- Ordering my very own copy of a reproduction of the 1603 Iconologia!
- Finally going to the library and finding that every single article I went in to copy was even more exciting that I thought it would be.
- Checking out an 1879 book which has never been read before. It's in gorgeous condition, it was unstickered (it pained me to cause it to be stickered with a barcode), and, most tellingly of all, all of its pages are uncut.
- Running into one-time students of mine who told me how good a teacher I was when I taught them. Their enthusiasm makes me much happier about job applications.
- Running into a colleague who also works on eyeglasses who not only wanted to send me a recent conference paper of his, but was eager to proofread the relevant dissertation chapter of mine as well!
- Running into a friend from German class (which was several years past). She's lived in Germany since then, and gave me her business card so I could keep in touch to discuss Germany options.
- Running into in_translation and learning she's particularly partial to good food.
- A pleasant chat with a History department PhD student who was astonished to find a fellow historian checking out history material from the computer science/engineering library.
- For the first time ever, receiving good, helpful service from the computer store/repair place. And after something like 8 months of waiting, I finally have a laptop again, because my laptop now has a working battery.
- Seeing The Triplets of Belleville for the first time. I had no idea it was a movie about bicyling. What an impressively idea-filled, creative, funny fairy tale it is!
Good things from today
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