Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize for literature. I am still kind of blown away. I mean... He's one of my personal heroes, and I've always known that there's a difference between a songwriter and a poet who sets their poems to music. The latter are quite rare. Most -- all? -- songwriters know which side of the divide they fall on. But... But... Nobel Prize!
Meanwhile, here I am on Desolation Row. Our predicted storm of the century wasn't even the storm of the decade; but it still did quite a lot of damage. The zipper on my pants broke -- again. We have a crack in the floor of our basement, which of course water is coming up through. I cut a corner too close and badly scraped the side of the van. What's left of my self-confidence is somewhat in tatters.
They're spoon-feeding Cassanova
To get him to feel more assured
Then they'll kill him with self-confidence
After poisoning him with words.
Ok, so at least I don't have to worry about that. Also on the plus side in no particular order, we never lost power, we can see the crack because I have been procrastinating getting the floor re-done since our flood last year, our second tenant has moved in, and all the damage to the van was cosmetic. So there's that.
Rather an unproductive week at work.Notes & links:
1009Su % awake 3:30; never really got back to sleep. Quora for about 45min. Very frustrating on the Lenovo netbook; I'm going to have to switch. The buttons are horrible. * Up 5am; W=209.4, P=167/77, 160/78, 149/89, p=71, 66; % Not only is my BP too high for comfort, I've gained 10 pounds since going off the diuretic. Do. Not. Like. @ Driving Miss Norma: 91 Year Old Dies After Year-Long Adventure Takes a road trip instead of chemo. That would work for me, too, at that age. : C' canibalizing a thinkpad. Gave me the keyboard. Which is just what I need to fix the thinkpad keyboard with the broken space bar. Score! The only really annoying part is that the newer ones have a slightly different layout for home, end, etc. But I only have one of those, and I may not be needing it soon. -> Hmm. No, it's actually different from *any* of the three I have. :P It's out of an X230. * practice. Mary Ellen Carter - off book; pretty much nailed it. Ticia and C' came in to listen. 1010Mo * up 5:06; W=206.2; dishes, laundry @ cat haiku (ysabetwordsmith | Poem: "Creatures of Chaos") 1011Tu * Up 5:30; W=206.2; ... dishes @ 11 Beautiful Japanese Words That Don't Exist In English (ysabetwordsmith) * Pick up tabs at West Seattle Licenses. Quick, fortunately. % 6:22 P=145/94 @ Seanan McGuire on #NationalComingOutDay (with tweets) · LyleD4D · Storify @ Defying the odds: How to flip a Trump voter using pure logic - Salon.com : ran a load of dishes and put the baking pans in the sink. 1012We * up 5:45; W=206.2, P=133/82, p=69; laundry % rather an unproductive day. Wasted too much time solving what turned out to be a non-problem. The tool was lying about when I'd get my instances delivered. Yes, I needed two levels of approval, but the whole thing only took an hour or so. The fleet management tool said November 6. :P * activate HSX card by buying something at Office Max/Depot. Should have used it in HD 0927 - batteries and brackets for the desk would count. -> rechargable AAAs @ Cliff Mass Weather Blog: Warning: Major Storms Threaten the Pacific Northwest (annathepiper) Looks like a *rough* weekend. Planning to do some shopping tomorrow night -- if that isn't too late! 1013Th * up 5:15; W=205.6; laundry % left wrist hurting; heat seemed to help : It's raining. I expect that waiting for it to clear would be an exercise in futility. @ Bob Dylan Awarded Nobel Prize in Literature - The New York Times f(Elliott Mason) @ The Great Silence by Ted Chiang @ Free Programming Ebooks % Quite a lot of R. QL pain. OTOH my left wrist hasn't hurt since this morning. I suspect that the main cause was the way I quickly take my backpack off, which involves sliding a strap down the left arm and catching it on the wrist. Recipe for ouching. * My passport arrived. 1014Fr * Up 5:15; W=205.6; dishes : zipper on my pants broke. Again. I think it's endemic to Croft + Barrow. May be able to fix it with a kit, but not clear that it's worth it -- I can see the place at the top where it keeps pulling loose, and the button-plus-hook fastener probably doesn't help. -> put on my older yukata after getting undressed : Last night's/today's storm wasn't as bad as predicted, but still pretty bad; 3K people still without power. Tomorrow's will be considerably worse; not historic, but comparable to the 2006 storm. Winds short of hurricane strength. Gale though. : Chaos is disappointed because her larp got cancelled for the weekend. % 10:14pm P=121/81, p=70 1015Sa * Up 5:15; W=205.4; shower, laundry % wore my fluffy red bathrobe most of the morning, because it's warm and snuggly. Ticia seems to like it, too. : raining. No wind yet; that's predicted for the afternoon. (3pm-2am) @ re-read The Game of Rat and Dragon, by Cordwainer Smith, which I looked for, and found unexpectedly on Project Gutenberg, because it felt like a great prompt for this month's @ Crowdfunding Creative Jam with the theme of Games ! noticed that catch in the throat that indicates some kind of emotion; don't know exactly what. Hadn't noticed it before with this story; probably a memory of Curio. ok. grieving. sadness. % Between Ticia, Desti, and Cordwainer Smith it's turning out to be a very feline morning. I like this. I really ought to make another pot of coffee, use the bathroom, and get dressed. But there is a cat purring on my lap. @ Cliff Mass Weather Blog: Today's Major Storm: A Difficult Forecast & QFC (bread, peanut butter, crackers), Petco (kibble) % cut the corner too close going in; flattened the back end of the van. Door still works, amazingly, and no significant damage to the building (I'm probably not the only one; there were a couple of different colors there) * Passport card and old passport arrived. * N asked me to braid her hair before Phil + Sandy's wedding. Assured me that I'm not as stupid as I feel. Well, ok. : Our basement is flooding. Definitely leaking through a crack (or cracks) in the wall, so apparently not all of our chronic problems were due to leaking pipes. Perhaps not even most of them; though it's pretty clear that water in that area is what caused the drainpipes to rust out in the first place. Grump. : 6:15; the wind has been picking up since 4pm or so. * practice: Desolation Row. Off-book; pretty much nailed it. Only a couple of minor flubs and a hesitation or two between some of the earlier verses. & We've been listening to Dylan all afternoon. : 9:30ish Emmy called -- so far so good, but they're closer to the coast and the highest winds haven't hit yet. They have a bug-out bag ready, and have been eating stuff that doesn't require cooking, same as we have. I have a sensible, grown-up kid -- how the heck did that happen? @ A Republican intellectual explains why the Republican Party is going to die - Vox " Goldwater opposed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. He himself was not especially racist — he believed it was wrong, on free market grounds, for the federal government to force private businesses to desegregate. But this “principled” stance identified the GOP with the pro-segregation camp in everyone’s eyes, while the Democrats under Lyndon Johnson became the champions of anti-racism. "