Lazy day

Day 3 of Helen with Flu

I can't wait until Erik is old enough to cut the hair off all Helen's my little ponies.

I fear my developing hatred of talking maps may spread to the GPS.

The Roomba may have failed me for the last time. We got all ready to run it, and after 1 minute it whines it's battery is dead. At $30 a pop, I'm almost ready to write the damn thing off and go with a different robot vac. One with a frick'n laser! I'll give it a couple charge cycles, but I am Most Displeased.

Helen's emitting at over 101F now. She's due for another dose of ibuprofen, but I'm holding off until after lunch - so the next dose lines up with bedtime. And maybe with a bit of fever
she'll actually nap.

Uh-oh, Dora's up to Tico helping find the nuts. I only have a few minutes left to make lunch.
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Snow sucks. The only good thing about it is it makes driving practice on streets legal - I can take corners at the limit of traction without breaking the speed limit, practice hitting the apex right, throttle steer, and hitting the four wheel drift exit just right. The snow banks built up around the road also make a pretty soft guardrail.

I am getting irritated by the irresponsible and frankly rude scheduling. The snow was suppose to be this afternoon, but there's already almost an inch down. The stuff I had on the clothesline is now both frozen and covered in snow. I'm getting sick of snow showing up early, sometimes even when the forecast clearly called out no snow. How is this possibly acceptable?!?!? Can't we set up windmills or something to get this mess under proper control?
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Playing at the part today, Kris taught Helen how to put her thumbs in her ears, waggle her fingers and say in a sing-song voice, "Neener neener neener, Can't catch me!"

I see no way this could come back to haunt us.
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Helen's musical tastes

Helen's current favorite lullaby (lightly stolen from Mary Poppins and slowed to be lullaby-ish)

Chim chiminey
Chim chiminey
Chim chim cher-roo!

You life will be short
if you're eaten by a grue.

Chim chiminey
Chim chiminey
Chim chim cher-ray!

A lantern or nightlight
keeps grues away.
They live in the dark,
So people say.

Chim chiminey
Chim chiminey
Chim chim cher-roe!
If you're in a maze,
You won't know where to go.

Chim chiminey
Chim chiminey
Chim chim cher-ree!
Just draw up a map,
How hard can it be?
With decent graph paper
It is easy.


(She also likes "Throw the Baby to the Wolves," sung to the tune of "Oh My Darlin' Clementine")
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Yup, flying business class is much nicer than economy. No shock there. But it doesn't make travel fun. Sorta like driving a car for six hours is a more comfortable way to travel than riding 6 hours in an horse drawn cart.

And there's the call for my Chennai connection. On to my next 8 hours...
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OK, I'm fine with having to hang out in NYC for six hours between turning in my visa app and picking it up. No problem, I'll just take my laptop and switch Starbucks every hour - voila, mobile office. But wait - the consulate bans laptops from the premises and is quite explicit about having no short term ability to store them. So, I'm looking at spending the 6 hour wait with no more than "Only a plastic bag containing your application related papers would be permitted." Not cool Consulate General of India, not cool at all.
  • Current Mood
    annoyed
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On the off chance any of you all not only didn't see me post this on Facebook but also care in the slightest, what are the three most common programming snippets any coder ever learns? Make that the most common three other than "hello world"?
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I need to schedule the next few weeks, but to do so I need to determine exactly when Beta Project will be delivered. Needing information on the future, I would like to harness the power of crowd sourced information markets, however Intrade has declined to open a contract on the subject. Fooey; I'm stuck with the meager haze of souls who wisp by on Livejournal. So add your guess as to the delivery date for Beta Project below. A C-section is basically required at 40 weeks, so voting for March 29th is sorta like bidding $1 on the Price is Right sans the lecture about spaying and neutering your pets. If you win, as a prize I'll name my soon-to-be-delivered son after you!*

When will Beta Project be delivered?

March 18-19
1(5.9%)
March 20-21
0(0.0%)
March 22-23
2(11.8%)
March 24-25
5(29.4%)
March 26-27
3(17.6%)
March 28-29 (non-C-section)
2(11.8%)
Scheduled C-section
2(11.8%)
You should make sure the stray cat that sleeps your garage is spayed and neutered.
2(11.8%)


* A prize substitution of naming Helen's soon-to-be-delivered

Twin bed

and/or my soon-to-be-delivered

after you may be made at my soon-to-be-delivered son's maternal unit's sole discretion.

  • Current Music
    NOFX
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I hate being sewed upon, but have a deep appreciation of novacaine and an excuse to duck work today (I'm not suppose to talk while my little gum graft thingie settles down so I've plunked in bed with my laptop). Expect voluminous and esoteric postings from me today. Or nothing at all. Really depends on how the Vicoden hits me and whether that orange platypus over there lets me get my laptop power cord before my battery runs out. Did you know that playpuses (platypi?) have venomous stingers? Seriously, Australia hates people. There's a tree covered with tiny silicon stingers over there that can only be handled safely with welding gloves while wearing a respirator. It's venom is notable for not causing any actual damage, just intense pain (most Australian venoms cause pain as a side effect of melting your flesh or something). Welding gloves would work for dealing with the platypus too, but I don't have any. I've always kinda wanted a MIG welder, but my welds look terrible so I'd never want anything I've welded. It would be useful for thawing frozen pipes though (use it to drive 1000 amps through the pipe to thaw inaccessible freezes by the resistive heating caused by the current, not applying heat directly- that would be silly). An oxygen lance would also be pretty neat; it is suppose to get hot enough to melt rock and wouldn't be too hard to put together. And I have rocks in the yard that I wouldn't mind melting holes in. I could make a hole and mount a pole for a bird feeder. I think I'll take a nap and go for my power cord later. Platypies are venomous you know.