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These days some of us cannot jet off to foreign lands, so armchair traveling must suffice. Although urban exploration is also a good option. I make quite a habit of armchair traveling. In fact I may or may not actually purchase travel books for places I will never ever go.
Today’s armchair journey is to Iceland, and the Blue Lagoon spa and resort. I’ve been lusting over this place for ages. It’s technically a clinic for people with skin disorders, because the natural seawater and the silica in the stone do something beneficial to skin. Or something. But anyone can stay there and I mean….. look at it….
On the website they describe it thusly:
The heart of Blue Lagoon’s operation is at the Blue Lagoon, Iceland’s most unique and popular attraction. Guests enjoy bathing and relaxing in Blue Lagoon geothermal seawater, known for its positive effects on the skin. A visit to the spa promotes harmony between body, mind and spirit, and enables one to soak away the stresses of modern life. The spa’s guests rekindle their relationship with nature, soak up the scenic beauty and enjoy breathing the clean, fresh air.
I don’t give a damn about the wishy washy harmony of body and spirit stuff. I just want to go swimming in this thing.
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As you know, I have a dear love for weird and wonderful language. Especially collective nouns for groups of animals. On that note, here are some of my favorites from this site, which is the most complete list of names I have yet found. See the rest here.
|Badgers||Cete, Set, Company|
|Bees||Grist, Hive, Swarm, Nest|
|Cats (General)||Clowder, Clutter, Pounce, Dout, Nuisance, Glorying, Glare|
|Cats (Kittens)||Kindle, Litter, Intrigue|
|Crows||Murder, Horde, Parcel, Storytelling|
|Eels||Swarm, Bed, Fry|
|Ferrets||Business, Cast, Fesnying|
|Fox||Skulk, Earth, Lead, Troop|
|Hawks (Flight)||Kettle, Boil|
|Horses (General)||Team, Harras, Stable, Troop|
|Jays||Party, Scold, Band|
|Magpies||Tiding, Gulp, Murder, Charm|
|Moles||Labor, Company, Movement|
|Monkeys||Troop, Barrel, Carload, Cartload, Tribe|
|Otters||Romp, Bevy, Family, Raft|
|Peacocks||Muster, Ostentation, Pride|
|Rooks||Building, Clamor, Parliament|
|Snails||Escargatoire, Rout, Walk|
|Swans (Flight)||Wedge, Flight|
|Turtles||Bale, Nest, Turn, Dole|
|Zebras||Crossing, Zeal, Cohorts, Herd|
This is my favorite word ever. An implausibility of gnus. Wtf, awesomesauce:
And this, Puffin, is for you:
There are tons more here. Now what I want to know is this. What is the collective noun for us MacGuffins? A pointlessness? An ennui? An ignorance? What are your thoughts on this important matter?
Well Puff, hopefully this represents the end of my radio silence.
I may have mentioned that I am slightly stressed about my impending thesis. As my blood pressure rises I have been trying to cope by fantasizing about all the lovely ways I will spend my free time once this horrible looming menace is no longer part of my life.
If you are about to ask me where I shall hang it in my 400 sq foot studio in Manhattan, my answer will be an instruction to shut your damn cake hole and stop puncturing my fantasies. This thing, whatever it is (it’s called the NestRest, apparently), represents everything I want in life right now.
Heartbreaking update: it costs $15,000! How can it possibly cost $15,000? What the hell is it made of?
Please forgive my little dalliance with professional sports. I don’t know what came over me (oh wait, yes I do). Anyway, these delightful additions to the
nerd shrine art gallery chez MacGuffin represent a return to form. Today I added some lovely minimalist Doctor Who posters to my collection. Voila!
I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me. Especially when I tell you that there are more here.