July 3rd, 2015

laszlo moholy-nagy_chx

In Case of Wonder

Staying indoors again most of the day today (too hot to go out,) I've spent many hours on the Internets, and one of the places I ended up looking at was Brad Fitzpatrick's Wikipedia biography page, where I found a link to Camlistore (Content-Addressable Multi-Layer Indexed Storage), one of the projects he has undertaken at Google. It looks pretty complex to me, digitally inept technodolt that I am, so I'm not going to attempt to set it up for myself, but some of the people on my friends list are considerably more technology-adept than I am and might find it interesting. If so, and they look into it, perhaps one of them will be able to tell me what the hell is that thang?

Last night, the clouds not only stuck around all night, but for several hours they brought intermittent sprinkles. It stayed hot until near dawn again, and the damp made it muggy, so it was just about the most unpleasant night yet this summer, despite having started out a few degrees cooler than the several previous nights. The severe heat advisory the weather service issued for the area a few days ago is supposed to expire in a few minutes, but it still feels pretty severe out there to me.

Needless to say I didn't go to the stores today, as Sunday is supposed to be several degrees cooler and there's nothing I need that I can't do without until then. Besides which, Safeway has converted its Friday sale into a three-day sale, so I'll still be able to get the bargains on Sunday. I don't know if the conversion is this week only or if it will be the store's new regular policy. I hope it's the latter, as I'd like the option of not going out on Friday. The stores are total zoos on Fridays.

I think that my feral cats will be even happier that the heatwave is ending than I'll be. They've spent the last few days napping in whatever shade they could find, mostly lying on their backs with their legs stretched out as far as they can go. Even at night they don't get too active. The only time I've seen them do anything like romping has been very early in the mornings, before the days turn hot. Portia has been pretty sedentary, too, even though she has had the advantage of being in the air conditioned (however modestly) house. Portia also has the advantage of not having to pay the engorged utility bill that will most likely be incurred by the air conditioning from which she has benefited. I'm not looking forward to seeing it.

Last night brought another surprise, in addition to the sprinkles: I heard what I'm pretty sure were frogs, though the sound came from the north instead of the southeast as it did earlier in the year. I suppose it's possible that the sound was actually being made by uncommonly large crickets, but it certainly sounded like small frogs to me. Either way, I was happy to hear it, and it provided considerable compensation for the muggy heat. I hope I hear it again tonight.