To the Internet-based cognitive tools that are changing our lives--Wikipedia, Google, eBay, and the others of their kind, now and in the future -- Vernor Vinge, in the forward to Rainbows End
Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning. -- Sir Winston S. Churchill
Google Books now lets one download PDFs for books whose copyrights have expired. For instance, let's say you're looking for Troilus and Cressida. There's probably a copy of that in the public domain, since it was written 400 years ago. :) And voila -- there you go. Not only is there a PDF download, but also there are informational links for that particular edition. And this was what caught me: a link for each edition to Worldcat, showing whether participating libraries have a copy of that book. E.g.: Voila again. Maybe your local library uses OCLC and participates. You can check, but it's probably easier to stick in a book and see what pops up. This also works for books Google has scanned but aren't in the public domain; the extent to which the book is available is determined (it seems) by the publisher.
Whoever said we have a drought is probably to blame for the tropical system that's supposed to sweep over us in 3 days or so. In the meantime, it's pleasant to listen to the rain this evening. I'm going to open my windows a bit just so I can hear it better, along with any thunder that might some along.
I need to figure out who declares these droughts. We're like an inch and a half down for the year, and in the time where we probably get the most rain, and not nearly halfway through the tropical storm season. (For my neighborhood, it's not even that bad good: most of the tropical storms we get are late-season ones.). I don't want a drought, and I've been dying to hear the sound of rain and thunder for some reason, but sometimes it seems like these drought/excessive rain declarations don't mean much.
By the way, my Weather Underground widget in the right-hand sidebar is a new one: it's supposed to have a background picture that roughly correlates with my current weather. I like it.
Guess what? MyHeritage.com thinks that out of the 4000 celebrity photographs in its database, I look most like Toni Morrison. That's uncanny! I can't tell you how many times I've been mistaken for a 75-year-old black woman!