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  • I have the overwhelming urge, not for the first time, to use my cloaking ability and levitation harness to fly away from here — to soar over Ilium a final time, to stare down at its torches and doomed inhabitants a final time, and then fly south and west across that wine-dark sea — the Aegean — until I come to the not-yet-Greek Isles and mainland.

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  • Greece may have some great waves, but finding them can feel like a game of Whac-A-Mole, with swells popping up here and there along the coasts for only a few days, even hours; before you can drive out, wax up your board and hit the wave, they've disappeared back into the wine-dark sea.

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  • Haha! Talk about literature! ;-)

    December 4, 2007

  • I always think of the 1000-year-old guy in Firesign Theatre's "The Further Adventures of Nick Danger."

    December 4, 2007

  • See here for a nice description of how this phrase has been used in literature.

    December 3, 2007