1. Have you ever been reading Dickens and wondered exactly how much a shilling was worth back in 1870, for everyone to get so excited about it? Or have you wondered how much yearly income “500 pounds a year”¬†really gave someone back in Austen or Forster’s day? Well do I have a site for you: The Historical Currency Converter.

2. Happy birthday to John Steinbeck today. Let’s all read¬†Cannery Row and think about visiting Monterey.