I let time slip away from me a bit today, which didn't leave me much time to pursue new goals. But yesterday I did myself a few favors and started honestly looking online for jobs. Getting more paychecks will certainly take the edge off mentally and let me prepare for emergencies better. More than that, … Continue reading Working my way back to good… and to work in general.
Old Habits Die Hard… like really, really, really bloody hard, if they die at all…
I've drifted away from the computer for a while trying to fix things (including said computer) and take a realistic look at things. "Trying" being the misnomer of that sentence, because the things I needed to do most of all were on my mind, and I might've tackled them a few minutes at a time... … Continue reading Old Habits Die Hard… like really, really, really bloody hard, if they die at all…
With this storm mess dying down, I decided to talk to a solar power company today…
This wasn't a spur-of-the-moment decision. Rather, it's been a recurring idea I've had the past decade, but til I got my own house, there was no point even trying for it. The idea of being mostly off the grid and going solar was some daydream. I did some research and made a call yesterday. Funny … Continue reading With this storm mess dying down, I decided to talk to a solar power company today…
Q #142: How the hell did buying a refrigerator become so complicated?
I was thinking hard about getting a second refrigerator to go in the house because of all the fruits and veggies I'm anticipating having to freeze and store eventually. I've got a watermelon the size of a golf ball hanging off a trellis, and four yellow crookneck squash off another plant. I have some bean … Continue reading Q #142: How the hell did buying a refrigerator become so complicated?
Q #132: What do the protesters saying “Covid-19 is a hoax” mean? (& other q’s about all this…)
I don't really understand the statement, "Covid-19 is a hoax" that people are putting on Facebook, Twitter, protest signs the past few weeks. Um, Covid-19 exists. Over 80,000 people have died from it and hundreds of thousands are carriers of it. It's been around and about all over the world. So, how is Covid-19 a … Continue reading Q #132: What do the protesters saying “Covid-19 is a hoax” mean? (& other q’s about all this…)
50 Years Ago Today, Apollo 13 Launched. Let’s Celebrate With Some History!
Okay, I'll put you in the hands of someone who did a fantastic job talking about the history of the Apollo 13 mission... per the film. Honestly, this guy, Nick Hodges, has a YouTube channel called History Buffs, and it's a gem on the internet. I can watch all these episodes all day (and probably … Continue reading 50 Years Ago Today, Apollo 13 Launched. Let’s Celebrate With Some History!
Akira (volume 4), by Katsuhiro Otomo
My Copy: 9781935429067 (image from bn.com) Oh how the heavens shake...or certainly the Earth is around Tokyo now. Akira is alive, awake, and in charge of the Great Tokyo Empire (whatever that is). At least, that's what his supporters and worshipers believe. Tetsuo is his loyal right-hand, determined to understand Akira more...even if it means … Continue reading Akira (volume 4), by Katsuhiro Otomo
Failure is Not An Option: Mission Control From Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond, by Gene Kranz
My Copy: 9781439148815 (image from bn.com) Anyone who's a fan of (or has even seen) Apollo 13 probably remembers a guy with a crew cut and a white shirt and vest stomping out of a room yelling "Failure is not an option" during one of the many tense scenes. That guy was Gene Kranz, played … Continue reading Failure is Not An Option: Mission Control From Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond, by Gene Kranz
Need to get the foot out of my mouth (that’s where the clarinet goes, dammit)
For once, the "To-Do List Monster" has kept quiet and not reared it's ugly head too often the past couple of months. Busy, busy, busy, and still not much of a to-do list. I never thought that'd make things worse as far as long-term goals went. Surprisingly, my most common procrastination method is more helpful … Continue reading Need to get the foot out of my mouth (that’s where the clarinet goes, dammit)
The Martian, by Andy Weir
My Copy: 9780553418026 (image from bn.com) This is a science fiction book that would fit well with people who usually can't stand science fiction (or think they can't). That's because at heart, it's a story of survival in the most dire circumstances. I can't imagine being stranded on another planet, with the nearest humans a … Continue reading The Martian, by Andy Weir