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

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03/15/2005: Karen's Trivia Answers

Trivia Answers to this week's two musical trivia questions:

1) In Steely Dan's song "Show Biz Kids" , they're singing "We're going to --blank-blank--…"

What are those words?: "We're going to Lost Wages…" (Sounds like Las Vegas.)

And what do they refer to? It's a reference to going to Las Vegas as being the place where one is likely to experience "Lost Wages"…i.e. gambling away your money in the casinos.

2) What is the historical "inspiration" for Van Morrison's song "It's All In The Game."

This song was inspired from the text of a letter written from a Civil War Soldier to his sweetheart.

It also put me in mind of the "Civil War IAM Lingo" from a few months back -- Courtesy of McSweeney's(Which would have been used if there had been "IAMing" back then…)

w/o:roht -- Without reward or hope thereof
ryahud:) -- Remaining your affectionate husband until death
iop/loc -- Impulse of patriotism and love of country
iawap:) -- I am well at present
s't -- shan't
iaotl:) -- I am among the living
y:( -- The Yanks
i-r -- I reckon
frot:) -- (In) Fond remembrance of thee
s! -- Shelling
iatpiy:( -- I am pained to inform you
iwot -- In want of tobaccy
=I:(# -- Old Abe
s-r -- snug as a bug in a rug
lisnbatwtya -- Lest i should not be able to write to you again
bfo -- (the) Bitter fruit of orphanage
Gc&t -- (In honor of/for love of) God, country, and thee
llt -- Lieutenent, Lead thither (situational)
bt2m -- Been through the mill
$:) -- Greenbacks
sa2ht -- Scarce as a hen's teeth
~ -- Body lice
B! -- Bully (to you)
t't -- t'weren't
i3ntisfotbfmc:( -- If it is necessary that i should fall on the battlefield for my

Karen on 03.15.05 @ 05:10 AM CST

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