Monday October 29, 2007

Treasures 2007_43

Each happiness of yesterday is a memory for tomorrow.
- George W. Douglas

These are my Treasures for the past week.

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Sunday October 28, 2007

Weekly Wrap-up 2007_43

The weather was a bit cool but pretty all week.

Harry Homeowner (Rich's alter-ego) put boards on the feet of our teak coffee table and we put that on top of the pine coffee table to make a two-level thing at one end of the screenporch. Now the far end of the porch is less crowded and we can get to the windows to open them.

The cats approve of the new arrangement. ...
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Saturday October 27, 2007

Not Safe For Dogs - A Cautionary Tale

We got this story from our veterinarian.

On Friday, a sick dog was brought in. The dog had started vomiting the night before and had progressed to projectile vomiting by the morning.

The vet did an examination. There was a blockage. Time for X-rays and the veterinary version of a plumber's snake. When that didn't solve the problem, the vet recommended emergency surgery. ...
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Wednesday October 24, 2007

Purple House Press

I discovered Purple House Press in late 2000 while doing a used book search for a copy of The Space Child's Mother Goose by Frederick Winsor. First published by Simon and Schuster 1958, this book had been out of print for decades.

In 2000, Jill Morgan started Purple House Press, with the mission of reviving long lost, but well loved children's books. One of the first books she brought back to life was The Space Child's Mother Goose. I ordered several copies. ...
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Monday October 22, 2007


At around 1pm, today, I heard one of my co-workers, Martin, say "That's a bird". Then another co-worker said "It is, it's a bird". I said "Where?" They said "Over here".

And there was a bird on the light fixture next to the wall. An Oregon junco. How did he get into the building.? Hey birdie, what are you doing in here? ...
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Sunday October 21, 2007

Treasures 2007_42

Where your pleasure is, there is your treasure:
where your treasure, there your heart;
where your heart, there your happiness.

- Augustine of Hippo

These are my Treasures for the past week.


Inflatable hearse (click for larger image)

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Saturday October 20, 2007

eBay - Watch out for "Handling" fees

I recently purchased a very small item on eBay. Less than a square inch in size; well under an ounce in weight. I paid $2.99 for the item. Shipping (and "handling") was $7.98.

Following the principle of Never attribute to Malice what can be explained by Stupidity, I assumed this was one of those companies that ships everything by UPS, DHL, or FedEx. I assumed that the carrier charges a silly rate and that the seller passes that on the customer.

It turns out I was wrong. ...
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Friday October 19, 2007

Weekly Wrap-up 2007_42

It rained one day this week.

Up at 7:30 on Saturday morning We got ready to go and headed down to the diner for an omelette. Then we walked around the neighborhood for half an hour and then I took Rich to the airport. He was flying to Denver for a few days - a high-end audio show and a visit with friends.

I tripped over a cool feature in the vim editor. I was typing a comment (starting with #) and the line got long and broke to wrap (a setting I set). vim automatically put a # at the beginning of the next line.

Wow. Real DWIM. ...
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Wednesday October 17, 2007

BLT: 1, 2, 3

What's better than a fresh, crispy, juicy, BLT on toast?? A BLT without the fuss.

Enter Hormel Microwave Ready Bacon. 16 strips in a package. 4 strips in each sealed, ready-to-cook plastic "baggie'. ...
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Tuesday October 16, 2007

Treasures 2007_41

Every man's memory is his private literature.
-- Aldous Huxley

These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • Half a cherry pie - ruby red fruit and golden crust.
    Cherry isn't my favorite flavor of pie, but it Looks simply gorgeous.

  • Dim sum with friends
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Monday October 15, 2007

Blog Action Day 2007

What would happen if every blog published posts on the same topic, on the same day?
One issue. One day. Thousands of voices.


Today is Blog Action Day

On October 15th, bloggers around the web will unite to put a single important issue on everyone’s mind - the environment. Every blogger will post about the environment in their own way and relating to their own topic. Our aim is to get everyone talking towards a better future.

As of this posting, 19,739 bloggers have registered. Bloggers are asked to participate in three ways:

  1. Post on your blog relating to the environment
  2. Donate your day’s earnings to an environmental charity
  3. Promote Blog Action Day around the web

I can't afford to donate a day's earnings; however, I did make a donation today to the National Wildlife Federation. ...
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Sunday October 14, 2007

Saying Thank You

Many years ago, I decided that if I wanted the right to complain when I received unacceptable service, I should also be sure to say "Thank You" whenever I received exceptional service. After all, most people only meet expectations. When someone exceeds expectations to a large degree, shouldn't you say something about it? ...
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Saturday October 13, 2007

Weekly Wrap-up 2007_41

It rained again, this week. First on Tuesday, all through the night. Then again for most of Friday. It really came down on Friday. It's difficult for me to work when it's raining. I'd rather be curled up with a cat or four.

I've been poking around the web, looking at Twitter tools. I found an RSS feeder (twitterfeed) so I can automatically feed my weblog headlines to Twitter. ...
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Friday October 12, 2007

Personality Types

I'm interested in the study of Personality Types. In today's commentary, I discuss some of my thoughts about Jung Typology, the Meyers Briggs Type Index (MBTI), and the Keirsey Temperament sorter.

Read my commentary...

Personality Types ( in category Personality Type , commentary ) - posted at Fri, 12 Oct, 20:30 Pacific

Tuesday October 9, 2007

Twittering: Who, What, and Why

Shortly after I posted my recent entry on Twitter, I sent notes to various e-list groups I read regularly, asking if any of the members use Twitter. A former co-worker replied thusly to my inquiry:

Haven't used Twitter... I think these services are kinda silly. Who cares what I had for lunch today?

Well, that depends. Was it a particularly good lunch? Perhaps at a new and interesting restaurant you would recommend to friends?

Still, if that's your impression of Twitter, you haven't taken a good look at it lately. There's a lot more going on than just "what I had for lunch". ...
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Sunday October 7, 2007

Treasures 2007_40

Why not learn to enjoy the little things - there are so many of them.
-- Author Unknown

These are my Treasures for the past week.

  • Rain!

  • Working from home; surrounded by fur. Cat by my left hand. Cat above the keyboard. This is the way Work should be.

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Saturday October 6, 2007

Weekly Wrap-up 2007_40

The weather was mostly blue and pretty, cool in the evenings and warm in the afternoons, except for Monday, which was grey and gloomy.

Our favorite grocery store is undergoing a major remodel. ech! This week, all of the front windows are boarded over. It's plywood, inside, from wall to wall and floor to ceiling. I'm afraid I won't be shopping there until the windows are back. It's claustrophobic and a bit creepy. ...
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Thursday October 4, 2007

Harry Dresden


Lost Items Found. Paranormal Investigations.
Consulting. Advice. Reasonable Rates.
No Love Potions, Endless Purses, Parties or Other Entertainment

We've been fans of Harry Dresden for a long time. Harry, the only practicing wizard in Chicago, is the protagonist of Jim Butcher's fantasy series, The Dresden Files. ...
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Monday October 1, 2007


I've been using Twitter since early September. I'm having fun with it.

These are my entries from September.

  • Reading back issues of
  • Black sedan this morning, license: BT MBEEL
  • Afternoon. One tiny patch of blue sky. At least it no longer looks like rain is imminent.
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