October 10th, 2007

caillebotte_man at his window


So the predicted rain came early and exceeded expectations. There were a couple of hours of pleasant pattering on the roof, and then the sky opened and dropped what seemed to be a season's worth of rain in an hour. It went on and on, overflowing the house's rain gutters, until the flower bed by the front door became a pond, and the back lawn was inundated, and the noise was so loud that I gave up trying to listen to anything other than the rain.

When the furious downpour relented, allowing the night to regain some of its serenity, I went out for a while to enjoy the darkly glistening landscape and to smell the cleansed air. The drought may not have ended, but this storm has surely soaked the ground enough that the last brown patches on the lawn will be replaced by fresh green within a day or two—just in time to provide a proper setting for the mass of leaves which are about to fall. I could hardly have been happier had the storm brought a Fortean downpour of fishes or filberts.

Autumnal, so here's a link harvest

Clouds billowing light while the air goes chill in their gray shadow is pretty much what a perfect autumnal sky is all about. We got that most of the afternoon, and then we got gray dusk as the clouds massed and consumed the entire heavens. I'll accept that.

Naturally I spent as little time as possible sitting in front of the computer until after darkness fell, and then got sucked into Internet oddities. Here's some:

Visions of the year 2000 from 1910 An exhibit of 24 chromolithographs illustrating then's future now our past. Site in French. I think there's an English version too, but I couldn't find a link to it.

The Mad vortex, featuring vintage photos, ads, etc. (plus embedded youtube stuff, so BIG FILE warning), and the odd little fragments of text they inspire in those who post them to this very strange weblog. Maybe old meme, but I've never seen it before.

The Curling News, billing itself as the official weblog of the world's official voice of curling. Now that the Canadian dollar is about to exceed the American dollar in value, we'd best get ready to kiss up to the curlers. I, for one, welcome our new curling, hose-headed overlords. Srsly, could it be worse than watching football?

Twelve websites about Florence. Audio books, e-books, photos, all sorts of stuff. Just go explore.