May 25th, 2004

laszlo moholy-nagy_chx

Slouching Toward Summer

Sun is coming up earlier every day, and the birds with it. The first blue jay screech sounds at about ten minutes past five now. Natures little alarm clocks and mobile kitty larder. And it is about this time that the last of the previous day's heat at last dissipates, leaving my room just right for sleeping under four blankets. It's as though the house holds its breath all night, then exhales all at once and lets the cold night air flood in. My house hates me, Sluggo hates me, my house hates Sluggo... turns out that the enemy of my enemy is not my friend. Another traditional belief down the tubes!

I keep getting the feeling that there's something that needed to be done which I haven't gotten around to. Oh well. It will come to me as soon as I'm cozy under the covers, I'm sure.

Wait! I remember! The other day I said that the Transit of Venus would occur in a couple of days. No. It isn't until June 8th. Just wanted to get that straight. It doesn't do to piss off the Goddess of Love.
laszlo moholy-nagy_chx

The Russians are Here!

There was a steaminess to the day. First, the afternoon clouds looked like puffs of steam left by some passing giant of a celestial locomotive. Then, the evening sky turned gray with cloud that was like a steam so dense and vast that it occluded the sun. The damp in the air was like hot condensation, and it felt as though I had been transported to the tropics. I half expected rain, but nightfall brought a clearing, and the fattened crescent of the waxing moon now floats among stars, as light as the jasmine fragrance of the soft air.

At last it is cool enough to run Sluggo for a while, and I found something interesting. evan writing in metajournal points to an online article by e_g about the large Russian community at LJ. I first came across a journal in Russian a few weeks after arriving at the site, and later learned that the Russians were one of the largest groups represented here. I've been curious about this ever since, and have frequently seen posts in Russian in various community journals, especially found_objects, but since I don't speak Russian, I've never found out much about how that group of users arrived at LJ or how it grew so large. This article answers a lot of questions. I haven't had the chance to finish reading it yet (it's quite long) but the parts I have read are fascinating.

And, from the ever-entertaining jwz, further proof (as if such were needed) that clowns are evil: Can't sleep; clowns will molest me! (WARNING! CLOWN PHOTOGRAPH!)