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Saturday, January 19, 2008

Minus Eighteen!


Peek-A-Boo!
I just think this is an incredibly cute picture. She was reaching for the camera, yet was peeking around at me while doing it.
It's a little after 10PM as I write this, and my thermometer tells me it's -18.6F. Yeah, that's pretty cold. :)

I have been taking part, as time allows over the last few days, in a most unique pilot project at Flickr. The Commons is an incredibly interesting and amazing beginning to broadening access to the Library of Congress' photographic material (more or less all of which is in the public domain). To date I've really just been adding a few tags here and there to images, but that's the entire point. It's been a quite warm and fuzzy feeling to take part in that, small as though it may be. I've only made it through about 350 of the 3,000-plus images currently available through Flickr, but it's been quite interesting so far.

What can I really say more? It's just plain cool.

I have been keeping fairly busy this week. That's a Good Thing. I really haven't made it any further along with the 2007 filing project which I started last Saturday, but there's only so much room on the floor back here, and I'm starting to really desire that floor space be liberated. :)

I did a bit of a science experiment this morning, at approximately 9AM:



I've always wanted to do this experiment myself, but never took the opportunity. It was about -10F outside at the time. Of the quart of water that was lifted into the air, I speculate that less than a half cup of it actually hit the ground again.

It was pretty neat to be underneath it as it happened (I couldn't see much of anything in any direction), but I also find the video angle quite interesting to watch as well. :)

And that's about all I an think of right off hand for now. So since I'm a bit on the tired order, I'm going to leave it at that and call it a night.

Until next time...
"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."
- Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931)

--MZ

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Baby It's Cold Outside


I See You Under There
Kirstin looks a third time at Felix (who is hiding under the chair).
As I begin to compose some ramblings tonight, my trusty digital remote thermometer tells me it's -6.7 outside. Right now. It sounds from the weatherman that this is to be the way it is for the next week or so. Honestly, though, it's to be expected. After all, it is the middle of January...

It seems as though I'm turning into a once-per-week blogger for 2008. At least so far. :( My apologies for anyone who happens to follow this with any consistency. It's been pretty crazy around here for a while, and I just plain run out of gas by the time evening rolls around (when I usually write this stuff).

I made my 'quarterly' pilgrimage to the landfill (transfer station) on Saturday. I always hate making that trip, especially since I end up hauling a pickup load of garbage halfway across the county, but it really pays for itself. This time my charge was $9. Even. One really can't beat that, even if the labor involved is a bit intense (dragging garbage cans through the snow to load into my pickup, driving, unloading, etc.). Besides, if we were to have 'roadside pickup' I'm sure it'd cost double that (per month)...and I'd still have to haul the stupid can to the end of the driveway.

Anyway, that's done for now. Another few months can pass. It's always the middle of the winter and middle of the summer trips that are the worst. For very different reasons.

Returning to the happenings of this past week, though, I was kept fairly busy. Monday evening I processed all of the year-end contribution statements for the congregation. This task is much easier than it used to be, seeing as how I no longer have to manually add up all of the numbers (so that cuts out on the order of three hours' intimate work with the adding machine). But, it still takes some time (mostly in looking for errors and doing the folding/stuffing/sealing). But that's now done for another year. :)

Tuesday afternoon I made a housecall for a fellow who was having some computer trouble. It boiled down to about an hour of troubleshooting and instruction (mostly the latter). I'd not done an actual housecall for anyone in a while (short of for a neighbor here and there, etc.), so that was kinda fun. After I made my way home for a quick supper, I went back to town for a council meeting. It was a busy day.

Wednesday was the usual -- work and choir. I went for coffee after choir and was able to play with a really neat remote controlled helicopter. That was cool. :)

Thursday was supposed to be a quiet evening (and it was), but I also ended up on the phone doing some support-like stuff for a neighbor. She kept apologizing for taking up my time, but I assured her it wasn't a big deal. It really wasn't -- I was able to sit here at my trusty old computer and do things (also look up things) while I was helping. I just didn't get to sit and watch much TV that night. Not that I missed anything... :)

And Friday was the day of rest. Well, after a second housecall to the same place I was at on Tuesday. It was a bit of a follow-up and only took about a half hour. But once I got home it was time to just hang out. Well, that, and load the garbage for my Saturday morning pilgrimage. :)

This brings us back to Saturday. After I returned from the landfill, Beth and I reorganized the entertainment center cabinet. Mostly to get both Nintendo consoles (NES and SNES) put out of Kirstin's reach...as well as to get the Atari stuff out of her reach as well. We had to wait for a KirstinNap(tm) for that, though.

I also went through and sorted bills for 2007. I'm about half done with my filing cabinet work for 2007 (the cleaning and organizing stuff), which is nice. There's still a lot to be done, but it's getting there. The worst is over. Eventually I intend to find my desk again... Well, my desk and the floor. :)

Today was a day of rest (of sorts). I didn't get a lot done this afternoon/evening, but I did get to hang around with Kirstin some, which is always fun. :) And after she went to bed I spent some quality time being a Flickrite.

And that brings us to now. Seeing as how I really don't have much more to share or ramble about, I'm going to call it a night. I hope to be more active this week than the last week. That shouldn't be too difficult seeing as how I don't have as many things scheduled for the evenings this next week (finally)...

Oh yeah, it's now -7.1 outside. :)

Until next time...
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- Frederick (II) the Great

--MZ

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