Friday, August 28, 2009

Rainy Days

Rainy day today. Feels like the beginning of autumn. Almost is too. September's peaking over the horizon now. Frost instead of dew in the morning arrives shortly afterward up here. That means the bugs don't wake up as early though; so sitting on the deck with the morning coffee will be more enjoyable. Won't miss the little buggers either. But before all that happens there's generally one last warm up. So the melancholy can wait for a while.
Not much newsworthy conversation again. There's a rumor of a short "vacation" in the mill, but no reservations anywhere. It'll be a flyby of a couple of history type spots and a few days with relatives. That doesn't qualify as vacation in my book, but it's priced right. Having to buy a new car has really cramped the style around here IMHO. Ah, well. A dead vehicle in the driveway is worse yet, assuming you want to go somewhere that is. If you need a place to store stuff or plant petunias, then it's another story.
That's one of the things that really is odd up here. No, I'm not a native of the area. Dead vehicles are cheaper than sheds and I suppose they don't hit the tax roles. Which is another odd thing. The tax structure seems to be set up to encourage slumlike living. If the property looks good and is well kept it gets taxed more. So to avoid taxes, don't mow and don't fix up things. Gotta wonder what folks are thinking. Oh, and they don't have any service to get rid of large items like washers or sofas. Just throw them in a creek somewhere. But, they do have that service. You haul it to some place and pay them. What, you don't have some old pickup to do that? Gee.
Oh well. That's the way it is and probably will be for some time to come. Change isn't something that happens much around here. Status quo is good. Don't rock the boat.
So much for the rant. Yes, I feel better. No, it doesn't solve anything, but at least I had my say. That's one of the points of this anyway. A place to rant and no one hears.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Rotten Tomatoes

The latest from blogworld here. Yawn. Yeah, not much going on where I live. That's a good thing looking at some of the alternatives out there. Getting blown to bits or away topped the headlines today. That and a senator wanting to change the law in his state so they will have some one to vote on healthcare should it come to that. A vote, I mean. Time will tell.
Had to do an intervention of sorts in my garden today. To save the young tomato offspring from their parent plants. The disease or whatever it is has gotten worse and worse threatening any hopes of ripe fruit. So we picked everything that wasn't rotting. They'll taste like store bought now, but maybe a few of them will ripen enough to use. That is a really let down for my taste buds who were eagerly anticipating a real BLT.
Had a whole paragraph written and decided to keep my political opinions to myself for a while longer. A mission trip I took a month or so ago has me wondering about some things I saw. Need to think about it more. Meanwhile I'd loved to go back again. Hope I get the chance.
Found this nifty little item for using a laptop on your lap. It has a fan built into it and it runs off the power from one of the USB ports. Keeps the bottom the computer cool. No more trying to balance the computer so that my knees don't cook. Or am I the only one that has that problem? Guess not, since somebody invented and marketed the idea. Found at an office supply store.
Speaking of computers, there's a program out there that randomly surfs sites in certain categories for you. That's really cool since some of them aren't ones I'd ever found on my own. One of my preference choices was art. Well. There's a bunch of pretty odd stuff out there that shows up. Not necessarily offensive to my sensibilities but definitely pushing the limits. I understand some of the rants I've read about new ways of doing things now. Although... nah.
But what troubles me is the trend to the dark side that keeps showing up. Is the angst that great out there? Another thing that really bothers me is the way children are portrayed. It's disturbing since it shows them either very sad or with features that are provocative in a sexual sort of way. No I'm not a perv or looking for that sort of thing. Just an observer of a trend I see from random galleries that exist. If some of what Maplethorpe exhibited was banned or at least maligned then some of what I've seen is of the same ilk. Yes, I block the sites. Just for anyone that says well don't look then. It's more than not looking it's wondering if certain social and moral taboos are eroding to the point that children are more endangered than we know.
So much for my ramblings today. Now to find a title.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

The Void Is Not Empty Anymore

Why does the title bar give me reason to not post? Title? Who needs one for this sort of thing? Not me. But if I don't give the post a name, the posting mechanism grabs the first few words and uses them I've discovered. So OK, I'll think up something for that void that must be filled.
Still toying with making this a themed place versus just ramblings. There's a part of me that has to be ordered wants a theme. The rest of me asks why, shrugs and walks off. Same idea as the title bar I suppose. Is the universe ordered or is it chaos? is chaos a kind of order? Can it be predicted or does it just sort of happen? If it's predictable then is it still chaos? Help! That argument is for for all those super scholars to decide. Just thought I'd throw that out for grins.

On a more mundane level, why do my tomato plants and their fruit have some plant disease yet again this year? They get it if it's hot and dry. They get it if it's cool and wet. I'm beginning to think the area might be diseased. The soil or the surrounding plants. All the evergreens and maples in the area have some sort of thing destroying the leaves or what serves as a leaf on the evergreens. Wonder if it's catching? Maybe the birds and bugs spread it? Nothing seems to stop it. So, once again I watch the plants wither and die. If I were an author I could probably write some great tragedy around that idea. Then the scholars of tomorrow could debate if I was talking about my lousy garden or the plight of mankind in Myanmar or downtown Cincinnati. (Apologies to both places if any affront was taken.)

Noticed that missing freighter turned up somewhere it wasn't supposed to be. Wouldn't you love to know the rest of the story? Maybe one of these days it'll come out? The crew, the last I heard, had been transferred to the Russians for questioning. It was their ship despite it's registry elsewhere. Hijacked?

Hmm. Maybe this ship thing could be an idea for Nanowrimo this year. Have to add it to my list of ideas. Now. Before I forget it.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Remember how I was looking for something new to do with a butternut squash? Well, tried a recipe and discovered it was good. Really good. Found it on the web. No, I didn't think to save the link. But, trust me, those squash don't have to have sugar and cinnamon to taste yummy. This recipe basically boiled it, added a few other ingredients, and then pureed it. Pretty color and then it was served with red cabbage that had just a dash of soy sauce. That, too, was a very pleasant surprise. So to whoever posted that recipe many thanks. Now I've found to courage to try a few of the other ideas I've seen.
Looked up the nutritional info on it and that's even more good news. Eat, and eat some more, if you like because it's nearly free calorie wise, and has lots of good- for-you vitamins and stuff.
Summer has arrived in my part of the world finally. Nice to see all the sun and for all those that like the heat---Enjoy. Maybe the pool will finally heat up enough to swim. Labor Day is the the last day traditionally around here for pools. Open them them on Memorial Day and close them on Labor Day. That's the way it happens here. Just as summer finally arrives its back to school again. Most of the kids go back the end of the month, even the colleges. Seems like a short season this year, but maybe it's just me.
That's about it for today. Just wanted to stop by and leave a few words lying around in cyberspace.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

The Return

After a long hiatus I've decided to return to blogging. Whether anyone reads this or not isn't the issue for me any longer. I'm doing this for myself. Why? Why not?! I have opinions and ideas. Like what is the deal with a freighter that goes missing with a load of lumber on board. Lumber? You really believe that? I'm not sure that do.

Or am I the only one on the planet that doesn't care who the judges are on AI? Seems like there ought to be more pressing issues to occupy my mind with lately. But what could possibly supplant AI? Typhoons? The price of gas? Healthcare run by the government? Can I "win" NaNoWriMo again this year? What's for dinner?

Speaking of dinner...been looking at recipes that use a bunch of squash. Butternut squash. In August. Why are they called winter squash? The AC is running as I type this. It ain't winter, yet. Anyway I have found a couple that sound interesting so far and will give them a go after a trip to the grocery. Yes, I could do the recipes that look like candied yams but I want something more interesting. Recipes without sugar and cinnamon. Ones with some unusual rice or red cabbage or pickled pigs' feet. You get the picture.

I mentioned that I like to read on my profile. Currently I've got some heavy stuff in progress. One of which I'm in over my head trying to "get". Eco's Kant and the Platypus. I was warned in a review on Amazon about it not being a book for laymen but did not I heed the warning. Of course not. I need a glossary to keep the terms sorted out but otherwise it's doable. Mostly doable anyway. I just keep reading and little by little some of what he's saying makes sense. So to lighten the load there's some short stories by Grass. Recommend Grass. Eco is making it more difficult to decide.

One of my favorite authors lately has been NT Wright. Want to get some of his work on Paul. His scholarship seems more rounded to me than others I've read. Apparently he and Piper have a thing going about justification. Haven't seen anything in what I've read that seemed off base but apparently others have. Guess I'll have to see what that's about after I finish the NT and the People of God. Believe it or not, I have enjoyed reading this and the others in the series. Even some of the footnotes are interesting. Most aren't though since they're mostly to satisfy the requirement to cite the work used. I guess if had written one of them I'd feel differently.

Just as a closing side bit here, went for a drive up north of where I live and kept seeing some historical markers commemorating a particular individual and his march through the area. Hadn't heard of it before, not being a history buff, so I looked it up when I had a chance. I had no idea the Revolutionary War involved removing the Native American threat to the cause. That means this individual and others burned, killed, pillaged and whatever else the villages along the way. And whoever was left from that eventually were resettled elsewhere later on. Probably at the same time as the Trail of Tears episode. Interesting how skewed the information taught in high school was. It was like discovering the Easter Bunny doesn't exist.

So much for today.