20th February 2017

Resigned to the wired solution

Next on my list of small purchases: a good length of Cat 5 cable. After spending the afternoon, concentrated on the “what is wrong with this webcam?” question, I think the answer is clear. My wifi just isn’t getting from one end of the house, through a series of walls and out to the garage. Ergo, the camera gets confused and gives up on the goal.

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15th February 2017

Keep telling our stories

It’s all about the stories, really. The best reason to read a book, or watch a movie, or sit with friends and talk. The stories. Sometimes, the story has to end: Stuart McLean died this morning, and the Vinyl Cafe is now shuttered, permanently.

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14th February 2017

In the wake of the storm

The storm did not last through the night. In fact, our lane was cleared before coffee this morning. Nevertheless, we stayed home; the road plows are keeping a single track clear, and the message from the civil authorities was also clear. Stay home. The university, various colleges and the public schools took the advice, as did the government offices. Oh, and us.

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14th January 2017

An aggravation

The risk with data mining is that “they” might notice me. I logged into my satellite provider’s website this afternoon, in part to check that our recent payment had been registered. And, while there, I decided to check on what it could cost me if I wanted to add a channel or two.

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2nd January 2017

Recalling Blackpool

As long as my ISP doesn’t apply a data cap, I’ll be fine. We have slow access here; it never gets above 3.1 MBps. We make do. Once in a while, I have to squeeze the tube a bit.

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1st January 2017

Unforeseen leak

I have an aversion to high places. Although I’ve never been to a true mountain summit, I believe that there are other things to do. Who cares how far I would be able to see. In fact, I learned when I was still young enough to bounce that even a rooftop can be disconcerting when viewed from too close.

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17th December 2016

No cranking achieved

I’ve cleared the deck of snow cover, again. That forecast announcing rain later this evening was inspiring; fluffy snow is a nuisance, wet snow is a heavy load. Now I’ll sleep without the fear of an impending collapse.

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12th December 2016

Rescue the Deere

Snowflakes are heavy. Oh sure, in small quantities, no big deal. But, let them gather and before you know it, things fall apart. Rooftops, for example. Or decks. I didn’t want the latter on my conscience, so after a hearty dose of good coffee, I headed out with my preferred shovel.

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10th December 2016

Less than foolproof technology

Finally! An opportunity to get some exercise while wielding a large shovel! That wasn’t exactly the first thought that came up, but when the new snow level is over the ankles, a modest effort is required.

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6th December 2016

A forced break from coffee

At a risk of paraphrasing someone famous, today is a day that will live on in infamy. This morning, for no good reason, our treasured coffee machine stopped. Completely. Oh, sure, I can get bursts of steam, but the necessary feature, which pours heated water over ground beans… done.

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