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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?

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.

Time for Tourism

Posted 2011.04.26 17.44 in Uncategorized by Stephanie

If you’re looking for somewhere interesting and off-the-beaten-track to visit, maybe consider touring scenic Pripyat?

Ok I’m being a little bit tongue-in-cheek but in actual fact, this is something I would probably enjoy seeing. There’s a lot of history there, frozen in time for the past 25 years.

Here’s a photo that was taken almost exactly 25 years ago, give or take a day. I don’t want to think about how much radiation the photographer absorbed in this fly-over. Even today, visits near the plant involve radiation dosimeters and close monitoring.

Still, it would be a fascinating place to visit.

Wreck of a Weekend

Posted 2011.04.25 9.23 in Aquaria, Sports, Uncategorized by Stephanie

What a miserable crappy long weekend. The weather wasn’t as bad as forcast, though it was still fairly dreary. That wasn’t the worst of it though.

Thursday night was supposed to be good but instead I had to watch first Montreal, then Vancouver lose their playoff games. One disappointment after the next.

Friday was marginally better, with a new Fringe episode – although I didn’t think it was that great an ep. Too much telling, not enough showing.

Then Saturday night Montreal lost yet again. Three losses in a row now.

And last night was Vancouver’s turn to drop their third in a row. They were up 3-nil in the series, now it’s on to game seven.

And through all of this, my beloved pet snails had been dying off. I don’t know what the hell happened exactly, because the fish and frog in the same tank have been doing fine. Just all the snails died. The last couple died on Sunday. Including Little Buddy, who had been with me for nearly two years. He was my little methusela snail, the one who wouldn’t die. Till yesterday.

RIP Little Buddy.

What a crappy weekend. Nothing good came out of it, just disappointment and sadness.

Raven, or Crow?

Posted 2011.04.02 11.41 in Uncategorized by Stephanie

On my way out to do some chores when I discovered this guy perched on my roof above my car. He was quite fearless, and cawed at me in irritation for my disturbing whatever he was up to.

I don’t know for sure if he’s a raven or a crow, but I suspect the answer is crow.

Random Updates

Posted 2011.03.30 16.41 in Pointless Blather, Uncategorized by Stephanie

Following up from Sunday, the older version of Xcode (3.x) solved all my problems. I haven’t gotten thick, it was just the awfulness of Xcode version 4.x being so bad that I couldn’t see past it to the actual work I needed to do. Downgrading to 3.x has made me happy and I was able to get back at my next big thing.

The issue now is that it seems I left this half-finished app with a lot more unfinished work than I had thought. So I really need to get busy if I want to get it released on schedule and with all the planned functions and features.

#elxn41 – after holding out for many years, I’ve finally gone and signed up on Twitter. Of all things, it was politics that pulled me in. I wanted to follow the Green Party and keep ontop of what’s going on. In addition to political stuff, I’ve figured out how to follow some friends, some electronics gurus and some hacker geeks. Just have to figure out now if I have anything to say that’s tweet-worthy.

And in other news, my DIY Thermostat continues to be the most bestest thermostat ever, and makes me happy several times each day. I’m going to try and draw up some schematics and then maybe make a page entry for it. It’s just that cool.


Posted 2011.03.18 11.35 in Spiritual, Uncategorized by Stephanie

Last night, the world changed. It became something new and different. Things I thought I knew, perceptions I had, expectations and assumptions I had made, have all been changed.

I learned something that was so simple and obvious, I already knew it. I’d just forgotten I knew, or failed to see the truth in it. However, this is not an ending; it is the beginning of a new process. A new paradigm, a mind shift.

Now I am starting to recognize my hidden crutches, my shields and defences, for what they really are. Mechanisms that I’ve turned to for a false sense of protection, which actually have been crippling me, holding me back, holding me down.

I want to laugh and I want to cry. I am trying not to look at those past mistakes and missteps with guilt or remorse or anger. I was doing the best I could, with the knowledge and tools I had at the time.

Don’t be angry or ashamed of the mistakes of the past; be proud and supportive that they were the best choices possible at that time, for the person you were when you made them.

The world today is a similar but different place; familiar yet new. It’s not easy but it is simple. The challenge is to keep my mind and self here, and not let myself fall back into the comfortable trap of the old existance.