D.O.P.-T.

Sep. 20th, 2017 09:10 pm
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Back to work. Hope I managed to stock up enough sleep. It was cool today, and I didn't notice the sun ever burning off the clouds. Definitely fall weather, and though the trees have hardly started to turn, I noticed the other day that the cotoneaster berries are starting to go orange.

WWDE.....

Sep. 20th, 2017 10:10 am
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...comes from Michael Anderle's 'Kurtherian Gambit' series. And while it's like the best chips so you can't stop snacking on, this post isn't about the series but about the major Event on Earth.
WWDE stands for World's Worst Day Ever. The Apocalypse. One that is probably the most probable, though Anderle's the 1st writer I've seen to use the method, though I've actually seen the Event's causation mentioned off-n-on online and hardcopy news that tend toward hard sciences.
On Anderle's Earth, various powers had written into the chips they put into their products containing software that would, given the right signal "kill" the product. In one of the "Queen Bitch" books, reporters question a "Green" politico that got kickbacks from one of those powers. The reporters pointed out that replacing an American power plant with Solar from this country meant they could shut off that Power....or even Blackmail by simply threatening. And just like our world, the subject was too "Science-y" and was ignored. As to be expected, everyone who had written this kind of software also had written so that the moment a signal that someone else started, they'd activate THEIRS. In this world, our present civilization was over in MINUTES.
I'm not worried about Global Nuclear War. The PRESENT skirmishes are in Cyberspace as will be the next WW. At least it'll be easier on the environment....
Cheers,
Pat

D.O.P.-T.

Sep. 15th, 2017 07:21 pm
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Today we went to the Computer History Museum in Mountain View. It was quite impressive, although the little Wikipedia quiz/game was very silly.

Demilitarized Zone;>....

Sep. 15th, 2017 01:22 pm
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When Dad died, we got his car. Much nicer than our old one with one exception. He was a proud Army Pilot Vet and the car declared that from front to back. Unlike my older brother, I'm not "tickled" when someone salutes me or thanks me for my Service. So, I ordered a few things to personalize and while waiting for them to arrive...I stripped it of all it's military stickers and such.
Compared to what was there before there's not much but I'm a bit more quiet than my Dad. On the rear window where 3 stickers were a single Heathen Fish is attached. Where once a Proud Army Pilot vanity plate stood a Celtic Tree of Life does. Add in the Rune Ring I hung from the mirror before I drove it and it's now fully OURS.
Cheers,
Pat

D.O.P.-T. (yesterday)

Sep. 15th, 2017 08:32 am
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Unfortunately the dog has once more done something nasty to her hindquarters. She visited the vet yesterday and we had to take her in early this morning for surgery. Poor little dog.

D.O.P.-T. (day before yesterday)

Sep. 15th, 2017 08:31 am
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It did eventually get cooler, but we've visited several beaches and all caught the sun.

D.O.P.-T.

Sep. 12th, 2017 08:13 am
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I have family visiting this week, so I'm taking a vacation week. The gods have apparently decided to make things interesting: after the sudden early-morning wind storm, which apparently left meteorologists scrambling for an explanation, we had a full-blown thunderstorm with rain after I collapsed into bed yesterday, leaving my laundry on the line. It was still flickering when I crawled out of bed, so I was able to say hi to Redbeard. And I see they are now forecasting another hot day today and have switched the cooler days to starting on Wednesday. Clearly they are sticking pins in the map at random.

D.O.P.-T.

Sep. 11th, 2017 05:42 am
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16 years ago, around about now.

Tremendous wind came through starting just before my mandatory lunch break. It blew over the "reserved parking" sign in front of the store while I was eating. Seems to have died down now; I guess the Hunt has swept on to the East Coast.

D.O.P.-T.

Sep. 10th, 2017 11:20 am
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On the spur of the moment, we took the slow drive down El Camino to The Milk Pail in Mountain View. (It's not really open air any more; it occupies a winding shack not unlike the permanent tent where I used to buy veggies in Hell's Kitchen; and it's not very European. What it is is very good.) The developers who put an apartment building where the Bevmo and clothing store used to be refused to make up for the loss of the parking the store used to rent, and what parking lot it has is all set about with construction work; there's a long, winding wheelchair ramp serving as the only access to the store. The parking lot was like a game of Tetris, and the store a controlled madhouse; people continue to determinedly shop there. We scored tiny black grapes, cheese, bread, frozen pasta for the housemate, mango and pepper sauce and fava beans for me ...

D.O.P.-T. (yesterday)

Sep. 10th, 2017 11:11 am
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The dog left her stuffed squirrel in the middle of the path in the backyard last night. It is soggy from the dew; I've picked the grass seeds and clover burrs out of it but she still wants nothing to do with it.

D.O.P.-T.

Sep. 8th, 2017 01:51 pm
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The first touches of fall foliage on stressed trees, and I had to cut back a chunk of one of the remaining cotoneasters because the weight of the berries was bending it down into the driveway.

The new janitor took the keychain to San Francisco, but brought it back last night so now the mop water can be changed. (I know, I know ... )

D.O.P.-T.

Sep. 7th, 2017 11:50 am
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It's crisp and cool today. So my window remains open. The dog has her jaw resting on the sill and her nose pushing at the screen. There is a squirrel on the fence.

D.O.P.-T. (yesterday)

Sep. 7th, 2017 11:44 am
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I was in downtown Mountain View the other day. The aquarium store on a corner on Castro St. is now a gift and toy shop that has this in the window. Comes with 6 cats! Only 6?
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