Neat thing on yesterday's hike (on a road because of heavy rain making most trails muddy, but the road has spectacular views and one-truck-per-three-hours traffic): A hummingbird flew up to me, sat in front of my face (maybe a foot away) for 2-3 seconds seeing whether I might be a flower, then flew away.
Good news for my public library: They apparently found a new operator for the coffee shop at the library (the old one shut down a couple of months ago). Also a name I bet nobody's ever used before: The Daily Grind.
We gave up on HIMYM at the start of the 2012-13 season; it just got to be too...well, anyway. We'll probably catch those two seasons on DVD at some point. Meanwhile, watched "Liberal Arts" last Saturday, which is very much a Josh Radnor project.
Tiny personal technology triumph today. Forced to switch to VDSL last week (I posted about that earlier), and the shipped equipment is a modem/wifi combo. Since we already have a reasonably secure wifi net set up with our owned router, didn't want the combo to be working as a router. AT&T guy said "just don't connect to it."
Reading a story in today's San Fran Chronicle about the Glasshole who filmed herself claiming "I'm not filming!" in a nightclub... she's also had restraining orders for phone-camming into a neighbor's window and restraining orders from her mother. She informs us she's a "super-nice person."
Recognizing my trigger points: Reading email promoting some Library Futures thing where the futurist talks about "libraries transitioning from patron to customer" and just closing the mail, sighing slightly.
New blog post: "Last chance for public libraries*"--and no, I haven't turned doom-cryer. The asterisk is critical: it's about my self-published public-library-related books and admitting I'm wrong. http://walt.lishost.org/2014...
They say some southern Fox station had an "accidental editing error" that caused 15 seconds of the first Cosmos episode, discussing evolution, to be replaced by an ad. I can only assume that station had an accidental power outage for the entire hour last night.
So there was a 4.4 quake that *everybody* must have felt in LA? Including all the native Californians" The AP report, from eastern US correspondents, includes "Californians are taught and practice the "drop, cover and hold" technique to prevent injury from falling debris." Huh. I never knew we practiced that.
Always interesting to get one of those "we have clients who really want to buy a house in your neighborhood: wanna sell?" letters--this time with specifics about the couple from the next city over. (We don't want to sell, and houses that *have* come up in our neighborhood have sold quickly.) Caused me to look at Zillow for the first time in...
Failing to connect the pieces: Somebody commenting on the new Cosmos and how they were happy that it was also on FX, since they don't like to deal with Fox (of Fox News infamy). Gee, I wonder who owns FX? (Yes, I'm surprised that Fox is running a heavily pro-science series. Too many ads, otherwise very good.)
Great suggestion my wife made last night: A mini-rebellion against Daylight Savings Time. We'll change the clocks some time mid-afternoon. Terrible to lose an hour's sleep; not so terrible to lose an hour of Sunday afternoon.
Apparently Business Insider thinks the Spritz one-word-at-a-time software is great because you could read a whole novel in less than two hours. If your goal in reading novels is to take the least possible time, there's a more effective way: Don't read them.
One problem with being older than some is that I grew up before Roald Dahl was a thing, so never read James and the Giant Peach (or any of his books) as a kid. Made up for that yesterday. (We'd seen the movie years ago.) The best part of a pretty good Friday.
Seems to me somebody was grumbling about Raley's/Nob Hill and said it was the dominant supermarket chain in the Bay Area (I may be misremembering). That bothered me at the time. From the news reports of the merger about to happen, it's pretty clear that Safeway is the biggest supermarket chain in the Bay Area and California in general.
Reminded myself why I don't go to YouTube too often: Because I was thinking we needed a song like "We Don't Need Another Journal" for a project I'm toying with, went to remind myself how the original went. (The official Tina Turner video's there.) After hearing it, don't think I'll suggest this to Pete...
Two letters in today's SanFranChronicle, one upset because TV reporters say "you guys" regarding mixed groups--in this case, a female reporter saying "back to you guys" to turn it back to two female anchors. Another upset because an event is the "woman's two-man bobsled." The interesting part: both letters are from men.
I don't think I need to link to the original, but I found this statement VERY peculiar, and doubt that doctors, lawyers, architects, engineers, etc. would agree: "the mark of a true professional is one who works toward the day he or she is obsolete."
If you haven't already, you MUST read the first letter in today's Dear Abby--and, of course, her response. Sitting her with my chosen lifestyle of being male, right-handed and fair-skinned, all lifestyle choices, of course, I wonder why bigots object so much to being treated as bigots: http://www.uexpress.com/dearabb...