1. You stumble across one unicorn, then all of a sudden you’re in a herd of the reclusive beasts. I was looking for something else on Google Books this afternoon when I found that an old favorite of mine, Odell Shepard’s The Lore of the Unicorn, had been Googled. The book is still in print, and easy to find used copies of on Amazon and elsewhere, but it’s cool that the current publisher unleashed the whole contents for online reading (at Google and apparently on their own website, but apparently their server’s a little wonky; I couldn’t make a connection to it).
[Edited to add: They seem to have dropped the footnotes, though, so anyone thinking of buying a copy might be better off with an older edition. The Dover edition, which I snapped up in the 90s and has worn pretty well, has all the references, the index, and a couple of decent illustrations, all of which are lacking in the e-version online.]
2. Practically the only non-bad news from Mumbai in this terrible week concerned Emmanuele Lattanzi, a Neapolitan living in Mumbai who first escaped from the terrorists attacking the Oberoi hotel, and then voluntarily returned there to bring milk to his baby daughter and comfort to his wife, still imprisoned in the hotel. A small victory can count for a lot.
3. I only report this result because it’s so unexpected.
I suspect most people who know me might tag me with a frostier rainbow, and I don’t really get bored easily, except at sporting events. So it’s possible that this quiz is not 100% infallible. Caveat quaesitor.