While I am vain, I try to be responsible about it. I assume myself to be interesting and that people read me or don't as I interest them. This is how my brother came to insult me on the streets of Boston.( Collapse )
Trivia: On 17 August 1771 Joseph Priestly used a thin wire and candle to burn off the oxygen from a pneumatic jar containing a few sprigs of mint. Ten days later, lighting a candle anew in the jar he found the flame ``burned perfectly well in it'' --- revealing that plants somehow restored something fundamental to air. Source: The Invention Of Air: A Story Of Science, Faith, Revolution, And The Birth Of America, Steven Johnson.
Currently Reading: A Diplomatic History Of Europe Since The Congress Of Vienna, René Albrecht-Carié.