Sunday November 30, 2008

Weekly Wrap-up 2008_48

We have had Rain. Otherwise, it's been cool.

We installed a new cat flap in the door from the bedroom to screen porch. Once again, the cats' reaction is "why should I push that with my head?"

Election Day finally came and went (I voted by mail, in October). I ignored the whole thing, checking results on Wednesday morning.

We won. No, we can't relax. ...
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Saturday November 22, 2008


I've been using ecto, a Mac OS X desktop blog-posting application, for several years. I like it a lot. At least, I like ecto version 2.

Recently, the original author sold ecto to a new company that has rewritten it from scratch. I do not like the new ecto 3. ...
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Friday November 21, 2008

CA Academy of Sciences

My group at Work had an outing at the CA Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park yesterday. Our official meet-up time was 11:30 for lunch, followed by a "team activity".

Since Rich and I had thought it might be nice to see the new Academy exhibits, preferably together, Rich came along with me and we drove in early, arriving at the Park at 9:00. We found the parking lot (with some minor confusion and one U-turn and loop back). Once we were in the garage, parking was easy and there were plenty of signs pointing to where we needed to go.

We bought Rich a ticket, (at $24.95 for adult admission, we were happy that the Company was paying for my ticket), then waited for the doors to open at 9:30. There were about 20 people in the general admission line at 9:15, as many as two to three times that number when the doors opened. Add that to the number of people waiting at the group/members door and this was a very popular place on a foggy Thursday mornig.

The man ahead of us in line said he had tried to come the day before and gone away again; the line then had stretched down to the street and around the corner. (Third Wednesday is free.) He decided to come today instead.

The building is very handsome with lots of glass and guy wires and stuff. My Dad (an architect) would think it was interesting. A man in line said he'd heard it cost half a billion (with a b) dollars.

At 9:30, the doors opened and Rich went in. Unfortunately, I couldn't go in yet, because I needed my "group" ticket. My co-worker was supposed to be waiting at the group entrance with the tickets at 9:30. However, she was late and when she arrived there was some additional confusion with the tickets and the lunch coupons and the Academy liaison for groups.

I finally got inside at 9:55 and caught up with Rich. It turned out the rainforest doesn't open until 10 so we got in line for that. ...
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Sunday November 9, 2008

Change, Hope, and Looking Forward

I didn't follow the election results on Tuesday. I don't like suspense. (I'm a person who reads the ends of books first.) Also, I knew nothing was sure until it happened. And I remembered November 2000 all too clearly.

But I looked after I woke up and I relaxed for the first time in months. We did it. We won. ...
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Sunday November 2, 2008

Treasures 2008_44

Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures.
-- H. Jackson Brown, Jr., Life's Little Instruction Book

These are my Treasures since my last posting.

  • A bed full of cats on a Sunday afternoon.

  • The whistle of a train in the distance

  • freshly grated nutmeg

  • movies: The Librarian: Quest for the Spear

  • "Cock and Bull" Ginger Beer

  • cats on my lap, snuggling

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Saturday November 1, 2008

Weekly Wrap-up 2008_44

The weather was autumnal. Chill mornings, warm afternoons, cool nights. We got some rain on the 30th and 31.

We finally applied for permanent absentee ballots and voted by mail. This is an important election. Have you voted?

I've been doing more TWiki training, with three sessions for my department in the past 3 weeks.

Speaking of TWiki, the TWiki project has forked with acrimony and name calling. Bleah. :( ...
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