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The Great Migration

The migration of markholder.org to Blogger will begin in the coming days. The absinthe post was a test run and it looks good. I'm undecided how to handle some older posts, as many are well over a decade old. The Futureproofing series is still current and will make the migration and new posts in the series will appear soon after. This is an interesting process from writing HTML code to using WYSIWYG editing; I'm undecided as to which I prefer.

Absinthe Unleashed

I recently stopped in at the local bottle shop to pick up some low proof whiskey for a home cough remedy (honestly). While searching for rock and rye, I noticed something I'd never seen before: absinthe. On the shelf. For sale.
Banned in the West for decades, absinthe is the legendary liquor beloved by French Impressionists, Aleister Crowley, and anyone who loved a strong, hallucination-inducing drink. The Green Goddess, as Crowley called it, gets its entheogenic power from wormwood, a bitter, mind altering plant. The store clerk explained that the legal absinthe he sells is lower in wormwood so as to not induce hallucinations, but remains quite powerful. I bought a small bottle, in the name of science.
Upon opening, I noticed a distinct, liquorice sort of scent. Not bad, I thought, compared to the medicinal smell of some drinks. I lifted the bottle in a toast to poets, madmen and painters everywhere and everywhen, then took the tiniest of drinks.
The burn began on the lips, the …

Quote Of The Day, Lovecraft Edition

"At night, when the objective world has slunk back into its cavern and left dreamers to their own, there come inspirations and capabilities impossible at any less magical and quiet hour. No one knows whether or not he is a writer unless he has tried writing at night." - H.P. Lovecraft