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This afternoon, it was already rainbow weather. Around 18:50, we saw the rain blow along the window
outside. Five minutes later, the sun started to shine again, and Annabel
went outside to find out that it was still raining a little bit. She also noticed a rainbow, and I went outside as well. I took several pictures, also a close-up. The sky cleared-up, and the rainbow disappeared.
Today is a palindrome date
when written in the (M)M/(D)D/(YYY)Y format: 4/10/2014.
When the (M)M/(D)D/YY format is used, this is also a palindrome
date: 4/10/14 and this is the case for all dates up to and including
4/19/14 and also the date 4/1/14.
At 13:48, I bought the following three books from bookshop Broekhuis from the book sale that is being held in the
former Polare bookshop with a 50% discount
from the original price:
- A: A Novel by Andy Warhol,
ISNB:9780099528784, for € 6.45.
- Bart Chabot Greatest Hits 2: Verzamelde gedichten 2005-2009
by Bart Chabot, ISBN:9789023441335, for € 12.45.
- Van Dale officieel lingowoordenboek: oefen- en meespeelboek voor
lingoliefhebbers, ISBN:9789066488397, for € 4.97.
Little magnolia bush
Here a picture of our little magnolia bush. It
is barely one 1 cm tall, with only two small leaves. This morning, I have
tried to remove the seed that one of the leaves grew through (instead of
pushing it out), but I did not succeed completely, because it was stick to
it. I remember that the chestnut plant grew much faster. There is a very thin branch coming from the middle of the
two leaves, so maybe it will grow taller this year. From some short article
from a local newspaper, I think this is a Magnolia stellata "Royal Star".
(Re)opening second hand books
This morning, I went to bookshop Broekhuis
where they opened the third and fourth floor with the second hand books
from former Polare/De Slegte bookshop on the otherside of the street. The
fourth floor, with mainly fiction, was not open yet, but I was allowed to
have a quick look. Before, there used to be an exhibition area and some
rooms on the third floor. Now the broke away some walls, making the floor
look larger and giving it more day light with a window looking out over
the square outside. Although they have the same books as before in the
other shop, I noticed some books that I had never seen before. One of them
being The Night Is Large: Collected Essays by Martin Gardner. I paged
through the book, but did not buy it.
Still one month before the former Polare/De
Slegte bookshop will close. The number of new books that are being
sold with 50% off has increased in the past weeks. It would not surprise me
the percentage will be increased and that also the other books will be
further reduced in price.
My brother-in-law asked me if I could help him to solve some geocaching
riddle. The description (in Dutch) explains that the code is using
encoding, but with omitting the values. It suggest that there are two
v = "112332111122213172312351133263212321216131112262621111217231221111211333521111224"
for (b = k = i = 0; i < v.length; i++, b = 1 - b)
n = parseInt(v.substring(i,i+1))
for (j = 0; j < n; j++)
if (++k % 8 == 0)
This produces the following output:
Now you only need to use a binary to ASCII converter to get the answer.
At 11:41:38, I bought three books from bookshop
Broekhuis with 62.5% discount. Since yesterday, there is a 25% extra
discount. For books that were already discounted with 50% from the original
price, this means a 62.5% discount. The books are:
- The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty by Anne Rice, ISBN:9780751551037,
for € 4.12.
- Een brief van Gerard Reve by Nop Maas, published by Stichting
Literaire Manifestaties Enschede, for € 0.935 EUR.
- Goeie god, wat een oog! Jan Wolkers & Claude Monet by Onno Blom,
published by Stichting Literaire Manifestaties Enschede,
for € 0.935 EUR.
50% extra discount
Starting from today, there is an extra discount of 50% on all the books
at the former Polare bookshop now part of bookshop Broekhuis. At 10:26, I bought seven books and got one book
for free because of Koningsdag. The books are:
- Marbled Paper Design, published by the Pepin Press,
ISBN:9789057681073, for € 3.495.
- A Hedonist guide to Tallinn, ISBN:9780954787844,
for € 0.625.
- Ongebonden by Katherine Angel, ISBN:978905424147,
for € 3.495. (Third copy I bought so far.)
- Loflied op de rijpe vrouw (In Praise of Older Women)
by Stephen Vizinczey, ISBN:9789048806485, for € 3.125.
- In Gedichten by Boudewijn Büch, ISBN:9789029504492,
for € 3.495.
- Tussen de zwarte en de witte pagina by Sybren Polet,
ISBN:9789074328685, for € 0.625.
- Van Istanbul naar Bagdad by Arnon Grunberg and Hanco Kolk,
ISBN:9789057594205, for € 2.995.
- Beatrix tussen de Twentenaren by Carlo ter Ellen and
Frans de Lugt, ISNB:9789491640056, for free.
August 13, 1965
Today, I discovered that the first recording for the novel
a, A Novel by Andy Warhol, is probably
recorded on Friday, August 13, 1965. I concluded this on a remark made by
Robert Olivo, on page 17, where he says
that he is going to see the Beatles on Wednesday. Around August 1965,
The Beatles only stayed for three Wednesdays in America. On the last they
flew back to London and on the second they did not meet anyone, except for
two girls who jumped out of a helicopter in the pool. On the first Wednesday,
they gave a concert in Atlanta.
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