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May 20, 2005

Further technical note
Posted by Patrick at 05:11 PM *

We’re giving up on TrackBack. Too much spam, not enough benefit. When I have a moment I’ll home-brew some way to link from each post to a Technorati or Feedster search for inbound links from other sites; meanwhile, while will still send TrackBack pings to sites to whom we link, we’re no longer publishing incoming pings.

If the above paragraph barely reads as English, quickly make yourself one of these, sit down, put your feet up, and have yourself fanned by burly minions until the confusion passes. Repeat as necessary.

Comments on Further technical note:
#1 ::: Xopher (Christopher Hatton) ::: (view all by) ::: May 20, 2005, 05:41 PM:

See, if I had the burly minions I wouldn't need the cocktail. Or I would tell some.

#2 ::: James D. Macdonald ::: (view all by) ::: May 20, 2005, 05:51 PM:

One of these days I'm going to find a bar where they know how to make Sazeracs and I'll have 'em make me one.

Until then, I'll have my loving daughter make me chocolate chip cookies.

#3 ::: Kevin Marks ::: (view all by) ::: May 20, 2005, 06:38 PM:

Hi Patrick,
the easy way for the standalone post pages is to use the referer link:

eg blogs about this post

For main-page post links look at: for MT macros

#4 ::: Madeleine Robins ::: (view all by) ::: May 20, 2005, 06:39 PM:

Can those of us who cannot understand a word of that first graph still have a cocktail anyway, just on accounta?

#5 ::: Jonathan Vos Post ::: (view all by) ::: May 20, 2005, 06:49 PM:

Cognitive dissonance. At my alumni reunion at Caltech, high officers of the administration extol the wonders that are streaming from the $600,000,000 Gordon & Betty Moore bequest, the largest gift ever to a private college in the US. Then they explain that the cocktails are only for those who bought lunch tickets. Damned if I'll cadge a drink from someone, that would make me seem like a *gasp* author...

Anyway, why self-publish pings, when Publish America will happily charge you to print an anthology of POD-pings and POD-pongs?

#6 ::: Larry Brennan ::: (view all by) ::: May 20, 2005, 08:32 PM:

Burly minions for a foot rub? {shudder} I'd find different minions and put the burly ones on other projects.

How about "minion of appropriate gender and body type with deceptively strong and/or gentle hands"?

Oh, and can I have a nice bourbon, one rock, instead of the suggested cocktail?

#7 ::: Larry Brennan ::: (view all by) ::: May 20, 2005, 08:33 PM:

Gack, I just realized I transformed the fanners into foot-massagers. Paging Dr. Freud...

#8 ::: Xopher (Christopher Hatton) ::: (view all by) ::: May 21, 2005, 12:01 AM:

Larry, the fans vote with their feet. So actually you're turning voters into massage, which even Freud could not make sense of.

Bedtime. Clearly.

#9 ::: Nancy Lebovitz ::: (view all by) ::: May 21, 2005, 11:55 AM:

If I had burly minions, I'd send most of them after spammers and just keep the one with massage training.

#10 ::: John M. Ford ::: (view all by) ::: May 21, 2005, 12:21 PM:

Le Burly Mignon

2 jiggers Old Overholt rye
couple big dashes Peychaud's bitters
2 tsp. anisette sugar

Combine. Drink. You can mess around with the Herbsaint glass and the lemon peel if you want, or have an attractive bartender on call, but we're assuming you aren't in a waiting mood.

#11 ::: M. Uli Kusterer ::: (view all by) ::: May 21, 2005, 01:14 PM:

"Mignon"? That's what we call AA batteries here in Germany :-X

#12 ::: Xopher (Christopher Hatton) ::: (view all by) ::: May 21, 2005, 04:01 PM:

A burly minyan? Ten BIG guys in yarmulkes?

#13 ::: jennie ::: (view all by) ::: May 21, 2005, 10:16 PM:

Anyone finding themself encumbered by surplus burly minions is invited to send the extras my way. Especially if said minions aren't very good at mixing drinks--so long as they can brew tea and give footrubs (mmmm....footrubs). It would be better for the burly minions if they were not taller than 6-foot three, since the ceilings here are low, and I do dislike cleaning bits of scalp off the light fixtures.

#14 ::: Tim Walters ::: (view all by) ::: May 21, 2005, 11:03 PM:

The burly minions have the weekend off, so I went down to BevMo, picked up some Herbsaint, and whipped up a Sazerac. Taggart calls it "a symphony inside your mouth;" I would say that it's actually Bartok's Second Piano Concerto inside your mouth. (That's a very good thing.)

#15 ::: mary ::: (view all by) ::: May 22, 2005, 01:11 PM:

I'll take issue with the claim (on the link) that this was the first cocktail. Starting in 1655 British sailors were granted a daily half-pint of rum, which they tended to gulp down early, spending much of the day sailing "three sheets to the wind". In 1740 Admiral Edward Vernon, whose nickname was "Old Grog" because he wore a cloak made of a fabric called grogram, got fed up with sailors getting drunk in the morning. He decided to mix the ration of rum with a quart of water, thus inventing "Grog". In 1795 lime juice was added to prevent scurvy, and this became "Navy Grog". In the British West Indies, sugar plantation owners added sugar to the mix, and voila: Planter's Punch. Here's the Jamaican doggerel: "One of sour, two of sweet, three of strong, four of weak."

#16 ::: Mez ::: (view all by) ::: May 22, 2005, 03:04 PM:

'"Mignon"? That's what we call AA batteries here in Germany' -- gives one to think about new recipes for sauces for filet mignon :)

#17 ::: Mary Kay ::: (view all by) ::: May 22, 2005, 04:39 PM:

ROFL. I love you guys.

Alas I not only have no burly minions handy (what with Jordin being out of town for 2 1/2 weeks - Sob) but also have no Peychaud bitters, nor rye, nor Herbsaint. I guess I'll have to make do with some Lagavulin. Or possibly some of that cask strength MacAllan. Life is hard.


#18 ::: Bill Higgins-- Beam Jockey ::: (view all by) ::: May 23, 2005, 05:00 PM:

Mary Kay writes:

Alas I not only have no burly minions handy (what with Jordin being out of town for 2 1/2 weeks - Sob)...

I can report that he looked well when I saw him, um, Friday I think it was, among the Space People. We had a five-minute conversation, and I fully expected to hold a longer one later in the conference, but I was busy in a bunch of meetings, and never did glimpse him again, darn it.

#19 ::: Kevin Marks ::: (view all by) ::: May 26, 2005, 05:13 PM:

Patrick, another geeky note:
You should update your <head> to include the new feeds so they can be auto-discovered:

<link rel="alternate" type="application/rss+xml" title="Full posts (atom)" href="" />
<link rel="alternate" type="application/atom+xml" title="Titles only (RSS)" href="" />
<link rel="alternate contents" type="application/rss+xml" title="RSS" href="" />

#20 ::: Patrick Nielsen Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: May 27, 2005, 01:05 PM:

Kevin, wouldn't it be the other way around? The Atom feed is supposed to be the full-text one.

#21 ::: Kevin Marks ::: (view all by) ::: May 29, 2005, 03:52 AM:

Yes sorry, I edited in the title without reading too carefully which one.

The markup was right, with the title text changed as you say.

Praise editors!

#22 ::: Lisa Giovanni ::: (view all by) ::: May 31, 2005, 07:02 AM:

>Le Burly Mignon

>2 jiggers Old Overholt rye
>couple big dashes Peychaud's bitters
>2 tsp. anisette sugar

My god, thatís brilliant! Thanks.

#23 ::: John ::: (view all by) ::: May 12, 2011, 12:14 PM:

I agree with Lisa!

#24 ::: Xopher sees possible spam probe ::: (view all by) ::: May 12, 2011, 01:08 PM:

No payload, but this is a really old thread and the comment is one that could easily be auto-generated.

#25 ::: James D. Macdonald ::: (view all by) ::: May 12, 2011, 01:50 PM:

If it's a probe we'll find out soon enough.

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