February 6th, 2004

caillebotte_man at his window

Another Morning Weather Report

The moon has turned full, and with perfect timing the clouds have re-gathered to drape it with softening gauze, or conceal it behind their massed banks whose edges then glow as with an inner light that plays across the mottled sky like blurs of slow lightning, making it seem as though time is adrift, no longer rushing but moving gradually as would some stately ship becalmed on the currents of a windless and boundless sea. From time to time the drift of clouds will catch in some moonlit part a flush of deep translucent rose that swirls about some darker mass like thin smoke lit by the fire from which it issued. Below, the streets and houses lie silent, and all the woodlands and fields, as though transfixed by this calm spectacle of sky. The softest of silent breezes brushes my skin with a reminder of the deep winter chill, but leaves the pines unstirred. They raise their grace in immobile silhouettes, pointing out the few pale stars which flash in small, brief clearings that appear among the clouds. Serene hours pass while the continental drift of dust and vapor overhead describes ages and ages of change in ephemeral reflection of whirling earth.
caillebotte_man at his window

Decisions, Decisions

I'm rather late in posting today. Sluggo had a bit of an upset, presumably the result of his difficulty digesting the latest Windows updates. He needs defragmenting, I think. That will be tonight's task, while I go into the warm part of the house and listen the fresh rain. Yes, more rain! This is becoming my favorite winter in years.

Before Sluggo goes into his trance, I want to mention the blog_project. As explained in this post in his journal, michaelnolan is collecting information about LJ's social structure for a book. He wants names, people! Specifically, he wants nominations (his word -- I'd rather not use that word in an election year, because of its depressing connotations) of LJ users he can add to the blog_project friends list so they can be vetted for their usefulness to his project. He is particularly interested in anyone who might be a spy or conspirator of some sort. (Just kidding. I'm always amused when someone uses "intriguing" in lieu of "fascinating" or some such word. It always makes me picture Mata Hari rifling through the papers of her thick-witted military paramours.) The project arouses my interest, not least because its journal's friends page promises to provide a fascinating cross section of LJ land, which I can enjoy on those rare occasions when my own friends page runs low on posts.

I have not nominated anyone to be added to the blog_project, myself. Since michaelnolan wants only one name from each nominator, and will dismiss any comments that offer multiple names, I have that old problem of making a decision. Ah, the bane of my life, decisions! Chocolate or vanilla? Throw it out or keep it? Download porn pictures of kittens or read a book? Anyway, what I'm hoping is that everyone on my friends list will end up nominating each other, and I won't have to decide. In fact, the field has already been narrowed down a bit, as five people on my friends list were already listed on blog_project before I ever found out about it. So get to it, and narrow it down some more! I'm going to go drink beer. Or maybe some apple cider. Hell, I don't know!