austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,

When you wore a tulip, a sweet yellow tulip

Like most people I find that I'm short on time to do all the things that I really need to have got done beforehand. At least I assume I'm like most people that way. I know I never hear people wandering around saying, ``oh, if only I didn't have so very much time then I'd finally be able to get around to learning Latin or figuring out how to paint historical markers'' since they fixed the water supply. Anyway, I can't be bothered worrying about solutions for what everybody has to do; my concern has to be figuring out what it is I'm doing, and why I'm doing it, and what historical marker has to be painted in Latin today. The goal, then, has to be getting more efficient.

And how do we get there? That's my weekly essay, and I hope you read the whole of it. Also in this week's short offerings are updates on that odd pond problem and also some really funny silent movies that you should watch. And I had to file a correction, for cause.

Trivia: One of the two elevators constructed for New York's Exhibition of the Industry of All Nations, in July 1853, took passengers to the first- and second-floor landings of the Latting Observatory, a 350-foot-tall iron-braced timber structure. Source: Gotham: A History Of New York City To 1898, Edwin G Burrows, Mike Wallace.

Currently Reading: Twists In Time, Murray Leinster. A gift from bunny_hugger's father, who noted that the cover art precedes the title with ``Six startling stories of ... '' while there are seven stories in the book. (However, one of the stories is not a time-travel or even four-dimensional bit of gimmickry. This does have the story where a fourth-dimensional doohicky turns one kangaroo into a small mob.)

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