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Today — August 6, 2020

Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Queen Nature's Fairy Helpers by Alice Edgerton, 1921.
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
We'd make a diagram about the weight of echoes (they don't get lighter as they bounce and fade, but rather heavier), if only we weren't still recovering from our diagram proving the weight of donut holes.  From Coraddi, 1960.
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Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
Memories of college.  From Swarthmore's 1964 yearbook.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Chariviari, 1884.
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
A knife gleams in the hazy distance.  From Loyola's 1978 yearbook.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From L'Album Comique de la Famille, 1909.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kladderadatsch, 1931.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Le Journal Amusant, 1910.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Nebelspalter, 1884.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Lustige Blätter, 1903.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Krasnyi Smekh, 1906.
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
From The Martlet, 1976.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
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I Found a Penny Today, So Here's a Thought (permalink)
From Mothers News, 2013.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From La Lámpara Maravillosa, Ejercicios Espiritualis by Ramón Valle-Inclán, 1916.
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Something, Defined (permalink)
From The Boomer Bible by R. F. Laird, 1991.
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Restoring the Lost Sense (permalink)
From Kabumpo in Oz by Ruth Plumly Thompson, 1922.
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The Ghost in the [Scanning] Machine (permalink)
A ghost from beyond the veil, from DePauw's 1905 yearbook.  For an explanation, see The Ghost in the [Scanning] Machine.
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Images Moving Through Time (permalink)
"Don't tell anybody."  From Kittens and Cats by Eulalie Osgood Grover, 1911.
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Is Today The Day? (permalink)
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August 2020

“Today is the day for paying homage.”

—Kola Abimbola, Yoruba Culture, 2005

From the outrageous to the inspirational to the hilarious, here’s a daily reminder to break out of the old grind and do something unexpected, for the fun, the challenge, or the heck of it.

If today simply isn’t your day, click here to have a different day.


Music Box Moment (permalink)
Do you deserve a nostalgic breather?  Through the delicate workings of the music box, even the most dramatic compositions seem to play only for you.  You’ll hear even a very familiar piece in a whole new way.  Courtesy of home recording pioneer Ken Clinger, here’s today’s music box selection.  It will sound surprisingly good even through built-in computer speakers, and it will cut through the ambient noise of the office without being distracting.

Featured in Today’s Music Box:
String Quartet #13 - Movement #1 (Haydn)
performed by Ken Clinger
If you could use another Music Box Moment, choose a piece:


There’s a Signpost Up Ahead (permalink)
One's life path is marked by crossroads and signposts.  If you are confronted with making a choice today, perhaps the signpost displayed here will help to characterize your situation and guide you to make a decision.  If you need more guidance, refresh this page for another symbol.  If both signs are the same, perhaps any choice will lead to the same outcome.

The signs are inspired by a system of symbols entitled "Spiritual Diagnosis," developed by Dr. Robert McNary of Montana.  Dr. McNary actually creates nine-faceted mandala charts for people and interprets the symbols with uncanny accuracy.  Dr. McNary's web site is RockyMountainAstrologer.com.
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Yesterday — August 5, 2020

Yearbook Weirdness (permalink)
We're delighted to have contributed a library shenanigan involving an illusion of nudity to the Library Shenanigans blog.
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