That is the thermometer in Baker, California. I wasn't sure if you would be able to read it, so I enlarged the temperature reading. And yes, it does read 121 degrees. I guess we really were on the highway to hell.
As for the knitting. I took the Icarus Shawl from IK summer 2006 with me to work on.
I have about two repeats left before I start moving on to the edge.