Happy birthday also to the fantastic seemag, who has been an inspiration to me for many years indeed. Best wishes and many happy returns of the day!
On a different note, Hustle debuted yesterday in the States on AMC and 24's new season begins tonight (with two hours tonight and two hours tomorrow night). It's an embarrassment of television riches.
January 13 was the birthday of H.P. Lovecraft's friend and fellow fantasist Clark Ashton Smith (1893-1961), so he will provide the quote of the day:
"The nostalgia of things unknown, of lands forgotten or unfound, is upon me at times. Often I long for the gleam of yellow suns upon terraces of translucent azure marble, mocking the windless waters of lakes unfathomably calm; for lost, legendary palaces of serpentine, silver and ebony, whose columns are green stalactites; for the pillars of fallen temples, standing in the vast purpureal sunset of a land of lost and marvellous romance. I sigh for the dark-green depths of cedar forests, through whose fantastically woven boughs, one sees at intervals an unknown tropic ocean, like gleams of blue diamond; for isles of palm and coral, that fret an amber morning, somewhere beyond Cathay or Taprobane; for the strange and hidden cities of the desert, with burning brazen domes and slender pinnacles of gold and copper, that pierce a heaven of heated lazuli."
from Clark Ashton Smith, "Nostalgia of the Unknown"