January 8th, 2010

woods, Elizabeth, camera, April

From Twitter 01-07-2010

  • 11:35:20: New post up on http://www.paksworld.com/blog/
  • 11:36:18: Earworm: Mozart's "Inter Natos Mulierum"
  • 13:18:23: "Bare-throated Tiger Heron" suggests a fictional monster-bird, but it's real and causing excitement among S. Texas birders.
  • 14:20:59: Beef/vegetable/barley soup made from "my" stock and "my" beef. Just added the slug of red wine. Barley goes in last.
  • 15:43:57: Country living: friend brings me ducks he shot on his tank; I hand over a tub of newly homemade soup. (Hmm...duck soup next?)
  • 15:47:23: I'm out of Ro-Tel...this is a serious problem! And no jars of roasted peppers!
  • 15:56:03: Hanging clothes out when windchill is below 20F makes for cold hands. But on windy day, great smelling clothes.
  • 17:33:33: Soup's done. Beef/vegetable/barley. Wish I'd gotten bread done today as well, but Stuff intervened. Including some work on book-3.
  • 19:17:38: When I took stuff off the clothesline, the folds over the line had frozen to it.
  • 19:18:09: Brownies. A good idea on a cold night. (Disappears in direction of kitchen.)
  • 22:50:22: Brownies a hit with husband as well. Ymmm..
  • 23:20:04: How come sometimes when I look at @emoontx there's nothing there, and a few hours later there's stuff from days ago? Signed, always behind

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woods, Elizabeth, camera, April

Economics & Ethics (Cost/Benefit of Behaviors)

Or, why the business model gives rise to lousy long-term results in many areas of activity....

Humans are (among whatever religious beliefs you may hold) social animals, and as such have neurology hard-wired to respond in certain ways--at a fundamental individual level (common to all animals, including the solitary) and at the social level (to maintain the social structure of the species.)   Some of the hard-wiring that "works" (preserving species--and, for social species, the social structure--in a relatively steady-state natural world) includes behavior that many of us do not consider "ethical"
.   Altruism, for example, exists among nonhuman animals (more in some species than others) but many human groups have a widely expanded definition of "ethical".

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Discussion: Keep your comments short, pertinent, and courteous, so I don't have to freeze/remove the discussion.    Anonymous comments not allowed.  Note that any weirdness in the LJ cut is an LJ problem (tried to put everything below first cut into the cut, and then--when that failed--tried another cut that seems to have failed.  Another case of failing to consider long-term consequences of programming decisions...)

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woods, Elizabeth, camera, April

Adventures in Plumbing

Local temps went below freezing yesterday afternoon and stayed so overnight and all day.  We knew it was coming; pipes had been wrapped, spigots covered, etc.   R & M went off to the city in the afternoon, to return at ????

This afternoon, sun striking the west side of the house (brick veneer) apparently heated up a not-sufficiently-insulated and thus busted pipe enough to let the water flow--out.  Very
out.   Sometime between 3:30 and 5:15 (interval during which I wasn't in the utility room) the pipe let go, and when I went out at 5:15 to feed horses, I heard rushing water as I went through there and quickly found the the pipe in question (a no-brainer, really, as the utility room is on the west end and the pipes connect.)    Horses whinnied "Oh good, you're here to feed us."  Not yet, I said (and a few other choice words) and dashed around front, where the cat twined around my ankles.  "Feed me NOW!"  Not yet, I said, and tried to find the cutoff for the house water.  Found the big heavy concrete paver someone (not me) had put over it.   Couldn't initially shift it.   Went into house and called emergency plumber.  Can't come until Monday, they said (yeah, right, 24/7 emergency service my left little toe!)    I called a rancher 13 miles thataway for help;  he was about to put out some feed, but said he'd come with tools and help me get the water turned off (wasn't sure I could do it by hand.  And sure enough.)   Went back out , fed the cat who was determined to trip me until I did,  then dug through the other stuff Someone Other Than Me put on top of the cutoff--old roof shingles, now half-rotted--and got the lid off the cutoff, stuck my arm down in there (it's been cold, surely nothing will run up my hand and sting me) and tried to turn the valve.  No luck either way.    Gave up and fed horses.   Punched holes in the ice in their water trough and turned on the rainwater tank to give them some more water.  Mucked out the open part of the barn and the barn pen, and moved the cart back out of the barn pen--hands too cold for more.  About then R&M returned (still daylight) and R was able to get the cutoff valve turned off, shutting off the fountain.   I called rancher and told him R was home and water was off.    R thinks he can fix the busted pipe tomorrow.