July 17th, 2003

caillebotte_man at his window

Celestial Event Transpiring Now

I didn't know this would be happening tonight, or I'd have mentioned it in my earlier post, but I just went outside and saw Mars less than two degrees above and to the right of the gibbous moon. Mars being very close to the Earth right now, (sometime in August, I think, it's going to be the closest it's been for the last 50,000 years,) the sight is particularly impressive. If it's still night wherever you are, go out and take a look.
caillebotte_man at his window

Arrrrgh! (and "Awwww!)

Now that I'm using Internet Explorer more than I have for a long time, I went to the Widows Update site to see if it needed any patches. Is it more amusing, or more irritating, that the Windows Update site is one of the places my copy of IE is most likely to crash? Needless to say, after this happened twice (this time -- it's happened in the past, too,) I was unable to find out if I needed any updates or not. Hmph. They suggested that I upgrade from IE 5.5 to IE 6.0, but that file is HUGE! More bother. Microsoft. Feh!

Happier stuff: my favorite headline from yesterdays Sacramento Bee: "Diet of Young Women Linked to Breast Cancer." Cannibals take note; eat only men, or older women.

Also from yesterday's Bee: baby snow leopard!

Whole night gone in dealing with Sluggo. Sleep.
gericault_the raft of the medusa 2

Overheated

When I woke this afternoon (far too late,) the first thought to enter my mind was the oracle's warning to the Athenians: Fly to the ends of the Earth, and make your minds familiar with horrors!

Seven o'clock, and the temperature outside is still above 90oF. The dizzying sense of heat is not mitigated by the profusion of feathery cirrus clouds which have formed through the evening. They are, however, pleasant to look at.

I stumble through tasks half-aware, forgetting to do things, and doing things that I have already done, or which don't need doing at all. The cats glare at me because their dinner is late, and I nod off into a distressing daydream full of brown lawns. I am useless in summer. I wonder if it is cool and foggy in San Francisco today?