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The cover item, that thing on the left, described on page 6 of the catalog: "The Oenophile's Personal Winery. This is the automated winery that vinifies up to four cases of wine using traditional [!] winemaking techniques combined with modern oenological technology, conducting the entire post-harvest process in its stainless steel chamber....Immediately following harvest, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are crushed, frozen, and sent to your home, ensuring your vintage is made using only the finest premium grapes. The system automatically monitors the entire winemaking process including fermentation, Brix (grape sugar level) and temperature and wirelessly transmits the information to a PC...It prompts you when to smell and taste the fermenting must or press down the grape skins, and the software has easy-to-follow instructions....Install in a ventilated area." [Editor's note: I would install in another county. Because this baby is going to blow and that's a guarantee. "Anybody seen Muffy?" The cost? $5,999.00]


Editor's Note: So very happy to have "The Self-Sustaining Ecosphere." Manufacture just a bit more of the crap seen here and it's the only ecosphere there'll be.

Will You Please Repeat That?




Word Histories and Mysteries:
From Abracadabra to Zeus

by The Editors of the American Heritage Dictionaries

2004 Houghton Mifflin



From an etymological perspective, book and beech are branches of the same tree. The Germanic root of both words is *bōk-, ultimately from an Indo-European root meaning "beech tree." The Old English form of book is bōc, from Germanic *bōk-ō, "written document, book." The Old English form of beech is bēce, from Germanic *bōk-jōn, "beech tree." The early Germanic peoples used strips of beech wood to write on, which makes the semantic connection between beech and book clear. A similar development occurred in Latin. The Latin word for book is liber, whence library. Liber, however, originally mean "bark"—that is, the smooth inner bark of a tree, which the early Romans likewise used to write on. [Ed. Note. Revised 27 November 2007.]

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