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Scram, you palooka, before I pump you full of lead!

So, I need a new slang term, or set of slang terms, for a drug that is used in Weordan. Leading me to do research on slang. Which makes me want to go around talking like a hardboiled detective novel.  There needs to be day for this, like Talk Like a Pirate Day, only you get to go around commenting on gams and calling people mugs. Did you know that muggles used to be slang for marijuana? Also, makes me want to watch Oscar.

But anyways, my references:

alphaDictionary * Free Slang Dictionary – Free Slang Glossary
Actually, this is a pretty spiffy site with all sorts of language goodies.

I was using the Online Etymology Dictionary, but then I remembered that Eric has access to the OED online. ‘Cause he’s, like, a student, and stuff, and needs the OED. *cough*

Of course, the OED is a time sink for any English geek. See you all tomorrow…

Actually, another thing I’ve been tossing around my brain:
I started reading Wade Davis’ The Ethnobiology of the Haitian Zombie.  It seems that ethnobiology kinda refers to the interdisciplinary study of history, anthropology, archaeology, politics, cultural sociology, and ecology…as well the interplay of these things which results in why people do the things they do.  Which is probably the only why to actually study any of those subjects and what worldbuilding is all about.  So, I wonder, would more study in, say, anthropology help me be a better world builder?

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‘Till you’ve figured out the whites of their eyes…

The questions of the night are:
What makes the whites of our eyes white? 
Taking Weordan biology into account, what color would their sclera be?
Probably not enough information…

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Working through drugs usage in Weordan, which has led me to doing research on drugs and methods of taking them.
Link of the day:  Erowid Experience Vault.  Dude, people do a lot of strange things.  Nutmeg?  Seriously, people ‘do’ nutmeg?

Wish I could find that pages that had a list of esoteric names for medieval jobs…

Free wrote on the man I’d like Ricard to be.

Kicked “Wicked, but Effective” back out the door.

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I’ve kind of always wondered about the Canadian prices on books…

Low seretonin, migraines, and sex!  The story of my life…

Ysenof’s new backpack?

And link of the day: Safecracking!

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You know what would help my writing productivity? A wider monitor so I can do side by side edits. Yeah, that’s the ticket…

Link o’ the day:
Association of Renaissance Martial Arts which seems to include pre-Renaissance information too.

Also, I was going to post some run-downs on this year’s Nebula short work nominees, but really, I’ll be lucky if I have time to finish reading them much less post about them.  And Abagail Nussbaun at Asking the Wrong Questions does a better job of it then I would have:
Short Stories
I’ll link to Novellas when I finish them.

Pools for league playoffs have been posted.  We’ll play our hardest game last, it looks like.  At least Joanne’s team will be missing Dixon.  Or at least they better be missing Dixon, since we would have picked him if he hadn’t said he wasn’t going to be able to make playoffs…  But Red Hot Chilis might give us a game too, who knows?

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Tech Fields a Haven for Some  So just what does it say about me when I prefer to hang out with the engineers instead of interact with other writers?  It could say that I have a raging case of professional jealousy.  Or it could be because my AQ is 25.  One of the things I love about Ultimate Frisbee is that it’s the sport that all the engineers play.

And Berkeley on iTunes  I wonder if they have anything good…