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My Next Project

Posted 2011.05.27 23.32 in Computers/Internet/Technology by Stephanie

 

Mystery Flowers

Posted 2011.05.25 21.13 in Family/Friends, Photography by Stephanie

So the other day, I showed my mom that panoramic stitch-up I took in the backyard, and I mentioned these three pink mystery-flowers. I don’t recall planting them, and I don’t recall her planting them, and I don’t recall ever seeing them before.

I don’t know what they are. The nearest thing I could think of, and I knew I was wrong, was that they were shaped sort of like a carnation. They’re obviously not carnations but my knowledge of plants is limited.

My mom thinks they are some funky variation on the tulip theme. She’s basing that on the stem and leaves, and that they are up and blooming at this time of the year. She’s also making the logical leap that as neither she nor I did the planting, they were likely planted by squirrels.

Not that we have guerrilla greenthumb squirrels maurading the area (although it would be incredibly cool if we did) but rather, the squirrels are good at redistributing freshly planted bulbs. Somewhere in the neighborhood, someone is wondering what ever happened to the pretty pink flower bulbs they planted last autumn.

They just don’t look like tulips to me. Ok the stem and leaves are tulip-like, but the flower seems totally different. All the tulips I know have flowers shaped like a wine glass, with a small number of large petals. These things on the other hand have a medium number of medium-sized petals, and appear less-organized than tulip petals.

Though as I said, I don’t really know much about plants.

Why Living in Space is Cool #47

Posted 2011.05.25 9.47 in Pointless Blather by Stephanie

When everything gets delivered by space-ships travelling in a zero-gravity environment, the Contents will never Settle during Transport.

Nothing but Flowers

Posted 2011.05.23 23.53 in Pointless Blather by Stephanie

It’s not a great stitch-up job, but here’s a pseudo-panorama of half my backyard. It’s all been overrun with wildflowers. Some people call them weeds, but in truth they are all wildflowers.

They smell nice, too.

Monday Mornings…

Posted 2011.05.17 9.24 in Uncategorized by Stephanie

You know your week is off to a bad start when you wake up, open the blinds, and see…

 

Those LED blinkin-flashins ontop of the car are so amazingly bright. Where do they get such bright LEDs?

Tinkerers’ Rules

Posted 2011.05.15 10.34 in Computers/Internet/Technology by Stephanie

Brought to us by Wondermark.com

Quoth the Maker: If you can’t open it, you don’t own it.

Avoiding the Dank

Posted 2011.05.14 11.31 in Pointless Blather, Uncategorized by Stephanie

It’s wrong, I know. So very wrong.

See, I’m getting these letters from the natural gas company, that basically amount to:

Y u no want me service your furnace? It’s freeeee….

And really, I don’t have anything against regular maintenance. Especially when it’s free (or already paid for via some other contract.) The furnace is an especially Valued and Important part of my thermostat project. So its continued and effecient function is something that should be of paramount importance.

Why then am I procrastinating about getting it serviced?┬áBecause that would mean accompanying the service tech down….into the cellar….

And what is wrong with the cellar, you ask? Well allow me to compile a brief list, quickly, off the top of my head:

  1. Cobwebs.
  2. Spiders.
  3. Creaky wobbly unsafe stairs.
  4. The Dank.
  5. Spiders.
  6. Bugs.
  7. Cobwebs.

And yes, that’s just a quick list. There are plenty more reasons to avoid the cellar. I won’t even go into the mysterious bumps in the night, the strangely appearing and disappearing mists, sudden chills, the lights that turned on and off by themselves, or the voices.

Or the fact that the last time I was down there with a service tech, all his flashlights burned out, one after another, till we were left almost completely in the dark.

If I could just point the guy to the cellar door and say Go through there, down the stairs, through the second doorway and the furnace is down there. It’s in the room with the furnace in it. then I would surely do that.

But the service techs are not fools. They know better than to venture alone into areas where the homeowner fears to tred.

And so I am stuck in a quandry. I want the furnace to be serviced. I do not want to go down there. I have to go down there to get the furnace serviced.

What I need is to find the Indiana Jones of the HVAC service world. He’d go down there alone, give the furnace a tune-up, and give The Dank a swift kick in the arse.