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You shouldn't ask these questions of a paranoid recluse, you know.

But listening to two scriptwriters whine for an hour and a half – that’s entertainment.

At the end of December a friend of the blog sent me a big box of books and old DVDs, and I’ve spent the balance of the winter working my way through it. We have similar low taste in movies, … Continue reading

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North Dakota!

North Dakota Governor Signs Concealed Carry Bill Into Law BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Republican Gov. Doug Burgum has signed legislation that will allow most adults to carry a hidden firearm without a permit, making North Dakota one of about a … Continue reading

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Hm. While I’m pouring cement next month I may need to make one of these.

I think I’ve got everything I need to make one with recirculating water, including an overnight shut-off timer. Looks like it’d need a pipe up the middle, a very slight lip around the edge for a very shallow pool, and … Continue reading

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Winter suddenly returns…

Briefly, too, if the forecast means anything. And the forecast saw today’s weather coming a week ago. It should hardly be surprising, it’s only March, but the days have been warm and golden long enough that people are tempted to … Continue reading

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Fare thee well, faithful woodshed…

I didn’t get anything done yesterday, don’t know why but the trip to the big town took it all out of me. I’m not a lot more ambitious today, but tomorrow it’s supposed to be cold and rainy (ie, seasonal … Continue reading

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Gelsock Bleg Update: Penultimate

I got another text from my maildrop location, informing me that the gelsock count, which had supposedly come to a whoa at 25, is up to 30. That’s well over my most optimistic hope, largess it should take several years … Continue reading

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Movin’ on out

Spending the better part of the day at the big town about 50 miles away, on a sacred mission to increase eye doctor wealth. So don’t send the ransom or start polling hospitals. ETA: Back. That stuff they put in … Continue reading

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Done with that part of the chore…

Stocking the woodshed every year is very time-consuming but seems less so because I do it a little at a time and it’s kind of a constructive process. Emptying it didn’t actually take as long as two hours but it … Continue reading

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Wow. That’s the way to ridicule something ridiculous.

Just read it aloud. Actor recites all 9 hours of Amazon Kindle T&Cs according to Australian consumer rights advocacy group Choice, that lengthy jargon can often conceal strange clauses, and it’s unfair to expect consumers to wade through them. To … Continue reading

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Slow progress emptying the woodshed…

This is the fast part, compared to stacking it all back up, but (I tell myself) it’s the part that’s hard on my shoulder. But I’m mostly there… I have to take each armload out and wing it onto the … Continue reading

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Dammit! If I’ve said it once I’ve said it a thousand times…

Don’t wear a good shirt while fiddling with batteries. Bet it happened when I used the hydrometer. That always splashes acid around, and I know I didn’t use the rubber apron. Yes, Zelda, I know I should have used the … Continue reading

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In Praise of Seymour

Things have been placid in the two flocks. I moved Seymour to the big flock and right away started getting stressed-out hens and one injury, but I moved the four obvious malcontents to the Fortress of Attitude and things settled … Continue reading

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Signs of Spring…

My pitiful pear tree made it through another winter, not that this one taxed it very hard. Flowers, sure, but they’re just faking me out. This tree will actually fruit the day after I’m elected Pope. It grows a little … Continue reading

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It begins. Have mercy on us sinners…

Little Bear’s starting to drop his winter coat. For the next several months I shall begin and end each day by cursing whichever of his ancestors decided she just had to have sex with that Newfie.

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Gelsock Update III

We’ve hit 24 confirmed, either arrived or definitely in transit. Awesome.

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Just to be contrary…

When I was a kid we moved a lot. I eventually sort-of graduated from the twelfth public school in which I was ever enrolled, so I was always the new kid. You could say I was a bit maladjusted. You … Continue reading

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Oh, this is going to take forever…

It’s a sad day when you find yourself cursing a mercifully warm winter… …but I have to move my woodshed, which should by all rights be nearly empty. Instead I used about 3/10s of the contents. Don’t seem right. I … Continue reading

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Flash! Stephen Colbert does a bit that’s actually funny.

He should pick on his fellow mutants more often.

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And the sign over the bread line read, “Honk if you love Socialism…”

…but there were no cars, because there was no fuel. Venezuela has a bread shortage. The government has decided bakers are the problem. In a press release, the National Superintendent for the Defense of Socioeconomic Rights[*] said it had charged … Continue reading

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Gelsock Bleg Update II

I have just received a communique by carrier pigeon that five gelsocks arrived today, and that the maildrop might well tip over and capsize under sheer reader awesomeness, the way poor Guam did under the weight of 8000 marines and … Continue reading

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