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Tuesday, February 21st, 2017
2:59 pm
As best I can figure, about three weeks ago I came down with an intestinal virus which is going around this area. While dealing with that I also came down with a cold. I'm over the intestinal virus - think it ended a couple or three days ago - and am slowly getting over the cold.
The past ten months have been among the sickest of my life. Not in terms of seriousness, but in terms of how much of the time I've been sick with various things. Oog...

Current Mood: sick
Saturday, February 18th, 2017
2:15 pm
Sick Again, or Still?

I felt good most of the week. Even had a half hour workout Wednesday and again Friday. However, last night I had to get up shortly after going to bed and take a tummy tablet.
This morning my gut was really acting up. As the day has moved on my throat has also become irritated, and my joints are a bit achey. When I went to make lunch I got out the bread, Miracle Whip and ham, put the Miracle Whip on the bread, then put the jar and the ham back in the fridge. Only then did I realize I hadn't put any ham on the sammich. I'm so fuzzy-headed I'm afraid to drive.
So, skipping gaming again this week. Oog.

Current Mood: sick
Wednesday, February 15th, 2017
12:57 pm
Mars Rocks!
This is the first rock I have seen on Mars which looks like a creek bed cobble:


This one, however, looks like a typical meteorite:


Current Mood: accomplished
Tuesday, February 7th, 2017
10:18 am
Can You Hear Me Now?
Arthur C. Clarke invented the concept of the geosynchronous communications satellite, but Harold Rosen was the person who made it practical. He has died, aged 90.

Current Mood: sad
Monday, January 30th, 2017
3:35 pm
Too Loud!
I really, really hate it when a tab opens in my browser and a video starts at FULL VOLUME! Often with no volume control evident.

Current Mood: aggravated
Sunday, January 22nd, 2017
9:31 am
Musical Observation

I noticed yesterday that if I sort for "Time" in my iTunes Songs I get some pretty good music. Including an entire ELO album.

Current Mood: accomplished
Saturday, January 21st, 2017
2:03 pm
Movie Paraphrase
Heh. Just had a funny image of a scene paraphrasing the one from the first _Iron Man_ movie. "This man built a time machine from a DeLorean! In a garage!"

Current Mood: amused
Monday, January 9th, 2017
9:32 am
I can tell I've been sick this past week. My nails haven't grown. :-(

Current Mood: blah
Sunday, November 6th, 2016
10:16 am
LACon III (WorldCon 1996) Images
I finally found the rest of the negatives! Images scanned, edited and posted, at:

Current Mood: accomplished
Saturday, September 3rd, 2016
10:15 am
Itching, Itching, Itching...
The two yellowjacket stings I got Thursday evening (one on the inside of the middle of my left thigh - yes, I got stung through my long pants - and the other behind my right ear, which I couldn't even see to examine) quickly stopped stinging and began itching. The sting sites turned deep red and the areas around them a lighter red. I put non-prescription generic hydrocortisone ointment on them and took some generic Benadryl. (Hey, that combination works great for mosquito bites...) I still didn't sleep well that night.

Note that I''m not actually sick from this; I was able to mow the back yard Friday morning and get out in the afternoon and run errands. One of which was to get an allergy shot. While at the doctor's office I asked the nurse who shot me about the bites. She said that both places were red and swollen, for a broad area around the actual sting site. She asked another nurse, who confirmed the evaluation and suggested I see someone about the stings.

I told the receptionist to put me in the next available slot, which was the nurse practitioner about half an hour after my shot. She confirmed what the nurses said and gave me prescriptions for a much stronger steroid ointment and Prednisone tablets. By bedtime last night not only was there no improvement, but the itching and redness might have been worse. I lightly bandaged my leg to keep the ointment from rubbing off and managed to get some sleep.

This morning there's still itchingitchingitching but the sites look distinctly better. However, I'm so short on sleep that unless I can manage a two hour nap this afternoon I'm skipping gaming tonight. :-(

Current Mood: Itching
Sunday, August 28th, 2016
5:15 pm
MidAmeriCon II Photos
MidAmeriCon II photos posted on Flicker album at:


Current Mood: accomplished
Friday, May 13th, 2016
11:28 am
I came back from last weekend's MarCon with a cold. Now, when I get sick all I want to do is sleep. I've been doing a lot of that, going to bed early, sleeping in and also napping after lunch for an hour or two. Last night, however, I went to be a bit before eleven. I got up two or three times during the night, the last a little after 6:00. I finally got out of bed - waking gradually from a deep sleep - just before 11:00 this morning.

I feel great. Not loggy or sluggish. Wide awake and healthy.

Time to catch up on things.

Current Mood: awake
Tuesday, May 10th, 2016
3:00 pm
MarCon 2016 Photos
This year's MarCon photos have been published to Flickr at:

Current Mood: accomplished
Tuesday, April 12th, 2016
10:59 pm
ConGlomeration 2016
The ConGlomeration photos have been posted at:


Current Mood: accomplished
Monday, December 14th, 2015
12:56 pm
One Unplanned Good Deed

I opened the back door to put some bread out for the birds and there was Jasper. A very dark - and quite friendly - Australian Shepherd. Read his tag (he knew his name when I said it) and got the phone number. Called, and someone came in a few minutes to get him.

I just sat on the front porch petting Jasper until the son of the owner drove up.

Current Mood: accomplished
Sunday, December 13th, 2015
10:01 am
Putting a Little Light on the Subject

Been meaning to install a new light in my basement where shadows made it difficult to see. There was an outlet nearby (part of existing fixture) so I bought a fluorescent light with a built-in plug. Due to the spacing of the floor joists I had to put a mounting board across them and then mount the new light on the board.

Securing the board was the physically hardest part, because even with a short step ladder I was working over my head. I finally got two good screws in one end, two in the middle and one on the other end (where there's a duct in the way of installing a second screw). So, now to mount the light.

Ironically, the most time-consuming part of installing this light was getting the plug to reach the socket.

First try I measured by eye and drilled the holes for the mounting screws. The cord came out three inches short. No real problem and not unexpected. Because of the geometry of the situation (I had to feed the cord over another duct) I couldn't easily measure the distance and couldn't try the fit until the new fixture was attached to the board.

For the second time I moved the screw holes three inches toward the socket. The plug came out two inches short.

Third time I moved the screws three more inches to the left. Came out just an inch short.

Fourth time I moved four inches to the left and the plug just reached.

Well, I now have light where there was deep shadow in my basement. The cats are slowly coming out of hiding. Did I mention that much of this was right over their dry food bowl?
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Current Mood: tired
Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015
1:51 pm
Online Comic Strip With 'Taurs

Only just found this so don't know yet how prevalent they are:

Appears to be worksafe from the limited sample I've seen.

Current Mood: accomplished
Tuesday, October 13th, 2015
10:18 am
Last Dream Before Waking
Last dream before waking this morning:

Hogan's Heroes: The Musical!

Hogan and crew attempt to scam the Germans by convincing them some mysterious agency is trying to break into an important industrial complex from below.

Features the hit song "It's the Simple Things in Life Really Do."

(A duet between Schultz and LeBeau, with the Sergeant expressing his appreciation for the Frenchman's cooking.)

Current Mood: amused
Saturday, September 5th, 2015
9:56 am
"Oog..." Yet Again...
Ugh. I think I have a case of Late Onset Con Crud. Been feeling under the weather starting a couple of days after I got back from Sasquan. Scratchy throat, coughing stuff up, lack of energy, difficulty in handling the hot weather...

Not sleeping well, either. I get to sleep okay and sleep well for a few hours, then wake up and have trouble getting back to sleep. Got less than seven hours last night. Normally that wouldn't be bad, but I was already yawning all day yesterday. If I don't get a good nap after lunch I'm skipping gaming tonight. Not only do I not want to spread this around, I don't want to risk driving home late while already sleepy.

Current Mood: tired
Tuesday, September 1st, 2015
10:54 am
Sasquan Photo Update
My Flickr album for Sasquan, the 2015 World Science Fiction Convention:


There are a few more images and they're all of higher resolution than those at the previous link posted.

Current Mood: accomplished
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