i did get the book, and found it delightful and a very sensible read. nicely structured, non-trivial, very friendly. quite brilliant in the approach, too.
this day passed under the sign of the Panda joke. here’s the excerpt:
I will now tell the Panda Story to illustrate the importance of the presence or the absence of the comma. This panda walked into a tea shop and ordered a salad and ate it. Then it pulled out a pistol, shot the man at the next table dead, and walked out. Everyone rushed after it, shouting, “Stop! Stop! Why did you do that?”
“Because I’m a panda,” said the panda. “That’s what pandas do. If you do not believe me, look in the dictionary.”
So they looked in the dictionary and sure enough they found
Panda: Racoon-like animal of Asia. Eats shoots and leaves.
i find this one funny even after a day of hard cooking, too many people and approaching sneeze.