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May. 26th, 2017 01:28 pm
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People like the concept of collective guilt. It's kinda like original sin, applied to a subset of humans.

It's raining, it's pouring

May. 26th, 2017 08:24 am
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The old man is no longer snoring. Air temperature 48 F, wind NNE about 10 mph, dark and rain, heavy at times. Weather radar offers us a gap in the swirl coming up. Maybe.

Thursday floral report

May. 25th, 2017 12:52 pm
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Earliest rhododendrons blooming, following on the rhodora. Lilacs strong enough to perfume the roads. Hobblebush blooming, and I maybe saw a painted trillium at the edge of bicycle botany range. Apples and cherries are dropping petals. The poplars and their cousins are shedding fuzz and catkins.

No roadkill, although I rode over numerous blood patches. Cleanup crew is fast around here. Did have a couple of tree swallows shoot across in front of me, so at least some bugs are going to a good cause.

Major item of import, saw a bunch of "dig safe" graffiti around a condemned house in the next block. Don't know yet whether they plan to fix the collapsing foundation or are just going to tear it down.

Still overcast but not raining, so I got out on the bike. Did not die.

15.27 miles, 1:15:30

The Brits don't love us any more

May. 25th, 2017 08:08 am
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Air temperature 51 F, mostly cloudy, calm for the newspaper walk. Supposed to rain later, tonight through tomorrow. Bike ride early?

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May. 24th, 2017 04:25 pm
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Up the airy mountain,
Down the rushy glen,
We dare 't go a-hunting,
For fear of little men.

Still not raining

May. 24th, 2017 08:19 am
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Air temperature 50 F, calm, mostly cloudy for the newspaper walk. World continues to fall short of my expectations.

Tuesday floral report

May. 23rd, 2017 03:40 pm
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Rhodora blooming, chokecherries, and honeysuckle. Actual visible needles on the tamaracks. Also the tent caterpillars are blooming. They love cherry blossoms. Or cherry leaves . . .

One each squashed red squirrel and gray squirrel, plus some warbler-sized bird with an olive back. That is not particularly distinctive.

World warmed up, dried off, I got out on the bike. Did not die.

15.28 miles, 1:15:02

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May. 23rd, 2017 09:09 am
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Hello darkness my old friend . . .

Another gray morning

May. 23rd, 2017 08:20 am
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Air temperature 47 F, overcast, wind coming around to the WNW at about 5 mph. Light rain last night, but I was able to walk for the newspaper this morning.

Deeds to do and promises to keep. Maybe bike ride afternoon. If the sun ever shines.

Funny T-shirt

May. 22nd, 2017 06:54 pm
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I hope even a Trump supporter could admit that, okay, it's funny. Maybe unfair, untrue, etc., but *funny*.

https://www.balloon-juice.com/2017/05/22/my-new-t-shirt-came/

The Heart

May. 22nd, 2017 05:44 pm
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If you listen to podcasts, and are of a sex positive bent, you should check out The Heart. It's part of the Radiotopia family of podcasts, and it's really, really good. I could listen to Kaitlin Prest read the phone book, but what she's actually saying is much more evocative.

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May. 22nd, 2017 11:32 am
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Still not actually raining.

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May. 22nd, 2017 09:16 am
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Celebrity culture eludes me. "Who the *hell* is FITB?"

Another gray morning

May. 22nd, 2017 08:10 am
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Air temperature 52 F, wind south about 5 mph, overcast. Not yet raining.

Have another bit of Life in Maine:

bangordailynews.com/2017/05/21/homestead/these-offshore-maine-islands-are-populated-only-by-sheep/

Music meme answers

May. 21st, 2017 11:41 pm
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A bit disappointed at the turnout -- I guess everyone was having a busy week. If you missed it and want to take a stab before peeking at the answers, the original post is here.

Almost half of the songs went unguessed, including some that really surprised me because they were major hits. I've provided links to the unguessed ones for the curious.

Click here for the answers! )

And as usual when I do something with a lot of links, I'm profoundly grateful for the preview function. :-)

Sunday roadkill report

May. 21st, 2017 01:28 pm
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One dead woodchuck, about 3.5 miles into my ride. Silly critter was hanging out in an industrial park.

Lilacs blooming, wild strawberries, working apple trees and some ferals, and flowering quince to bait in hummingbirds.

Air temperature got up over 60 F, winds 10 mph gusting over 20, so I just took a local route. Didn't feel like coating myself in slimy cold sunscreen for extended riding. Call me a wimp and get over it.

16.5 miles, 1:30:20

New England weather . . .

May. 21st, 2017 07:13 am
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Air temperature 37 F, with frost in some areas of the state*. This after 90 F and more on Thursday. Wind calm, scattered clouds. May get out on the bike after the world thaws out.

*Our frost-free date for tender plants, such as tomatoes, is the end of May. Life in the Great North Woods.

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I don't know what it was, but this last week was completely and totally exhausting. At least I can say one thing with relative certainty: it is not physical exertion that drains me the most. (Which isn't to say it can't - but physically, the week wasn't strenuous.)

There's an expression I sometimes use, and it's some morbid dark humor though I know a lot of depressed people would understand it.

cut for morbidity )
(If you didn't click through: I've been feeling pretty badly - not suicidal, but not exactly loving life - and please remember my gift for understatement!)

Last week, I was asking myself when was the last time I didn't feel this way, and I couldn't remember. Months - since the beginning of the year for sure. It feels like eternity.

The good news is, in the short term, I now know that plenty of rest will help, and I've certainly earned some downtime. I finished up my first documentation project at AWS, and I'll see what they think, and I have some ideas for more.

It was kind of neat. I wanted to write up how to control IO on SQL Server. In RDS (where I work) we supply provisioned databases, and they have one serious weakness: they have only one volume - one pipeline for data. This isn't insurmountable, and it's not intrinsically bad, but to reduce contention on anything, the best way to do it is make more of them. With database engines, multiple data paths are considered a very good thing.

There are ways to control most IO traffic, but to explain why they're important, a person needs to know a bit about indexes and file storage in SQL Server.

Well, we have a Wiki for knowledge sharing, and Wikis are good for linking things - so I now have three articles, one on databases and file storage, one on indexing and indexes, and one on IO control. And while I'm exhausted and know I haven't got a lot of energy to spare, it feels really good. I accomplished something, and something more permanent than just helping one customer get through one question/problem/situation. So, that's something. I'm feeling a lot more positive about life and it is, thank god, the weekend.

Here's hoping life is treating you all well.

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May. 20th, 2017 08:43 am
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Time to walk away from the hatred and lies of the internet. Again.

Forever and forever and forever

May. 20th, 2017 08:35 am
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Air temperature 46 F, wind north about 10 mph, scattered clouds for the newspaper walk. Thus plod we through the days. I'll probably run the string trimmer around the house and yard today, continuing the rites of life and death.

Oh dear ghod, another kitten

May. 19th, 2017 09:19 pm
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When we got home from running errands, there was a baby kitten at the outside food bowl. We got it into the house by virtue of Russ opening the patio door and then standing back with a yardstick to push the door closed when it came inside. We got it into the quarantine room (aka the front bathroom) by virtue of me following it into the laundry room, reaching slowly down behind the bike tire where it had taken refuge, scritching it until I could scruff it, and pulling it out; then I just kept holding it until Russ had moved everything that could be damaged by kitten explorations out of the bathroom. It's now ensconced with a bowl of kitten chow (we had to run down to HEB to get some), a bowl of water, a litterbox, and a couple of cat toys. It's mostly hiding behind the toilet at the moment, but that should ease off once it's stopped being stressed out by all these CHANGES!

This is a very young kitten, no more than 8 weeks old and possibly as young as 6 weeks. It's a medium-grey tabby with no white markings. We haven't yet determined whether it's male or female. It's non-aggressive and will be easy to socialize; there have only been a couple of pro-forma hisses, no swats or biting, and Russ has already had it on his lap.

Anybody want a kitten? We really, really don't need another cat, although I think we should keep this one for a week or two and work on getting it used to people. We'll throw in a bag of kitten chow, and we'll have its shots taken care of before we pass it over.

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May. 19th, 2017 03:09 pm
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Enemy hosts beheaded. With a truce toward the sections of lawn where the white violets are blooming . . .

Duties performed

May. 19th, 2017 12:48 pm
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Got out for a windblown walk and skritched Karma Kat, one of our long-term friends. Also power-washed the car over at the coin-op place, and may get to the lawn this afternoon.

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May. 19th, 2017 08:35 am
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I know that this is old news, but did somebody change the definition of "subpoena" when I wasn't looking?

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