I just noticed, the favicon that Outlook.com uses when you are logged in is now some flatter colorful thing. I do not know if that is good or bad. Watch that space?
I was looking through my blog stats one day…
A commenter1 on the Awful Library Books blog once pointed out that a certain print-on-demand publisher of old public domain books had published Wuthering Heights with a bicycle on the cover. This was evident nonsense to them since bicycles had nothing to do with the story. I am taking their word for it since I haven’t read that novel.
In browzing Project Gutenberg for material to read, I ran across two Horatio Alger books that exhibited the same problem. Yes I read those. Someday I will get a grand spreadsheet together to exhibit just how formulaic they are. Anyway…
To my complete suprize and delight, there is a name for that interesting icon seen on electrical distribution physical plants: Mr. Ouch!
I had seen the icon around on various obviously electrical objects in my life, but I never really thought about it. Per the sources cited by WikipediA, it is from at least 1982, possibly earlier.
To me, besides being interesting of itself, it is another example of the depth of planning that went into a thing I just assumed more or less appeared out of thin air. This, for someone trained in engineering, is an embarrassing and improper approach to life.
Since I am based in the United States and it’s a year evenly divisible by 4, we have a general elexion coming up. Let’s look at something impressive.
I’m not sure what to make of this book cover, which I found in my grand mother’s old attic:
Apple Computer, back in the Apple II days, made a “Super Serial Card”. I found a box that one came in and scanned the cover to display this awesome commercial art from the 70s/80s:
What can we see here? Well, other than the fun old days of Apple Computer, before they turned all stiff and shiny, we have:
- Someone in a biology lab plotting two series of data
- Some music in front of what looks like the Moon
- Some chess pieces
- Programming in BASIC
- A safe dial (Did Apples run ATMs or something? I thought that was OS/2’s thing.)
- A hole-punched ledger page?
- Bob Ross balancing his checkbook
- Three students (one of whom is very bored) playing a math game with a portable TV
As an aside, while Apples of this vintage could come with monitors, most of the time they were hooked to TVs (note the dials on #1’s display).
The math game #8 shows is off: The first problem has a double digit addend and a single digit addend and somehow comes up with with a… single digit answer.
Finally, they (Apple) somehow managed to get their FCC ID to actually say “SUPERSER”! I have no idea if that was a special dispensation, if they were able to request that, or what. Usually they are just random digits.