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Hmm. Mixed? I've been writing technical reports at work -- it's that time of year -- and writing tends to be pretty absorbing. So not much else to report in the way of actually doing stuff. I did take a 2-mile walk yesterday and the day before; I think it might be a good idea to skip today because yesterday hurt a little.

I think this body is out of warranty.

When I came home yesterday Colleen asked if I was depressed, or just tired. I realized that I couldn't really tell. So... yeah; that's a problem. I suspect both; I'd been thinking on the drive home about our financial situation. Which is pretty much all of my own making.

I can haz poem: "The Bear Spectacle", based on my prompt at [livejournal.com profile] ysabetwordsmith's poetry fishbowl. It was paid for by [livejournal.com profile] westrider.

... and some gadget lust: Raspberry Pi is an ARM Linux board for a mere $35 (plus shipping from the UK). They'll be shipping later this month, apparently. WANT.

0208 We
  * up 6:45; W=190.2; drugs, nose, teeth, laundry, dishes, exercise, light
  & load drugs, because I forgot to do it last night
  * humira
  * walk:  2mi, no pain.  Good weather.
    ! calm, almost entirely in the moment (or just drifting?); contented?
  * Spent pretty much the entire day on one of my three tech reports; I think
    that's almost done now modulo some info I need from Ed.
  * submitted a Pegasus brainstorming poll entry, mainly to get QV and Ship of
    Stone on the list.
  & John brought over a couple of DVDs, which I ripped.  Tedious, and not
    sufficiently automatic, using dvdrip.  But it worked, as soon as I figured
    out that I had to install libdvdcss2

0209 Th
  * up 7:40; W=190.2; drugs, nose, teeth, dishes, exercise, light
  @ This is why I am not sure traditional election correlations hold 
  * walk: 2mi to TJ.  Nice weather but a little warm
  % Spent most of the morning and an hour or so of the afternoon pasting stuff
    into web forms.  Why do I feel so wrung out?
  @ Tribler Makes BitTorrent Impossible to Shut Down | TorrentFreak (solarbird) 
  % tired.  Colleen asked whether I was more tired than usual, or depressed.
    Interesting question; I'm not sure.
    ! 7:05 drifting.  drained.  Not sure why.  Walking?  I hurt now.
  % 8:45 sleepy.  Am I _too_ sleepy?  Depressed, or tired?
  @ The Wordsmith's Forge - Poem: "The Bear Spectacle"
    based on my prompt.
  * pay bills
  @ FAQs | Raspberry Pi (via
    LWN) way cool!  an ARM/Linux board for $35!  ($25 with 128MB of RAM and no
    ethernet) Absolutely a game-changer.  Shipping end of Feb.

Date: 2012-02-10 04:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] deborah-c.livejournal.com
WANT

Glad to hear it. That would be my[1] chip :-)

[1] ... and a hundred or so friends'...

Date: 2012-02-11 04:38 pm (UTC)

Thank you!

Date: 2012-02-11 01:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com
I appreciate the signal boost for the poem, and I'm glad you like it.

Date: 2012-02-11 02:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] westrider.livejournal.com
After two days of walking 2 miles is a pretty good time to take a rest day. I try to walk 2-3 miles 5 days a week, and when I fall out of it, I find that 2 on, 1 off is a pretty good rhythm for getting back into it.

I'm not sure how I feel about [livejournal.com profile] osewalrus's thoughts about conventional election wisdom. On the one hand, the argument makes perfect sense, but on the other, Americans have been pretty well trained in ignoring cognitive dissonance at this point, and in particular, the right has gotten very good at getting them to vote against their own best interests.

We'll see, but I'm pretty sure I'm going to be voting Socialist in protest :P

Date: 2012-02-11 04:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mdlbear.livejournal.com
I used to do 3-5 miles 6-7 days/week, but that was the better part of a decade ago now. Gleep!

The only thing that keeps me voting for the Democrats is that the Republicans would be *much* worse.

Date: 2012-02-11 06:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] westrider.livejournal.com
As [livejournal.com profile] solarbird pointed out a little while back, though, that sends the message that they can do anything as long as they're not quite as bad as the 'pugs. At this point, I don't think there's room for them to be *much* worse, with the Dems already approving of the unrestricted torture and assassination of American citizens.

That's one of the big reasons that the entire political dialogue in the US has slid so far to the right over the last few decades.

I'm gonna vote for someone who might actually be going for the same ideals as me. And I'm going to tell the Dems in those races why they lost my vote, too.

Date: 2012-02-11 08:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mdlbear.livejournal.com
I'm still firmly in the "lesser of two evils" camp; both parties are bought by the same batch of corporations, but at least the Dems aren't heading full-throttle toward a theocracy, and still give lip service to social services.

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