July 1st, 2002

caillebotte_man at his window

Another Scorcher Due

It was hot yesterday. It will be hotter today. It is expected to be over 90F in the mountains. It will be over 100F in the valley. I'm happy I don't have to be down there. I'm sad I can't be in San Francisco. It won't get much over 70F there.

I've spent the night slaving over a hot computer, and all I got was this lousy T shirt.

Wait. That makes no sense. Brain fried, must sleep.

Oh. Nice old photographs of European towns in the late 19th and early 20th century are to be had at http://carfree.com/ More about the site some other time. Too tired now. Just go look, if you have nothing else to do.

Update: The old pictures are in the design section of the site. The other sections have lots of contemporary pictures.
caillebotte_man at his window

No Time for a Rant.

Mom suddenly decided to start a cleaning project- today, the hottest day yet this year. Since she can't do any of it herself, that means I'm in the middle of a cleaning project. At least, I hope this is the middle. It keeps growing, so this might be only a tenth of the way in. Either way, it's going to take a lot of time. In lieu of a rant: CRAP!
caillebotte_man at his window


Able to snatch a few minutes of relaxation after dinner, I sat in the shady spot in the front yard. I noticed something hovering above the bush about twenty feet in front of me. There was a little bright orange oblong. At first I thought it was a small butterfly, but it stayed in the same area too long, just moving back and forth, up and down, never more than few inches. Suddenly, as it rose up a bit, it changed from orange to violet. Odd behavior for an insect, I thought. Then it rose a bit more, shrank to a dot, and turned blue for a moment before it sank back down, grew long again, and returned first to violet, then orange. I suddenly realized that it was light reflecting from a strand of spider silk strung from the tree above me to the bush. It was acting as a prism, and, as it moved in the slight breeze, fragmenting the sunbeams into their component colors. I lacked the time to hang around and see any more of this piecemeal rainbow. The sunlight was soon caught by the tall pines behind the houses across the way, in any case. Maybe I'll see this phenomenon another day. Now, back to the tidying.