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Life as a hobby…

Landlady came to the Lair for coffee this morning, as has become our Sunday-before-leaving tradition. Before coming to the door she took a turn around the yard, exclaiming over the new woodshed. I showed her the simple drawing I’d made … Continue reading

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Paging Doctor White, Doctor T. H. White…

“Everything Not Compulsory is Forbidden.” “Everything Not Forbidden is Compulsory.” It’s supposed to be a scene in a fantasy novel. A cautionary scene, in which Merlyn tries to teach the future king what not to do. But, as with 1984, … Continue reading

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There’s always something to learn, I guess…

So yesterday I hooked up my Battery Minder to the second set of batteries, which basically meant I was using one set of batteries to charge another. What could possibly go wrong? It didn’t even occur to me until after … Continue reading

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CNN wants more ice cream, throws fit.

😀 Have you seen this? Remember when we were told we should defer to the people reading the news because they were the adults? So…I’m thinking not so much now.

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Finally got around to making a place for my old batteries…

Yesterday I knocked together a little table for them, moved them back into the powershed, then wired them to my 12-volt lighting. Right now I’ve got them on my Battery Minder, but in the next day or two I’ll run … Continue reading

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The things the desert gets up to when I’m not looking…

The morning walky is the single guaranteed big one, rain or shine, so as to allow LB to do his eliminatory chores. We were out in the wash, he had assumed the position, and I was leaning on my spear … Continue reading

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You know that old saw that goes, “If you don’t like the weather in [X], just wait a few minutes”?

Yeah, it’s like that here in spring. Yesterday the temperature crashed and it rained off and on all day, so my fingers tingled even through work gloves and except for necessary chicken chores I barely left the cabin dawn to … Continue reading

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I dunno. Maybe what the world needs is fewer scientists and more plumbers, but…

It seems to me an awful lot of these published research studies point out in great detail things anybody could have told the researchers. Can’t touch this: The psychological effects of functional intimacy From the introduction: “Functional intimacy induces discomfort, … Continue reading

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Public schools have gotten stupider since my tour of’em…

Via Wendy McElroy comes the story of an entire city school system deciding that, since stupid and stupider was so fun, they’d just firewall the throttle and see what stupidest felt like. Student Issued 10-Day Suspension For “Liking” Instagram Photo … Continue reading

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Okay, I was wrong…

There was only one tier to go, plus a bit. I am officially done bitching about last winter.

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A guest post…

Naw, everything’s fine. It’s just cool and windy and spitting rain and I’m bored and grouchy. So I’m sitting inside with coffee and a James Michener book that should have been titled Tedium. I’m thinking of switching to some Correia.

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Maybe halfway there…

The weather was taking a turn toward the cold and rainy, but seems to have paused in that endeavor. So I was able to spend part of this afternoon making up for time I lost on the Monday morning water … Continue reading

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Create a problem. Offer a solution.

#3: Profit! So the cops are cracking down on a big cigarette smuggling ring. Cigarette smuggling. Dig it. A crime caused by the absurd taxation laws of one single city, but we’re all supposed to be very happy the feds … Continue reading

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Probably the last 40-year-old Mountain House taste test

I’ve got 30 cans of this stuff, immured for decades in Big Brother’s utility room against the Big One, and I sure don’t plan to open them all at once. So I’ll likely be working with two open cans, opening … Continue reading

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I’ve figured out what always annoyed me about Star Wars…

In two words, Luke Skywalker. In over six hours of video Luke Skywalker never once makes a correct decision the first time, constantly whines about how he can’t or won’t do this or that thing that he will certainly end … Continue reading

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Wow. Listen to your intellectual betters…

ISIS Appreciates the NRA’s Work In the United States, you can buy semi-automatic weapon without submitting yourself to a background check, so long as you make your purchase at a gun show. Roughly 90 percent of Americans object to this … Continue reading

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Ten days of celebration! Free beer tomorrow.

Yesterday I spent only a few hours working myself into a pain-wracked mess. Quit before I had to spend a week recovering. Received my reward for that this morning when I finished the woodshed floor in a single non-painful hour. … Continue reading

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Bill Nye has altered the science. Pray he does not alter it further.

Remember when Bill Nye was an inoffensive childrens’ actor? Now it seems he is the arbiter of what is Sciencetm. ‘Bill Nye’ Episode on Netflix Omits Segment Saying Chromosomes Determine Gender In the original episode [of Bill Nye the Science … Continue reading

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I hate firewood.

That old saw about how it’s the fuel that warms you twice? Bullshit. It’s making me sweat over and over. I hate each and every little rectangular bastard on that pile. The problem with shale? It’s made of rock. And … Continue reading

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When you’ve lost Gersh Kuntzman…

…it’s time to go home. Yeah, he’s looking at you, Hillary. Hey! Remember Gersh Kuntzman? Poor ol’ traumatized Gersh has apparently shaken off his AR15-induced PTSD long enough to notice that there was a presidential election and his girl (woman? … Continue reading

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