Friday Yardening

May. 26th, 2017 03:34 pm
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Today is partly sunny and warm.

Round 1, I watered the potted plants on the porch and trimmed grass around the telephone pole.

The mourning dove eggs have hatched into two tiny, fuzzy squabs.  I found a video of one online. 

Raspberries are beginning to turn pink in a few places.  Many of the mulberries are pink.

EDIT 5/26/17 -- Round 2, I pulled weeds around the forest garden.

Also the last shipment of plants arrived today.

EDIT 5/26/17 -- Round 3, I planted three windflowers, two stargazer lilies, and three balloon flowers around the barrel garden; and one White Feather hosta in the purple-and-white garden.

A cool breeze has blown up, downdraft from a storm some distance away.

EDIT 5/26/17 -- Round 4, I planted a white lilac and a black hollyhock.

EDIT 5/26/17 -- Round 5, I sowed more grass in the streetside yard.

It's getting dark, so I'm done for tonight.

Lawn Craze

May. 26th, 2017 01:34 pm
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Here's a comic about the lawn craze.  Some further thoughts ...

It goes a lot farther back than postwar suburbs.  Lawns started as a status symbol among European aristocracy.

Advice to stop watering, fertilizing, mowing, etc. or to replace lawns with something else is great -- if it's legal.  In many areas it is not, and people are fined or even evicted for being unwilling or unable to keep their lawn in a manner pleasing to others. Such laws are bad for disability and bad for the environment, but those are things fewer people care about than power. Check the local level of tyranny before trying to solve lawn-related problems.

Tinhuviel Moving

May. 26th, 2017 01:22 pm
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[personal profile] tinhuviel is moving, but has almost nothing to settle into a new home.  :/  There is a WalMart registry and a GoFundMe page for donations.  If you liked Shiv's housewarming basket, here's your chance to do something similar.
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Major work change this week was moving offices; we've left the old warehouse on Lincoln Sq and moved to the Doug McDonnell building. Had a farewell lunch with some of the people at the Sustainability office before we left, and today was working from home whilst the removalists did their thing. Took the opportunity to write the paper I'm presenting at OpenStack Australia Day and which will be replicated a few days later at Telstra. In addition to all this, have also just announced new course for HPC and Linux along with Shell Scripting for HPC, and had a meeting with some Microsoft representatives for setting up an Azure cloud burst partition to Spartan.

Other preparations in the coming week include the Annual General Meeting of the Victorian Secular Lobby with John Bade from the Liberal Party talking on that body's difficult relationship with secularism as the reactionary Christians are on the ascendancy in that body. I wonder at their lack of practical concern for the impoverished sectors of society, asylum seekers and so forth. It's curious how some people are prepared to manipulate the genuine desire for moral character among others and a sense of wonder with existence to acquire power and wealth. I can't imagine that Jesus would have been very impressed with such behaviour.

Wednesday evening was Papers & Paychecks, where the PCs made good progress to Save Our Borderlands, and the puns were flowing thick and fast. There also has been a good deal of work building resistentialist "monsters" for the game. Tonight is Justin A's Eclipse Phase and will be preparing for my version of the same on Sunday. Also have received a copy of the quickstart rules for the new edition of RuneQuest for FreeRPG day.

Thursday Yardening

May. 25th, 2017 03:30 pm
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Today is mild and partly cloudy.

Round 1, I cut more grass around the wagonwheel garden.

There are still two white eggs in the mourning dove nest. 

EDIT 5/25/17: Round 2, we picked up sticks in the yard near the house.  

The sun is coming out, and the weather is heating up.  It's not all the way to hot yet, but it turning warm and muggy.  :/  I have a suspicion that the air will be solid mosquitoes this evening.

EDIT 5/25/17: Round 3, we finally got around to putting down the concrete pavers.  Four went at the corner of the patio for the burn barrel.  2 went near the barrel garden to hold the yard sculpture.

The air has cooled down somewhat and is pleasant again.

EDIT 5/25/17: Round 4, I trimmed grass around another tree and pulled weeds around the forest garden.

Confirmation Bias

May. 25th, 2017 02:23 pm
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Here's a cartoon about confirmation bias.  While it technically fits the definition, it's not about belief, but rather about greed -- or possibly survival.  In any case it's an example of how many things which are currently claimed as science are not actually science.  But when you call them that, people mistrust science, instead of mistrusting greed.

Courting Cardinals

May. 24th, 2017 03:14 pm
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I heard rustling and scratching outside my office window.  There in the bushes were a pair of cardinals, fluttering around and courting.  The male had a mouthful of something which he passed to the female.  Aww!  <3

EDIT 5/24/17:  Also today I spotted an indigo bunting perched on the pot hanger above the barrel garden.

Good News

May. 24th, 2017 03:12 pm
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Good news includes all the things which make us happy or otherwise feel good. It can be personal or public. We never know when something wonderful will happen, and when it does, most people want to share it with someone. It's disappointing when nobody is there to appreciate it. Happily, blogging allows us to share our joys and pat each other on the back.

What good news have you had recently? Are you anticipating any more?

Wednesday Yardening

May. 24th, 2017 03:11 pm
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Today is cool and drizzly.

Round 1, I straightened the pole for the hanging baskets by the barrel garden, and wrapped cord around the shaft to fasten it to the barrel for more support. 

EDIT 5/24/17: After lunch, it was just spitting a bit, so I went out to sow some grass seed in bare patches around the old raspberry patch.  Of course, then it started really  raining.  :/

EDIT 5/24/17: When it stopped raining, I went back out to sow more grass seed.  It started raining again.

EDIT 5/24/17: Round 4, I sowed more grass seed in bare patches in the streetside yard.  This time I did not get rained out, and therefore got considerably more done.  \o/

As it is now dusk, I am done for the night.

Julie d’Aubigny

May. 24th, 2017 02:29 pm
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 ... a person of many names, fluid gender, and great escapades.  :D

Tuesday Yardening

May. 23rd, 2017 04:23 pm
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Today is mild and cloudy. 

Round 1, we picked up sticks along the sidewalk by the house.

Washington hawthorn and red-twig dogwood are blooming.

Round 2, I cut weeds from the septic garden and trimmed grass from around the goddess garden.

Trumping Math

May. 23rd, 2017 03:30 pm
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I'm lucky if I can get the same answer three times running on a calculator.  But on college entrance exams, I scored 66% nationally.  That means 2/3 of people are worse at math than I am.  Somehow.

I'm often appalled at how many of those people seem to work in economics and government.  I mean really.  I could do better than this.  >_<

Monday Yardening

May. 22nd, 2017 07:51 pm
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Today has been cool and breezy.

Round 1, we picked up sticks in the ritual meadow.

Round 2, I watered potted plants on the porch.

Round 3, I planted moonflowers in the barrel garden and the support wire for the telephone pole.  I also put more morning glory seeds around the wire.  Then I trimmed grass around the wagonwheel garden.

This afternoon we went out to Harbor Freight and bought a convertible handtruck (it can go on two wheels or four), a toolkit with a very nice assortment of items, and a moving blanket (which doubles as a picnic blanket).  :D 

Read "To Know After Absence"

May. 22nd, 2017 04:45 pm
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The poem "To Know After Absence" is now open for microfunding, and locked at the sale price.  Boss White introduces Shiv to the apartment above Blues Moon.