Oxford, England has set a new record for rainy cold days during what is meant to be a summers respite from this drizzly chill. But we are not deterred but rather relentless through these wet days, touring through Keeble College, visiting the Natural History Museum, lunching where the Inklings dined and then heading to dinner at Regents Park College. We even squeezed in time to get our Bodleian Libraries card.
As June shapes up into different roadtrip travels, I am reminded of California Dreamin‘ by the band, the Mamas and the Papas. Their simple harmonic tunes travel in repetitive motion, like a staircase leading into a new world.
“Oxford Examination ‘Schools’ Staircase”, Gift of Andrew Dickson White, Cornell University Library, 1882.
Technology has come a long way from the wireless stations built in 1910. Apple’s announcement of the new, high resolution iPad 3 reached the world in a matter of minutes today. It’s swank product launch event in San Francisco showed the lightening speed at which the iPad 2 lost its newness to the shiny pixel-less screen tempting wireless consumers.
Amateur Wireless Station (Library of Congress), ca. 1910 – 1915, Bain News Service