It’s snowing and I’m lazy

It’s snowing and I’m lazy.  I want to work on Darkship Revenge.  I might do a short story for you guys later, but I’m not promising that it will be done by any particular time.

I dreamed of Grant, which means I need to work on that again soon.

But today is a wonderful time to write, and I just want to work.

103 responses to “It’s snowing and I’m lazy

  1. Professor Badness

    Works for me!
    Snow Day!!

  2. Yeah, sounds like perfect writing weather. I’m expecting the same tomorrow, with a cold front coming through tonight.

  3. Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard

    The last time I went outside today, I came closer than I like to slipping on the ice. 😦

    Not going anywhere if I don’t absolutely have to.

  4. If you got as much snow as we did in Golden, don’t be a in a hurry to get anywhere. At least the sun is coming out?

  5. What is this ‘snow’ you speak of?

  6. It snowed all night. Light and flakey. Temperature is rising so that will mean slush. Need to hit the grocery store so that’s going to suck. Otherwise it’s a indoor chore day here as well.

  7. We (Amarillo) are 14 F with a wind chill of “Oh for flip’s sake” and just enough snow in the air to make it feel colder without accomplishing anything. So I’m off to spend all afternoon and evening doing concerts, natch. BUT I managed to finish the second re-working of the next Cat book yesterday, so at least that’s no longer jumping up and down demanding attention.

    • Hurray! Will Joschka and Rada get married in this book? I am eagerly awaiting more Cat.

      • No, they get engaged, and then . . . complications. (This is Joschka we’re talking about, after all. Nothing in his family life is going to be a simple A to B process. 🙂 )

  8. Let’s see…
    10 hour shift. Home for “breakfast.”
    Bake cake & brownies (box mixes).
    Blow snow/shovel as they cool.
    Frost cake.
    Deliver brownies. Deliver cake.
    Home again. Have a small glass of snoeshoe.
    Now is time to be lazy, yes.
    Time to be warm, too.
    +2F now. Tonight it will get cold. And windy, of course.

  9. Wednesday’s 12″ dump of wet snow was followed by Thursday’s 0.5″ of rain. Friday, it was cold enough to deal with, and I got a bit more plowing done along with a Can’t-Put-It-Off outside project. Today, it was -4F this morning, and all my projects are inside. I’d borrow Fluffy’s cousin, but the wood stove will have to do for the barn… My wife is making our crust-less pumpkin “pie” (I’m not sure gluten free pie crust is a thing. Ain’t gonna try.)

    We usually don’t get the #[Cal|Ore|Wash]CoastalEliteExit types around here. It’s worth it.

    • As is said in Minot, ND, “-41 keeps out the riff raff.”

      • How the hell do you stand the cold? Shivering Texan.

        • I wear lots of layers, remain thankful I have lots of trees (AKA firewood on the hoof) on the property, and remember that come summer time, we’ll see 100F sooner or later. I grew up in snow country, and after 30 years of Silicon Valley, I needed a less insane place to retire to.

          • When I worked in NW Iowa/SD, everyone had winter sized clothes and summer sized clothes. We all went up at least one size in winter to allow for the extra layers under our business clothes.

    • A family get-together today. Temperatures climbed into the seventies. One of my brothers-in-law said the following:

      Was the night before Christmas,
      And all through the house,
      The A/C was running,
      ‘Cause this is the South.

      • At 10 am here in Plano, it was 71. By 2 pm, it was 43 and dropping. I have a fire in my fireplace tonight. 😎

        • It has moved to Little Rock. Noon was 73; it’s 29 now.

          Good thing we have global warming, or there’d be penguins wandering about…

    • BobtheRegisterredFool

      1. Gluten free pie crust is a thing.
      2. I also like crustless pumpkin pie somewhat.

      It’s been fifteen years since I’ve had anything that really qualifies as pastry, and I acquired a taste for pumpkin pie before then, so it may simply be desperation talking.

  10. Rogue One is overall good, albeit with some fairly large helpings of “now the characters must do something stupid for the plot.” Do not take small children or suicidally inclined teenagers. A pretty good piece of Star Wars fanfic, though.

    • I’ve read all the bad guys are white, and most to nearly-all the good guys are not.

      • Heard same. Mind you, in at least one of my books I’ve been accused of this.

        • In Hollywood these days decisions of such type are no longer accidental, they’re the result of extensive committee consultations.

          Buggered links to avoid moderation limbo:

          Rogue One’ Makes White Guys the Enemy of the Future
          http://acculturated%5BDOT%5Dcom/rogue-one-makes-white-guys-enemy-future/
          By Kyle Smith
          Wait a minute, after thirty-nine years, it turns out that Star Wars is about race?

          Sort of. You may not notice at first (I didn’t, until the second half of the movie), but in Rogue One there isn’t a single non-Hispanic white male among the large cast of heroes. The rebel band seeking to steal the plans for the Death Star from the Empire is led by a white woman (Felicity Jones), a Latino man (Diego Luna) and three ethnic Asians (Riz Ahmed, Donnie Yen, Wen Jiang), with advice from a black man (Forest Whitaker) and a droid (voice of Alan Tudyk). Among the rebels, non-Hispanic white dudes (for convenience, I’ll just call them white from now on) are relegated to the background, while the Empire is represented by brigades of sinister white men, led by Ben Mendelsohn and (the digital reincarnation of) Peter Cushing as Imperial officers. It’s as if the cast was meant to echo a Hillary Clinton speech in which she described her coalition as everybody but white males.

          The casting was not accidental. The Empire is (now) a “white supremacist (human) organization,” Rogue One co-writer Chris Weitz Tweeted the Friday after Clinton was defeated in the election. Another writer for the film, Gary Whitta, replied with his own Tweet, “Opposed by a multi-cultural group led by brave women”—then deleted it.

          [SNIP]

          If the rebels are some sort of coalition of minorities, women, and sarcastic robots, specifically opposed to white supremacy, why did they subsequently turn to Obi-Wan Kenobi, Luke Skywalker, and Han Solo to lead them? Weitz and Whitta (both white males) are injecting dumb liberal talking points into the franchise just as George Lucas infamously did in Revenge of the Sith in which (as Jonah Goldberg first pointed out) he jettisoned three decades of mythology in order to make a cheap fist-waving gesture in the general direction of George W. Bush. In the movie, the future Darth Vader, Anakin Skywalker, says, “If you’re not with me, you’re my enemy,” which prompts Obi-Wan’s riposte, “Only a Sith lord deals in absolutes.” Huh? The whole basis of Star Wars is that there is a good side and a dark side to the Force and you have to pick one. If you’re not with Darth Vader (or radical Islamists) you certainly are his enemy. Darth isn’t interested in multilateral peace negotiations.

          Read the whole thing is you like; it isn’t much longer. The same reviewer elsewhere tells us:

          Rogue One’ is a ‘Star Wars’ movie for the thinking fan
          http://nypost%5BDOT%5Dcom/2016/12/13/rogue-one-has-the-best-star-wars-script-since-empire-strikes-back/
          By Kyle Smith
          It’s the last twist anyone was expecting in any galaxy: “Rogue One” is actually sharply written.

          The script for “Rogue One” (credited to Chris Weitz, who got an Oscar nomination for co-writing “About a Boy,” and Tony Gilroy, an Oscar nominee himself for “Michael Clayton,” though he is best known for writing the first four “Bourne” movies) is the series’ best since “The Empire Strikes Back” — which is the only previous entry that had a particularly polished script. The rest got by (or tried to) on sci-fi spectacle, shootouts, mystical mumbo jumbo and the grandeur of the musical compositions.

          Rogue One’s” writers (who include Gary Whitta and John Knoll, who are given story credit) cleverly seal up perhaps the biggest plot hole in the entire “Star Wars” franchise, largely eschew meaningless sci-fi technobabble (like the infamous “I was going to Tosche Station to pick up some power converters”) and deliver so much witty dialogue that the movie has a completely different, more sophisticated feel than most recent special effects-driven entries, including last year’s so-so “The Force Awakens.”

          * Read no further if you don’t want some of the movie’s best lines given away, but early on, the tone is set when the Empire’s villains show a delightfully arch side. [SNIP]

          — — —

          As I quit gave up on the franchise after the Ewoks debacle mine is probably not the best voice to heed regarding Star Wars, but it seems clear that Liberal Virtue Signalling has sodomized an otherwise good story, betraying the same impulses that have rendered the Hugo and Nebula awards the reading equivalent of a QUARANTINE sign. For those who can put the analytical side of the brain in Bypass Mode during movies this one seems likely to provide a couple hours entertainment, making it much like all the rest of the franchise.

          • Hmmph. I had no idea WP would do that to the denatured links. Those interested in the articles can make the links valid by replacing “%5BDOT%5D” with a simple “.” and schaden all the new film freude they wish.

          • Christopher M. Chupik

            Well, saw it this afternoon and it’s not really political, unless you’re really trying hard to find something. It’s a very different take on Star Wars, and all the better for it.

            • It took a couple days to really click in my head, but it is a lot like the WW2 spy/saboteur/special ops movies, like The Guns of Navarone, The Dirty Dozen, Inglorious Bastards, Inglorious Basterds, U-571, etc. except in space!!! There were aspects of such movies in parts of the original trilogy, but it was intermixed with much else. There’s virtually no mysticism, no Jedi per se, no ancient legends or cosmic destinies. Its about risking ones life for what one knows needs to be done.

              • BobtheRegisterredFool

                Some dude on the internet said they mentioned kyber crystals, and that this was clearly set up for later movies.

                • In Rogue One, kyber is being mined from an old Jedi temple to serve as the fuel supply for the Death Star reactors that are used to power the Giant Frickin’ Laser. In fact, this is likely the real reason the British sought control of Kyber Pass. 😛

              • Christopher M. Chupik

                Yup. I suspect that future Star Wars Tales will focus on certain elements (WW2 movies, samurai movies, Westerns) that make up the saga and expand on them.

          • Meanwhile, while actually watching the film you apparently will be paying attention to the story and characters and not really notice the message they tacked on…

            • BobtheRegisterredFool

              Except that I quit Star Wars, and my final hissy fit may have been the extreme* political content in the Revenge of the Sith novelization.

              *Okay, maybe my political theories are insane.

              • I didnt read the novelization and only saw RotS once in the theaters, so…

                • BobtheRegisterredFool

                  The only evidence of issues that I can clearly remember was the use of the word ‘democracy’ or ‘democratic’. I think once. I forget if I was already put off a bit by the Vong invasion.

              • Star Wars is one of those things I don’t care for, but I don’t begrudge it for those who do. It started when the original film didn’t live up to the novelization. I did read the novelization of the next two films, and bought them when they came out on VHS, but I only watched them once. Part of that reason was the special effects did not translate well to VHS for some reason: parts that I’m sure looked seamless on the big screen were obvious by differences in shade on the small. The other reason was, well, there were significant holes, and Lucas tried to make it into this grand arc and maybe had the toy market in mind (that’s not an insult, BTW).

                Really, the only Star Wars I’ve liked is Troops and the Robot Chicken versions. Okay, so I’m warped. I know that.

                You can read all sorts of politics in a story if you look for it. When I wrote and rewrote the kids, I was aware it could be viewed as a political commentary against whatever administration was in office. Except it wasn’t. To make a story, certain things had to happen just to hold their attention in a plausible manner, and the resolution had to be equally plausible, but there was only one way for the good guys to win in a plausible, decisive, manner without it turning super nasty. That was the only reasoning behind it. And if I give them the final polish they need and if people read them, there will be some who claim it has an underlying political message, when the only grand theme is that respect is earned, not commanded.

                The only political thing I noticed in the original films may have been my imagination. At the end of The Return of the Jedi, the sound track for the Ewok celebration had, right before the end of the intro, a musical phrase that sounds like the opening bars of Dixie. Ah, well.

                Not being a fan, I’ve only seen bits and pieces of the prequels on TV, and went “Eh.” Never bothered with them. So the only political things I can draw from them is when those involved make them.

                To that end, we have Mark Hamil declaring that the people “assembled for our government” are “who’s who of really despicable people.” I’ve tried to track down statements I’ve read from producers and/or directors that indicate Star Wars is going full SJW, and I take them at their word. Okay, so I wasn’t planning on watching them, anyway, so this amounts to “Just saying.”

                Maybe what they come out with won’t weeble wobble over the wooftops.

        • ehh. So? Those were characters first, not thin layers of paint over an even thinner and flimsier ideology…

      • All thirty-ish Imperials you see without helmets are white guys, the same as every previous batch of Imperials we’ve ever seen. Many of the main characters on the Rebel side are not white guys – but probably 1/2 to 3/4 of the supporting Rebels are white guys – fighter pilots, ground crew, spies/spec ops folks, politicians, etc. I have a review up on my blog at http://awesome-worlds.blogspot.com/2016/12/movie-review-rogue-one.html. I enjoyed it tremendously, but I’d agree with suburbanbanshee’s caution.

      • I don’t understand why Hollywood is so racist – just look at them denying the really juicy villain roles to Actors of Color! Don’t they understand how much that can hurt an actor’s career? /sarcnotsarc

      • Christopher M. Chupik

        To be fair, that tracks with how the Empire was depicted in the OT.

        • Fair enough – but everybody in the 1977 Star Wars was white, except for the voice of Darth. Lucas was stung by that valid observtion, so he specifically inserted Cloud City as the planet of ethnicities and Lando Calrissian as a Major Character of Color.

        • That’s because British guys have the best villain accents.

          • Patrick Chester

            So Idris Elba needs to show up as a villain someday? Unless he already has. I don’t see many movies or TV shows lately.

            • I think there was talk promoting him as replacement for D. Craig as Bond, James Bond, so that would put him in a villain role.

              Of course, there’s also been pressure to cast a woman in the role …

        • Patrick Chester

          Though it’s amusing, in the SWTOR MMO, the Imperial humans seem to have more than a few nonwhites in varying ranks and such, which makes sense: The Sith Empire is a Human and Sith supremacist regime. They don’t really care about variations amongst humans or Sith. It shows in NPCs like soldiers, officers, officials, civilians, etc. to various Sith.

          (There is a Sith species in this setting, in addition to the Force users whom can be any species. Yes, it can get confusing. Especially when you run into members of the Sith species who are not Force-sensitive.)

          • BobtheRegisterredFool

            Aren’t there some species who aren’t sensitive to the Force?

            For the Star Wars newbie who doesn’t have this all memorized, in the older continuity, in universe, the Sith cult/ideology is named after the Sith species. The complete backstory is complicated. I haven’t heard if the Sith species exists in the new continuity yet.

            • From the Expanded Universe books and manuals, I recall that not only are there Force insensitive species, there is at least one that nullifies the Force, and thus blocks Jedi (and Sith) powers. But everyone knows that those books-n-such disappeared in a puff of handwavium when Disney took over the series, and never really existed. 😉

              • Because the Expanded Universe stuff is sacred and nothing untoward was ever published as part of it? Seriously, that stuff was getting retconned and patched so much it looked like the workaround manual for some older animation software.

            • Patrick Chester

              The Thrawn novels introduced animals who projected a small field that nullified the Force (to hide from Force-sensitive predators) and there was something about the Yuuzhan Vong being immune to a lot of Force effects because they didn’t have midichlorians.

              Ugh, some parts of “official canon” I find myself wishing were relegated to Legends material.

    • The teens has some channel going that was running a Star Wars marathon, and it was so hard not to do a MST3K riff. I kept my comments to a minimum.

      When The Revenge of the Sith came on, it hit me it could be called Star Wars: The Apprentice.

      • Darth Sidious is a bit more… intense… with his firings than Donald Trump.

        • BobtheRegisterredFool

          2023: The Whitehouse. A severely aged Donald Trump is wearing a hoodie and hunched over his Gameboy. The young, angsty hothead who replaced Pence comes in, and delivers a report on the latest house vote.

          Trump: All that has transpired has happened according to my plan.

          That reminds me, I need to do a youtube search for ‘Hitler finds out Clinton lost’. Which would be a good writing exercise for tomorrow, if nobody else gets to it.

  11. Got done with the revisions earlier than expected. Sent to your inbox.

  12. We had freezing rain overnight, but by the time we needed to go out to the breakfast at one of the local churches, it had become just rain. However, the roads were still slushy, and I-465 was a mess, so we took the back roads. We’re planning to stay at home until Monday, because tonight it’s to slip-slide to the low teens, and tomorrow night is forecast for negative numbers.

    I’m hoping to get some writing done on my latest novel, and some promotional work. There’s also some stuff around the house that really needs to be done too.

  13. My brother just cancelled lunch plans with an “I’ll just drop the presents by so you don’t have to take your car anywhere” so it looks like today consists of laundry and reading/writing. Best. Snow day. Ever.

  14. WRITE! (Just a suggestion…)

  15. Happy writing! 🙂

  16. BobtheRegisterredFool

    Barack Obama Should Have the Courage Of Ronald Reagan In Dealing With the Russian Hackers
    http://www.redstate.com/streiff/2016/12/17/barack-obama-courage-ronald-reagan-dealing-russian-hackers/

    US and Japanese listening stations had monitored and taped the communications between the Soviet fighters and ground control — something the Soviets didn’t know that we could do at that distance. Reagan made the courageous decision to override the objections of the intelligence community and release highly classified information:

    • Power Line’s John Hinderaker explores how Obama had no objection to Russian hacking until it cost his party power”

      OBAMA TO PUTIN: CUT IT OUT!
      Barack Obama has spent the last eight years resisting the idea that Russia is an adversary of the United States. First we had the “reset”; next the cancellation of the Eastern European missile shield; then we had Obama assuring President Medvedev that he would be able to give away the store, but the Russians would need to wait for his second term; and then the presidential debate where Obama mocked Mitt Romney’s statement that Russia is our number one geopolitical rival by saying that the 1980s called, and they want their foreign policy back. In between, we had a foreign policy that was supine in the face of Russian aggression in Crimea and Ukraine.

      Now, in a typically head-snapping 180-degree turnabout, Obama and his fellow Democrats portray Republicans as soft on Communism Russia. It’s a throwback to the 1970s, but with the parties’ roles reversed.

      [SNIP]

      This is what I don’t understand: in October 2014, the Russian government hacked into both the White House’s and the State Department’s computer systems. For an unknown period of time, weeks if not months, the Russians were reading White House and State Department emails–a far more significant security breach than the accounts of Debbie Wasserman Schultz and John Podesta. The Obama administration never did discover that its communications had been compromised, but an ally (I suspect it was Israel) alerted the administration to the Russian intrusion. The White House’s computer system was down for weeks while experts tried to deal with the Russian hack and improve security.

      What was President Obama’s reaction to this hack, which could reasonably be seen as an act of war? There was none, apparently. The administration downplayed the significance of the intrusion. The Russian government had been reading White House and State Department emails? No big deal! The liberal press followed suit. The newspapers that are now hysterical about the alleged Russian hacking of Wasserman Schultz’s email account dutifully kept quiet about what happened in the White House and the State Department. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that Democratic Party newspapers like the Washington Post and the New York Times remained silent because the midterm election was just a few weeks away, and the story reflected badly on the Obama administration.

      So this is what I don’t get: why didn’t President Obama tell Vladimir Putin to cut it out back in 2014? If all it took was a stern warning by our president to bring Russian cyberwarfare to a halt, why didn’t Obama tell Putin to stop it two years ago? If he had done so, following his own logic, the Russians would have behaved and there would have been no Wasserman-Schultz hack two years later. Who knows, Hillary Clinton might be our president-elect!

      • “What was President Obama’s reaction to this hack, which could reasonably be seen as an act of war? There was none, apparently. The administration downplayed the significance of the intrusion. The Russian government had been reading White House and State Department emails? No big deal! The liberal press followed suit. The newspapers that are now hysterical about the alleged Russian hacking of Wasserman Schultz’s email account dutifully kept quiet about what happened in the White House and the State Department. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that Democratic Party newspapers like the Washington Post and the New York Times remained silent because the midterm election was just a few weeks away, and the story reflected badly on the Obama administration.”

        Which is precisely why I’m calling BS on Nicki over at the Liberty Zone: between the TDS and the reflexive loyalty to Tribe Bureaucrat, she’s ignoring the simple fact that our elections process has been getting steadily more corrupt for the last 60 years and Democrats didn’t care as long as they were the beneficiaries….. until that icky Trump and his Deplorables came along.

        • BobtheRegisterredFool

          Sixty years ago is about when the Democrats were forced to stop using murder and terrorism to preserve their political monopoly in certain regions.

          You know my historical theories, and my belief that, say, a hundred years ago was worse than thirty years ago. I am not going to try to argue that the current day is necessarily better, because I am not confident in my knowledge of the very recent past, and cannot speak for the very near future.

      • Putin has compained publicly that the US has attempted to influence Russian elections. He also has complained that the Ukrainian Orange Revolution in 2004 and the 2014 ouster of Yanukovich as Ukranian President were both US covert operations to try and expand NATO to the RUssian Feederation’s borders. He has made no secret of these views, publicly complaining and vowing retaliation.

        And the Russians have demonstrated repeatedly that they are happy to conduct offensive information/cyber operations in support of national goals, as far back as the cyber ops during the war with Georgia (the country not the state).

        Anyone paying attention could have predicted that the Russians certainly had the capability and had publicly announced the intent to try something to influence the US elections. But President Soetero made fun of Mittens for taking Russia seriously as a threat in the 2012 debates, and the Obama administration has conducted vigorous thoughtcrime witch hunts in the intel community for people who were writing down badthought, so it would not be surprising to me if any intel analyst who valued their pension and retirement plan balance avoided writing any finding that countered the very clear views on Russia smirked out by The Smartest President Evah. The approved line was very clear, pay no attention to that Russian hacker behind the curtain.

        And as a result, here we are.

        • Anyone paying attention could have predicted …

          If you are going to impose unrealistic standards on our president and mainstream media, nothing useful can be achieved.

    • In other cheerful news:

      Trump Taps Rep. Mick Mulvaney to Be Budget Director
      President-elect Donald Trump has nominated Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R., S.C.) to be his budget director, putting a fiscal conservative in charge of the Office of Management and Budget.

      “He’s a tremendous talent, especially when it comes to numbers and budgets,” Trump said in a statement Friday night, according to the New York Times.

      Mulvaney, who helped found the House Freedom Caucus with other conservative lawmakers, would be responsible for helping guide Trump’s spending proposals and the repeal of President Obama’s landmark health care legislation, commonly referred to as “Obamacare.”

      Mulvaney was an early supporter of Trump’s campaign and has been vocally opposed to the Obama administration’s spending levels, vowing not to raise the nation’s debt limit.

      As part of the Tea Party wave, Mulvaney was elected in 2010 on the platform of fiscal responsibility and small government. He defeated veteran Democratic Congressman John Spratt, who had been chairman of the House Budget Committee.

      Mulvaney is known on Capitol Hill for being anti-establishment and opposing party leadership on some budget proposals, the Times noted.

      [SNIP]

    • Christopher M. Chupik

      Hey! Cut that out! I’ll tell! I mean it!

  17. It isn’t snowing here … but I needed a nap anyway, as I’ve spent the last week coming down with half a cold and haven’t had a decent night of sleep the whole time.

  18. I hear you. I’m getting some drawing time in. Haven’t done that much in ages. 🙂

  19. For Heaven’s sake, write! What are you doing reading this?

    • taking a break. I also burned my fourth dinner in 34 years. I think arthritis at the base of my spine is interfering with my ability to think, honestly. I’ll be going back to the hotpad and the novel in a few minutes.

      • I hadn’t realized just how inflexible my lower back had become until I got off the anti-inflammatories. So I’ve been trying some gentle twisting and bending exercises to try to get some range of motion back.

        Um. After a couple of days of shooting pain, I’ll dial that down from “gentle” to “practically nonexistent” and try to work up from there…

        • Is chiropractic a thing that’s helpful for you?

          My chiropractor has been using electroshock…er… electrical stimulation 😄 to relax my shoulder muscles that keep seizing up. It’s helped me a lot.

      • This is going to sound weird, but have your doctors checked for gout? Know someone who thought she had arthritis in a knee, and that turned out to be gout. She responded well to gout medicine.

        If you can eat cherries and they won’t interfere with your other medication, those can help some people with gout. It’s not a cure, but the anti-inflammatory properties can help. Just keep in mind that President Taylor died after eating a lot of cherries, so maybe binge-eating the things does more harm than good.

  20. Martin L. Shoemaker

    Taking care of yourself and your health and your family is not lazy.

    Writing is not lazy.

    You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

    • “Lazy” is lounging in a big upholstered armchair, while watching the snow sift down on the other side of the window in a warm house, with a cat purring on your lap, and a mug of hot cocoa on the side table.

      Our hostess does have some odd word definitions at times…

      Ah well. Time for me to be “lazy” too, and get back to masking on this cover. Gave up after three power outages this morning. (Santa, I know I’ve been a bad boy, but a replacement UPS in the stocking would be so appreciated!)

  21. Ain’t been bad here in my little mountains. Wind’s picking up a tetch, but the coming days will be on the good side of freezing. ‘Twas minus 10 or so when I went to work most of last week.

    Looks like the weather will be fine for working. I’ve got an old Mazda on the block once I get these little jobs done, and some bug reports to turn in, and the Christmageddon Cardathon to survive, but needs must. I have a goodly supply if cider. That’ll keep me going.

    Go, write things. Some of us were made for simple tasks, for mending what’s broken and often enough throwing a lash on what we can’t fix *now,* for doing what we can in whatever small ways. Together we can make do with very little and create something far greater.

    Painting pictures with words is not really my forte, so I’m glad there are folks out there who’ve honed that skill. I look forward to seeing what comes of it. *grin*

  22. I was at the grocery store tonight and had an odd realization about the perception of magic. The store has standard metal framed carts and at apparent random one will give you a hefty static shock as you go through the store. Others won’t and you will not get shocked.

    I finally realized that one of the store employees identified the problem and took steps to prevent the static shock.

    This is where the appearance of magic comes in.

    Some of the carts have a heavy wire / light cable in the bottom wrapped around two metal wires and crimped to itself with a cable crimp. The wire points down and trails on the ground.

    So some of the carts have no wire contraption while others have a strange wire contraption on them. The ones without the wire shock you while the ones with the strange wire contraption don’t shock the user.

    Tonight I realized that if you don’t know science it looks like a successful magic charm against being shocked.

    I also note that most people dont realize why some carts shock them and others don’t.

    So basically the store has laminate flooring. The wheels apparently provide the cart protection against being grounded. Additionally the wheels generate a static charge when used on the laminate floor. The charge builds up in the metal cart and when you touch anything metal while touching a charged cart it discharges through you causing you a shock.

    If the cart has the metal feelers on the bottom the charge constantly discharges through the feeler and you don’t get shocked.

    It looks exactly like magic to those not educated in science.

    Tom

    • Mobile ham radio installations (car and trucks) used to have wires trailing along the ground to prevent static buildup from interfering with the radios.

  23. I spent the day driving around town, checking out the place where we’re going to hold our 12th Night Event (SCA) in January, then going to the upper East side of town to pick up a used treadmill and deliver it to a friend on the lower West side of town who just had bariatric surgery. Left the house about 1:15 and finally got home some time after seven. Now I have pinto bean soup in the crock pot (doesn’t matter when it gets cooked, it won’t be a meal course, because only older son and I will eat it).

  24. With apologies to the Bujold list:

    Write, Sarah, write!