Pooch’s-Eye View Of The World

By | August 2, 2016

I’ve been having fun with my Ricoh Theta S 360 degree camera since I got it. It lets me take still or video panoramas using a pair of fisheye lenses, then upload them to places like Youtube, Facebook, or Google Street View. I happened to have my camera and small tripod with me today in Burlington as I… Read More »

The Politics of Dancing (Waring Blender Edition)

By | July 31, 2016

Just killed my red Waring bar blender trying to make Carole a smoothie with skim milk, frozen berries, and frozen yogurt chunks (which she’d prepared in advance in a silicone cube tray). Apparently there are some things that are too much for a Waring blender — deep frozen 1 inch cubes of frozen vanilla yogurt, for one, and… Read More »

Walking 60 Miles In Seattle

By | July 29, 2016

In September I’ll be walking 60 miles in 3 days as part of the 2016 Susan G. Komen 3-Day walk… a walk to raise funds for the fight against breast cancer. This is my 9th year taking part in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day walk series and this is my 26th walk overall. In order to take part,… Read More »

Certain Vegetables and Fruit

By | July 14, 2016

It can be very awkward at times when you’re a) very very very familiar with the early 1980s song “88 Lines About 44 Women” by The Nails, and b) you’re taking part in a conference call and hear a participant introducing herself with one of the names from the song. I’m on a conference call right now and… Read More »

Unsolved Mysteries

By | July 13, 2016

My life is full of mysteries. Some more interesting than others. When I was in graduate school in 1988, a lowly candidate for the Master of Public Administration degree at Virginia Tech, I dutifully tried to do adult things like subscribing to the local newspaper. That said, I didn’t actually sit down and read the paper most days —… Read More »

Spectacularly bad

By | July 11, 2016

Depression is rarely boring, despite what one might expect. I woke up Sunday morning (having slept in while Carole went off to church) with a full-on the-world-is-ending I-am-utterly-alone panic attack. I literally felt as though I was drowning, gasping for breath, my heart pounding in my chest like a jackhammer. Carole came home in the middle of it… Read More »

Richmond Community Band in 360 Degrees

By | July 5, 2016

I am oddly fascinated by 360 degree photos and video. Things like Google Street View, that let you see buildings and landmarks and streets in 360 degrees, as though you were standing there at the time and place the photo was taken. A few months back I bought a Ricoh Theta S 360-degree camera and have used it… Read More »

From the “Stupid Things That Will Probably Amuse Only Me” Department

By | June 29, 2016

In an email exchange with a co-worker, the co-worker said: “Have you confirmed that you have access to the db and that there is sufficient test data?” I replied: “At this point, I’m multitasking on so many things that for all I know in a few minutes I’m going to get a call asking why I’m not at… Read More »

Grand Guignol a la Trump

By | June 21, 2016

I am fairly disinclined to take part in political mudslinging in social media, but the news from the Trump campaign in the last 24 hours inclines me to a bit of fascinated notice, in a slowing-down-to-watch-the-trainwreck way. Trump has literally almost no money in his campaign account. Trump has only 30 staffers in his entire campaign. He’s run… Read More »

A Dose of Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh, A Dose of Silly

By | June 18, 2016

Observations on a Saturday: There is nothing quite so bracing as lunging for one’s alarm clock at 6:30 in the morning, only to suffer a spontaneous and extremely painful cramp in one’s right calf. I know exactly what to do when a cramp happens: grab one’s toes and pull up and toward you. This lessens the pain enough… Read More »