July 7th, 2008

highland cow

Past midnight

You Are 35% Redneck

The wheels still turning, but the hamster's dead.

You're just fakin' bein' a redneck.

So I stayed up late after finishing up the week's homework because tomorrow (today) is Monday the 7th, and my two new courses start. Sociology of the Workplace is an online course; however, my Human Motivation course is a CD-ROM course. It was also available as online, but I wanted variety.

I've been assured that other online courses are not as intensive as Organizational Behavior has been. Well. I've just got done looking at what there is to do in Sociology of the Workplace, and it looks every bit as labor intensive. Le sigh. The CD-ROMs for the other have not yet arrived, but it's not a big deal. I got my welcome email and am assured that another with more details is forthcoming Tuesday. I shouldn't sweat the arrival of the discs until the end of the week.
highland cow

Happy Monday

Minus - some weener in the showroom put the gas cap on the C3 on sideways. I didn't realize it was stuck until I tried to fuel up.

Plus - motorcycle mechanic chick is hawt.


I might start wearing a watch again.  Might.  It's getting a bit inconvenient to be frequently groping for my phone in order to tell the time.  Primary criteria:
  • Analog.
  • No strappy tight feeling.  Some watches feel strappy and tight even when loose.  They feel sticky or stuck.  This is difficult to describe.
  • Hands-free operation.  This means no dial cover, no dangling off my wrist, no any other feature that would necessitate use of my other hand.
  • Not likely to make my wrist sweaty.
  • Not likely to cover up my tattoo.
  • Easy to read.
  • Suitable to wear to work and nice occasions.
  • Silvery looking metals.  Actual sterling is probably out if it's a nickel alloy.  I have reason to believe I'm allergic.

This is probably going to mean a cuff bracelet watch.  Front runners look like these:

Found one that was absolutely perfect, but I sat on it too long and they sold out.
highland cow

Some things

For corsair2 - Man on the Moon, Future and Past courtesy The Big Picture.

A daveworlder friend posted a link about keyhole gardens (which also got emdot interested). These things capture my imagination, too, especially as I read this morning that Ethiopia is again suffering drought and the attendant crop problems.

A couple videos about it. Neet!

It occurs to me, though that while this (along with other versions of raised garden) is a practical application in places with abundant dirt and rocks, the urban and suburban areas near me do not have abundant dirt and rocks. If I want rocks, I have to buy them. Sometimes I can score free pavers or bricks from people who are redoing theirs. I lust after construction rubble but haven't attempted to collect any yet. Dirt is more difficult. Can't really mine my own yard - no hills or similar, and the back has a septic field I wouldn't want to risk uncovering.

However, one resource we do have in abundance here is discarded furniture. I bet an overturned dresser can serve much the same purpose if you nail the drawer faces in - discarded dressers usually have dysfunctional drawers but the faces generally are intact. If at least one or two drawers are intact, some soil savings could occur as well. I still don't know how to get dirt without buying it, but will keep the eyes and ears open. This is a flat place.
sca - medieval lady archer

Please do tell

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