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I am slowly crawling out of the hole I've been in since the snows last fell.  Yay?  Boo?  At any rate, I'm over at Dreamwidth, these days; if anyone wants to look in on me, it's http://dclarion.dreamwidth.org/  No need to sign up if you don't want to, I don't f-lock anything.
4th-Jul-2011 06:17 pm - So, It's Been a While
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I've been trying to hang on.  Yes, transition has been good to me; I'm happy for that much.  There are days when I wish that I could have an actual life, with friends and keys and everything, but that is not forthcoming; I just don't fit into the culture.  So I do what I do here.  Pittsburgh's spring monsoon has been especially wicked this year, so the farm has been overall too wet to mow, but I did get potatoes into the ground; they're flowering already.  Back around the end of April, I started accumulating the components of a 29 gal. aquarium; I'm wanting to work on a heavily planted tank with some rather unusual features which include garden soil as the substrate, instead of gravel.  One of the benefits is supposed to be the possibility of an astronomically high fish load -- the dense planting is supposed to produce a high dissolved O2 level for the fish, and the high fish load is supposed to provide a high dissolved CO2 level for the plants.  Perhaps I can use that to informally study the schooling behaviors of a couple of the smaller species.  Always the investigator, I guess.  I haven't been able to photograph it to my satisfaction because the lighting isn't working; I haven't yet been able to get a good exposure without a flash, but the flash washes out the color.  Something else to work on.

I bought a bullshit printer/scanner/copier -- it worked out to a cost of $25 -- and actually got it working.  Yay me.  Vive le Linux.  Perhaps, I'll be able to scan some historical photos and print the cron source for easier study.

The local mental health facility is doing everything in their power to get rid of me.  They cite budgetary constraints.  I've figured out that the real motivation is that I'm too sick for them; I have the particularly nasty twin diagnoses of foresight and reason.  You should see the looks I get when those ostriches take their heads out of the sand long enough to glare at me when I speak realistically.

Anyway, you can just about walk around in the Studio.  Never mind the rest of the place.  I'll get there.

Beyond that, I've organized about 500Gb of video into a semi-cataloged library.  That takes me into Library of Congress "E" (History of the United States).  I'm heavy on "Q" (The Sciences), and go all the way to "U" (Military Subjects).  It will be interesting to see how much drive space I will ultimately use.

Ag and fu and all that moo.

Edit: I was off by a factor of 1024 on the video library.
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Just yesterday, I managed to hang a VHS deck on a vidcap card and get the whole arrangement to work.

No, that's not what you're not going to believe.

Anyway, I copied the PBS program The Creation of the Universe to disk, which is something I've been wanting to do for years, now.

No, that's not it, either.

So, I went looking for a suitable image to use for the title screen of a DVD.

Wait for it...

I typed "Creation of the Universe" into my trusty-dusty Google search bar, then went the "Images" link.  What should I find?


Yeah.  Little old me.  Try it yourself.  It seems that when I put up a request for this program on the torrent site of  which I am a member, Google's crawler indexed it and put my mug shot on the "Images" link.  How's that for immortality?
6th-May-2011 04:19 pm - Will Wonders Never Cease?
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DC just jumped up into my lap.  He stayed for perhaps a minute, long enough for a bit of petting, but having a twelve- or thirteen-pound cat in my lap was a new experience, to be sure.

Addendum:  For the halibut, I just weighed him.  Sixteen pounds.  In contrast, Miranda weighs in at five.
29th-Apr-2011 04:53 am - Sounds Like It's Raining
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Oh, well.  I was going to paint today, anyway.  I was actually awoke spontaneously at 0400 hrs.  I guess it helps that I was sleepy-bye by 2200 hrs last night.  I'm still reserving judgment on the hallway color; a squash-blossom orange.  Sometimes, it looks like a Jack-O'Lantern puked, other times, it looks pretty good.  We'll see with the brown trim.

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What name would you give to your car or bicycle, and why?

If I performed my own maintenance, I'd likely call it "Faith 7".  Yes, I'm dating myself.
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On spaceflights, astronauts are awakened by songs of their choosing. What song would you pick?

There's a tough one.  I suppose that my top two contenders would be the Scherzo from Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, and Alpha, by Vangelis.
22nd-Apr-2011 03:31 pm - I've Been Thinking Again
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You all know how dangerous that is.  Anyway, I would love to have a round-table discussion with the pantheon, members of which people have recognized over the ages.  Not a debate, mind you, just a discussion -- if that could be managed, given the aggressiveness attributed to some of these gods.

Basic questions might include:
  • What do these gods, themselves, believe?

  • Why do these gods believe as they do?

You know, this could be the beginning of a lifelong research project, as if I need another.

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Would you live in the perfect house or apartment rent-free if you found out a brutal murder had taken place there and it was rumored to be haunted? Why or why not?

Absolutely.  "Haunting", as it is popularly taken to be, doesn't exist.  The spirit, personality, or whatever one chooses to call it, is the product of electrochemical processes that take place within and between neurons and oligodendrocytes.  Remove the cells, and there is no electrochemistry.  Remove the electrochemistry, and there is no spirit.
18th-Apr-2011 09:55 am - Writer's Block: Marathon sessions
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Aside from sleeping and being awake, what is the longest consecutive amount of time you've spent doing one thing? What was it?

My folks insist that I'm exaggerating, but I spent something on the order of 48 hours hacking on a computer program.  I took a break when I got up from the chair to get a cup of coffee,  and nearly fell over dizzy.  It seems that in that time, I had forgotten to eat.
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