I set up many alarms months in advance for important events; the one I set up for September 1, 2014 is labeled:
The begrudging year long break in your educational career better be over.
It was just a matter of time till I found this Mario Bros Porn Parody…*recent* version.
Live each day as my first? Or last?
First last days? Certain parts as one or the other?
I’ll get the hang of this…before it’s too late?
Among the most revered of the laboratory workers was a woman referred to as Maria the Jewess. As with most early adepts, Maria’s true identity is now obscure. In the past, alchemists believed that she was Miriam, the sister of Moses, but there is little evidence to support this claim. More likely, she lived around the time of Democritus, in second-century Alexandria. And whatever her origins, she was a genius at designing laboratory equipment and using it in original ways. Her main contribution was an apparatus called the kerotakis, used for heating alchemical substances and collecting their vapors. Another of Maria’s inventions, a water bath, is the same double boiler found in well-equipped kitchens today; it is still known in France as a bain-marie.
The kerotakis was an airtight vessel with a piece of copper foil suspended at the top. When the alchemists heated their various compounds of sulfer, arsenic, and mercury, the fumes would condense on the foil and the copper tended to change colors – giving the impression that it was taking on the spirit of gold. For the apparatus to function properly, all of its connections had to be vacuum tight. The use of such containers in the Hermetic arts gave rise to the expression “hermetically sealed.”
Maria and her colleagues thought of the reaction that took place in the kerotakis as a mystical reenactment of the process in which gold was formed within the bowels of the earth. Her favorite roasting compound was realgar, an orange-red mineral consisting of arsenic sulfide that often turns up in gold mines. And she equated the fire of her hearth with the flames of Hades, which purged every substance consigned to them. In the course of the alchemical process, the realgar was in effect “killed,” leaving behind a blackish residue that the alchemists came to call the “corpse.” The sulfur, meanwhile, was freed, and like the embodied soul it wafted up to heaven.
None of Maria’s writings survived in their original manuscripts, but her teachings were frequently cited by later Hermeticists. And the works of another female alchemist, who called herself Kleopatra, have endured.
The most notable fragment left behind by Kleopatra was a single page of symbolic diagrams. One of its images showed a serpent swallowing its tail to form a ring. The phrase “The One is the All” was inscribed within the circle. For centuries to come, alchemists would find no more succinct statement and symbol for their beliefs.
Birthday party at a very delicious restaurant?
The true gift would have been to leave early, and instead leave me to eat and enjoy on my own.
I’m a bearded concubine.