austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,

He's the greatest dog ever, I really think so

Borders is pushing children's books this weekend, something I thought pretty well established by the posters around the store of a young girl with a few books and the slogan, ``I'm into dragons, princesses, and bugs.'' (Like who isn't?) Three children's books for the price of two.

But to underscore the point they had wandering around ... Clifford, the Big Red Dog. He's not so big in person as he is on TV, which you could say about many stars. I'm pretty sure I've seen this Clifford wandering around somewhere before, most likely at the Singapore Zoo, where he should have been getting danger pay for wandering around outside in direct sun. He was getting his picture taken a lot, but not with actual kids; they were all young adults getting pictures from other young adults' cell phones.

Of course, I saw Clifford over by the Science books section; presumably by the Children's Books there would be more, uh, children. Actually, I only noticed Clifford as he was walking away, since I was trying to find a biography of William Thompson that I put on the ``maybe'' list a few weeks back. That I didn't find, but I did notice several biographies of Robert Hooke. First was the difficult-to-look-up-on-Amazon The Man Who Knew Too Much (I know it's nearly impossible to come up with a completely unique book title, but could we please avoid deliberately duplicating famous ones?); nearby was Lisa Jardine's The Curious Life of Robert Hooke -- The Man who Measured London; and on another shelf was Stephen Inwood's The Forgotten Genius: The Biography of Robert Hooke. I was preparing to quip on the irony of a book called The Forgotten Genius being one of three recently-published biographies of the same man, when I noticed that The Man Who Knew Too Much was just a retitled paperback version of The Forgotten Genius. Obviously it's not nearly so ironic to have only two concurrent biographies of a man billed as ``forgotten.'' I apologize for the mistake.

Trivia: Sputnik 1 began as a backup Object PS-1 in case the intended first satellite, Object D, were to fall behind schedule. Source: The Rocket Men, Rex Hall and David J Shayler.

Currently Reading: Why Things Break: Understanding the World by the Way It Comes Apart, Mark E Eberhart.


Recent Posts from This Journal

  • Sorry if I did

    I owe concerned friends an update on bunny_hugger's job. In early February we got the news that her university was downsizing, as part…

  • Did I wake you up

    Been a bunch of small stuff on my mathematics blog lately, in part because I'm hoping to post something big on Wednesday. But the last couple…

  • Then the comfort starts to very quickly fade away

    You know what I'm going to do here? I'm going to make a mad dash to complete February here. It's way easier to get through the photo roll when you…

  • Post a new comment


    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.