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9832 – Monday

Whew – super hot out today – in the triple digits… and I’m designed for cooler weather. Inside the house, we have the a/c set for 69F and the thermometer is reporting about 10 degrees warmer in here. Still, not as bad as outside.

Larry’s work on the closet expansion is done – double the accessibility, and it looks nicer, too. All that remains is painting around the edge, and we’re finished. Next trick will be adding another walled off area at the foot of the bed for more storage space. BHK and I are enjoying sleep in our own bed again, and the kitties are very pleased to be allowed back in the bedroom.

We went to Selby’s for supper – saw the ATW man changed again – now he’s got his head stuck through a billboard showing him lazing on a beach at sunset, playing guitar to some bikini babes.  Additionally, Chris and Mandy spotted some local wildlife (turtles and spider) and a nice barn – I autopano’ed the bar, to add detail – a pretty spiffy stucture.

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Downloading half life mod – zombie master – look forward to playing it soon.

1 year ago – walkies, tv, flower and north beach pix, Q&A meme with Scotto

2 years ago – voice posts of em, em & kitty pic, chuck e cheese

3 years ago – nifty clock, internal words, writing slowdown, eyes, mediocre bad guys, tv, milk pocky

4 years ago – Magda’s Bday, allergy shots, dreamt of killing my sister, PM memory, brown bag, meteor shower, bad breath detection, google homepage

5 years ago – construction, fay wray RIP, dan’s school blocks lj,alcohol, SPcharacter, aerial photos, UK Prozac pee taints water supply, LC’s scrapbook, CoH tempting battle cries, flower meme

6 years ago – Puzzle Pirates (with a cutie mermaid), Arabia-cam with Mom and Daughter(I met oneeyed and sedef as a result of sweet’s poochie’s booty-ticks.), vamp-game, Kings of Africa, lovely chat

7 years ago – man killed for playing the banjo, Trek happening a dud, but we discover heroclix, (already thinking customs), rorschach poll

8 years ago – 3 things poll, deracinate, cormorant, broken newt pic, 25 things to keep in mind, ja da, rate your risk (links now broken)

9 years ago – spent out, color quiz, looking forward to going to breakfast, Rowlf sings, Beaker sings Geotarget

9341 – monday

Back to work – but it’s a short week this go ’round.

Newtcam and Pyecam may be a bit messy for the next couple of days as the house gets put back in order. Or maybe not… the images are a bit outside the primary shuffle-zones.

Hits on the side links for both have been down lately – I wonder why? They’ve been mighty cute recently and viewings is still pretty high, but nobody wants to go through the ads. I can understand that. I’m just surprised that there aren’t more things interesting to folks on the sidebar. I should probably add more text at the bottom to mix the feed up a bit.

In-laws came over for pizza and the 2nd half of astronaut farmer – movie didn’t do much for me, but I didn’t totally hate it either. BHK was about the same, I think.

I keep thinking of Winston Churchill’s quotation, made in a radio broadcast in October 1939:

“I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma; but perhaps there is a key. That key is Russian national interest.”

Just the “a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma” part.


Nutmeg J Salmonella – the little box turtle that lives in our back yard, near the vegetable garden. Nutmeg – named for a turtle I had as a Kid in Delray Beach (named nutmeg, because that was the name on the pen we had for him to live in – prior resident was a brown rabbit of the same name.) Salmonella – well, because he’s a turtle nothing personal, I assure you, dear journal. I love his shell-patterns.. remind me of raccoon footprints. J, because it’s standard procedure to give J as the middle initial, isn’t it?

We also have a multitude of tadpoles living right next to our bedside window – there’s a drainage ditch filled with water that gets just the right amount of sun. I hope all the little froggies are viable, and take care of the mosquitoes that have been appearing since summer hit. They can leave the lightning bugs alone if possible, too.

1 year ago – desktop tower defense, space views, annoyance update, newsoms arrive, games and hot dogs

2 years ago – goodbye june, i live for you, teddy bear gun

3 years ago – Missing the good ol’ days- Sam and Max, a9 maps, Chee-chee gone, pumpkins are berries, flickr-google earth hack, movie plans, maps

4 years ago – planning a trip, big rock candy mountain, getting journal-spam

5 years ago – Heroclix Icon, Playboy Mystery, The Thorns, Octopus hot dogs, KingKong, Acme Illustrated Catalog, Newtcam pic (see the day prior for oneof his gut sticking out), Lunch with Danny, Las Olas Walkies, awonderful surprise chat.

6 years ago – settling in, south beach remote cam, Newt-lassie comparisons, power puff/marley

7 years ago – Rookie Bodine, good thoughts, crash test dummy plot seeds, redolent, the power of cheese, Ornj goes camping

8 years ago – shotgunGeotarget

8901 – Monday

Restless night sleeping, accidentally booted Newt off the bed once, but he stuck with me throughout the night. BHK was restless too, but I didn’t leg-sweep her out. Pye visited briefly, but high-tailed it after the barest commotion. I dreamt that BHK and I were hunting animals, tagging them for reference, and re-releasing ’em into the wild. A side effect of geocaching, perhaps?

Bugah & Neil went fishing – to no avail, as the water was too choppy.

Half day tomorrow! North Beach Fireworks are going to be something else!

via jwz – Search for Lonesome George mate is long shot

While scientists search for a mate for “Lonesome George” — the last known survivor of a species of Galapagos tortoise — some say the effort to fend off extinction may be in vain. Even if a mate is found, George has not been interested in reproducing in the past and may not know how, former keepers and others who have worked with him said.

“He has problems … he probably never saw a female and male of his own species reproducing,” said Swiss biologist Sveva Grigioni, who worked with George 13 years ago.

Grigioni, now back in Switzerland, said she could normally get tortoises to ejaculate within minutes, but spent months manually stimulating George and never extracted semen from him.

Age is not George’s problem. He is estimated at between 60 and 90 years old, and could live to be 200 and still reproduce, scientists say.

The visual differences in tortoises from different islands were among the features of the Galapagos that helped 19th Century British naturalist Charles Darwin formulate his theory of evolution. Since then, the tortoises have been hunted by pirates for their meat and their habitat eaten away by goats introduced onto the islands. George, who weighs 198 pounds, was found on Pinta in 1971.

Reviewing Openads for the company’s ad server for the web. it seems pretty reputable and reliable, thus far.

Fire drill this morning was a welcome break in the day – cool outside, everyone seemed laid back and calm – helped move the rest of the time that much more rapidly. the 2pm meeting went well… lots of good information for me to ruminate over the next few projects. I really dig that I’m in an environment that will allow me to use the skills I have! (Last gig wasn’t bad, but a lot of repetition. This time, there’s a lot of room for creative thought along with brute force.

Day closed with S’mores over a fire pit, some preview fireworks, and then Bugah and I played a bit of “Destroy All Humans”. Not a bad thing.

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