Dark Bilious Vapors

But how could I deny that I possess these hands and this body, and withal escape being classed with persons in a state of insanity, whose brains are so disordered and clouded by dark bilious vapors....
--Rene Descartes, Meditations on First Philosophy: Meditation I

Home » Archives » February 2005 » Romancing The Stone

[« I've wanted to mention this for a while now....] [What kind of drugs do you have to be taking... »]

02/09/2005: Romancing The Stone

My Newsweek on-line has this Romancing the Stone article (of the same name as the movie I like; starring Danny Devito, Kathleen Turner and Michael Douglas...but not necessarily in that order) about Faux Diamonds which are so well made they rival the REAL Diamonds.

Newsweek reports:

"Leo, ...(who) makes his living on the strength of his ability to evaluate the authenticity and value of diamonds. He is examining three small stones, each weighing less than half a carat—one pink, one colorless and a third, slightly green, called a marquise. He picks up the pink crystal between his index and middle fingers, places it gently on the counter and peers through his eyepiece—checking for the way the gem reflects light, its clarity and the shape and quality of the cut. He repeats the process for each of the other two stones. "They're real," he pronounces, handing over a business card with no last name. "They're very nice, but you're not going to retire on them. Come back when you have bigger rocks."

...Years of buying and selling diamonds, has failed him. The gems he has just examined are not the product of geological forces acting over millions of years—they were made in a laboratory in Boston in a few days. But Leo is not the only dealer a NEWSWEEK reporter was able to fool."

Now, Bill Maher...will ya stop kevetching about the "Diamond Attrocites" and "child slave labor" and invest in Faux Diamonds for all those women you don't want to marry??

Me...I'm mostly Diamond Deficient. I do have a nifty engagement ring I wear, a lovely bracelet with some of the stuff encrusted in it. But as to owning more Diamonds...my favorite (birth) stones are Opals...and they beat Diamonds (or Faux Dianmonds) hands down for uniqueness. So, I don't mind not getting even Faux Diamonds...I prefer Chocolates for that Faux Holiday, St. Valentines Day, anyway.

Karen on 02.09.05 @ 01:45 PM CST

[ | ]

February 2005

Archives of Blogger site
Archives: May '04-Feb '05

Powered by gm-rss

Len's sidebar:
About Len (The uncondensed version)
Memorial to a dear friend
Frederick W. Benteen
The Web of Leonards
The St. Louis Cardinals
The Memphis Redbirds
The St. Louis Browns
The Birdwatch
Hey! Spring of Trivia Blog
BlogMemphis (The Commercial Appeal's listing of Memphis blogs)
The Guide to Life, the Universe, and Everything

Len's extended blogroll:

Brock's Sidebar:
About Brock
Boing Boing
Crooked Timber
Dispatches from the Culture Wars
Heretical Ideas
John and Belle Have a Blog
Jon Rowe
Letters of Marque
Literal Minded
Marginal Revolution
Matthew Yglesias
Oliver Willis
Political Animal
Positive Liberty
Signifying Nothing
Unqualified Offerings

Karen's Sidebar
About Karen
The Ig-Nobel Prizes
The Annals of Improbable Research
The Darwin Awards
EBaums World
Real Clear Politics
U.S. News Wire
Foreign Affairs
The Capitol Steps
Legal Affairs
Nobel Laureates for Change
Program On International Policy
Law of War
Sunday Times
Media Matters
Is That Legal?
Andrew Sullivan
Literal Minded
Jon Rowe
Freespace Blog
Thought Not
Publius Pundit
Blog Maverick
Rosenberg Blog
Crooked Timber

The Rocky Top Brigade:

Rocky Top Brigade Sampler

A New Memphis Mafia

The liberal alternative to Drudge.

Get Firefox!

Cardinals Countdowns:
Days until Opening Day (4/5/05; @ HOU):
Your browser doesn't support Java applets.

Days until Home Opener (4/8/05; vs. PHI):
Your browser doesn't support Java applets.

How many visitors are here:

Blogrings/Blog indexes/Blog search:
« ? Verbosity # »

Listed on Blogwise
Popdex Citations
Blog Search Engine

Greymatter Forums Weblog Commenting and Trackback by HaloScan.com
template by linear