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In which I think about the weekend

I have written out the checks, filled out the forms, and readied the envelopes w/SASEs for the writing contest entries, and converted the files to Word documents so I can print them at Kinko's. I printed off a copy on my Epson, but there's a definite streak down the center of each word, and I don't think it looks very professional. Yes, I've cleaned the heads. Many times. I think it's just old. And it was cheap, even when I bought it years back.

I tidied the living room with rahirah, and things look pretty good. Got the laundry done while she did the yard. We should give the roses rose food so they will bloom and we can remember what we actually planted.

I made REALLY good pork shoulder chili yesterday with creamed corn cornbread. Very pleased with this batch! My crockpot leaves a lot to be desired, though. I want the $99 AllClad Williams Sonoma exclusive I saw whilst out shopping at the W/S store with sillymagpie. Darn that store, anyway.

On the advice of fenchurche, we bought a couple of passionfruit, and I tried it today. It IS yummy! It was hard to find, rather expensive, and I'm not really sure what all I can do with it, but it was really tasty.

My new iPod speakers aren't working, but fortunately, I discovered great online support for said item, so they've been working with me to try and help fix the trouble, and told me if I can't get it to work, then they will replace the unit. Cool!

I haven't gotten any work done on the Johnny Cash hub, though. Hopefully I can do that during the week some.

I have a SEVERE neck ache. It's killing me. I will try a nice hot bath later tonight. rahirah loosened it up some with a nice neck rub, but it REALLY hurts. It's like a pulled muscle combined with having slept wrong stiff, where it hurts just to turn my head, so of course I'm compensating, so there's more pains elsewhere. Bodies are weird.

Watched Evangelion and Hotel Rwanda on Saturday night. Not sure about the first; I don't hate it (although I came close watching the English-dubbed translation - from the second ep on we watched it in Japanese with subtitles and it was much better), but I'm not sure I love it yet, either. It's not Trigun. The second... guh. Intense film. Very glad I saw it, but... guh.

I haven't lost any more weight (I've not been keeping track very well the last week or so), but I have maintained the loss from before, so I haven't gained any, which is good for now. I should get back to behaving myself in the next week or so.

My jury duty has been cancelled, so no federal case. I'm both cheered and disappointed.

I pulled this from liberalrage:

Fox News went on describing a mission accomplished in a place they called Afghanistan, a country utterly unlike the one in which we lived. One night, as we sat in the dark to save generator power for the TV set, we heard some no-name right-wing think-tank prowar neocon talking head explain that America could speedily repair any incidental damage to Iraq's infrastructure, just as it had done in Afghanistan. Security, water, electricity - all those things Kabulis had learned to live without - he said had been restored in Kabul "in no time." Even in the dim glow of the TV, I could see that Helen was weeping. "Please can we go back to the BBC?" she said, and we never watched Fox News again.

(Kabul in Winter: Life without Peace in Afghanistan, by Ann Jones, p. 87)

There's more discussion of the book in the post, and it sounds like a heartbreaking, but necessary read.

Also from liberalrage, a staggeringly frightening discussion of global warming - apparently the sugar maples are being sharply affected by the early, short winters (sugaring season is already finished in Vermont - this should be their busy time). They also posted this picture:

Argentina's Upsala Glacier was once the biggest in South America, but it is now disappearing at a rate of 200 metres per year.

I'm just glad the temperatures dropped from yesterday's high of 94. Now, I'll admit it's been hotter in April before, but... once again, guh.

Still and all, a pretty good weekend.

I really would like to figure out how to transfer video tape to DVD. We have a DVD burner on rahirah's machine, I'm just not sure how to digitize the tapes.


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Apr. 24th, 2006 04:11 am (UTC)
You seem to have a lot of problems with that iPod. I dreamed last night that iPod Nanos were being sold for $35 and I picked one up. (Being my dream, I had trouble operating it.)

That post from liberalrage brings me back to my comment about not hearing about Afghanistan anymore... :/
Apr. 24th, 2006 04:59 am (UTC)
They're usually very easily solved, though. Not sure about these speakers -- the brand is JBL, not Apple. And I still lurve Iggy, anyways.

I'm going to have to find "Kabul in Winter." It appears to be one of those books that MUST be read.
Apr. 24th, 2006 06:17 am (UTC)
Yes. One of those depressing political books I need to read. Having already separated music into its own Amazon.com wish list, I think I need to put cookbooks and political books into their own categories as well.
Apr. 24th, 2006 02:14 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I should do that with my Amazon list, too. Make it easier on folks. (And myself.)

Say, did you see last Thursday's "PVP Online"? The guest artist must have seen Scrubs, too. :-D
Apr. 25th, 2006 01:00 am (UTC)
Optimus Prime comes up in PVP every now and then. I'm so out of touch -- I have no idea what series Optimus Prime is from!
Apr. 25th, 2006 01:17 am (UTC)
Transformers!!! He's the head robot (and, if I remember correctly, turns into a Semi). I was shocked to see it's still actually being used anywhere (of course, it was an example of geekiness in both Scrubs and PVP, so... :-D ).
Apr. 24th, 2006 04:02 pm (UTC)
On the advice of fenchurche, we bought a couple of passionfruit, and I tried it today. It IS yummy! It was hard to find, rather expensive, and I'm not really sure what all I can do with it, but it was really tasty.

I'm hoping the prices will come down as they get more into season... of course, the one place I was able to find them a few weeks ago doesn't have them any longer (so now I get to crave the stuff with no way to get more).

I really would like to figure out how to transfer video tape to DVD. We have a DVD burner on rahirah's machine, I'm just not sure how to digitize the tapes.

I think it can be done in a rudimentary way with a minimal of hardware (perhaps just a TV tuner card?), but we actually have all the extra hardware and software needed to do really good transfers -- we've been recording off old laserdiscs and videotapes (home movies and some movies that aren't likely to come out on DVD any time soon) with some really excellent quality. Depending on what you want to burn to DVD, we could always give it a whirl...
Apr. 25th, 2006 01:16 am (UTC)
I just ate it out of the skin with a spoon (swallowed the seeds) - I don't think rahirah was as thrilled with 'em. :-D It was the VERY wrinkly one I ate first; I have a not-so-wrinkly one in the fridge.

It's some old VHS tapes, including a play I was in some years back (I can tell ya edgedancer and tiirz wouldn't mind a copy on DVD, either).

I have an old tape machine and I could certainly figure out how to connect it to my CPU, but I don't know what programs are best for playing/digitizing.
Apr. 25th, 2006 04:01 am (UTC)
I've seen those glacier pictures before, and they're terrifying. How can anyone look at them and deny the existence of global warming?
Apr. 25th, 2006 04:17 am (UTC)
Yeah. Yesterday someone on liberalrage commented that "it's no wonder the Bush adminstration hates science: it keeps leading to places they don't like."

I just put together a mural of pictures I've taken of Lake Mead over the last 20 years. I'll be posting that tomorrow or Wednesday - it's just as scary, seeing how the lake's receded, considering how many people it's now the main source of drinking water for.
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