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Red flags and green drinks

A local store acquired a distinctive sticker in its window in the last week. I did a double-take as I walked by, for there, on the sticker, on the local shop, was a Google red place-locating flag, the sort used on Google Maps when searching for locations. It was so strangely meta, a sticker derived from a virtual flag, advertising in reality its renown based on its pixel presence online.

For all I know, the stickers are common, but this was the first I've seen.

Speaking of geography, I pieced together more of Oxford yesterday. We went to visit double0hilly, meeting her, fresh from rowing, along the banks of the Isis. I'd always been to the Head of the River with other people and never put it into my mental map of the city until now. I also now know where Jericho is, Worcester College, All Soul's College, and a really poor cocktail lounge, among other places.

I've also learned how good a well-made Grasshopper is (but not at the poor cocktail lounge). There are a variety of chocolate liquors out there: any preferred ones among them you would recommend? This Grasshopper requires white chocolate liquor, but as I currently have no chocolate liquor at all, I would be happy to consider the merits of the whole range of them.

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forthright
Oct. 25th, 2009 03:26 pm (UTC)
What do you know of this earliest known painting of a watch?

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/arts_and_culture/8313893.stm
owlfish
Nov. 3rd, 2009 01:39 pm (UTC)
I've been meaning to write back to you! You were the third person who pointed it out to me, so I feel I should do something more formal on it - but the truth is, I'm not that familiar with watch history in particular. Within fifty years of this image, miniaturization was such that there were ring-sized watches, showing off the prowess of the clockwork makers, but that's about as useful as I am off the top of my head.

The news about the painting has been in conjunction with the V&A's new time gallery. I'll go check it out in the near future and report back.

After the Monteczuma show had a Medici connection, I suppose I shouldn't be surprised that this does too; but it does make me idly wonder if I can find Medici connections in all shows I go to this year. (Anish Kapoor and the Medicis....?)

_nicolai_
Oct. 25th, 2009 03:43 pm (UTC)
I've seen some of those Google Maps pointers before, but none appearing recently. I assume, apparently correctly they arewere an advertising ploy from the Big G, though it wouldn't entirely surprise me that they've brainwashed people into buying them more recently.
Curious that one has appeared recently, however. I should like to have some to stick in unlikely places not found on Google Maps.

(edited to add links, facts, revise statements, etc, etc)

Edited at 2009-10-25 06:48 pm (UTC)
cliosfolly
Oct. 25th, 2009 04:19 pm (UTC)
Grasshoppers are my favorite cocktail! I think I'll make one tonight. . . .
owlfish
Oct. 25th, 2009 04:57 pm (UTC)
What kind of chocolate liquor do you use?
cliosfolly
Oct. 25th, 2009 07:52 pm (UTC)
Jacquin's Creme de Cacao a la vanille.
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owlfish
Oct. 25th, 2009 04:57 pm (UTC)
I did! (But I already knew where it was from having scouted out its location the last time I was in Oxford.) Now I also know how to look down on people in Radcliffe Square.
retsuko
Oct. 25th, 2009 07:06 pm (UTC)
I *think* I've enjoyed the Mozart chocolate liquor, but it was a long time ago...
innostrantsa
Oct. 26th, 2009 02:25 am (UTC)
I'm going to second Mozart chocolate liqueur-- and it comes in white chocolate, as well as milk (and possibly dark... *checks* oh yes, it does.)
pennski
Oct. 26th, 2009 03:44 pm (UTC)
Our local fish'n'chip shop cum Chinese take-away has had one for months!
filthyassistant
Oct. 29th, 2009 06:01 pm (UTC)
The only chocolate liqueur I've ever had was Godiva dark, but it was very very good. They also have a white, which I have not tried.
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