Archive for September, 2003

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September 30, 2003

Random links gleaned from MCiOS:

Badger Badger Badger Like the Hampster Dance but more varied.

Yeti@Home — I never really understood SETI@Home so I’m satisfied this is also incomprehensible. Good thought, though.

A quiz for children — My score: 5. Not 5 correct answers – 5 points. And it really is the President of India presenting it!

And everybody who feels their blog isn’t exciting enough: take heart, for here is the dullest blog in the world!

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September 30, 2003

Finally, finally the blasted pragmatics paper is done. And not too terrible either, or at least I don’t think so. Will get Sara’s verdict tomorrow. I’m hoping I’ll become slightly more disciplined about getting started with things: last-minute stress is awfully motivating to be sure but all the same I’d prefer not to have to rely on it.

So people think that is good. It was also nice to get a post card from K. of Brighton 🙂 as well as to be reminded that I was going to start learning Manx this autumn. Oh, and Tai Chi – I decided to take up Tai Chi, as my constantly aching back needs exercise but hurts too much whenever I move for it to be a good idea to start with anything more frenetic – but it seems the course probably won’t happen as there are too few people registered for it. Hmph.

The most astonishing thing to happen recently is however that the telephone company admitted that my phone bill must have been wrong. Txt messages to abroad should not cost more than txts within the country. So I’m getting money back – or possibly getting a new bill, I’ll call Customer Service tomorrow to check. I’ve had to send in the phone for service as the battery suddenly started emptying in a day after less than five week’s use, so am sitting with a phone I got on loan. I’m starting to think that Telia’s service is pretty good.

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September 28, 2003

A friend of ours is dying. Not a close friend, but someone we have both known, even if only casually, for a long time: I for over 10 years and Johan for almost 20. Yesterday Johan heard the diagnosis: Creutzfeld-Jacob’s disease. Which is terminal, incurable – there aren’t even any ways to alleviate the symtoms – and results first in dementia and then death. And the incubation time can be up to 50 years – our friend probably caught it when he was 12.

This sucks so bad there aren’t even words for it. I can’t begin to imagine what it must be like to get that diagnosis.

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September 28, 2003

We now have a much less bushy apple tree as well as a large number of branches and sticks piled up behind the house. Pruning is fun! And not at all as difficult as I’d thought. The rain was rather light, occasionally even nonexistant, while we were working, so that wasn’t a problem either. Go us!!

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September 27, 2003

Ooops — an old friend found this page and almost fainted when the first thing she saw was the Valley URL posting ;-P Sorry about that!

Now I want to visit SI. I wonder if I dare? It’s been so very, very long.

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September 27, 2003

Oh no. We decided several weeks ago to prune the apple tree today — Kinna is coming over to aid and guide us — and the weather has been quite nice if a tad cold, until this morning when we awoke to the sound of steady, heavy rainfall. That it’s raining doesn’t mean we can’t climb and cut trees…. but it’s gonna be wet and cold. I want to be a cat.

But I’m not really complaining. After all I do have a sauna and a fireplace. And it’s going to be good to get that tree trimmed down a bit!

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September 22, 2003

“To google” is, as like we know, a verb these days. Which is totally bitchin’ with me — it’s rad to see language transition as it is totally happening! Like, oh my gawd! In any case, I was like, you know, googling for a couple of old school friends (prompted thereto by the fact that I suddenly happened upon the spaz page of another friend from school)

(The Sep 1 Néablog posting run through Valley URL)