January 18th, 2011

krazy koati

That's how they did it when I was just a kid

For Sunday we had an exceedingly modest clash of priorities.

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But we'd barely got started before the store announced they were closing. So pausing only a bit to look over an e-book system that neither of us had ever heard of and that we couldn't find an actual model of in the display we yielded to the schedule and set back off for home again.

Trivia: The recoinage of English currency under Isaac Newton completed by 1699 remade the nation's whole stock of silver coins, a total of £6,840,719, at a total cost of about £2,700,000 (largely reflecting lost metal in clipped coins which were accepted for recoining at face value). Source: Newton and the Counterfeiter: The Unknown Detective Career Of The World's Greatest Scientist, Thomas Levenson.

Currently Reading: Skyways: A Book On Modern Aeronautics, General William Mitchell. Mitchell's belief that bombers will always get through may have been justified in the days when radar wasn't even imagined, but it's still ``did I fall into an alternate universe?'' territory to read how the benefits of aircraft carriers are ``mythical'', since ships are so vulnerable to planes and you couldn't support enough airplanes to make an aircraft carrier worthwhile. Oh yeah, 1930.