If there's been any recurring motif to this summer it's been wondering, ``was there maybe an Indonesian volcano that exploded last year that we didn't hear about?'' It's not been hot, the way last summer was, and it's been diving into darned chilly altogether too often.
That said, why was it getting to the brink of sweltering in the house today? The obvious answer seems to be heat leaking out of the oven, which we're using to roast peanuts so they can be safely fed to our squirrel community (which includes some chipmunks and a raccoon). I'm not sure it actually leaks quite enough heat to do that, except since it wasn't all that much warmer today than previous days and we had the windows open for that nice cross-breeze what else is there?
I hope the squirrels (and chipmunks and raccoon) appreciate this sacrifice of very slight discomfort.
Meanwhile on my humor blog, I deal with being confronted by a ``Did You Know?'' whiteboard. This sort of thing is quite troublesome for me. Also running there since last week's Big Changes On Campus, which I have to admit was an underdeveloped premise that flopped, have been:
- Paul Terry cartoons: Dinner Time, bringing an obscure (talkie!) cartoon into very slightly less obscurity.
- Statistics Saturday: Wooden Roller Coaster Construction Over Time, which technically speaking meets the legal qualifications to be a cartoon, kind of.
- Robert Benchley Society doing it again, to wit, holding their humor contest, so you'll want to notice that if you like their humor contests.
- While I Was Watching Some History Channel-Type Show I heard one of those odd things that I can't exactly dispute.
- Compu-Toon, Math Comics are Compu-Toon, Math Comics, which kind of says it all, doesn't it?
- Found At The Farmer’s Market, something I didn't know they sold to mere consumers.
Trivia: The average holding in Ferdinand de Lessep's Suez Canal Company was nine shares. Source: Parting the Desert: The Creation of the Suez Canal, Zachary Karabell.
Currently Reading: Symbiote's Crown, Scott Baker. Well, this book does the least with the idea space colonization by mind transfer into new, alien (and genderless) bodies that I think I've ever seen. It's like Baker was afraid of throwing his audience if he did more than mention that the people coming out of the Colony Space Transmitter were green.