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In Work: Socks Again [Sep. 11th, 2014|01:34 pm]
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Here's an image of the socks mentioned in the previous post.  As usual, the green doesn't look right, but the other colors do, so...imagine a rich, intense emerald green with that royal blue.

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Both blue and green socks are on the gusset decreases but not far along. One shows the heel reinforcement pattern they both have.  The feet of these will be striped in emerald green and royal blue because--not enough royal blue to finish.  (It's not a bug; it's a feature.)   I hope to finish the gusset decreases today and get on to the race for the toes.
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Brief Sock Report [Sep. 9th, 2014|09:55 pm]
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The royal blue socks (Ella rae Classic #79) survived heel turns and heel flap stitch pickup this evening and one of them is reconnected properly, now a row down on the gusset decreases.  The other is still inhabited by four #5 dpns and two #4s (that I use to pick up stitches) but I haven't knit the re-connect row yet.  The feet will have to be striped; I don't have enough royal blue yarn.  I do have plenty of emerald green leftover stuff from previous green socks, and I could throw in a bit of the hand-painted variegated blue as well.  Or maybe purple.  I'd like to get the second sock reconnected, but I'm very tired and having some problems seeing stitches clearly tonight.

The variegated red/purple socks, from Mountain Colors "Indian Paintbrush" colorway, are both at least two inches into the cuff ribbing.  This is a very light worsted weight yarn (250 yards to 100 gram skein) but has a lovely hand.  I could wish it fit in with the more robust worsted yarns, which run 200-220, but I'm using it just the same to see how it does.   That's fine on the ribbing, but I might switch to smaller needles below the ribbing to give it more substance.  Will see.
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Better Late Than Never? You Decide [Sep. 9th, 2014|01:05 pm]
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This should be the Dragon*Con post that was supposed to be written last Monday night or Tuesday morning, except I came home sick, quickly acquired a mouthful of ulcers (still there, some of them, drat it), a fever, a raging sore throat, runny nose, aches...the usual (except for the feeling that someone had run a blowtorch past my lips and the inside of my mouth hurt all over.)   This is the aftermath post, in which I try to remember all the good things (and there were lots of good things) through the fog of the intervening week of blech, and the illness that's still hanging on (though lots better.  LOTS better!)
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A comment on comments [Sep. 9th, 2014|11:39 am]
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Weeks ago, following a link on twitter, I read a post suggesting that comments  be eliminated from most online posts.   When I looked further, I found other articles on the same topic, pointing in the same direction.  Here's one from Matt Gemmell's blog in early 2012,  (it links to a previous blog of his, but I chose this one because he gives the response to his "no more comments" post by other bloggers, with their reasons for retaining or ending comments on their own blogs, and his interpretation of their reasoning.   It's not the one I read a few weeks ago (which I can't find now) but it'll do, and finding it running in parallel to the one I did read made me aware of my own evolution as an online "speaker"--first at SFF.net, then here, and then on my own project-specific sites.
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And home... [Sep. 2nd, 2014|02:37 pm]
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But this will be very brief.   I have con-crud: sore throat, cough, runny nose, aches, fever, the usual.  Lots to say, but not the energy to say it.   I will fill this in later.  Back to bed.
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Heading Out to DragonCon [Aug. 27th, 2014|06:31 pm]
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The family will be at home, along with aging Cleo-cat and Mac the equine drama queen.  But I will be on my way tomorrow morning, with some intermediate stops before reaching the airport.   DragonCon is always a blast, and I've missed it the past few years as I was supporting the local group putting on WorldCon in San Antonio.   This will be the first time I've flown in years (since I realized that I got sick every time I flew to a convention but not when I drove or rode the train, and I'm hoping to avoid the same kind of whatever that I got before.  Though I suspect it's endemic to the whole flying thing these days (the insane crowding on planes, the way passengers are treated, and the stress of all that constant scare-stuff on the PSAs in the airport.)  We shall see.  If I get sick this time, then I'll just take the train in the future.  It's far more pleasant.

Meanwhile, writing and knitting continue.  I'm taking knitting, but not writing, on the trip.   And now--back to packing, the final cleanup, and the running through checklists in the hope of not forgetting anything this time--either things I need, or things I should not have in my carry-on.   Deciding which socks to wear tomorrow, since they'll be on view when my shoes are in the container.  The TSA rules SAY that knitting--needles, yarn, tools and all--is OK, so I'm taking the current pair of socks-in-progress and my knitting kit to ease the misery of spending several hours in the airport.  A friend's dropping me off and we have to work around her doctor appointment.  Better earlier than later.

Back Monday night if all goes well.  Not taking anything to go online with, as I'll be too busy and frazzled anyway.
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Adventures in Cooking [Aug. 21st, 2014|11:51 am]
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On Wednesdays, a food co-op leaves boxes of produce at church--outside, in a little courtyard--for its members to pick up.   Arriving choir members headed for supper in the church and then rehearsal, like me, pass by people poking through the boxes and making their choices. Even if no one happens to be there, no choir member would think of snitching a carrot or onion or zucchini.   Exiting choir members after rehearsal (hours and hours later)  see empty boxes on the table and sigh.

Usually.
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Jesus Wept [Aug. 19th, 2014|12:32 pm]
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Sunday before last, August 10, at the 11:15 service, we had several baptisms in the historic sanctuary of St. David’s Episcopal Church in Austin, Texas.  Part of the ceremony includes those already baptized reaffirming their baptismal vows, both in support of those being baptized, and to remind themselves and each other of what those vows are…what the responsibility is, of those brought into this new life.

One of the ritual questions is this:  “Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?”  To which the answer is “I will, with God’s help.”

On Saturday, August 9, Michael Brown, an 18 year old African American, was walking with a friend when confronted by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.  Witnesses say that Brown was unarmed, standing in the street with his hands in the air, begging Wilson not to shoot him when  Wilson fired multiple rounds and Brown fell down.  Other police officers arrived shortly thereafter.  None of the police officers checked Brown’s pulse to see if he was alive and they refused to allow a nurse to do so or anyone to start CPR.

Instead, they left Michael Brown’s body lying in the street for four hours, without even the decency of a sheet over it, thus angering the community by showing contempt for the victim and potentially contaminating and/or destroying evidence.

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Governor Perry's Indictment [Aug. 16th, 2014|07:18 pm]
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Governor Rick Perry has been indicted by a grand jury for illegal actions he took last year.   You will have seen, no doubt, clips of Perry insisting that he had a legal right to veto funding for the office which is tasked with investigating corruption in state government in Texas.   He is right about that--but that is not what he was indicted for, and he knows it.  This is another Perry coverup attempt.   Many Texans know the truth, but those outside Texas rely on what the media tells them, and are apt to give Perry more time than the rather intricate and mundane legal details.  Here they are:

Austin, Texas--the seat of Texas' state government--is located in Travis County.  The Travis County DA's office is tasked with not only prosecuting crimes committed by ordinary Travis County, but with investigating and prosecuting criminal activities by state officials--corruption, particularly--all over Texas,  via a state-funded "Public Integrity Unit.  Travis County--despite redistricting that split it into pieces as an attempt to overcome its own citizens' will--is basically Democrat territory, but the governor is Republican, as is the state Attorney General, and also the majority of the legislature.   The present DA won the election and she is a Democrat, Rosemary Lemburgh.   Under a succession of Republican governors, attorneys general, and legislatures, oversight of their activities has been minimal, and therefore the only hindrance to their desires has rested on the Travis County DA's office.   Within the past few years, for instance, complaints have been made about the management of tax funds intended for one purpose and either being wasted or diverted to another; the DA's office was in fact investigating some of these complaints, as it should.  In addition, charges were already pending against Tom De Lay for corruption, and a then-possible GOP candidate for attorney general was being investigated for violation of state securities law.   The GOP has been...let us say...unhappy with any investigations into current corruption and has been griping about them as "politically motivated" since long before the current mess.

One night in April 2013, Ms. Lemburgh was arrested for drunk driving, proving to have way more than the legal limit of alcohol in her system.   She pled guilty,  served her jail time, and paid her fine for that offense.  Governor Perry, eager to get rid of her and appoint a Republican to the Travis County DA position, wanted her to resign.   Everyone in Texas knew that if he could get a Republican in, all the corruption investigations would disappear, along with the evidence so far collected.    Charges against DeLay would be dropped.  And a Republican DA would immediately start indicting Democrats in the state senate.   However, Perry did not have the power to remove her from her position, so he tried to pressure her into resigning.  He threatened her that if she did not resign, he would cut state funding to the public integrity unit in her office--state funding intended to allow the Travis County DA's office resources for investigating  corruption.   THAT is the offence for which he was indicted.  She did not resign, and he vetoed the funding, knowing that the legislature would not overturn his veto.   Later in the summer of 2013, when the Republican Lt Gov obviously falsified time documents following the Wendy Davis filibuster,  that too would have been buried had Perry been able to put a Republican DA in the Travis County office.

Note: as governor, he has the right to veto funds for any project in the state--line-item veto is legal here.   What he does NOT have is the right to threaten/coerce a state employee.  That is a crime.  That is what he has been indicted for.   Perry is attempting to convince the public that he's innocent because it was legal for him to veto funding for corruption investigation...as if that were the reason he was indicted.   That is a lie.  Furthermore, the indictment clearly states what the cause is: so he knows damn good and well what he did wrong.  He just doesn't think he's wrong.  He never thinks he's wrong.   That's a dangerous attitude for anyone, and for a person with political power, a danger to everyone he has power over. 

Perry has wasted millions of Texas taxpayers' dollars on himself, demanding extra protection, a big fancy rented house (the Governor's Mansion wasn't good enough; he decided it had to be redone--which led to its being burned down.)   In 2010, when he'd been in the rented house (base cost: $10,000/month) since 2007,  the Dallas Morning News reported that he had spent at least $600,000 of taxpayer money already in living expenses.  The Perrys moved back into the restored mansion in mid-year 2012, by which time the rental alone would have added another $240,000 to the cost of keeping a roof over his head.   All his security is paid by taxpayers, of course, and that includes $2.9 million since 2010 for travel outside the state, much of that cost coming when he decided to run for President.   But why does the governor of Texas need to run off to London, Las Vegas, New York, San Diego, and (most recently) Iowa?   (Other parts of his travel cost are covered by his campaign or "another entity like an economic development group"...in other words, people who want to influence him.  He's for sale, that's for sure.)   In addition to that, Perry receives both state retirement and his governor's salary.   (And this is a guy who claims to be committed to lean government.  Oh, he did economize at one point--let one of the two housekeepers go, and put one of the two cooks on part-time work.)  And then there's his mobilization of the Texas National Guard to the Border, at a cost of $12 million a month.  Which he wants the feds to pay for (or it will have to come out of the state budget, which doesn't have it.) 

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Found the Farrier! (a horse thing) [Aug. 15th, 2014|04:24 pm]
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My farrier and I have been not connecting for several weeks, while Mac's hooves continue to grow, which is not good for a horse with bad hooves and chronic lameness issues.  I had lost (I thought) Brian's card with his phone number on it, and the number posted on the wall returned no answer--not even a machine to leave a message on, and I knew the old old number (in my cellphone) was wrong.  So.  R- went out to the feed store and found ONE of Brian's cards tacked to the bulletin board and copied down the number.  It's the same as the number posted on my wall here, but today when I called Brian answered.

Horse people know that one's farrier is even more important than the hay supplier, unless you're capable of doing your own trimming (I'm not.   I managed it with my first horse but not since.  Ky was exceptionally patient with me.)  So Tuesday Mac will get trimmed, and Monday I will spend time soaking his hooves, because the rain earlier this week is long gone and the hot oven that is usually August in Texas is blowing over us.

And yes, I've now added Brian's number in the computer. 
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