January 12th, 2006


Hell to Pay

Four hours dealing with Microsoft updates! Grrr!

Almost an hour killing ants and cleaning up masses of their carcasses. They infested the bread box, among other places. Grrrr!

LJ has apparently implemented something called "Goose Nudge a Friend", which allows you to ask any of your mutual friends to update. It sounds a bit flaky to me. There's supposed to be some sort of list and some sort of button, but I can't find it anywhere, not on my user info page, not on my manage friends page, not on my portal ("My LJ") page. Maybe it's one of those things that only works in S2 styles? I'm still using S1 Generator. I like Generator. This probably doesn't rate a Grrrr! Just a Hmph! Update: Oh, it's here, on its own page. The info about who hasn't updated in however long is nice to have, but the nudge seems pretty rude. They might have good reason for not updating. Now, if it was a Monty Python "Wink wink, nudge nudge, say no more!" I might feel differently about it. But just a plain nudge? Annoying.

A few clouds returned tonight, in time to capture the light of the moon after it had settled among the pines. More recently, I've seen a phenomenon I can't figure out. As dawn was approaching, across the southern horizon there was a band of bright white. At first I thought it a huge fog bank, but I couldn't account for why it was so bright while the cloudy sky above it was still dark. Then I thought it was a line of clear sky beyond the clouds (our elevation being almost 2000 feet higher than the valley floor.) But the sun had not yet risen above the mountains, and I don't think the valley sky could have been that bright yet. Whatever it is is still there, even as the sky above grows lighter, and I still can't figure out what it is. Some weird effect of a layering of cloud levels, I suppose. Strange.

A link, from the Department of (Perhaps) Unintended Consequences: America's private sector profitably exports government repression. It turns out that various types of snooping software and other advanced technological marvels developed in the U.S. are very popular with totalitarian foreign governments. Once again I'm reminded of the old German proverb; "He who sets fire to his neighbor's house can't complain when sparks land on his own roof."

And, speaking of sparks, everybody's keeping an eye on Alaska's Augustine Volcano which erupted a short time ago. So far, nothing big enough to generate a tsunami.


I find myself unable to focus my attention tonight. My brain has wandered off into a room full of shiny objects and can't decide which one to look at. Most of them probably aren't worth looking at in any case-- maybe none of them are-- but even if I discovered one that was worth looking at, I suspect that my attention would soon wander. I have acute ADD!

A trivial fragment:

I've lately found that Paul Dresser, turn-of-the-century composer of such sentimental chestnuts as "On the Banks of the Wabash" and "Back Home in Indiana" was actually John Paul Dreiser Jr., the older brother of novelist Theodore Dreiser.

I'll probably soon forget that.

I wonder what's really bothering me? I mean aside from the fact that I'm a member of a species that is, collectively, at least twice as clever as it is smart?