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Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011
6:50 pm
Snow
I Live. We dig. In the meantime, send DVDs. Love, chaos.
Monday, December 20th, 2010
7:18 pm
Solstice Eclipse
News item one: I LIVE.

News item two: Total Lunar Eclipse on the Winter Solstice.
Really. If you have clear skies, get out there and see it.
First one in about 400 years (cf. NASA).

winter solstice coincides with lunar eclipse

science at nasa

Next one is due in 2094.
Who knows? I might post something here before then.
Thursday, May 13th, 2010
6:40 am
Yes, but what does it mean?
I wonder if it means anything that I think about music composition every day. Every single day.

There are plenty of things I don't think about every day. I don't think about painting every day. Or knitting. Or drawing. I don't even think about photography every day. Many days, but not every day.

Writing would be one of the few other things I do think about every day. Yes, of course, I think about food everyday, but that comes with being biologically based and having to eat.

Does it mean anything? And if it does, what does it mean?

Current Mood: curious
Wednesday, April 21st, 2010
12:36 am
The problem with running away
The problem with running away from something instead of toward something is that you have no idea where you are going.
Sunday, April 18th, 2010
1:10 am
portable pc
Exactly how nuts is the idea of my having an HP netbook running Ubuntu Linux?

Not instead of a Mac, of course. That would be totally crazy.
Tuesday, April 13th, 2010
1:14 am
Dreamwidth
I have Dreamwidth invite codes. If you need one, ask.
Sunday, February 21st, 2010
3:58 pm
Monday, February 15th, 2010
11:11 am
ides of february
January brought a thaw that melted off most of the snow. It was surprising to see the green grass that had been hiding beneath.

Groundhog's day came and went, but no groundhogs stirred; we are too far north. Give them another month.

Now it is the Ides of February. Snow coats everything; more is falling. The temperature hasn't reached the freezing point of water for over a week; forecasts say it won't for another week. That's colder than average.

It is said to be a time of year for lovers, but as with the groundhogs, I think we are too far north. Give us another month; with the spring equinox and a proper thaw, you might finally see the force that through the green fuse drives the flower...
Monday, December 28th, 2009
9:10 pm
Open Letter to Bald Eagles
Dear Bald Eagles,

While I very much enjoy getting to see you as you ride the thermal skyway over my house, I may not be able to tell my fellow humans much about it.

You see, one eagle is fantastic. Seven eagles in a row is phenomenal. Seven eagles in a row on more than one occasion is beggaring belief.

Hope the fish are tasty,
-- chaos
Tuesday, December 15th, 2009
7:08 pm
Bald Eagle Invasion
On December 9th, in the middle of a snowstorm, I was standing outside my back door when a bald eagle flew overhead. Wow, I thought. Impressive. That's never happened to me before. Any day is a good day when a bald eagle flies over your head.

Today, during a bright sunny afternoon, I stood outside my back door as SEVEN bald eagles flew overhead. One after another after another, they rode a thermal highway passing directly over my head, occasionally beating their wings.

What sort of a day must it be when seven (SEVEN!) bald eagles fly over your head?
Friday, November 13th, 2009
3:49 pm
knit in the round
I finally learned how to knit in the round.
Finished a small, simple project: an egg.
Now I know why they call it "wrestling the porcupine"...
Wednesday, October 28th, 2009
9:21 am
to do list work
Time spent removing staples and tacks from the stairs: One hour.
Years that task has been on my to do list: Don't ask.
Thursday, October 22nd, 2009
9:30 am
halloween coming
I haven't had the energy or inclination to decorate around the house for Halloween this year. Apparently, the Angel of Death has decided to help me out in this regard.

Three creatures have died in my yard this month; two of them appeared in the last couple days. I am told things happen in threes, so perhaps there won't be any more. In the meantime, after a cold snap hiatus, the cricket symphony has returned. They, at least, survived.
Wednesday, October 14th, 2009
8:20 pm
Birthday
If you would like to do something nice for my birthday,
please consider the following:

1. Donate food to your local food pantry.
2. Donate blood to your local blood bank.
3. Email me a sound file of your voice.*

*Offer well wishes, recite a favorite quote or verse, or say whatever you like.
Keeping the file size small is appreciated. Many small files are better than one large one.
Monday, October 5th, 2009
12:12 pm
On this day
Forty years ago on this date, the first episode of "Monty Python's Flying Circus" aired on BBC Television.
Tuesday, September 8th, 2009
4:27 pm
Thought
"What habit would you like to break today?"
Friday, September 4th, 2009
1:01 am
Thoughts
1. Working with solid objects requires solid thinking.

2. You should manage risk. But be realistic. It will never be zero.
Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009
7:36 pm
Thought
One thing I love about music:
there is always something new to learn
and the things you have already learned
do not become obsolete.
Tuesday, September 1st, 2009
1:19 am
Thought
At some point, you must go beyond asking questions and pondering answers and simply
DO.
Saturday, August 15th, 2009
10:18 pm
A Tale of Three Bad Valves
I solved a plumbing problem today. It involved three bad valves.

First, the ballcock fill valve in the toilet tank started slowly leaking, allowing water to run into the tank all the time.

Upon examination, I discovered a second problem: the shutoff valve to the toilet didn't work. So I took some notes, went to the hardware store, and came back with a new ballcock and shutoff valve.

While preparing to repair the first two problems, I discovered a third: the valve controlling the upstairs water supply is failing. (It reduces but does not stop the water flow). Which meant I needed to go upstream and shut off the main valve for the whole house. At which point, I was finally able to replace the toilet shutoff valve, test it, and turn the water back on to the house.

This illustrates one reason I usually hate plumbing jobs; there's always more to do than I think there is.

But I am happy right now, because I fixed the toilet, and it wasn't a disaster.
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