austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,

If you really like it you can have the rights

And now one more little spot of good news. I got a package in the mail from Singapore, a neat bubble-wrapped thing whose envelope made for a company named Jiffylite, and which was dubbed a Jiffy Mailing Bag, advertised on the back with a little face-bearing bubble-wrap envelope hopping up and down and proclaiming ``Pack it In A Jiffy!'' That's not the really interesting content, but it is curious how placing the eyes on the level of the envelope flap makes it look as though the anthropomorphized envelope is wearing glasses.

The contents were a copy of my second textbook, the one written with two co-authors who, really, did the hard stuff of putting out papers which made up its bulk while I just did the business of writing the text that goes in-between equations. This may be, to my opinion, the least important part of the task but it is important because the expository muscle between numbered equations would make the derivations of everything quite clear, if only mathematicians reading this level of textbook read the exposition rather than the numbered equations. Still, I've got my CV updated to move this from ``Publication Scheduled'' to ``Published''.

It's slenderer than the first book, not just from the differences between publishers but because this had fewer pages to start with. The second book has got ten pages of color plates, though, tucked at the end of relevant chapters and it looks mighty satisfying to see them. It's also got a rather attractive blue cover with graphical representations of the planetary atmospheres that get numerically simulated. In a lovely touch, one of these planetary simulations is put on the spine of the book, so that if I were to ever see it on a university library shelf it would be there with a tiny mock Jupiter staring out from the racks. I'm quite happy to have this in physical existence.

Trivia: In 1876 Senator John Sherman (later author of the Sherman Antitrust Act) introduced a bill minting ten-dollar gold and silver half-dollar coins, the reverse of which would be marked in the coin's worth in various other gold- and silver-based currencies. Had the measure passed and had other gold- and silver-coin countries passed reciprocal measures it could have been the start of a universal (albeit metal-based) currency. Source: Forgotten News: The Crime of the Century And Other Lost Stories, Jack Finney.

Currently Reading: 1945: The War That Never Ended, Gregor Dallas.


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