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alchemy

A pseudoscience of the Middle Ages, which attempted to use primitive lab methods to understand laws of nature and the universe. Some of the methods and glassware alchemists created are still used in some form. Most alchemists tried to turn heavy metal into gold.
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A film crying out to be discovered by midnight movie mavens, "Foot Fist" will require delicate handling to alchemize its unsmelted comedy into B.
There's no other place like Southern California -- it's where talent and creativity meet to alchemize technology to make a better world for all of us," said Robert Grossman, E-MEDIA's CEO.
It sets the poet up as a kind of suave circus ringmaster of contradiction; despite the pressure of experiential paradox and dissonance, the poet will maintain his/her cool, and in some Hegelian way synthesize the contradictions, clean up the general mess, and alchemize it all into a delicious concoction that is, well, Keatsian.
For words, too, when written on paper, alchemize into tangible objects, more reliable, more magical, more potent than people.
More precisely, Spindelman argues that the de jure consent gravamen of sexual assault law combined with the de facto material reality of the ideology of sexual freedom alchemizes and authorizes sexual violence by and against gay men.
If there is a goddess invoked by Sakra Boccata, She is Killa, the Quechua word for "moon," which Mazzotti alchemizes into LoKilla, the Spanish diminutive of loca, and which Eshleman in turn translates as "LittleKrazyOne" ("Oh LittleKrazyOne Queen my Queen").
The price mechanism allows the uncoordinated and decentralized decisions of economic actors to generate growing prosperity, but no invisible hand alchemizes political self-interest into the public good.