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I'm the author of the Young Adult serial The Darling Budds.
I'm the author of the Young Adult serial The Darling Budds.

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(from Wikipedia, emphasis mine)

Gangkhar Puensum is the highest mountain in Bhutan and a strong candidate for the highest unclimbed mountain in the world with an elevation of 7,570 metres and a prominence of over 2990 metres. It lies on the border with China ([though there are] disputes about its exact location).

After Bhutan was opened for mountaineering in 1983 there were four expeditions that made failed summit attempts in 1985 and 1986. [U]ntil recent years, maps of the region were not at all accurate and the mountain had been shown in different locations and with markedly different heights. Indeed, because of inadequate mapping, the first team to attempt the summit was unable to find the mountain at all.
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I think I'll spend a little time with my iPad this morning. It's only a couple more hours before it's useless junk only peasants own.
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Lord Balfour of Burleigh, arguing against daylight saving time to the House of Lords, May 1916:

“Supposing some unfortunate lady was confined with twins and one child was born 10 minutes before 1 o’clock; if the clock was put back, the registration of the time of birth of the two children would be reversed. … Such an alteration might conceivably affect the property and titles in that house.”

Someone seriously needs to write a fantasy epic where twin brothers are warring over a kingdom due to vagaries of succession caused by daylight savings time!
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And by now they were at the door of the Viareggio, a small Italian bar of nepotistic honesty before it was discovered by exotics. Neighborhood folk still came, in small vanquished numbers and mostly in the afternoon, before the two small dining rooms and the bar were taken over by the educated classes, an ill-dressed, underfed, overdrunken group of squatters with minds so highly developed that they were excused from good manners, tastes so refined in one direction that they were excused for having none in any other, emotions so cultivated that the only aberration was normality, all afloat here on sodden pools of depravity calculated only to manifest the pricelessness of what they were throwing away, the three sexes in two colors, a group of people all mentally and physically the wrong size.

William Gaddis
The Recognitions
1955
(via biblioklept.org)
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Lester Holt should deliver his Dateline outros in rhymed iambic pentameter couplets, like at the end of a Shakespeare tragedy...

Should Friday find you home seven nights hence,
trust Dateline to provide further tales of suspense.
FIN
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Happy Mardi Gras, everyone. Here's an amazing gigantic panorama of the Rex parade from 1907, via the always amazing Shorpy.
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God knows why I even care, but can anyone identify what kind of phone Anna Wintour is using here?
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I'm guessing that, after The Wrestler, there are at least fifty producers out there with a pitch for a TV series about professional wrestling, but what I'd like to see one that doesn't break kayfabe, one where wrestling isn't a performance. It would essentially be a workplace drama, albeit one where the main characters routinely beat the shit out of each other.

Also, here's a beautiful new Lambchop video.
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"A crowd of critics, of compilers, of commentators, darkened the face of learning, and the decline of genius was soon followed by the corruption of taste."
The Decline And Fall Of The Roman Empire
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