Warm temps earlier in the week — it was nearly 40 went I went to work on Monday — not so much today. 14°F below zero as I write this, with a windchill of 35 below, and projected high near zero. Chilly!
A lot of things have been like that lately: up one day, down the next. About the only constant has been my complete lack of motivation to make any new photographs. My energy during the week has been directed at work, and on the weekends, either sleep or other obligations have been on my mind.
But that’s mid-winter for you. This is the time of year when the biggest thing to look forward to is the fact that the days are getting visibly longer each week, and you can tell yourself that spring’s not that far away. Meanwhile, try and get a little ahead with the work so when the nice weather does roll around a guy can play hooky.
- Sometime in April/May is Solo Photo Book Month or SoFoBoMo. 35 photos taken, edited, captioned, and prep for print in a single month. Hmm … [top]
- FontShop has announced their Top Ten Typefaces of 2007. Some pretty looking type in there. [nack]
- Teh intarwebs are abuzz with news of Three New Lenses from Nikon. Ooh! A 24MM PC lens. Want! Almost two grand? Still want! [top]
As much as I’ve been trying to avoid it, it’s become impossible to ignore the 2008 election cycle. Minnesota’s primary is just two weeks (and a day) away, and while I’m pretty sure who I’m voting for, it seemed like time to hold my nose and look at the other candidates.
For me, the question isn’t so much which candidate I want to have “help” me, it’s which one I think will most leave me alone. I don’t think any of the candidates are qualified to decide how the government should make my life easier or how they should make me better. That way, even (or perhaps especially) when well-intentioned, leads to a soul-crushing Brave New World. The Progressives Clinton, Obama and Huckabee want to make me a better person. The managers Giuliani, McCain and Romney want to make us a better country, which involves keeping a darned close eye on me so I’ll be a better person (or else!) And I do not hold to that. And while Fred Thompson is interesting, I still think he’s a little too eager to help me. Only Ron Paul seems willing to leave me alone as long as I don’t bother anyone else.
Is Dr. No perfect? Nope. But neither am I, and when I looked at the Electoral Compass USA [via papascott], I wasn’t surprised at all to find that it put a marker for me right on top of Ron Paul. That may make me a wing-nut, and it certainly does Dr. Paul, since that sort of thinking just doesn’t make sense in the fever-swamps of the Potomac, but there you have it. If you want to be left alone, he’s your guy. As an added bonus, he’s the only candidate for president who voted against USA-PATRIOT, and I've been bitching about that for over six years.
And since I’m apparently off in wing-nut-land this morning, Happy John Moses Browning’s birthday.
- Dan’s got a couple links about the end of privacy on teh intarwebs. I’m not really panicked, since I had assumed this was already happening, but maybe there’s cause to be worried here. [flutterby]
- Huh. The Casio Exilim: EX-F1 has some high-speed shooting modes that are pretty intriguing. Like movie recording at 1200 frames per second. I’m thinking that plus some firearms might make for some cool photos … [nack]
- And mark your calendar: this coming Saturday is the Minnesota Human Powered Ice Vehicle World Speed Championships in Mendota Heights.
One of my cow-orkers has been saying
Grr. Brr. lately whenever we’re heading out to lunch and it’s cold. It strikes me as funny. And with what’s likely to be some of the coldest weather of the winter hitting us this weekend (highs tomorrow aren’t expected to get above zero, so you probably won’t see me at the Pond Hockey Championships), it seemed like a pretty appropriate title.
Not a whole lot going on lately. Eat. Work. Eat. Sleep. Lather. Rinse. Repeat. But when I stopped by the Sporty on Tuesday for some dinner, I saw that Joe had most of the windows in. The remodelling is certainly changing the look of the place. Even Joe admits he might have to change his slogan, since calling it a dive bar might not be appropriate anymore. I guess we’ll see. I think it’ll be a good thing when he’s open for lunch again.
It’s not every day that a guy wakes up at 2pm and wonders if he should sleep longer, but that’s what happened to me today. I was feeling kinda slow and stupid all week, and yesterday had had enough so I came home early from work to sleep for a couple extra hours. Today I woke up at the normal time, emailed in sick to work and went back to bed. I’m pretty sure my sleep schedule is completely messed up at this point, but I’m feeling a bit better, and hoping that a easy afternoon will get me back on track for tomorrow. I don’t much like being sick, I think.
At least on the way home yesterday, I had enough presence of mind to stop for some groceries. Today would not have been a good day to be out of chicken noodle soup.
- The Washington Post asks Hey, Isn’t That… in a story about copyright infringement by the big boys (Fox Sports, Virgin Australia, etc.). These are the same companies (or children of the same media-conglomerates) that will sue the pants off a teenager for putting a song on the web, and yet they have no respect for copyright. [sportshooter]
- The Brew52 group are
sampling a different Minnesota brew each week for an entire year.It’s not too late to join in. [metro mpls]
- This list of 50 things I’ve learned in 50 years, a partial list in no particular order from Eric Zorn at the Chicago Tribune has a few good ones on it, but RulesofThumb.org is more generally useful with rules of thumb on all kinds of different topics. [metafilter]
- These One Hundred Percent EDIBLE Googly Eyes! are just the thing to top off a fully edible Flying Spaghetti Monster should you choose to make one. [metafilter]
Yep. Today’s the day when I head back to work. It’s been nice having a week and a half off, but now that’s done. I’ve got a lot of work to do in the next month or two, so things might be quiet around here. As for the break, the only thing I really regret is missing the New Year’s Eve party, but that didn’t even start until 8pm (a reasonable time), and due to my screwy schedule, I was already thinking of going to bed when it was time to start getting ready for the party. Sigh.
As I mentioned in passing last time, I’ve had trouble getting email through to my friend Bob. Doesn’t surprise me. There are plenty of other times when my email has been caught by overly-aggressive spam-filters out there. The latest numbers say that about 90% of all email is spam. I’m seeing closer to 95% that actually gets through to my Mac, plus however much spam is getting filtered at the server that I don’t even see. It’s pretty absurd. I don’t know what the solution is, but I sure hope someone comes up with one relatively soon.
- News in the gun world: Remington to Acquire Marlin Firearms. I sure hope Remington keeps the Marlin brand (and rifles) alive. [endwar]
- Dave Winer’s been talking about a security issue he has with Apple. When he took his computer in for repair, they swapped hard drives. But they won’t let him get his old drive back, so he’s unable to ensure secure destruction of the sensitive data on it. Shame on Apple for this. [scripting]
- The headline TSA to punish fliers for facecrime is perhaps a bit hysterical, but I like the content. Seems Orwell was just a little optimistic, and we’re running about a quarter century behind. [boing boing]