Thursday, February 21, 2019

You can see it from orbit: I Live My Life A Little Differently

The metal roof is so I never have to re-shingle, the solar array is so most of my electricity is free, and there are lots of other long-term investment/sustainability features.... but the color orange is just for fun!

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Here Is Your Country
“Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children's children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.”
President Theodore Roosevelt

Look Up!

Some days, if you forget to look up, you'll miss something majestic!

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

The Goose and the Common

Someone posted this on facebook so I looked it up:

The law locks up the man or woman
Who steals the goose from off the common
But leaves the greater villain loose
Who steals the common from off the goose
The law demands that we atone
When we take things we do not own
But leaves the lords and ladies fine
Who take things that are yours and mine
The poor and wretched don't escape
If they conspire the law to break
This must be so but they endure
Those who conspire to make the law
The law locks up the man or woman
Who steals the goose from off the common
And geese will still a common lack
Till they go and steal it back
[Seventeenth century protest against English enclosures]


Today's little pretty picture

Every day I try to take a photo of something beautiful or interesting. In this season it can be a challenge but that makes it all the more worthwhile.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Lock In: Recommended!

I just finished, and thoroughly enjoyed, Scalzi's "Lock In".
You could read it for the SF murder mystery, or you could read it for the thoughts on disability and technology, but honestly I mostly enjoyed it for the dialogue. Scalzi is justly famous for his "Old Man's War" series (joyful extension of "Starship Troopers" or grim exploration of imperialism?) and the hilarious and thoughtful "Red Shirts" (parody of "Star Trek" or exploration of how to write characters?).
Here he tells a multilayered mystery ranging across the physical world and an infosphere constructed for the disabled, mostly through banter between the canonical rookie cop and cynical veteran.
You might have to stop and refresh your brain from time to time, but don't worry, the story is worth it!

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On This Presidents' Day

Счастливый президент день товарища!