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I feel summer creeping in, and I'm tired of this town again--

via truepenny, A Gunpowder Treason trivia game. I am pleased to say that I got all the questions correct. I guess it all is still stored away in the back of my brain.

via sillyricepaper, sex trade tourism in Thailand. Notable for a lack of hysterics, and also this:

Men are capable of holidaying for reasons other than fornication with strangers. There is golf, after all.

It's like a little poem.

The article would be satire if it wasn't true. The new face of gonzo journalism?

A better indicator of the money around in the prostitution business came last year from Chuwit Kamolvisit, who was employing 2,000 prostitutes in six luxury massage parlours in Bangkok (which he liked to refer to as "semen collection centres"). Chuwit, the "Tub Tycoon," is an amusing rogue—"very un-Thai," they say here—who in February 2005 became an opposition member of parliament with an anti-corruption agenda.

Progress notes for 22 April 2005

Whiskey & Water

New Words: 2,592
Total Words: 48,073

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
48,073 / 160,000

Reason for stopping: Sleepy. And made up some of the bad days recently.
Mammalian Assistance: Marlowe and Mebd actually consented to share my desk today for quite a while, which is a minor miracle. Also, the big dog needed thumping, for he was sad.
Stimulants: seltzer, Cyclone herb tea, Russian Samovar Blend tea
Exercise: gothercise
Mail: rejection from The Atlantic Monthly and a sale to Interzone, which means that that charming magazine will now be publishing two of the Abby Irene novelettes, "Wax" and "Wane." (There are two more that are started that I need to write one of these days--"Paddareen" and "Lucifugous," although properly speaking, "Lucifugous" is a Don Sebastien novelette rather than an Abby Irene one. They're Randall Garrett riffs, and I love them so.) Which means, I think, that I've fulfilled one of my ambitions, and sold a serial! Whee! I feel all firmly founded in genre today.
Today's words Word don't know: Ptolemaic, armillary, iatrochemistry, Ophiucus, vomitus, unregarded, puddled
Tyop du jour: n/a
Darling du jour: n/a
Books in progress, but not at all quickly: Ed Sanders, Tales of Beatnik Glory; Neal Stephenson, Quicksilver, Sarah Monette, Kekropia
Interesting research tidbit of the day: n/a
Other writing-related work: Three chapters critted for truepenny, a short story edited, two submissions sent out, some more edits on "And the Deep Blue Sea," and various correspondence. So really, the fact that Whiskey & Water is stuck until I figure out the mechanics of this oh-so-plot-critical scene (Yes, boys and girls, page 200 and I've found the plot) doesn't mean I'm not being productive. Really. (Oh, look, I bitched and got unstuck. It always works.)

Also, I've decided that the achy neck and headache were the precursor to some mild sort of bug, as they are persisting, and I am even achier today. Also, tired. *zonk*

Indeed, you are 87% erudite, 87% sensual, 58% martial, and 50% saturnine.
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supreme Goddess is certainly the most influential deity on subsequent cultures. She was the ideal figure of womanhood, usually compared with the Greek Goddess Demeter or her Roman version, Ceres.

Isis was one element of a Holy Trinity, the remaining two figures being her brother and husband Osiris and their heroic son Horus. She was the Goddess of Magic for her brilliance, as well as the Goddess of Love because of her tenacious devotion.

She is often shown with wings, curving to caress coffins and sarcophagi of many a king. In certain papyri she is shown with her falcon wing headdress, covering her ears. One of her sacred symbols is the sistrum, a musical instrument that was believed to ward off evil spirits. Isis' sistrum was carved bearing the image of a cat and was representative of the Moon.

Isis was the High Priestess and an omnipotent magician as well as the only being ever to discover the secret name of Ra. She invariably carries the ankh, the symbol for eternal life. Her name is, by the rules of numerology, adding up to the number �2� and she just so happens to be depicted on the tarot card �Key 2 � The High Priestess�.

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