather than the Women-In-Peril Channel Lifetime is unknown. [Source: late-night channel-flipping.]

  • New Thing Learned for 11 July: Old-Fashioned Milk Paint has an unfortunate affinity for 3M painters' tape, and now we need to find some slightly larger switchplates to cover the damage. [Source: mmm, belated home improvement projects....]

  • New Thing Learned for 12 July: The earwig is not so named for any rumored fondness for crawling into human ears, but rather for the fancied resemblance of its outstretched wings to the shape of a human ear. Y'all feel better now? [Source: Animal Planet, "most eXtreme animals".]

  • New Thing Learned for 13 July: The role of the bantha in episode IV: A New Hope was played by an Asian elephant named Mardji. I'd just assumed it was another puppet. [Source: The making of Star Wars : the definitive story behind the original film : based on the lost interviews from the official Lucasfilm archives, J. W. Rinzler.]

  • New Thing Learned for 14 July: Science has come up with the idea of embedding fiber-optic strands into concrete to produce -- wait for it -- translucent concrete. Why? Because they can, dammit! [Source: Wikipedia.]

  • New Thing Learned for 15 July: The 3M painters' tape also displays a distressing fondness for silicone caulk, and in fact I would go so far as to say that the entirety of the product's reputation for ease-of-removal when painting is involved is a pack of lies. Or maybe I'm just doing something very wrong, who knows. [Source: continued issues with previously-mentioned home-improvement project.]

  • New Thing Learned for 16 July: Hitler's nephew Heinz was captured by the Russians during the war and eventually died in captivity. I'll take "reasons not to go into the family business" for $200... [Source: Discovery Channel show about the family's history.]

  • New Thing Learned for 17 July: The gestation period of a sheep is about 5 months. Surprisingly, I did kind of need to know this. [Source: Green Pastures Fiber Co-Op lecture, Windy City Knitting Guild meeting.]

  • New Thing Learned for 18 July: Yes, there are people in this world crazier than competitive cat or dog breeders, and these are the people who competitively breed ferrets. Any hobby where they give out 14 ribbons for every 10 entrants is just plain silly, I'm sorry. [Source: PBS show on same.]

  • New Thing Learned for 19 July: The Germanic given name "Hermann" derives from "Arminius", the chieftan who demolished three Roman legions in the battle of Teutoberg Forest. [Source: Are we Rome? : the fall of an empire and the fate of America, Cullen Murphy.]

  • New Thing Learned for 20 July: Political adviser James Carville does have formally-diagnosed ADD, which is not entirely a surprise really. [Source: Positively ADD : real success stories to inspire your dreams, Catherine Corman.]

  • New Thing Learned for 21 July:The Lincoln Village branch of Borders has a huge manga section relative to the size of the store. Check the date and ask me again why that's the only remotely useful thing I learned on Saturday. [Source: Potterdammerung line.]

  • New Thing Learned for 22 July: Wrigley Field is the second-oldest ballpark in the major league. [Source: PBS local-interest programming.]

  • New Thing Learned for 23 July: With the episode "Gridlock", Doctor Who surpassed the combined Star Trek series in total number of episodes aired. I don't know about you, but I sure sleep better at night knowing that there are people out there keeping track of these sorts of things for us... [Source: Wikipedia.]

  • New Thing Learned for 24 July: Science may have developed a way to de-allergificate peanuts. Mmm, peanuts... [Source: local news.]

On to New Business: As you may deduce from several of the Things Learned in the last two weeks, we decided to take advantage of the fact that flood cleanup involved clearing up in general to finally get around to painting our front entry area, which we've been meaning to do all along anyway just as soon as it was warm enough out and we could find the walls. Out of respect for my allergies, we used Old-Fashioned Milk Paint, which is thankfully just as hypoallergenic as promised, but somewhat crap to work with as a DIY job under the given conditions (a lightish color, over Industrial Beige Semi-Gloss, by people who were more used to the coverage power of latex...). Still, the results, after we decided to obfuscate the drippiest section with some stencil-work and covered over the rest with hooks for coats as we'd been intending to anyway, are a vast improvement over the bleh nonentity that the area was before:


There isn't really anywhere to get back far enough to take a good picture, since the space is only about 8' square and involves stairs, but this gives a general idea of how it all turned out. We spent the first few days after we finished popping out there every so often just to marvel at finally having gotten something done with the place. Next major project, after Getting Something Done About My Closet So The Contents Aren't In The Living Room Any More, will be the murals in the front hallway... Be afraid. :)

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legendofthehawk From: legendofthehawk Date: July 25th, 2007 10:26 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)

PRETTY!!!! Great job!

I can't wait to see the rest of your house!!
robling_t From: robling_t Date: July 25th, 2007 10:42 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
Heh, rest of house, No So Much -- my closet is still in the living room, for example. Still not gotten to a state where we can have that housewarming party, but ironically the flood has brought it closer, because it's made us clean the freaking house and really decide what goes where for once and for all. So maybe by the time we get the mural-work done, it'll almost be to a point where we can have the Real People in... {crosses fingers}
wolffsekunde From: wolffsekunde Date: July 26th, 2007 03:05 am (UTC) (permalink this entry)

New Thing Learned for 21 July:The Lincoln Village branch of Borders has a huge manga section relative to the size of the store. Check the date and ask me again why that's the only remotely useful thing I learned on Saturday. [Source: Potterdammerung line.]

Hey! That was my Borders and let me assure you, the sheer amount of Manga that was stolen and/or left on my café's tables led me to absolutely abhor Manga and students who read Manga. And Hitler. Those three pretty much make up my top three most hated things.
robling_t From: robling_t Date: July 27th, 2007 04:41 am (UTC) (permalink this entry)
So if we ever need to do away with you, we send you a student reading manga about Hitler, and your head will explode from Furious Angry Rage? :)
whitecrow0 From: whitecrow0 Date: July 26th, 2007 03:38 am (UTC) (permalink this entry)
What a cheery and charming coat area! :}
I am constantly amazed and inspired by my friends list.
From: rabid_chemist Date: July 26th, 2007 04:07 am (UTC) (permalink this entry)
So which is the silliest? The fact that people breed ferrets competitively, the fact that PBS would air such a thing, or that you watched it?
robling_t From: robling_t Date: July 27th, 2007 04:54 am (UTC) (permalink this entry)
The people who breed the ferrets. Those people were scary-weird, and I say this as someone who hangs with a crowd that most "normal" people would think were Satan Incarnate...
ashnistrike From: ashnistrike Date: July 26th, 2007 04:41 am (UTC) (permalink this entry)
Does that say "Any sufficiently advanced magic is indistinguishable from technology."?
robling_t From: robling_t Date: July 27th, 2007 04:51 am (UTC) (permalink this entry)
Hehehe, here's the panoramic view taken before we hung the rest of the stuff in there:


I've seen it given as part of Niven's Laws, but the source I was specifically quoting here was the cite from Trinity, because I am too damn geeky for my own good. :)
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