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Understanding old British money - pounds, shillings and pence

"I was born in 1943.  The money used in our village was:- farthing, haypenny, penny, thrupenny bit, sixpence, shilling, two bob bit, half crown, ten bob note, pound note and five pound note. The crown coin was limited. I don't think there was a five pound coin. I believe the guinea was, still is, just a value and not a coin or note."

Unseen CS Lewis letter defines his notion of joy | Books | The Guardian

Lewis discusses joy in a letter found tucked into a copy of Lewis's The Problem of Pain which was bought in a used bookshop.

"Real joy seems to me almost as unlike security or prosperity as it is unlike agony...."

"It jumps under one's ribs and tickles down one's back and makes one forget meals and keeps one (delightedly) sleepless o' nights. It shocks one awake when the other puts one to sleep. My private table is one second of joy is worth 12 hours of Pleasure. I think you really quite agree with me."

In a postscript, he added:

"Don't you know the disappointment when you expected joy from a piece of music and get only pleasure: Like finding Leah when you thought you'd married Rachel!"

When in doubt: UPS avoids left turns

"'What we found: A significant cause of idling time resulted from drivers making left turns, essentially going against the flow of traffic. From there we explored routes where these turns were cut out entirely, and then compared data.'

"Even if this meant traveling a greater distance, results showed that more packages could be delivered in less time with reduced emissions by driving in a series of right-hand loops. It helped the bottom line, met consumer demands and increased safety."

Ben Edelman, Harvard Business School Professor, Goes to War Over $4 Worth of Chinese Food

And this is why people hate lawyers and Harvard grads: Edelman was charged more -- a grand total of $4 -- for Chinese takeout than the prices listed on the online menu, demanded triple damages, and suggested he would report the restaurant to the proper authorities. reports that this isn't the first time Edelman has gone all lawyerly on a restaurant: In 2010, he took on a sushi restaurant for not interpreting a Groupon deal as generously as he did. The sushi restaurant fired back by threatening to call the cops to escort him out as a trespasser if he ever set foot in the place again.

A Better Way to Say Sorry | cuppacocoa

A meaningful apology must be more than a mumbled "Sorry." This four-point pattern leads the apologizer to understand and express specifically what they did that was wrong, how it hurt other people, and what positive action he will take in the future to avoid repeating the wrong, and then it leads the offender to express humility to the person offended and invites a response, opening the door to reconciliation.

I'm sorry for...
This is wrong because...
In the future, I will...
Will you forgive me?

A fourth-grade teacher explains how she taught this pattern to her class (her use of role-play and peer critique is interesting), and the impressive results it produced.

Hughes's TNR Makeover Is The Obama Administration In Miniature : The Other McCain

Chris "Smitty" Smith ponders leftist angst over the planned dumbing-down of The New Republic:

"I just love it when these Progressives get all emotional about the destruction of institutions. Given that this has been their stock in trade since the Summer of Love, culminating in six years of #OccupyResoluteDesk making a total cock-up of the Presidency, one is left to wonder why the Lefties can't just enjoy their liberation from 'intellectual substance.' This is another suck-is-the-new-cool call from the manor house down to the the peasants working the fields. Dig it, lackeys.

"Progressivism is not a creative movement. It is the combustion of traditional, positive, moral values in a propaganda machine for the production of political power. Once all of the moral values of the culture have been burned, Progress will generally collapse into the kind of thuggery most recently seen in Ferguson, MO."

Converting 32-bit code to 64-bit code

Some resources for avoiding pitfalls when moving C or C++ software from a 32-bit computer to a 64-bit computer:

In 2008, legendary computer scientist Donald Knuth complained about gcc on 64-bit platforms forcing the wasteful use of 64-bit pointers, when 32-bit pointers would suffice, and that the man page advertised an option to permit this, although it's only available for the obsolete MIPS platform. This Ubuntu bug page pursues the question.

More Wild Turkey Attacks in Brookline | Brookline, MA Patch

When I lived in Brookline in college, Wild Turkey was typically found at fraternity parties, not roaming the streets. Brookline is an inner suburb of Boston (surrounded on three sides by Boston), but it's still pretty urban. Gangs of aggressive wild turkeys have been harassing residents for a few years now.

"WHDH reported turkeys have attacked a group of students, a crossing guard, and residents across town.

"'There was like six or seven of them, and as I went around the mailbox they went around and they started chasing me into the street and I screamed for help,' Marilyn Carmona told WHDH. 'It was very scary.'

"Police receive calls about aggressive turkeys every few weeks. The birds have been known to charge at people and try to claw their faces."

State wildlife officials offer tips for dealing with urban turkeys.

Epoch Converter - Unix Timestamp Converter

A collection of useful tools for converting between machine-readable and human-readable timestamps. (The Unix Epoch is the number of seconds since midnight GMT January 1, 1970. This number is used for file creation and modification times and other system purposes.)

A Happy Medium: How to Make Your Last Name Plural This Christmas Season

Don't make Kate angry with your Christmas card. Click the link to find out how to form the plural of your last name correctly.

"...I find a stack of Christmas cards and begin to flip through them--pausing to marvel at how big so-and-so's kids have gotten. And then I spot it: an apostrophe in a last name that isn't supposed to be possessive.

"I shudder, flipping past the unwarranted punctuation. But as I keep flipping, the apostrophes do, too--flipping me off, that is. They defile Christmas card after Christmas card, last name after last name with their presence. Gone is my Christmas cheer! All my glad tidings, replaced with fury."

By the way, the plural of Bates is Bateses. The possessive of Bateses is Bateses'. Example: "Are the Bateses at church today?" "Yes, the Bates family is here. I saw the Bateses' minivan in the parking lot."

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