Triumph of the English Major
"So there I was in our C.F.O.’s office with a P. & L. that just eked out a 7 percent return. He looked at that piece of paper dubiously. He looked at me dubiously. I made some weak noises about literary excellence, backlist sales, commitment to authors. He continued to look at me dubiously. Then, with that wry and sad expression with which financial people have regarded liberal arts people since at least the invention of movable type and perhaps even written language, he signed off on my shortfallen P. & L. and said to me, 'You know, we could make more money by just putting this advance into a certificate of deposit.'"
How many objects in our lives do we know nothing about? How many kinds of scissors can you think of? When were they invented? By whom? Thank His Noodly Appendage for Wikipedia.
Console Living Room
This section of the Internet Archive collects a bunch of super retro video games for anyone to play. There is also a section of vintage PC games, including Wolfenstein and Doom. In coming years, they expect to add more and more games. Great time killer (like anyone needs help killing more time these days) and reminder that graphics aren't everything.
In New York City, there's an ongoing tunneling project to build a new spur of track to connect the Long Island Railroad Main Line to Manhattan Island. Here are some really impressive pictures of what the project looked like last in 2013. It's expected to be finished in 2023. Which sounds like a ridiculously futuristic year to me but is only eight years away.
Between zero and one, there are an infinite number of decimals. If that's infinite, then between zero and ten, there are 10 infinities.
There is no shortage of little infinities, and we have nearly infinite time in which to explore them. Fun stuff to think about. Here's a video that helps us to think about the very long infinities of time that await us, and maybe a concept even weirder than infinite time at the end.
Recent studies have indicated that three servings of Jack Hostrawser per day may help to prevent sudden comas.