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Feb. 12th, 2016

12:22 pm

Recently, while wandering through KMart, I saw a display of large (100 litre) bags of bean bag fill (tiny Styrofoam spheres). Since I had an old bean bag that needed to be refilled, I grabbed a bag.

Kmart's web page for the fill says:

Refill is ideal for keeping your beanbag furniture in top shape. Our whole, virgin beads easily make your beanbag fluffy and comfortable within minutes. Just unzip the zippered bottom of your beanbag, pour your new beads in, zip your beanbag up, and you're done, it's really that easy.

They forgot to mention the part where you vacuum afterwards (the new beans went in easily as they said, but the old bean crumbs would woosh out every time you released your grip on the chair and it settled down.

Ann is off to do some errands, including getting two more bags of bean bag fill. The large bag is very large and needs more, plus we have a "high back" bean bag chair that is no longer high.

 
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Oct. 27th, 2015

11:08 am - Comic Strip Conspiracy

I have long been convinced that comic strip artists must communicate in some way (email, bar chats, forum, ...) and occasionally share ideas for a comic strip or give each other challenges. Two of yesterday's comic strips appear to provide support for my theory. There is no way it could be a coincidence that these two comic strip artists published nearly identical comic strips on the same day.
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Sep. 15th, 2015

09:31 pm - Geography Quiz

Recently, I was at a state highway rest stop that sold pink flamingos (along with other stuff).

Where was I and why were they selling them?

 
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Aug. 1st, 2015

04:16 pm - Weather Update

At lunch, we had a brief discussion about the weather. It went something like this:

Ann: Eek, it's raining heavily.
Me: No it's not
Ann: Yes it is.
Me: From where I'm sitting I see skies of blue.
Ann: Look behind you
Before we had lunch, we could see the approaching dark clouds (and we checked the weather radar to see what was going to happen). When the rain arrived from the west, there was a brief period where the back of the house was in the middle of a huge deluge while the front of the house was completely dry.

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Current Location: Kitchen

Jul. 16th, 2015

12:08 am - RIP: my-cast.com

I know it's a bit silly, but I am sad about the demise of the weather site my-cast.com. It had been my go to website when I wanted to know what today or tomorrow's weather would be. I've been using it for something like 10 years. It has a nice simple UI. At the top of the page was a static weather map, with a play button to show you an animated version of the past hour's radar images. Below that it had a summary of the weather for the next five days. It also had a button to switch to its predictions of the weather for the next couple of hours. It also used a cookie, so the next time you visited the site it would remember the town you searched for.

That was it for the UI. No ads, silly articles, extraneous details - just the information you wanted for a quick summary of the weather. Unlike weather.gov, it worked in both the US and Europe (I didn't try other continents).

I used the website last night, but I went there this morning, the website was replaced with a photo of a sunset on a lake and the message:


Effective July 15, 2015, the my-cast.com website has been shut down.
Thank you for being a patron of our site for the last 15+ years.
The My-Cast Team


I'll probably switch to the Weather Underground, but their UI is not as simple as my-cast was.

 
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Jun. 22nd, 2015

10:55 pm - Firefly Party

After counting fireflies for the MOS Firefly Watch (https://legacy.mos.org/fireflywatch/), I ran back in to get my camera and tripod. This is a 6 second exposure. I think I captured the same firefly doing a quick four-flash twice.

From Critters


 
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Jun. 15th, 2015

05:16 pm - RIP: Sophie the Dog

After a happy life with my parents, their dog Sophie died. I visited my parents for Mothers' Day, so I got to say "Good Bye" to her.

From Sophie

A Young Sophie
(If you look carefully, you can see her mother on the other side of the door.)
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Mar. 28th, 2015

11:18 pm - NASA Twin Study

NASA is sending astronaut Scott Kelly into space to live on the ISS for a year while his brother stays on earth. Both will be studied before, during, and after to see what changes Scott goes through.

From Random

From Random


 
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Feb. 15th, 2015

12:21 pm - Meatless Bacon Chips

Curiosity got the better of me when I saw that the label said it's kosher/parve.


http://www.kettlebrand.com/our_products/potato_chips/#/our_products/potato_chips/?pid=59

Maple Bacon

This natural flavor match combines the deep smokiness of bacon, the rich sweetness of real maple syrup and the subtle spice of chili pepper for a nostalgic, comfort food combination.


What they really are is a smoky, BBQ potato chip. They are tasty, as long as you're not expecting them to be bacon flavored.

 
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Dec. 4th, 2014

11:23 pm - Hungry Birds

Now that there's snow on the ground, we've put out the bird feeder in the backyard. We have to refill it each day (we get a lot of hungry birds and the occasional squirrel).

This afternoon, while I was trying to put the feeder back on its hook, a little grey and black bird landed in the tree next to the feeder and then hopped on one of the perches on the feeder to get some seed before flying off.

My guess is that he must have been very hungry if he was willing to come within a foot of me.

 
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