Lammas Day*

If this is Tuesday this must be the Bullpen – yes i took monday off, if you don’t like it when i take a day off – write something yourself and send it in. if you haven’t figured it out by now, this is an extremely freeform blog.

1774 – The element oxygen is discovered by Carl Wilhelm and Joseph Priestley. and we could all stop holding our breath.

1944 – Anne Frank makes the last entry in her diary.

birthday boys •
1819 – Herman Melville, American writer (d. 1891)
1815 – Richard Henry Dana , American author (d.1882)

wanna date? • another nice piece about Blair Hedges the U. Penn biologist who has made a breakthrough in dating old books and prints.

worth reading • Michael Allen’s Grumpyoldbookman blog has an terrific post on the recent lightfingered Manchester librarian and his unmasking by Bibliophile List Member Clive Keebler.

blog birth • Bruce Tober, a bookseller from the West Midlands, has started a bookie blog – Stardotstar Booksanother old bookseller blog to watch out for.

more reading worth reading • another blog new to the bullpen sidebar Philobiblos has rounded up a nifty g’nifty list of readable bookseller memoirs. damn more books i need to buy. via Fine Books Blog

obit of note •
Anthony Cave Brown at 77, a British journalist who wrote several books exploring the inner workings of 20th century espionage
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cheap trick • With all the portable memory choices out there, flash drives, mp3 players, pdas, laptops – how does one keep anything secret without investing in encoding software? If you have a file with your passwords or credit cards – name it something innocuous and simply strip off the extension and when you need to access it, put it back.(I realize this trick MAY not work well for Mac users or PC people who have their file extensions hidden) but for a few of us, this works nicely for carrying around info we don’t want falling to the government’s hands.

banktoaster • concerned about copyright? Search for your work online with Copyscape

*Lammas Day (loaf-mass day), the festival of the first wheat harvest of the year. On this day it was customary to bring to church a loaf made from the new crop.

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