Anyway, this all took too much time, and I need to get to sleep soon, but I want to mention that I've been hearing those unidentified birds (who might be geese and might be swans) all night. Huge numbers of them have been flying north. At times, I could hear the calls of multiple flocks from various points, and whenever I went outside, I was sure to hear more of them within a minute or two. A few of the flocks flew near enough that I could hear the rushing sound of their wings -- something similar to a buzz and a whistle and a whir, all at once. But even with the moon still gibbous, and though they flew not far above the treetops, there was not enough light to reveal them. The number of them passing suggests that they have begun their migration, so I don't know if I'll get another chance to see them by daylight before they have all departed. I'd really like to know what species they are.
Later today, things will be back to normal, I hope, and there will be my usual word trinkets instead of grumpy posts about Microsoft.
Instant Update: I just went to edit a bit of crappy HTML, and discovered a change on the LJ edit page. We now have the option of deleting an entry with the click of one button on the page, instead of having to delete everything by hand with the keyboard back button. Cool. That's going to make things easier. Maybe soon, a spell check feature will be available for edits, too. That would be even better.