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- working on the lawn still. And various other unexciting household chores.
Are CNN reporters acting on the same level as my Dads dog Peg?
I am trying to finish The Runes of the Earth.
My sister gave it to me in 2006 and I've been nibbling at it ever
since. I'm not a slow reader, when I've time I read rather fast. Yet
this just doesn't hold my interest. Nonetheless, over Easter a sister
and brother were talking about the sequel, Fatal Revenant,
and how much better it was than ROTE and piqued my interest. So I'll
try to finish ROTE, just to get to the better book. There are two other
books in progress right now - Chernow's biography of Hamilton, of which
I am only on tape 19, and The Year of Living Biblically.
I'm about five chapters into the last, reading a chapter or so a night.
It's a fun read, but a library book and needs to finished or renewed
In other news - cleared most
of the TIVO backlog. The series premiere of Battlestar Galactica was
on, ehhh. Also some old NCIS, a couple of new (to me) Smallville's and
a Medium, Amsterdam and Dr. Who. Not much, really. I guess the writer's
strike did for much in the way of new episodes. I'm pretty busy, it
doesn't bother me much. I had to cancel my Monk recordings - there are
so many reruns that it fills the hard drive, the TIVO apparently unable
to differentiate between old and new. Reaper isn't being recorded, nor
is NUMBERS. Bionic Woman got canceled - justly, it was dark and slow -
and the Terminator series is apparently not having any new episodes
Friday 4 April
- back in Lancaster.
bought a new mower at Lowe's, as the last one is non-functional. I
bought the old mower in 1994, so it's served well. (I may keep it and
fix it to use in the back 40 only. The lawn fungus there makes me
hesitant about using the same mower front and back.)
The new mower is 'self-propelled'. Pretty neat. The 6" high grass in my
front yard was just...er...mown down.
It started on the first
pull. Cool. That hasn't happened to me in a few years.
means I'll have more time and energy for the big re-do project in the
back yard later this spring & summer- an hour or two of pushing
mower in 95F takes the desire to do yard work & home
out of you. And the price was right - the mower had a tiny blemish in
the paint so the salesman knocked off 10%, and it then turned
to have a $40 rebate, so about $220 out the door. Not bad.
Purchased a pci-to-pcmcia adapter the other day. The idea is to install it in a linux
box and use that in turn as a wired/wireless access point for the house,
using the Verizon EVDO card, and get rid of the DSL. I note
years ago, this week I made another foray into Linux
around a little bit with the linux laptop. I had made the
wireless work with my fathers access point a while back and it's lack
of WEP encryption, but not my own. So I checked into it - easy, really.
There is a plain text configuration file, /etc/sysconfig/nework-wireless/ifcfg-eth1
(or something, it varies
with different distributions) which needs the settings for the WEP key.
Put that in, do an /sbin/ifup
eth1 from root and Bob's your uncle. Hell, it's almost intuitive, I could
probably have figured it out from first principles
Sarcasm, moi? Heh. Perhaps I should reconsider.
Thursday 3 April 2008
- a full days work. Not enough rain to stay home.
Wednesday 2 April 2008
- well, the "storm" arrived. A few sprinkles, that's about it. They
didn't hype it as much as usual, and indeed, most of it passed to the
north I think.
Went down to the boat beforehand and checked the lines, all was well.
It started to sprinkle while I was aboard, so I quickly rinsed the boat
with a hose to avoid getting those little "dirt pancakes" on it.
My illegal live-aboard neighbor is gone, as is his boat. The old
Columbia 27 is now replaced by a power boat. Nice guy, but his rock and
roll music made visiting my own boat sometimes irritating, and
overnight stays almost impossible.
Not to mention the contact high...
Tuesday 1 April 2008
- not a lot to say. Beautiful moon in the morning, crescent in the
east, about scattered clouds.
Monday 31 March 2008
- back at work. I've see a lot of orchards with ripe fruit lately, and
it bothered me a bit. Seems like a waste. The other day there was a bit
on teevee about some sort of moth pest in California. I didn't catch
all of it but perhaps this fruit is infested, and can't be shipped. In
that case, why pick it?
The satellites have been obstinate lately. The last several afternoons
the PDOP has gotten huge and the mapper hangs. It's very annoying - if
it would just print a message saying "Can't do it, bad Satellite
Configuration" it'd be helpful. Instead it just stops responding to
keypad and screen input and I have to pull the batteries. Bah.
Sunday 31 March 2008
- not feeling 100%, mostly just laid about and read. The weather was
interesting: winds, clouds, even a smattering of rain. The cats were
happy with a fairly short morning outside.
Not enough to
affect work on Monday though.
Book #12 was
Day on Mars. War SF. Eh. Nothing special.
The end of March, already. Hard to believe. This year is just flying by.
know, every once in a while I run across a blogger writing about
American Idol. I don't get it. Never watched the show, never wanted to,
probably never will. Whats the attraction of watching a bunch of people
making fools of themselves, and being mocked for the privilege?