February 16th, 2006

krazy koati

But I still haven't found what I'm looking for

I think that, somehow, I've lost my copy of Stephen Ambrose's Nothing Like It In the World, about the building of the Transcontinental Railroad. I probably use it as a trivia source too often anyway, but it really can't have gone missing -- I've only got a couple of piles of books of that size, which I've looked through, and it can't be in my office, and it's not in my luggage. That's not as embarrassing as having apparently lost my new debit card (it must be in here somewhere, too, but I have only two weeks to get it activated, and about three weeks before the first routine charge on it should happen), but it's disquieting to have my small possessions squirming out from under me. I did lose a sock, too, but that's to be expected, even when I take pretty careful count of their number.

Singapore Airlines is running ads pledging that from 1 March you can fly them to ``Fascinating Moscow''. I'm glad. They had flown too many times to ``Boring Moscow'', and you can only go to ``Middlingly Acceptable Moscow'' a certain number of times (four) before you're done, and the trips to ``The Binghamton of Moscow'' never sold as well as you'd imagine from that description.

I noticed the Software Update description of the Mac OS X 10.4.5 upgrade lists fixes for Safari rendering of web pages, for Dashboard usability, and for ``time zone and daylight savings for 2006 and 2007''. You can almost hear Steve Jobs thinking through the changes and upgrades for this version and ultimately having no choice but to summon his inner Count Floyd and say, ``look -- just -- download this already, it's got, you know, stuff and all that.''

Singapore's first wheelchair-friendly bus, with an extender ramp so that those in wheelchairs can get on and off, has been unveiled. It's a double-decker bus.

Trivia: For a charity performance in 1849 Charles Dickens dressed in exotic robes and presented himself as ``The Unparalleled Necromancer Rhia Rhama Rhoos.'' Source: The Rise of the Indian Rope Trick, Peter Lamont.

Currently Reading: Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898, by Edwin G Burrows, Mike Wallace.