We did see a rattlesnake today, though, and had to wait with our tour guide in the petrified wood forest until the snake could be collected for relocation.
My Nicoll number is 1. That is, I have conversed with James Nicoll but am not Nicoll himself.
If you have conversed with me but not with Nicoll, your Nicoll number is 2. And so on, as with the Erdős number.
If you are James Nicoll, your Nicoll number is 0.
If you are one of the James Nicolls who have perished in alternate universes, your Nicoll number is -1.
One of my pictures made it into today's CakeWrecks. It's the last one on that page, the "beach vomit" cake.
There were actually a couple of other cakes in the same "style" that looked even worse, but they disappeared before I could get back to the store with a camera.
SERIES 1 EPISODE 2: "THE NAKED NOW"
Yar: What I want now is gentleness. And joy... and love. From you, Data; you are fully functional, aren't you?
Data: Of course, but...
Yar: How fully?
Data: In every way, of course. I am programed in multiple techniques. A broad variety of pleasuring.
Yar: Oh! You jewel, that's exactly what I hoped!
Yar: That's more than I wanted to know. Get in here.
On Sunday afternoons, there's an all-hands announcement about a Catholic Mass to be held soon in the hospital prayer room. When I hear it, I think "What, Code 666?"
This is a book "mash-up" that's very dependent on your knowing a couple of children's books. If you don't get it, it's probably not worth the trouble of an explanation, but the "parents" are L'Engle's A Wrinkle In Time and Nesbit's Five Children And It. It's a bit surprising to me how many people think that E. Nesbit's book really was titled Three Children And It, per a Google search. Four ... was also somewhat popular.
This took much longer to put together than I expected, mostly because of difficulty matching the font for the authors' names. The font identifiers at www.linotype.com and www.identifont.com came up with entirely wrong suggestions, based on a series of questions about the font's properties; with Adobe's, I couldn't even figure out how to mark the "categories" for a couple of words on the cover of a book. The identifier at www.myfonts.com took an uploaded image and quickly gave me a couple of possibilities that were pretty much bang-on — I still had to tweak the proportions a bit but it was enough to work with. I don't have access to the font (Century Expanded Italic) on any of the computers here, but for such a small bit of text, copy/pasting from images of a font sampler didn't take much work.