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June 9, 2008
Heat wave; Found in books; Earth from Mars; Better news; Captcha's backstory
Talk of closing school because of the 97-degree heat had a gaggle of us remembering June days decades ago when we trudged off to school in similar heat wearing knee socks, gabardine jumpers and dress pants. We had fans in our classrooms, and we survived.
Now we're wimps, holed up in our bedroom cool room, venturing out into the Mars-like outer world only on essential trips to the bathroom and fridge. In the cool room, we chill and read detective novels from the library. We float.
At dusk we put a fan on the screen porch, and a sprinkler in the yard. There was almost a breeze.
The heat of the den where I now type in front of a fan is too heavy for floating. I hate to sweat.
Not encouraging: This bit of the forecast discussion for Tuesday among the National Weather Service pros out of Taunton, Mass:
MAX TEMPS...CAPPED AT 99. DIFFICULT TO FCST 100 WITHOUT A WNW SFC
The abbreviations: FCST=forecast; SFC=surface.
Absentminded bookmarkers anonymous: AbeBooks: Found in Books
Be careful what you use as a bookmark. Thousands of dollars, a Christmas card signed by Frank Baum, a Mickey Mantle rookie baseball card, a marriage certificate from 1879, a baby’s tooth, a diamond ring and a handwritten poem by Irish writer Katharine Tynan Hickson are just some of the stranger objects discovered inside books by AbeBooks.com booksellers...
...Eager to learn more, AbeBooks.com asked its booksellers to reveal their finds. You might be surprised to learn what people will leave inside a book.
This one's dear to my heart. I grab bookmarks from any scrap of paper in reach -- receipts, mail, strips of paper toweling. Last week, it was $5 bill for a day.
That's nothing compared to the microwave cookbook sold from an estate by a thift shop with 40 $1000 bills inside.
3D and fluffy: Earth and Moon from Mars. We look lumpy! I knew it!
Photographed Oct. 3, 2007, by the HiRISE camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. More at NASA, including a discussion of how bright the clouds are -- NASA photo processors had to tone them down.
We're probably the most reflective marshmallow-studded blue planet in the galaxy..
The higher octave of Google News: How the world could be, and how it would be reported.
WTF4U? Computer Literacy Tests: Are You Human?
A short history of the CAPTCHA, the onlne test to prove you're human.
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