back on track • my PC is home, I gave her a great big hug. Though it was totally my fault that she got infected with those nasty trojans in the first place – see what happens when you blog nekkid?

1969 – The Woodstock Music and Art Festival opens.

1977 – The Big Ear, a radio telescope operated by The Ohio State University as part of the SETI project, receives a radio signal from deep space; the event is named the “Wow! signal” for notation made by a volunteer on the project.

birthdays •
1885 – Edna Ferber, American novelist (d. 1968)
1912 – Julia Child, American cook (d. 2004)
1919 – , Irish author
1924 – Robert Bolt, English screenwriter (d. 1995)

stamp out • I try to keep up with the USPS releases of literary themed postage stamps, but i seemed to have missed this set of 4 Benjamin Franklin (Scott# 4021-24). Win has me working on a post about book related stamps, i will keep you posted. get that? I said ‘posted’, sometimes i just break myself up.

worth reading •
The past few days, Critical Mass the blog of the national book critics circle board of directors has been posting one readable item after another. I can’t even keep up reading them, bu then they are seven bloggers to my one.

ailing • Egyptian Nobel prize winner Naguib Mahfouz is being treated in intensive care at a Cairo hospital.

free knowledge • Every semester, UC Berkeley webcasts select courses and events for live viewing and on-demand replay over the Internet.
UC Berkeley Podcast course schedule

cookies • via the Grumpy Old : the UK Romantic Novelists’ Association will be honouring the lifetime achievements of three senior members: Lucilla Andrews, Rosamunde Pilcher, and Mary Stewart.

banktoaster • Juiceanalytics site has a super nifty Excel hack ‘ in-cell bar chart’, one line Excel formula which gives you a bar graph representation of a value. This is a sweet hack. via Lifehacker.

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